SubDecay Liquid Sunshine



SubDecay (2004-2005)

Our most popular pedal since its introduction, the Liquid Sunshine can be anything from a clean boost tone enhancer, to a gritty overdrive. This pedal is NOT a clone of a 70's or 80's green overdrive. In fact it is completely different. The Liquid Sunshine cleans up very well when you play lightly, and dirties up the harder you play.

What's it all about?

TS circuits use opamps, and diodes in a single clipping stage, something you wont find in a the Liquid Sunshine. It uses Jfet amplifiers, and has two gain stages for a smoother response, and a more natural sounding pick attack.

The first thing you will notice about the Liquid Sunshine, is that it has two drive knobs, and no tone knob. Each drive knob controls a separate gain stage, and are very interactive. The top drive knob pushes the full frequency range in to a mild overdrive. The lower drive knob pushes just the middle and high frequencies, and colors the sound quite a bit. Many distinct voicings are available by simply twisting the knobs. Don't worry if you like that mid boost that so many overdrives have you can still dial it in. If you don't want it, you can dial it out. The best tones are somewhere in between.


  • The Liquid Sunshine is hand made in Woodinville, WA with the high quality components.
  • Die cast metal enclosures for durability.
  • 3PDT switches for true bypass switching.
  • Runs for many hours on a single 9 volt battery, or can be powered by a 9VDC adapter.
  • Red LED indicator.
  • Three-year limited warranty.
  • And it looks cool too.

A special note to Liquid Sunshine owners:

    The lower drive knob on the pedal operates a little differently than most drive controls on other pedals. The short explanation is that it will always sound a little scratchy. It is not defective, its simply the way the circuit works.

    The longer explanation: The liquid sunshine has two gain stages which are basically fet versions of tube inverters with bypass caps on the source. One of the stages has a capacitor tied to the lower drive knob. The capacitor holds a charge at all times, and the fet tries to keep its source voltage constant relative to the input (or gate) of the fet. When you turn the knob the pot acts as a variable voltage divider, and the fet does all it can to keep the source voltage the same. What you hear as a scratchy pot, is actually the capacitor charging and discharging.


An all JFET based overdrive for natural breakup and huge available volume boost.

The Liquid Sunshine will give your amp a good kick in the ass. Equally useful as a clean boost, treble booster, and overdrive. Responds well to boosters, and loves pushing your other dirt boxes too.

What is the Liquid Sunshine?

The Liquid Sunshine is a JFET based overdrive with graceful breakup and pick attack, and will not cover up the the natural sound of your guitar and amplifier.

With two drive knobs, the Liquid Sunshine allows you to control the character of the overdrive rather than simply controlling overall gain. The drive knobs control two separate gain stages, each with their own characteristics. The top drive knob pushes the overall frequency range, while the bottom drive knob accentuates the middle and high frequencies. Both are very interactive, and allow the Liquid sunshine to perform not only as an overdrive, but a clean boost or treble booster as well.

Why doesn't the Liquid Sunshine have a "tone" knob?

Unlike a lot of other overdrives that use diodes to clip an amplified signal, the JFET circuitry produces no "sharp edges" or hard clipping. Many tone knobs on overdrives have a very narrow band of useful settings.

Instead, the bottom drive knob on the Liquid Sunshine controls gain and also alters the frequency response, with many useful settings over a wide range.

The Liquid Sunshine now has two internal controls for bass, and treble boost.

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