ToadWorks Li'l Leo American Overdrive


  • Gain
  • Tone
  • Level


  • Gain
    controls the amount of overdrive present in the signal
  • Tone
    changes the "flavor" (pretend it's a hot dog: to the left = Nathan's, to the right = Pink's)
  • Level
    controls the overall signal level.




ToadWorks Li'l Leo is an overdrive effect pedal that emulates the crisp, clear overdrive of yesteryear. Our goal was to find that delicate line between smooth distortion and crunchy noise that you get from a black face amp on 11 - loud & proud, perfectly smooth break up with just the right amount of power and punch. Li'l Leo has been tested and used with a wide range of amplifiers, including tube, solid state and hybrid. If a true blue, classic American overdrive is what you desire, Li'l Leo has your name written all over it.

This pedal nails the ballsy, aggressive overdrive that defined the birth of rock & roll, yet remains transparent enough that your unique guitar sound shines through. Leo would have been proud. So will you.


ToadWorks Li'l Leo is a true American overdrive designed to provide a crisp, clear distortion, just like Leo used to make. Li'l Leo makes it easy to emulate the early sounds of rock & roll, yet remains versatile enough to cover the hard rock sounds of the last 20 years. Using a transistor based design, ToadWorks has created something few dare to attempt - a solid, reliable, affordable alternative to diming your high-wattage tube amplifier.

The switch turns the effect on and off, the Drive knob controls the signal level being fed to the Gain stage, the Gain knob controls the amount of gain present in the signal, the Tone knob controls the amount of treble, and the Level knob controls the overall signal level.

Li'l Leo features a true-bypass circuit, so when its off, its really OFF. Each pedal is carefully manufactured by hand, using only the finest components.


Those were the days... Saturday afternoons at the ballpark. Sundays playing doctor with the girl next door. For the rest of the week, school was just a blackboard jungle, and you were too young to drink, so it had to be rock & roll. Back when Orange County was know for the oranges, a man named Leo started a revolution in the music world, igniting generations of young men & women to turn their angst into sound. Li'l Leo has that crisp high end, the tight bottom end, and the nice, tapered midrange... just like the girl next door.

Li'l Leo does it all, and them some. Gain on low, Tone at 11 o'clock, you're Buddy Holly... Gain on medium, Tone at 3 o'clock, you're Chuck Berry... Gain on high, Tone at 12 o'clock, a Byrdland and a Glock 10 and you're Ted Nugent... Okay, so maybe not. But if you want the classic sounds of American rock & roll without the potential for injury to your wallet or back that a large tube amp presents, then Li'l Leo is the ticket.

Li'l Leo is hand wired, by people, not machines. From our high quality 3PDT switches to the custom made enclosures and knobs, each component is the finest available, making ToadWorks Pedals the most well-built and reliable effect pedals in the world.

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