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Open-Box Bogner Uberschall Distortion/Boost Guitar Effects Pedal

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In 2001 Bogner launched the Uberschall amplifier. More than a decade later, Bogner still hand builds each one in Los Angeles, California. Dubbed "Arm...Click To Read More About This Product

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(Open Box) Brutal Bogner gain of the highest order, now in a compact pedal.

In 2001 Bogner launched the Uberschall amplifier. More than a decade later, Bogner still hand builds each one in Los Angeles, California. Dubbed "Armageddon in a Box," the ferocious Uberschall pedal derives its thunderous hi-gain tones from the notoriously brutal Bogner Uberschall amplifier. While the Uberschall pedal offers a significant range of classic lower and medium gains, its true nature comes forth when delivering savage, face-melting, high-gain aggression.

Reinhold designed the Uberschall pedal with five discrete Class A gain stages and with diode clipping, mirroring circuitry of the Uberschall amplifier's high-gain channel. This revolutionary approach provides clarity, touch sensitivity and note separation never before achieved in distortion pedals.

The Uberschall pedal is powered by a standard 9V battery or 9V power supply. Reinhold's advanced circuitry internally elevates the voltage a substantially higher level. This higher voltage provides a greater dynamic range which closely resembles the feel of the Uberschall amplifier's legendary tube design.

FEATURES
  • True bypass
  • Boost function with independently lit volume and gain controls
  • Master Controls: Gain, Treble, Middle, Bass and Volume
  • Jacks: input, output and remote
  • Remote jack allows control of the on/off and boost functions via a remote switching unit
  • Low Battery Indicator: LEDs blink when battery voltage drops below critical threshold
  • Premium components include: Double-sided, gold-plated circuit boards, German WIMA capacitors, Japanese Nichicon capacitors and gold-plated relays, Carling switches and more

Add the Uberschall's legendary high-gain sound to your rig. Order now.

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BognerUberschall Distortion/Boost Guitar Effects Pedal
 
4.1

(based on 18 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (9)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

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72%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Excellent sound quality (12)
  • Responsive (12)
  • Versatile (11)
  • Compact (6)
  • Good selection of effects (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Performances (13)
  • Professional recording (12)
  • Home studio (11)
  • Amateur recording (8)
  • Outdoor events / games (7)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (11), Professional musician (7)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Immaculate Distortion

This is literally like a Bogner Uberschall amplifier in a box. This isn't just a distortion pedal, it completely redefines your tone. I have owned all sorts of metal distortion pedals, including the...Read complete review

This is literally like a Bogner Uberschall amplifier in a box. This isn't just a distortion pedal, it completely redefines your tone. I have owned all sorts of metal distortion pedals, including the PisdiYAUw0t, the line6 ubermetal, boss metalzone, boss metalcore, mxrFullbore, etc...None of them even come close to holding a candle to this pedal. All other pedals simply add massive amounts of gain, completely washing away the tone and making it virtually impossible to cut through the mix with other musicians playing. This is the only modern distortion pedal in which I can hear my tone cut through the mix and never lose sight of every note in a chord. Granted, this pedal does not have massive amounts of sludgy gain, per se, but honestly if you think that you need more gain than this then nobody is going to want to listen to your guitar anyway. This pedal is perfectly sufficient to sound like Meshuggah, Tool, or even Pantera and it is versatile enough to be super responsive to your voulme knob, granting you the ability to access a slightly overdriven sound instead of full on distortion. This is the best and most worthy distortion pedal I've ever played with, unmatched versatility and tonal characteristics makes this pedal way more than just a stompbox, it's like having an extra amp on your pedal board. However, to achieve the best results, I highly recommend stacking this pedal with another overdrive pedal in front of it. I have found no other pedal better than the X0tic RCBooster, it is the best for placing right before distortion pedals as it completely enhances your tone as well as provides a perfect subtle boost, not too much but just right. Oh yeah, and when you squeal the strings with the Uberschall pedal, your ears will bleed.

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perplexed

been in working cover bad for years and thought this would be a great "extra" high gain channel for my bogner xtc, was very disappointed...very, although it does...Read complete review

been in working cover bad for years and thought this would be a great "extra" high gain channel for my bogner xtc, was very disappointed...very, although it does function as if its another channel, part of the amp, not just a pedal, it sounded TERRIBLE on the xtc. It was awful, to make it worse I had bragged about this thing and my guitar buddies were there at the first plug in....they were glad I was the one who shelled out all that money first. tried it on my solid state practice amp, not much better. one show we played out in the cold , the temperature seemed to mess the switches up because the thing wouldn't work right all night till I got it home in the warmer temps, it did this EVERY time I had it out in the cold...all the BOSS, Fulltone, Morely, ect pedals never failed but this one every time. I sincerely hope I had a bad one for the price and because I LOVE my Bogner XTC and I couldn't imagine them making something of such poor quality

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(7 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

perplexed

By Dj

from MO

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Comments about Bogner Uberschall Distortion/Boost Guitar Effects Pedal:

been in working cover bad for years and thought this would be a great "extra" high gain channel for my bogner xtc, was very disappointed...very, although it does function as if its another channel, part of the amp, not just a pedal, it sounded TERRIBLE on the xtc. It was awful, to make it worse I had bragged about this thing and my guitar buddies were there at the first plug in....they were glad I was the one who shelled out all that money first. tried it on my solid state practice amp, not much better. one show we played out in the cold , the temperature seemed to mess the switches up because the thing wouldn't work right all night till I got it home in the warmer temps, it did this EVERY time I had it out in the cold...all the BOSS, Fulltone, Morely, ect pedals never failed but this one every time. I sincerely hope I had a bad one for the price and because I LOVE my Bogner XTC and I couldn't imagine them making something of such poor quality

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Super sensitive High gain pedal

By Carlos Galvez

from Mexico

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Pros

  • Excellent Sound Quality
  • Versatile

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Home Studio
    • Performances
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about Bogner Uberschall Distortion/Boost Guitar Effects Pedal:

    Do you want to hear how this pedal sounds? Hear this...

    http://soundcloud.com/carlos_galvez/rocking-uberschall

    I recorded it in my home...

    The Uberschall pedal has an incredible response to your playing and a big transparent sound... it's NOT an over-compressed haigh gain pedal... is very versatile, you could play from blues to metal with it... The boost switch is really helpfull to get highest gain sounds... the middle control is very sensitive...

    High quality pedal!

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    if you like 5150 or Rectifier tones...

    By solofloyd

    from Honolulu, Hawaii

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    Pros

    • Compact Design
    • Excellent Sound Quality
    • Great Tone Range
    • Made In The Usa
    • Quality Brand
    • Responsive
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Home Studio
      • Performances
      • Professional Recording

      Comments about Bogner Uberschall Distortion/Boost Guitar Effects Pedal:

      if you like 5150 or Rectifier tones...check this out. it can replace over-drive or distortion chains of effects with less noise being added to the overall sound...even though 100% analog.

      (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Bogner on a budget

      By Riders7

      from NYC

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      Pros

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

      Cons

      • None

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about Bogner Uberschall Distortion/Boost Guitar Effects Pedal:

      This is a very high gain, but extreme articulate note definition pedal. The boost function make a single channel amp turn into 3 ch with this pedal. This pedal can do any metal with mid scoop and hugh low end.

      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Immaculate Distortion

      By Kody27

      from memphis, TN

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      Pros

      • Clarity
      • Excellent Sound Quality
      • Modern
      • Responsive
      • Tone
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about Bogner Uberschall Distortion/Boost Guitar Effects Pedal:

        This is literally like a Bogner Uberschall amplifier in a box. This isn't just a distortion pedal, it completely redefines your tone. I have owned all sorts of metal distortion pedals, including the PisdiYAUw0t, the line6 ubermetal, boss metalzone, boss metalcore, mxrFullbore, etc...None of them even come close to holding a candle to this pedal. All other pedals simply add massive amounts of gain, completely washing away the tone and making it virtually impossible to cut through the mix with other musicians playing. This is the only modern distortion pedal in which I can hear my tone cut through the mix and never lose sight of every note in a chord. Granted, this pedal does not have massive amounts of sludgy gain, per se, but honestly if you think that you need more gain than this then nobody is going to want to listen to your guitar anyway. This pedal is perfectly sufficient to sound like Meshuggah, Tool, or even Pantera and it is versatile enough to be super responsive to your voulme knob, granting you the ability to access a slightly overdriven sound instead of full on distortion. This is the best and most worthy distortion pedal I've ever played with, unmatched versatility and tonal characteristics makes this pedal way more than just a stompbox, it's like having an extra amp on your pedal board. However, to achieve the best results, I highly recommend stacking this pedal with another overdrive pedal in front of it. I have found no other pedal better than the X0tic RCBooster, it is the best for placing right before distortion pedals as it completely enhances your tone as well as provides a perfect subtle boost, not too much but just right. Oh yeah, and when you squeal the strings with the Uberschall pedal, your ears will bleed.

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Does One thing Exceptionally Well

        By Mr. Magic

        from So Cal

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        Pros

        • Excellent Sound Quality
        • Responsive

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Bogner Uberschall Distortion/Boost Guitar Effects Pedal:

            I'm a pedal junkie that's often tempted to buy pedals that promise variety. But I find that all too often they don't live up to their billing. For this reason I can fall out of love with a pedal - even an expensive pedal - within an hour or two.

            The Bogner Uberschall pedal is a one trick pony that does what it does so well that I just had to get the Velcro out and give it precious real estate on my go-to pedal board.

            If you like Marshall tones, i.e. high gain but with great clarity and definition, you won't be disappointed. If you're looking for 7-string grunt and grind, you probably will be.

            I'm very impressed with this pedal and I look forward to using it for years to come - finding every sweet spot it has to offer.

            (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            2.0

            Sounds Cheap

            By McGnarly

            from Detroit, MI

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            Pros

              Cons

              • Poor Sound Quality

              Best Uses

                Comments about Bogner Uberschall Distortion/Boost Guitar Effects Pedal:

                First off, there is not nearly as much gain as the product's description would have you think. Initially the sound was extremely thin both on my tube and solid state amps. Additionally, I tested it both on my strat with single coils my, HH PRS, AND an ibanez with EMG 81/89.
                The instructions tell you that the bass pot may need to be turned all the way down on certain amps. That helped a bit but it still sounds pretty bad. Save your money and buy something else.

                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                The king of tone and high gain!

                By aaron

                from Cleveland, Ohio

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                Pros

                • Compact Design
                • Excellent Sound Quality
                • Responsive
                • Versatile

                Cons

                  Best Uses

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

                  Comments about Bogner Uberschall Distortion/Boost Guitar Effects Pedal:

                  WOW! This pedal has completely transformed my amp into a high gain monster with a whole lot of attitude. The Bogner Uberschall absolutely delivers. While it not only looks cool and slick on your pedal board, it brings with it a wide range of tones and is responsive to the way you play with high quality definition. I played through a number of different distortion boxes and this one is by far my favorite. I play a Les Paul Custom through a Marshall 100 watt head with a Mesa 4X12 stiletto cab and this thing just brings out all the things in your amp that was missing before. The clarity and note separation is superb. While other boxes sound fizzy and cheap, this one accentuates the tonal characteristics of your guitar while bringing just the right amount high gain mayhem at the same time. If you are looking for a high quality versatile high gain pedal, this is the one. At least for me in my opinion. BOGNER UBERSCHALL ROCKS HARD!

                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  realistic and usable distortion

                  By DaveMan

                  from Metal, Alabama

                  About Me Experienced

                  Pros

                  • Compact Design
                  • Excellent Sound Quality
                  • Versatile

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

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

                    Comments about Bogner Uberschall Distortion/Boost Guitar Effects Pedal:

                    I am very pleased with my Bogner Uberschall. The distortion is very amp like and usable, unlike many distortions that have tons of gain and sound like a rechargable vacuum. The Uberschall can add a little grit or very over the top tube melting distortion. I really like the adjustable boost volume pot. Almost every negative review I have seen say that the boost volume is not adjustable-just turn it. The Class A gain stages add a very clear and hard distortion. I have run a strat, a 6120 Gretsch, and a Xiphos through this pedal and love the new expanded character that I get.

                    (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    3.0

                    LESS GAIN THAN ADVERTISED

                    By ducky122

                    from Burlington NC

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                    Pros

                      Cons

                      • Limited Selection Of Effects

                      Best Uses

                      • Performances

                      Comments about Bogner Uberschall Distortion/Boost Guitar Effects Pedal:

                      Based on the description, I expected this pedal to unleash a monster wall of insane modern metal tones. It doesn't do anything close to that. What it does is provide a Marshall-y crunch that is not muddy, along with reasonably reactive EQ controls and a pretty decent volume boost. The pedal is designed to work with an amp set on clean, and it gets pretty fizzy if you use preamp gain with it. It does come to life a little more with a Tubescreamer type OD in front of it in the signal chain. I decided to keep the pedal because nothing else in my current set-up gives me that particular tone, but it's not what I really wanted. Not a great value at full price.

                      Overall, if you want a pedal that takes a clean amp and gives it a Marshall-y crunch tone, this is a good one.

                      If you want a real heavy, modern high gain distortion, you should get a different pedal.

                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Bogner Uberschall is Uber Cool!

                      By Old School Metal Head

                      from San Antonio, TX.

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                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

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

                        Comments about Bogner Uberschall Distortion/Boost Guitar Effects Pedal:

                        I picked up a Bogner Uberschall on a SDOTD offer, and I'm glad I did. It's proving to be a pretty good distortion pedal. It's NOT capable of death metal type distortion, but it does scooped mids and modern distortion well with the help of the boost side.

                        The boost side can be engaged by itself, so that it functions as a solo boost without the gain side being enabled. The reality is that this pedal is essentially two pedals in one: a distortion pedal and a boost pedal.

                        The pedal runs on a regular 9V One Spot type power source, or it can run on a 9V battery. I haven't tried running it on battery power yet, so I can't testify as to how long a battery will last.

                        It's a fairly large pedal, but not nearly as large as the Behringer Tube Distortion pedal (that thing is a beast!).

                        I would recommend this pedal to a friend. It's fun to play around with.

                        (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        3.0

                        Not so Uber

                        By jmonty900

                        from Colorado

                        About Me Professional Musician

                        Pros

                        • Simple Layout

                        Cons

                        • Hard To Dial In

                        Best Uses

                        • Home Studio

                        Comments about Bogner Uberschall Distortion/Boost Guitar Effects Pedal:

                        I found the Uberschall difficult to dial in and does not respond well with every amp. It has less gain than I anticipated.

                        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        OVER THE TOP!!!

                        By SlaveNoMore

                        from San Pedro, CA.

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                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Compact Design
                        • Excellent Sound Quality
                        • Good Selection Of Effects
                        • Responsive
                        • Uber Saturated Tight Tone
                        • Versatile

                        Cons

                        • Not Buying One Sooner

                        Best Uses

                        • Amateur Recording
                        • Events
                        • Home Studio
                        • Performances
                        • Professional Recording
                        • Uber Tone On Boost Settin

                        Comments about Bogner Uberschall Distortion/Boost Guitar Effects Pedal:

                        I believe I have finally arrived at the tone/gain/texture that has alluded all these years with this pedal. I played through a Bogner Ubershall a few years ago and wanted one instantly. This is that same over the top gain and texture and tone for a fraction of the cost!! Thank you, Reinhold Bogner for putting that legendary sound into a compact, affordable stomp box!

                        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        4.0

                        Great and Versatile Distortion

                        By Leo_Salvador

                        from Campinas,Brazil

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                        Pros

                        • Excellent Sound Quality
                        • Responsive
                        • Versatile

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Performances
                          • Professional Recording

                          Comments about Bogner Uberschall Distortion/Boost Guitar Effects Pedal:

                          I was really impressed with the first reviews and sound samples I've seen over so I decided to give this one a try, which came to be a good idea.

                          It does have all the qualities I was looking for (Fluid and organic low-to-high gain distortion) with solid construction and friendly interface. I was interest in using it as main distortion pedal when not using a full amp setting (5150, ENGL, Hughes & Kettner are my choices in that) and it delivered a very good result. I still think it could go a little bit farther in terms of gain and that's why I've not given a 5 stars. I mean, there's lot of drive and gain to play from blues, to rock, hard, heavy and etc, but there's lack of punch and headroom on that process when you start putting much gain. Some harmonics and sustain didn't work as I was expecting. For instande, with some twist and turns on a Fulltone OCD and a good axe you can deliver a more dense, rich and consistent sound (at least for my liking) with same versability, solid construction etc.

                          Overall a great pedal with amazing organic and decent distortion sounds from low-to-high gain.

                           
                          4.0

                          Very Powerful, Very Well Made

                          By jonestheman

                          from Birmingham Alabama

                          About Me Professional Musician

                          Pros

                          • Excellent Sound Quality
                          • Responsive
                          • Versatile

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Home Studio
                            • Performances
                            • Professional Recording

                            Comments about Bogner Uberschall Distortion/Boost Guitar Effects Pedal:

                            I bought this after seeing a few videos on YouTube, and was impressed by how versatile it can be. I got mine and first marveled at all the box candy- the packaging and all that is top notch, and it seems they went out of their way to make you understand that you bought something special and really cool. Anyhoo, it sounds great. It definitely does the Bogner thing very well. The build quality is impeccable; Mr. Bogner has definitely not lost his German aesthetic of over-building everything since moving his company over here to L.A. Going back to the tones, I use mine straight in the input of a Mesa/Boogie Mark V:25, and it gives me a third channel option when using it on the clean channel of the amp. My favorite tone of the Mark V:25 is on the Crunch mode of the clean channel, but it precludes me from having a clean sound to switch to. So I use this to have in place of the Mesa/Boogie's awesome Crunch mode, running instead on the Fat mode setting. That way I have a really wonderful clean tone, and then I can bare down the fangs, so to speak, and it sounds great. Then I have my third option, the gain channel set to the Mark IV mode, which is the sound I use most of the time anyway. It's not fair to compare the Bogner to the Mesa/Boogie's gain channel, as they're two completely different animals (not to mention one's a very expensive amp and the other is a pedal).

                            The Bogner's midrange is very, very powerful- like on a lot of Bogner amps, it's voiced in a very throaty, Marshally-roar when you turn it up, and a super-scooped, machine gun-like percussive chunk when you dial it out. The manual cautions you about the bass control, to protect your speakers and to keep from muddying up the tone, so on- and yeah, it throws a metric ton of bass. The boost function is super simple, sounds very transparent, can be dialed in for a preset amount, and functions independently of the drive. This thing is great, and has now made me Jones for the Ecstasy Red...

                            (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            3.0

                            UBERSCHALL IS UBER JUST OK

                            By Mr.J

                            from Va

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                            Pros

                            • Compact Design
                            • Responsive

                            Cons

                            • Poor Sound Quality

                            Best Uses

                              Comments about Bogner Uberschall Distortion/Boost Guitar Effects Pedal:

                              I bought this with the intent it was going to be an outstanding distortion stomp box for when the metal side took over but luckily I bought it used and it is so far from Armageddon in a box more like sorta hot rodded Marshall in a over priced pedal my opinion save your money

                               
                              4.0

                              Unique Sound

                              By aaron

                              from Cleveland, Ohio

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                              Pros

                              • Responsive

                              Cons

                              • Difficult To Use

                              Best Uses

                              • Events
                              • Performances
                              • Professional Recording

                              Comments about Bogner Uberschall Distortion/Boost Guitar Effects Pedal:

                              I have already wrote a review on this pedal but it was a little corny and not exactly true to what I really think. I want to be more up front and real about it. This is a good distortion pedal and it has gotten me by as far as playing shows and recording goes. It definitely has it's own sound. It can sound good in some applications but with a minor accidental twist of the mid knob your sound can be lost and it sounds like a fifty bones pedal, not two hundred and fifty. I have been using it for a couple years and it has served well but I think I am ready to get something that sounds more true to my rig and less boxy. Just feels like a "one trick pony". It's great when dialed in with one amp but takes a lot of patience to find what works for you on other amps. I would also suggest using more pre amp gain if you want more distortion. This is more like an overdrive pedal than an actual distortion pedal, in my opinion. Could be good or bad depending how you look at it. I am giving it four stars in that, again, it has served me well. Still...it is lacking somewhat and I think the price I paid for it needs to be cut in half in all honesty.

                               
                              4.0

                              It's like an additional amp channel.

                              By Phoenix Guitar Dude

                              from Phoenix, AZ

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                              Pros

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

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Amateur Recording
                                • Home Studio
                                • Performances
                                • Professional Recording

                                Comments about Bogner Uberschall Distortion/Boost Guitar Effects Pedal:

                                Very dynamic as it responds to pick attack very well. Great note articulation even with the gain maxed out. Doesn't seem to add much noise to the signal either which is cool. Controls are very responsive. I think there is a surprising amount of versatility there by experimenting with different levels of gain and boost. Since it behaves more like an amp channel than a pedal, I prefer to run an overdrive in the front of it for soloing rather than engaging the boost function.

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