CCTV and Vigilant Guitars are proud to present the Mahogany Overdrive, a woody and transparent overdrive pedal, wrapped in a beautiful mahogany enclosure.
The Mahogany Overdrive coats your guitar's signal in rich, deep and musical sounding gain. Inspired by the mythical "k-style" circuits, the Mahogany Overdrive can add a touch of fatness and depth to your guitar or add searing gain with harmonics to spare.
Our goal was to create a tone inspired by the legendary Klon but darker and smoother. We went through many revisions with local musicians - tuning the gain stages and tone stacks to allow just a little of that 'sparkle' but creating a mooder and darker tone. The circuit uses high quality film capacitors in the signal path, FET-input opamps, and a charge pump to run the circuitry at +18V/-9V. True to its origins, Mahogany Overdrive implements buffered bypass, colouring your tone with FET-input opamps even when the effect is off. Mahogany Overdrive runs on a standard centre negative Boss-style 9V adapter, or a 9V battery.
This pedal is the result of a collaboration with Victoria local luthier Trevor Woodland. Trevor and CCTV have worked together on many one-off guitar builds and synthesizer restorations (most recently a crazy fog-machine-laden contraption for the Great Guitar Build-Off), and we've been looking for a way to combine our skills into more than just a prototype or custom build. The Mahogany Overdrive is the culmination of over 2 years of development, testing, and research into creating wooden guitar pedal enclosures that would be stomp-able and stand up to the test of time. Our final design uses an CNC geometry incorporating fins and ribs to leave as much material as possible to maximize strength.
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