"Roger Powell's Organ Grinder" was designed with, and for, Roger Powell of Fossil Poets, and Utopia. Roger describes it as the kind of "flabby" overdrive he normally can only get with a Leslie. He says it sounds "Incredible!" and is far superior to the overdrive built in to his clonewheel organ. This is the clonewheel accessory of choice for Hammond lovers! Electric piano players will love it too.... The circuit is not true bypass. The organ sound plays through a Hi-Fi clean FET amplifier that imparts a tubelike quality to solid state clonewheel organs. When the switch is engaged, the overdrive can be controlled by the gain and level controls.
It is hand built by progressive rock guitarist Greg Lounsberry, (of the bands, Canvas and October Tree) one at a time. Greg uses point to point wiring and fish paper circuit boards using wiring techniques from 1950's guitar amps.
The Organ Grinder is a multi stage overdrive that uses FETs to simulate vacuum tubes, and germanium diodes in the clipping stage. That feeds into the input stage of the final FET amp that gets FAT as it saturates.
The package is finished off with custom Steam Punk Graphics by artist, Mark Hershberger, with Gold Speed Knobs over a candy apple red powder coated enclosure.
If you play organ, electric piano, or synth, and are tired of using guitar pedals with their characteristic mid-range hump, and are looking for an overdrive with wide, flat frequency response designed specifically for keyboards, this is the pedal for you. This one can handle your bass notes.