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Fulltone PlimSoul Overdrive
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- For many, many years you've basically had 2 choices for your Overdrive;/Distortion pedals.
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|Item Dimensions||3.3 x 5.7 x 3.4 in||3.3 x 5.1 x 2.4 in||3 x 5.3 x 2.4 in||4.6 x 6.7 x 3.4 in||3.8 x 8.5 x 4.2 in||4.5 x 6.65 x 3.25 in|
For many, many years you've basically had 2 choices for your Overdrive;/Distortion pedals.You could either get "Soft-clipped" Bluesy, slightly compressed, (Toob Screemer, FD2, etc etc etc etc etc etc) type Overdrive pedals... or you could get "Hard-Clipped" (OCD, Distortion+, Boss DS-1, etc etc etc etc etc etc) type Distortion pedals. What if there was a pedal that offered both? There is now the Patent Pending Fulltone PlimSoulPlimSoul has those Softer Bluesey, Compressed capabilities but also has a Second Stage that you can roll in with the turn of a little dial to add that firmer, crunchier, British output tube style Distortion.
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This pedal has a tendency to produce a sputtering, fizzy decay to the notes when any of the trimpot gain is used, and even the normal gain pot produces the same fizz like decay of notes except just in the lower registers so it's not as audible.
That said, is that a deal breaker? Maybe not, just depends on your tolerance for fizz.
Soundwise it's excellent, it produces a smooth, very low-mid heavy growl, that is somewhere between a tube screamer and a distortion pedal. Fulltone got the sound right, but two issues, the fizzy decay on notes, and this pedal won't clean up with the volume knob. That said on account of price, sound and issues that block this pedal from being an absolute knock out of the ball park overdrive, I give it 4 stars.
The Hi-Cut knob determines the treble output -- the lower it is set, the more the treble signal from the guitar is reduced. One thing the pedal is missing that I think would make it more complete is a knob to alter the bass and/or midrange level. These levels are pretty much pre-set (and modified from the clean signal) except by adjusting the levels on the amp or by having the Plimsoul chained with another pedal that has EQ knobs. It's not a huge problem, but it makes it just that little bit less versatile since the low/mid levels are locked in to the manufacturer's preference.
Overall, it is a very nice pedal and gets a much higher level of overdrive than most of the low-to-mid gain pedals on the market while maintaining more transparency than higher gain OD pedals like the OCD, etc. If only they'd add that EQ adjustment, it would be tops in its category. On the other hand, ones that do have those kinds of features cost significantly more, so it's certainly worth checking out.
This pedal offers a 2 stage gain system. There is a tiny dial on the right side that can add more distortion to the already overdriven sound from the main controls. ("Sustain" adds most of the grit, but there is a "Level" (volume), and "High Cut" (tone)). This pedal allows a wonderful array of sounds that evoke hard driven blues and rock. It is not a metal-type distortion pedal. There are some excellent You Tube videos and I advise listening to them before purchase. The battery goes dead (I am up to my third one, now) if you leave a guitar or patch cord on the input side - which is going to happen if it is in a pedal board chain. Therefore, make sure that you hook it up to your power supply (It powers just like all the pedals - negative center.) The battery is then removed from circuit. Fulltone says you can use 9-18 volts, so I used the 12 volt out on my Voodoo and it is great. I am keeping the Mojo Mojo and the Tube Screamer, but I took out the Spark Booster. Only so much real estate on the pedal board.