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A compact pedal that captures the legendary "Rat" distortion tone.
The Black Secret Distortion pedal captures the classic "Rat" tone made famous in the '70s and '80s. The pedal features two modes: Vintage and Turbo. Both modes are very different with vintage delivering a raspy thinner distortion that doesn't over power your tone. The Turbo mode on the other hand really thickens up the tone giving you a beefier modern sound.
Like the other micro pedals in the Mooer family, this pedal will fit on any pedalboard with ease. Its full metal casing makes it durable and road ready, and like most great effects pedals it has true bypass.
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Comments about Mooer Black Secret Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:
This is essentially a clone of a whiteface RAT in a tiny Mooer package. Flip the switch to get even more staurated Turbo RAT tones.
I'd always stayed away from RAT pedals because I thought they'd only be good for fizzy, compressed, scooped-mids tones. But if you spend some time with one, you learn that they can also do light overdrive at low gain settings. You can also get something like a traditional fuzz tone if you tweak a bit, but they're really at their best in lower gain settings through tube amps.
The Black Secret from Mooer reacts the same way. The distortion knob is a little sensitive, but if you turn it way down (like <2) and play with the filter sweep you'll find some very usable "light crunch" tones. Perfect for fattening up a Tele or P90 without ice-pick highs or loss of presence due to cut mids/lows. Played through a relatively clean Fender-style tube amp, you can easily get the classic tones of mid-period Stones. It captures the "Brown Sugar" tone: light distortion with crisp highs, but without any loss of detail in the mids.
Probably not a good choice for a Marshall-style amp, however. Pair it with a Vox or Fender and you'll be happy.