Noel Gallagher of Oasis swears by it. So do Pavement, The Melvins, Sonic Youth, along with the likes of local luminaries Chris Knox, Neil Finn, and Dave Mitchell of the 3Ds. So, what is it, exactly? It's the Hotcake. What? It's a mighty crunchy, home grown distortion effects pedal that guitarists the world over swear by. And they are as rare as hens teeth.
The hand-made HOTCAKE is considered by many to
deliver the ultimate distortion sound. Hand-made in NZ by Paul Crowther (the original drummer from Split Enz) it only has 3 knobs (Gain, Level and Presence) but that’s all it needs.
The Hotcake is designed to leave the undistorted component of the guitar sound unchanged, while providing a nice fat distortion sound without resorting to a treble cut circuit which will also affect the guitar tonality. With the Drive and Presence controls set to minimum, and the Level at around 2 o'clock, you should be hard pressed to hear any change in the sound at all when you switch the Hotcake in and out. You can get a clean volume boost by increasing the Level control. Increasing the Drive will give you a thick distortion sound with a little bit of edge to it, and the Presence control adds some mid-range punch to the sounds. The Hotcake also handles chords well. It is recommended that the Hotcake is patched between the guitar and amplifier, rather than into an amplifier's effect loop. Generally speaking, if you are happy with your guitar and amplifier combination, the Hotcake will work well as a primary distortion. It works superbly to send an already overdriven amp over the edge into smooth distortion;ideal with non-master volume valve amps.
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