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Akai Professional Analog Custom Shop Deluxe Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal  

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    Combines distortion, tone control and amplifier simulation in one hot pedal.

    The Akai Professional Deluxe Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal is the flagship of the Analog Custom Shop product line. Deluxe Distortion combines distortion, tone-control and amplifier simulation in heavy-duty polished stainless-steel housing. True-bypass switching, adjustable frequency knobs, amp simulation and tone toggle switches provide precision control.

    Deluxe Distortion's EQ mode toggle-switch provides detailed tone control with a choice of Modern, Normal or Classic. The Modern setting provides a scooped-mid tone recognizable as a cornerstone of the hard rock and heavy metal guitar sound. Normal passes the input frequency directly to the distortion effect while the Classic setting boosts mid-tone for an enhanced, warm tone reminiscent of classic rock.

    Dir Rec switch provides emulation of amplifier power and speaker perfect for direct input to a mixer, DAW or other amplification or recording device.

    Gain is highly adjustable with the Fat, Boost, Warm tone Tri-Mode toggle-switch enabling soaring leads, lush chords and satisfying rhythm tones. Tone may be further adjusted using the six precision knobs and High Cut toggle-switch.

    Deluxe Distortion is powered by the included 9-volt battery or 9v AC adapter (sold separately).

    As with previous Akai Professional guitar pedals like the E2 Headrush and SB1 Deep Impact Bass Synth, the Analog Custom Shop line is a collection of pedal effects designed to exacting standards, using the highest quality components. Analog Custom Shop pedals provide rich tone, texture and character to immediately enhance and inspire players of any musical style.

    Features
    • The most flexible distortion on the market
    • Three distortion types, 3-band EQ, Amp simulator switch
    • Subtle, Dark, bright, harsh, classic, warm
    • True Bypass for retaining a pure signal when the effect is disengaged

    Improve your distortion. Order today.

     
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    Akai ProfessionalAnalog Custom Shop Deluxe Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal
     
    4.3

    (based on 12 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (8)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (1)

    91%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Versatile (9)
    • Responsive (8)
    • Excellent sound quality (7)
    • Good selection of effects (7)
    • Compact (5)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Performances (9)
      • Amateur recording (8)
      • Home studio (8)
      • Outdoor events / games (6)
      • Professional recording (5)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Experienced (6), Novice (3)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Distortion Heaven

      Been playing for 40+ years; yep an old guy! One of the better dirt pedals out there; I use the Seymour Duncan Twin Tube Classis as the base line to judge all other...Read complete review

      Been playing for 40+ years; yep an old guy! One of the better dirt pedals out there; I use the Seymour Duncan Twin Tube Classis as the base line to judge all other OD/DIRT pedels. The sustain on this Akai is unreal and with just about zero noise. Can't really do low gain overdrive, (I normally hang around classis rock pushing air through tube amps) but with so many options, there are great distortion tones/settings for all for pushing amps into another dimension. I think my ears started to bleed on some of the higher settings - ahhh a good thang. The only negatives are limited lower gain tones (again, this is not for the weak of heart and those looking for a OD pedal) and he lack of a dual switch to tap two different settings. But for what it is, at a realistic price, it's a real winner.

      VS

      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      The Proffesors Radio

      This thing is awful. It makes so much unwanted noise..it reminds me of the transistor radio used by the proffessor on Gilligans Island....
      Lots of knobs but they dont do...Read complete review

      This thing is awful. It makes so much unwanted noise..it reminds me of the transistor radio used by the proffessor on Gilligans Island....
      Lots of knobs but they dont do much...
      na
      I wouldnt use it at any price

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      4.0

      Sweet Baby Jesus !

      By Mire

      from Warsaw

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Excellent Sound Quality
      • Good Selection Of Effects
      • Reliable Good Distortion
      • Versatile

      Cons

      • Direct Input Quality
      • Need External Noise Gate
      • Noise When Boosting Mid

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Home Studio
      • Performances

      Comments about Akai Professional Analog Custom Shop Deluxe Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

      This is a really well designed distortion with really versatile pallete of sounds.

      The only problem I had was turning hum into a screaming noise when boosting even small amounts with mid gain. I might have it serviced.

      Also the Direct Input thing is overrated. I have much better impulses on my computer, that are aviable for free, so this is just a fun thing to switch and have a broken cabinet effect.

      I'd recommend it for someone who doesn't have much money on different stomp effects and experiments and wants a decent distortion pedal.

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      (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      do not under estimate

      By gely

      from patillas pr

      About Me Novice

      Ask me a question

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Compact Design
      • Excellent Sound Quality
      • Good Selection Of Effects
      • Responsive
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Events
        • Home Studio
        • Mobile DJ
        • Performances
        • Professional Recording

        Comments about Akai Professional Analog Custom Shop Deluxe Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

        I recently had this pedal for the thing that say its a 3 pedal in one and have a eq i tookit to a friend so we can testit and i had to bye anotherone for him he is an expert in miusic and have testit and told me kid you have the more versatil pedal this go frome sweet blues to wild fuzz heavy rock he compared with a boss a original grudge and a turbo screamer frome ibanez he say this it is and i have tested in a kb amp with a acoustic without the distortion and it giveit a big boost no feedback clear sound and clear tone so this is the jackspot. Forget about the fishes of colors

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        5.0

        Great distortion pedal

        By HolloWI

        from Undisclosed

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Good Selection Of Effects
        • Responsive
        • Versatile

        Cons

        • Large

        Best Uses

          Comments about Akai Professional Analog Custom Shop Deluxe Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

          I really love this distortion pedal. It can provide distortion from old classic metal to modern metal. the high cut switch does cut out a lot of the highs (even cutting into the mids), but sometimes that's what you are going for. I think my favorite thing on the pedal is the mid range selector. You can target specific mid range tones if you want to scoop or expand a certain part of the EQ. It takes a while to tweak the tone, but it does give a great amount of options for creating a tone you like. Since i got this pedal, i have removed all other distortion options from my home rig.
          This thing is a little on the larger size, so make sure you have the room on a pedal board for it.

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          5.0

          All the Tone You Could Want

          By Charles

          from Saint Paul, MN

          About Me Novice

          Ask me a question

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Excellent Sound Quality
          • Good Selection Of Effects
          • True bypass
          • Versatile

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Akai Professional Analog Custom Shop Deluxe Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

              I received this pedal and had to play with the switches for quite a while before I found the best setting for me. That being said, I enjoyed every minute of messing with the settings. The sheer amount of different tones this pedal can produce is amazing - don't let the online videos fool you - It's actually the most versatile distortion pedal I've ever used. One critique is that is does seem to be geared more towards a 'metal' sound, and any gain increase gets out of control very quickly, but otherwise a very solid buy.

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              5.0

              the old and new school

              By gely

              from patillas pr

              About Me Novice

              Ask me a question

              Pros

              • Compact Design
              • Excellent Sound Quality
              • Good Selection Of Effects
              • Responsive
              • Versatile

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Amateur Recording
                • Events
                • Home Studio
                • Performances
                • Professional Recording

                Comments about Akai Professional Analog Custom Shop Deluxe Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

                Have bean practicing with some old school guy that go frome blue jazz too cranking and anything and it response was awsome great tone good sustaining in solos and tested vs ibanez and boss and they dont stand a chance. Also test it with a acoustic and without distortion and boostit up without feedback and clear sound on it. good pedal for any ocation

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                5.0

                AWESOME PEDAL. One of BEST EVER.

                By GDTNOVA

                from Lake Conroe Texas northwest of Houston

                About Me Professional Musician

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Compact Design
                • Excellent Sound Quality
                • Good Selection Of Effects
                • Responsive
                • Versatile

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Home Studio
                  • Performances
                  • Professional Recording

                  Comments about Akai Professional Analog Custom Shop Deluxe Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

                  Wonderful Deal on this Pedal. I love it.

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                  5.0

                  Very versatile pedal!

                  By Huntervandorn

                  from Clayton NC

                  About Me Experienced

                  Pros

                  • Excellent Sound Quality
                  • Responsive
                  • Versatile

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Amateur Recording
                    • Events
                    • Home Studio
                    • Performances
                    • Professional Recording

                    Comments about Akai Professional Analog Custom Shop Deluxe Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

                    Picked this up on the stupid deal, and I would advise any musician that needs to cover a wide range of styles to get this pedal. It is capable of classic distortion to Nu-Metal if that's your thing. Very clear and clean sounding distortion and can go from rhythm to lead without very much tweaking or a boost pedal. I use it live whenever I can, and it is great when my Big Fuzz just wont cut it. Do not look too deep into the Akai vids on the internet as they do not do this pedal any justice, get one for yourself and tweak the settings, you will not be disappointed!

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                    5.0

                    Distortion Heaven

                    By Budacus

                    from Raleigh, NC

                    About Me Experienced

                    Ask me a question

                    Pros

                    • Excellent Sound Quality
                    • Numerous Settings
                    • Responsive
                    • Very Low Noise

                    Cons

                    • None

                    Best Uses

                    • Amateur Recording
                    • Events
                    • Home Studio
                    • Performances
                    • Professional Recording

                    Comments about Akai Professional Analog Custom Shop Deluxe Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

                    Been playing for 40+ years; yep an old guy! One of the better dirt pedals out there; I use the Seymour Duncan Twin Tube Classis as the base line to judge all other OD/DIRT pedels. The sustain on this Akai is unreal and with just about zero noise. Can't really do low gain overdrive, (I normally hang around classis rock pushing air through tube amps) but with so many options, there are great distortion tones/settings for all for pushing amps into another dimension. I think my ears started to bleed on some of the higher settings - ahhh a good thang. The only negatives are limited lower gain tones (again, this is not for the weak of heart and those looking for a OD pedal) and he lack of a dual switch to tap two different settings. But for what it is, at a realistic price, it's a real winner.

                    Comment on this review

                     
                    5.0

                    A versatile pedal with good durability.

                    By Kai

                    from St Louis, MO

                    About Me Professional Musician

                    Pros

                    • Good Selection Of Effects
                    • Responsive
                    • Versatile

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Amateur Recording
                      • Events
                      • Home Studio
                      • Performances

                      Comments about Akai Professional Analog Custom Shop Deluxe Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

                      I went ahead and pulled the trigger on this one went it came through the Stupid Deal of the Day.

                      The pedal has good range of modifiers that can be applied to the distortion, meaning that you can go from classic sounding all the way up to modern metal. The sound isn't the *absolute* best, but it's still pretty good. For the price that I got it at, it's a killer pedal. At it's current going price, though… I don't know. It's good, but maybe not 100+ good. Wait for a sale, or a permanent price drop.

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                      2.0

                      Strange tone

                      By mr.title

                      from miami, fl

                      About Me Experienced

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Compact Design

                      Cons

                      • Poor Sound Quality

                      Best Uses

                      • Amateur Recording
                      • Performances

                      Comments about Akai Professional Analog Custom Shop Deluxe Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

                      This is similiar to the Metal Zone, but despite all the switches and options, there's always an obnoxious, cheap, metallic tone. The hi cut switch takes out way too much of the treble, and the speaker simulator is pretty good, but not better than what you might get from an amp modeller, or effects processor. No matter what setting you pick, there's always a slight "Ice Pick" tone to the mids. It also has a little less distortion than some other metal themed distortion pedals. Despite it's many switches, it doesn't have a great variety of sound.

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