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Rogue Blues Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal

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The Rogue Blues Distortion pedal creates a warm overdrive distortion effect reminiscent of classic rock and blues tones of the '60s and '70s. It also...Click To Read More About This Product

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A no-hassle, great-sounding blues pedal.

The Rogue Blues Distortion pedal creates a warm overdrive distortion effect reminiscent of classic rock and blues tones of the '60s and '70s. It also lets you overdrive your favorite tube amp or solid state amp, creating harmonically rich overdrive and sustain.

Three control knobs let you quickly adjust the amount of distortion, high-end bite and overall volume of the effected sound. A true bypass switch engages and disengages the effect. An LED indicator shows you when the effect is engaged and gets dim when it's time to change the battery.

The Rogue Blues Distortion pedal is made of aluminum and built to last.

FEATURES
  • Sturdy, lightweight aluminum case
  • True bypass switching
  • Easy-to-use Gain, Tone and Level controls
  • Powered by either a 9 volt battery or external 9 volt DC adapter

Get a great blues sound at a happy price. Order today.

SPECIFICATIONS
  • Input impedance: 500k ohms
  • Output load impedance: >10k ohms
  • Equivalent input noise: -100dBm
  • Power supply: 1x9 volt battery or external 9 volt DC adapter
  • Power consumption: 20mA
  • Size: 2 3/8" x 4 3/8" x 1 1/4"
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RogueBlues Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal
 
3.4

(based on 16 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (3)

57%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Compact (6)

Cons

  • Poor sound quality (3)

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  • Performances (3)
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    • Experienced (5)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great Treble Booster

Rogue (or whatever massive entity controls the low-end pedal market and owns Rogue, DeltaLab, etc) named this pedal poorly. They should've called it a treble booster, because that's what it is.I don't...Read complete review

Rogue (or whatever massive entity controls the low-end pedal market and owns Rogue, DeltaLab, etc) named this pedal poorly. They should've called it a treble booster, because that's what it is.I don't know if they cut the bass before or after the OD section, but it works well.Previous reviewers are correct that you need to crank the gain/level much more than on other pedals to compensate for the loss of bass freqs.However, that said, this pedal is GREAT in certain situations - basically the kind where treble boosters work. If you put it in front of an overdriven warm tube amp, you still get the low freqs, but the pedals top end cuts through for lead (or tonality).If you put it into a clean amp, prepare for low-end loss and screaming high freq. To use it in this situation, you need to cut back on the tone quite a bit and follow it with something that'll return a bit of the low end freqs to the signal. I follow it with a Timmy (or Danelectro TOD), which puts that low-end/mids back in and brings out a snappy "pluck". Good for chicken pickin leads.For $50 I wouldn't bother, but I paid $29 or so and it's worth that I think.It's part of my gigging pedal board (I like to use the cheap pedals when I play out - no need to ruin my studio gear with beer spills and bar hoes).

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Rogue Blues Distortion pedal

I've read other reviews that praise the pedal, so there is a niche out there, but I cannot recommend this pedal.
This was part of a package deal (which was a great...Read complete review

I've read other reviews that praise the pedal, so there is a niche out there, but I cannot recommend this pedal.
This was part of a package deal (which was a great bargain), and I thought I would give this Blues pedal a try. It seems to be really well built--metal housing, true bypass, stiff switch--but, for me, it stops right there. You have to turn the gain and the volume on this pedal almost all the way up to even match the volume setting on your amp. I was hoping for more of a clean boost, and then gain a little crunch. This just doesn't do it. It has a very high treble sound that is not pleasing to my ear.

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(7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Rogue Blues Distortion pedal

By Don Severns

from Midwest

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Comments about Rogue Blues Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

I've read other reviews that praise the pedal, so there is a niche out there, but I cannot recommend this pedal.
This was part of a package deal (which was a great bargain), and I thought I would give this Blues pedal a try. It seems to be really well built--metal housing, true bypass, stiff switch--but, for me, it stops right there. You have to turn the gain and the volume on this pedal almost all the way up to even match the volume setting on your amp. I was hoping for more of a clean boost, and then gain a little crunch. This just doesn't do it. It has a very high treble sound that is not pleasing to my ear.

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

great pedal

By dwhite

from Nebraska

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Pros

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

Cons

  • Not rock distortion

Best Uses

  • Performances

Comments about Rogue Blues Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

This pedal makes my setup sound exactly like a live Chicago Blues performance. It isn't anything like the distortion rock and metal players use. I've been attending chicago blues performances at the Zoo Bar since the 70's and THIS is the sound.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Pass on this one

By mrdon2012

from Eugene, OR

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Pros

  • Comes in a nice box
  • Compact Design

Cons

  • Limited Selection Of Effects
  • Not Responsive
  • Poor Sound Quality

Best Uses

  • Looks kinda cool

Comments about Rogue Blues Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

I'm not really sure why they are calling this a Blues Distortion effect. Very little effect to the thing other than increasing the mid/treble. The effect seemed to be a little added sustain. If you're looking for a really bright sound I guess this might be worth a try. If you're looking for a Blue's distortion/drive this one isn't even close.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Good Treble Booster

By srinivassa

from Huntsville, AL

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Comments about Rogue Blues Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

This is a good 3.5 star pedal for one reason. It makes a very good solo booster/treble booster. It's not much of a blues distortion at all. If anything, the distortion on it gives it a bright abrasive edge, not a real breakup at all. I am cool with this because I needed a good treble booster on my board for solos. I knew from other reviews I would at least get that. Still, you should be able to slide the gain knob to 7:00 and get a clean solo treble boost. Then slide it to 2:00 and get a solid bluesy distortion. Turns out that it's pretty much all clean to OD clean boost.
This thing has good tone control, but does not provide any crunch to speak of.
Construction is great. Effect is not as advertised.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Great Treble Booster

By FrostBottomBoys

from Knoxville, TN

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Comments about Rogue Blues Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

Rogue (or whatever massive entity controls the low-end pedal market and owns Rogue, DeltaLab, etc) named this pedal poorly. They should've called it a treble booster, because that's what it is.I don't know if they cut the bass before or after the OD section, but it works well.Previous reviewers are correct that you need to crank the gain/level much more than on other pedals to compensate for the loss of bass freqs.However, that said, this pedal is GREAT in certain situations - basically the kind where treble boosters work. If you put it in front of an overdriven warm tube amp, you still get the low freqs, but the pedals top end cuts through for lead (or tonality).If you put it into a clean amp, prepare for low-end loss and screaming high freq. To use it in this situation, you need to cut back on the tone quite a bit and follow it with something that'll return a bit of the low end freqs to the signal. I follow it with a Timmy (or Danelectro TOD), which puts that low-end/mids back in and brings out a snappy "pluck". Good for chicken pickin leads.For $50 I wouldn't bother, but I paid $29 or so and it's worth that I think.It's part of my gigging pedal board (I like to use the cheap pedals when I play out - no need to ruin my studio gear with beer spills and bar hoes).

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Underwhelmed

By JSR Studios

from Bethlehem, PA

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Pros

  • Compact Design

Cons

  • Limited Selection Of Effects
  • Poor Sound Quality

Best Uses

    Comments about Rogue Blues Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

    I wouldn't have bought this pedal if it hadn't been selling at a great discount. This is a one trick pony. Turn everything up and you get lots of treble for Chicago Blues solo licks. I got nothing good when paired with a CryBaby. The pedal draws down the overall volume of the setup and there is no bottom, even when blown out of an overdriven tube amp. I can get about the same effect by using the treble pickup and setting the tones high on the guitar and amp. I'll be buying the Boss Blues Driver when I find a cheap buy.

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    Lil Tone Killer

    By Gramotey-UrHTS

    from Lansing, MI

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    Comments about Rogue Blues Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

    My previous review has not been published, so here I'll be brief:- Way too little gain to be interesting;- Cuts frequencies somewhat fierce, especially the lows;- Kills sustain: I have no idea how but it does;- $50??? There is a nice BOSS Overdrive for $40.Hear Rogue amplifiers to get the idea about the pedal sounds. I don't care if it looks like something else - it rather be better off having the insides as something else.

    (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    my pedal

    By Landon Durham

    from augusta sc

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    Comments about Rogue Blues Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

    the first day i got this pedal i dident know what to expect i mean look at the price. i pluged it up and my mind was blown. it could use some more distortion but its a good pedal

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Could have been great....

    By DNewsomeJX

    from St. Augustine, FL

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    Comments about Rogue Blues Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

    I bought the Rogue "Vintage Compressor" and loved it, it was perfect. Needed and overdrive pedal and thought I would try this one. Played it for about 30 minutes tonight and am ready to give it a review. It has pros and cons. The pros are the price, the quality of the casing (nice firm metal), firm (not too loose or sticky) knobs, and true bypass. Also, I have to say that the sound is very, very nice and is a bit like the BOSS SD-1 Overdrive. However, the cons outweigh the pros and I don't see myself keeping this long. The cons are: VERY low output. You have to turn the gain and level knobs WAY up (both 75% or greater) to match your clean tone volume and still get any effect. The gain knob below 12:00 barely makes any effect and drops the volume on your signal considerably (but interestingly does not muddy up the tone). The other con of the pedal is that it drops your low tones out a lot, and seems to increase the treble a bit. Not a good feature if you just want a light overdrive without coloring your tone. Still, the pedal does SOUND good, even if it isn't as good as a $100 overdrive pedal. With the Rogue Vintage Compressor you get a high quality pedal for a bargain. With the Blues distortion, you get what you pay for. The sound is good, but it will drop the volume in your signal chain significantly. I'm going to try and put the compressor in front of the blues dist. to see if that helps, but I suspect it will just make it noisy. The Blues Distortion is otherwise a quiet, noise-free pedal (even when cranked, which is the necessity).

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Another great value Rogue Pedal

    By 8glh8lISu

    from Saint Louis

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    Comments about Rogue Blues Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

    I really like the new Rogue pedals. They are real quality pedals for a good price. If I were other pedal companies they would be making me nervous. The blues distortion will really brighten a bass heavy amp with nice treble crunch. Staying on my board.

    (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    1.0

    no whiz for the price

    By Clint

    from Spokane Washington

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    Pros

      Cons

      • Does Not Do What It Says
      • Poor Sound Quality

      Best Uses

        Comments about Rogue Blues Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

        Does not do what it ADVERTISES. Am in process of sending it back!

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Very good pedal for the money.

        By Jsindee

        from Lawton, OK

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        Pros

        • Great Tone
        • Made a sound like Hendrix

        Cons

        • Not a lot of distortion
        • Tone needs more variety

        Best Uses

        • If you want a dirty clean

        Comments about Rogue Blues Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

        This pedal and the rouge compressor will give you the best sound! You'll get Hendrix's clean sustain. I wish it had a little more distortion though

         
        3.0

        Not worth your time

        By Dylan bob

        from Honolulu, HI

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        Pros

        • Compact Design
        • Great crunch

        Cons

        • Broken out the box
        • Not much of a distortion
        • Too bright
        • Very quiet

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practice

        Comments about Rogue Blues Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

        I bought this pedal expecting a medium drive kinda sound, but really it acts more of a treble booster with very light distortion. I have this pedal set up one of two ways, the first being tone at about 11 o' clock, distortion is dimed and the level floats depending at what volume im playing at and you get a decent crunch sound it's not bad but it does get very bright and if you turn the tone down if becomes very flat so it's hard to work with. The other way I use this is with the tone still at 11 o' clock volume dimed and the gain is between 11 and 1 o' clock, and that produces a light overdrive sound to add some dirt to my clean playing. The problem is that even with the volume dimed my sound has less volume than my original clean sound, so this thing is quiet unless you crank the gain but then it's not that bluesy tone, instead it's a early 60's distortion feel.
        When I received this pedal the knob was broken, luckily radio shack had the exact same knobs so I just popped that bad boy on.
        The plus side is that it works, you can get a useable tone out of this thing, and it was only 50 doll hairs . I wouldn't gig with this, but if you just want something to toy with by all means it's not awful (some people are way too harsh on these cheap pedals and forget they spent basically the price of a tank of gas on a piece of gear)
        My suggestion is to get the boss super overdrive, because that's the tone I was looking for and it sounds great(not to mention it's the same price), but if you like this and want to use it, use it as a treble boost and stack this with another light to mild overdrive and get a cool rock tone or a boost for your solo, it's not the coolest pedal I've ever played and it definitely doesn't inspire much of my playing but at the price I'm not too disappointed.

         
        4.0

        Thought it would kinda suck...

        By Bill

        from Nottingham, NH

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        Pros

        • Compact Design
        • Responsive

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Events
          • Gigs, jams and practice
          • Performances

          Comments about Rogue Blues Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

          Gigs, Jams and practice

           
          5.0

          Excellent Product.

          By BREED

          from Winter Haven, Fl.

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          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Events
            • Home Studio
            • Performances

            Comments about Rogue Blues Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

            Love Musician's Friend

             
            5.0

            Blues Distortion Pro Review

            By Edub2

            from Colorado

            Comments about Rogue Blues Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

            The Rogue pedal line is an absolute steel. These pedals have the same china made electronics and cases as other brands costing much more. Comparisons are 1. Modtone 2. Delta Lab 3. MXRThe delta lab brand costing in the middle has the same return address as the Rogue company.Please be aware many manufacturers in America have chosen to out source with China. This means there are the exact same products out there that have different names on them and different prices accordingly.

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