In 2015 Jext Telez found two original Univox Uni-Drive pedals- yes, the same holy grail pedal once used by Hendrix and Jimmy Page. Upon hearing the majesty of these originals the mission was clear-- we must remake them and make new ones that sound exactly the same. We combined forces with Detroit wizards Acme Audio and found a huge stash of NOS low gain black button silicon transistors. We removed and measured every component of the original pedal and found the formula (NOTE: the published schematics on the internet are wrong!). We designed our new board, spent weeks measuring out perfect trios of low hFe transistors. We slaved over getting this one right and now proudly present the overdrive flavor of 1970, right now, in 2016.
Three limited edition colors (Red, Blue, and Purple) and the standard Black are available.
What to expect tonally?
The Uni-Drive with the drive knob dialed all the way down is a warm amp-like transparent bit of magic. The low-end is full with the signature of a 4 x 12 cabinet-- full, punchy, yet nice and even up top, a natural open top. Dial the drive knob up and enter into gnarly saturation. Dial the drive knob farther up and enter into fuzzed overdrives-- wave-forms separate violently, complex tone-colors emerge-- harmonically shattered beauty. Like a natural disaster. You can hear a lot of great early 70's tones, dial in transistorized fuzz tones or dial things back to just warm up and boost your amp with some punch. If you add some Uni-Drive to a great tone it's going to get even better. With 35 db of clean gain and a ton of headroom on board, the Uni-Drive is capable of taking your rig to many new places. Distortion boxes were the tool of rebellion that formed magnificent new textures of communication. The Uni-Drive is one of the earliest overdrives ever made and an incredibly great one. We are proud to play a part in reintroducing these textures of rebellion now.