Jekyll And Hyde Ultimate Overdrive review by Visual Sound

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  • Sound: 9
  • Overall Impression: 9
  • Reliability & Durability: 10
  • Ease of Use: 8
  • Reviewer's score: 9 Superb
  • Users' score: 7.9 (51 votes)
Visual Sound: Jekyll And Hyde Ultimate Overdrive
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Price paid: $ 139.99

Purchased from: Musicians Friend

Sound — 9
All the distortion/overdrive you'll ever need. There is a Ibanez TS808 on the left side which sounds almost identical to the real thing. And most of you out there are looking for OD pedals, and this is one of the best. Distortion side get go from a Boss DS-1 to Full Death Metal sounds from a twist of the "EQ" knob. I used a Vox AD50VT and an Epi Les Paul standard. The two switches for the OD side is "Bass Boost" and for the Dist. side is "Sharp/Blunt" are very usefull. Probably the best thing about this pedal is that you can use both sides at the same time. You play with the OD and then use the Dist. for boosting solos, or you could use both of them at high gain and really rock out. Although it gets very noisy and can cause feedback when you crank the gain and volume knobs. So use them wisely. This pedal is also a little noisy when playing in small spaces, but if your playing live, it's not bad.

Overall Impression — 9
Great pedal for all types of music. Especially for classic rock. This pedal can do heavy metal too which makes it a crazy pedal. This is probably gonna be the only Distortion/Overdrive pedal I will ever have. It has everything you are looking for. Don't settle for less!

Reliability & Durability — 10
I've only had it for about 2 weeks so haven't had any problems yet. it's built like a tank though, so don't worry. My friend had the Route 66 for a long time and it still works perfectly. I recommend a 9V adapter with this pedal, batteries aren't that reliable.

Ease of Use — 8
Pretty simple to use, takes some time to get the exact tone you're looking for, straight out of the box I started tweaking it and found pretty much what I was looking for. The manual only has some preset options, showing how to get blues, rock, country and metal tones by using the overdrive side or the distortion side.

8 comments sorted by best / new / date

    RetroMouse70
    none of the dealers around me sell this pedal cuz its kindof a "boutique" pedal, so i cant test it before i buy it but i really want it. is it a bad move to buy it without testing it? i mean, its good enough for the strokes...
    ryanh09
    hows this pedal through the fender blues junior? im between this and a ts9 tubescreamer but the added distortion side is looking good right now...
    Jimbleton
    i have a vox valvetronix can i achieve the tone by playing around with the unlimited settings or is it worth buying one
    guy_tebache
    RetroMouse70 : none of the dealers around me sell this pedal cuz its kindof a "boutique" pedal, so i cant test it before i buy it but i really want it. is it a bad move to buy it without testing it? i mean, its good enough for the strokes...
    I cant tell you that I did the right thing yet, but I just ordered this pedal, the VS H2O and an MXR Phase 90 without actually using any of them. Waiting for delivery is a bitch though.
    jamiethorpe
    No question about it, this is the best overdrive and distortion pedal I've ever owned. Sounds awesome through an AC30
    dan_g_
    Is there a big sound difference between the origional silver and the red?