The “Blue Screamer” name says it all. This is not a distortion pedal, no it is an overdrive pedal. The Screamer has an asymmetrical notched clipping design with a bit more kick and versatility then other pedals in its class. The idea is to provide the good ole kick to make you amp scream for you with even order harmonics when you need it. There is enough “clean gain” and level to use as just a boost or full overdrive. The package is new and updated, but the design and top shelve components are the same. The new package is tuff steel and I mean tough! The unit has 3 controls that can give you quite a range to work with and the player makes the pedal sound all his own as Blues Pearl has always done.