Robbie Hall's take on one of the most coveted amps in the world. We know that they were all built to order and with the player's style in mind, but there are common qualities that define them as well. Chirp, midrange, smooth distortion and compression... all sorts of wonderful traits and flavours that help shape the tone. The Ethos Overdrive is one of the greatest pedal-form manifestations of these amps available today. Many say it's the best. It has been highly regarded for at least 15 years with small but detailed improvements to its build over time. You can use it as comprehensively appointed overdrive pedal into the front or effects loop of a regular amp, or as a direct injection device as I'm doing here. It's 100% analog and sounds amazing.
My first encounter with this wonderful pedal was way back in 2008. Robbie has kindly asked me to revisit it and I am very honoured to do so. I will be presenting some new gear from Custom Tones LLC in the near future.
Backing track courtesy Elevated Jam Tracks: https://elevatedjamtracks.bandcamp.com
The unedited 'jam' component of this video can be viewed at https://youtu.be/lLgKBlgSKqg.
Guitar: 2011 Gibson Les Paul Special with JJ's Guitar Pickups J-90 Pickups (see: https://www.jjsguitarpickups.com/j-90.htm)
Amp: Custom Tones LLC ETHOS Overdrive with TLE (Tight Low End) and HRM EQ options.
Strings: Ernie Ball
Mic: DPA 4166-OC-F-F00-ME Headset Mic (https://www.dpamicrophones.com) with Sennheiser EWD Transmitter/Receiver (https://en-us.sennheiser.com/ew-d)
Camera: GoPro HERO10 Black and Canon D60
Soundcard: PreSonus Quantum & Fractal Audio Systems Axe-FX III MKII (guitar, mixing and bouncing).
Desktop Monitors: PreSonus R80 R-Series Active AMT Studio Monitors (https://www.presonus.com)
Computer: 2017 Apple iMac Pro, 2.5 GHz 14-Core Intel Xeon W, 64 GB 2666 MHz DDR4, Radeon Pro Vega 64X 16 GB