[review] Bearfoot FX Dyna Red Distortion (by LordRiffenstein)

LordRiffenstein, all-around tone freak and purveyor of great tone.

Bearfoot FX

BearFoot is a collaboration between BJFelectronics and DonnerBox to produce some of Bjorn Juhls best designs. These guys really need no introduction, Bjorn Juhl has been building amazing pedals for years and Donnerbox has been around for a long time creating funky boxes. The news of these guys teaming up to recreate the amazing BJFE pedals, at a lower price and in bigger numbers, got the anticipation levels of many pedal lovers WAY up. I am looking at the first pedals they recreated. Check out the reviews of the Honey Bee OD, Model H and Mint Green Mini Vibe! All BearFoot prodcuts are designed by Bjorn and produced by Donnerbox in the USA.

Dyna Red Distortion

The Dyna Red distortion comes in a blood red box with 3 controls. Volume and distortion need no explanation, the 3rd control again is an EQ control but not as you know it as it has the most impact on your high end.  Fairly straightforward and that is often the right way! The Dyna Red can be run with anything from 5v (more saturation) up to 15v (more headroom, tighter response) so don’t forget to check this out for extra tones.

The pedal in use

Although the Dyna Red Distortion has simple looks compared to the other Bearfoot FX pedals, it more than makes up in the tone department. Using the pedal only for distortion sounds would be doing you a disservice!

When I first plugged in, I had the controls around noon and found a big crunch tone that sounds a lot like a certain English brand of amps. I played around with different guitars and found the Dyna Red Distortion to really let the tone of the guitar come thru. The EQ control again does work fabulously for getting the tone just right. There’s plenty of volume to boost your amp if you want to and there’s a healthy dose of gain available. If you want more gain you can easily put a booster in front of it as it responds very well to other pedals. What surprised me was that with the gain high, the dynamics did not suffer and you can dial back to a clean(ish) tone.

I then started to play around a bit more with the gain control as Bearfoot claims that the Dyna Red Distortion will also do a plexi-style tone. I happen to own a ’68 plexi and it’s a difficult tone to get from pedals and they claim their distortion can pull it off? With the Distortion control below 9:00 you are indeed in the plexi-territory,add some spank with the EQ control. the amazing dynamics of the Bearfoot FX pedals and you are pretty darn close. I was very impressed that it DID pull it off.

A lot of pedals get branded to be a ‘Marshall-in-a-box’ and most of them are aimed at doing the hotrodded eighties Marshall tone. Although the Dyna Red is labeled to be a distortion, I think it does a LOT more and truly is a ‘Marshall-in-a-box’. The gain range will get you anything from a late sixties plexi-tone, to the more brighter crunch tones of the seventies, ending with the more saturated and darker sounding tones of the eighties. Very good stuff!

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