Wrought Iron Orcrist Overdrive


Wrought Iron

The Orcrist is an original design overdrive that goes from nearly clean boost to medium crunch. Named after the sword from Tolkien's The Hobbit, this pedal can be your secret weapon for great tone. When the pedal is engaged, the blade of the sword glows blue with its name in Gondolinin runes.

  The idea behind the design was to zero in on the sound that a lot of players are after-- that just starting to break-up crunch of a 15-30 watt tube amp, turned up.  A lot of players use a TS or BB style drive with the gain turned way down to accomplish this sound. To my ear that really makes the drive sound dull. Those pedals have a HUGE range of gain, the Orcrist does not. It doesn't do super-stustainy higher gain sounds like a cranked TS, it takes the low-medium gain sound and expands it over the entire range of the gain controls in order to let the user dial in his/her exact desired sound in that range.

  The Orcrist uses 5 distinct gain stages to do this and gives you control over early gain with the Gain control and late stage gain with the Bite control. The two controls are very interactive with each other. Turn up the Gain for more  saturation or turn down the gain and turn up the Bite for more of a cleaner boost with a little crunch. Turn up both for nice crunchy overdrive.

The Tone control is a basic treble cut. The input and outputs of each stage of the circuit have been voiced to give the fullest frequency range response, including low harmonics. This voicing makes the Orcrist really rhythm guitar friendly. It doesn't get muddy when you strum open chords b/c the high mids and highs aren't accentuated as much as in some Overdrive circuits. The Orcrist is voiced for more of a beefy, low mid tone.

  if you want a little more treble and a little more headroom, switch the toggle on the back from Biter mode to Goblin Cleaver mode. This engages an 18-volt charge pump in the circuit to give a wider available amplitude swing.

   Each pedal is housed in a laser-cut stainless steel enclosure with laser-marked graphics. Each also features a top quality, Japanese built DeMont "soft click" latching footswitch for true bypass integrity with the softest "click" of any latching stomp Ii have ever tried. Components are all sourced from USA suppliers whenever possible. PCB's are high quality USA made boards.

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