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This is a silicon diode-based distortion pedal, housed in an asymmetric metal enclosure custom-designed by Rainger FX. It’s a full, tonally balanced distortion sound with a specific mid frequency-adjusted accent, and going to more all-out fuzz on high settings. The main panel knobs are ‘drive’ and ‘volume’.
On the back panel is a switch that de-stabilises an offset in the circuit – adding a new level of harmonic-sensitive ‘unstable’ fuzz tones. The pedal is hard-wired for true bypass footswitching..
There are no sockets on the sides – which would take up too much space, so the input and output are on antennae, out of the way on the top panel. These are Neutrik sockets which securely lock the jackplug in place, stopping any accidental unplugging during use.
In between them is the ‘DC’ in socket, though the El Distorto also can run on an internal 9v battery. The ‘angry eyebrows’ LEDs indicate ‘On/Off’.