Eternity Kanji review by Lovepedal

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  • Sound: 9
  • Overall Impression: 10
  • Reliability & Durability: 8
  • Ease of Use: 10
  • Reviewer's score: 9.3 Superb
  • Users' score: 6.8 (10 votes)
Lovepedal: Eternity Kanji
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Price paid: $ 185

Purchased from: proguitarshop.com

Sound — 9
Signal path: Musicman Axis Supersport Rosewood with HighOrder Maximus bridge and 7.5K A5 neck pickups, spectraflex cable, lovepedal eternity kanji, spectraflex cable, fargen olde 800 1x12 combo set clean-ish. Pumping all that through an eminence wizard speaker. Typically my amp is a take no prisoners, in your face RAWK amp (it's a hand-wired version of a JCM 800, what did you expect). Despite this the kanji is very smooth and warm, fattening up the signal just a little bit. My setup is very bright, so I keep the glass knob down pretty low (around 11 o'clock). Turning down the gain and maxing the volume grants you a decent clean boost (I only say decent because it really didn't boost my signal all that much, added a little extra hair for solos). Set the volume on unity and start turning up the Drive, now your into some bluesy, sexy, beautiful Overdrive. If I HAD to compare it to something (I'll be honest, it's a unique sounding Drive), I'd probably say is was like a warmer, ultra-smooth JTM45. But that's through my amp. The pedal seems fairly transparent, so I imagine if you used it with say, a 5e3 type of amp it would probably only make that amp sound sexier. Judging by the responsiveness coming from this pedal I'd imagine it's only designed to work with tube amps (I know some of you tone-freaks out there are crapping your pants because I alluded to putting it through a solid state amp). It's not really the sound I'm after, I can't lie. But boy is this a nice pedal. It really is the nicest Overdrive I've ever personally heard (and if I ever find anything better I'll gladly share it with the world), I'm just not a pedal guy. If I was, this would have a permanent place on my board. I'm going to give this category a 9. I know I've sung the praises of this pedal, and I stand behind every word. But it's not what I am LOOKING FOR. Who knows, this could be someone's tonal nirvana.

Overall Impression — 10
I play RAWK. Real rock I might add. Not this down-tuned, chug-chug, can't-hear-any-dynamics-there's-so-much-distortion crap that's so popular (even though it's slowly declining, thank God), though that tone has it's place as well. I'll throw down some blues, a little punk, maybe even a little funk every now and then (I don't like to limit myself too much on what I play). I don't think it quite matches me as a player, I like quite a bit of edge in my tone. I've been playing for seven years now, and the only gear I own currently is what is listed in my signal path above. If it were stolen? I'd find out Who it was and prosecute him to the fullest extent of the law (I couldn't really blame him for stealing it though, it's a gorgeous piece of tonal art). I don't really love it, but I can't hate it. It's just a different texture than I'm used to. Who knows, maybe one day I'll be jonesing for that tone as well. The only other Overdrive pedal I've owned (played a ton of them, been disappointed by almost all of them) is the Tim pedal by Paul Cochrane (which is a bit of a different animal, it's geared more in toward the blown-Marshall camp). Though I can't put the two side by side, I can tell you that they're not comparable. The Tim is a bit more raunchy and edgy, but not nearly as sweet or warm or smooth. I can't really say I wish the kanji had anything else. It would be wrong of me. Sometimes you come across a piece of gear and realize just how beautiful it is. You may not like everything about it, but you don't want to change it because that would be like defacing a beautiful painting or putting MOPAR parts on a Chevy.

Reliability & Durability — 8
I took a peek up underneath this things skirt when I first got it and was terribly impressed. This is, without a doubt, the cleanest and most solidly wired ANYTHING I've ever seen. The Switch is solid as a rock (and completely silent I might add, no click, no pop, instant gratification... Nice) and the knobs and pots have a super smooth taper. The box feels substantial enough to take a baseball bat (though I would never test that theory). I'll only give it an 8 because I'll probably never gig with this pedal.

Ease of Use — 10
This is quite possibly the simplest pedal I've ever used. Every sound us use-able, so dialing in something nice just depends on your mood that day. Didn't come with a manual, but it doesn't really need one. There are only three knobs, and if you can't figure out what they do in less than 10 seconds you probably shouldn't be playing guitar in the first place.

22 comments sorted by best / new / date

    acidgreeny
    you could spend a bit more time talking about the pedal and less on yourself.remember your writing a review not a resume. try not to take yourself so seriously,we're supposed to be having fun remember.
    willwelsh816
    My guess is that it is some form of distortion pedal. What an *****, "if you don't know what the knobs do, you shouldn't even be playing guitar." What if we don't even know what the pedal DOES!!!!! so full of himself. I hope you get electricuted by that thing. Mabe you'll realize that your shit smells just as bad as everyone else's.
    acidgreeny
    didn't mean to start a flame session but he must have learned something by now
    matosh.lee
    jetwash69 wrote: "Not this down-tuned, chug-chug, can't-hear-any-dynamics-there's-so-much-distortion crap that's so popular (even though it's slowly declining, thank God)" Thought you liked ALL Metallica? That would include a lot of down-tuned, EMG chug-chugging, I might add. Maybe Oasis and Cold Play would be more appropriate?
    yeah. coldplay is pop. rock isnt really defined anymore.
    jetwash69
    "Not this down-tuned, chug-chug, can't-hear-any-dynamics-there's-so-much-distortion crap that's so popular (even though it's slowly declining, thank God)" Thought you liked ALL Metallica? That would include a lot of down-tuned, EMG chug-chugging, I might add. Maybe Oasis and Cold Play would be more appropriate?
    SatanPriest
    For anyone who doesn't want to read the crappy review, its an overdrive pedal. Heres a link to a youtube vid of someone playing it:
    guitarsftw
    please just discuss the pedal and its tone and quality. thats all we care about.
    SilverSpurs616
    willwelsh816 wrote: My guess is that it is some form of distortion pedal. What an *****, "if you don't know what the knobs do, you shouldn't even be playing guitar." What if we don't even know what the pedal DOES!!!!! so full of himself. I hope you get electricuted by that thing. Mabe you'll realize that your shit smells just as bad as everyone else's.
    Funny in so many ways But seriously dude..."RAWK"? What are you, a teenage girl that listens to Cradle of Filth and calls herself "Gothik Princess Saz" or something? The review was average, but that one word ruined it for me. Perhaps that's childish, but then we're into the "Pot calling the kettle black" situation.
    Knightfall192
    So what does the pedal really do? You spend a little too much time on everything else. I'd like to know a little more about the pedal, and insulting people who might have trouble understanding the pedals is really sort of annoying. Overall, I would say that this review does give a good outlook on the pedal, but at the same time it really needs more posted about it's uses and details.
    M†LMKR
    hey man, good to know all that about you, if i had to judge the product, i'd say you have good taste in music, experience in guitar, and- oh wait, that's right, this review is about about a pedal! you woulda thought by what's said that it's about the reviewer. wow i feel duped. in all seriousness... never write another review man, we dont wanna hear your personal opinion or preferences on music, how many pedals you've owned, your "in your face 'RAWK'" attitude, we wanna hear about the pedal.
    HectorBznRg
    i don't understand anything about the pedal but the guy seems to thing he is in the forum...
    SylKain
    Hopefully one day someone will make a proper review for it, this one is too obnoxious
    J.J.G.
    You made your point in some aspects of the pedal but we didnt need to know all of those things about you, everyone just cares about the pedal...
    Angel aka alaab
    SatanPriest wrote: For anyone who doesn't want to read the crappy review, its an overdrive pedal. Heres a link to a youtube vid of someone playing it:
    HAHA! Thankyou! i thought i was gonna have to post this but you took care of that for me XD.