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tontonseb 11/04/2009

Belcat OVD-302 Overdrive : tontonseb's user review

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Fully analog overdrive pedal bought on Ebay about 29 euros (postage included!). It's cheaper than the Behringer. The case and the knobs seem solid. The switch is fairly quiet. Alim by 9v battery (trap practice) or external power supply type Boss. No complaints.

If the inputs and outputs are above, not on the sides, but ... The look is a little "hard discount". Or "very clean".

In addition it seems to be a clone of the legendary Ibanez TS home or Maxxon, with the same circuit inside (I have not yet filled my nose).

The fact is that Belcat is a Chinese company that produces effects pedals, tuners and pickups for bass and guitar.

UTILIZATION

No manual but is it needed? Volume, Tone and Drive. And go.

Simplicity itself.

SOUND QUALITY

To be honest, I have a Boss Metalzone, a Big Muff Fuzz, I missed a simple OD retains the accuracy of the sound of my Les Paul and allow me to finally "light crunch." I play on a Hiwatt Custom and I can say that Belcat is what I was missing: it allows me the medium further Od (rock 70 '), and light saturation by adjusting the knob Drive. For those unfamiliar with the Hiwatt is devoid of saturated channel, with a saturation is obtained by transplanting a small canal on the other.

The Belcat also allows the boost for solos so that uses a different pedal. And it does!

I put 9 / 10 because there are necessarily better, but much more expensive.

Postscript: I tried it for a bass (Squier vintage modified Precision + ampl Ashdown mag 300). Very interesting. Must be corrected to the serious tone, if you leave an electric guitar sound full. But the drive provides a low saturation that "roars" without blurring the note. Frankly I enjoy getting on the Deep Purple Made In Japan.

OVERALL OPINION

I played a few hours on it and I am fully satisfied with the sound and value for money. This is the pedal that I missed. I would definitely do it again this election. Competitive interest dear to worry ...

PS: Given its ability to bass, this modest Belcat just replaced my distortion pedal Ibanez.