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Arion MTE-1 Tubulator Distortion Pedal

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Incredible tube-amp simulation in a pedal with sweet, soft-edged distortions.

The Arion MTE-1 Tubulator Distortion Pedal has controls for level, tone, and degree of distortion.


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inexpensive, not cheap

Bottom Line: Inexpensive plastic pedal that should not be abused too much but will probably give you a good return on investment if you do not like the distortion on your SS amp; has...Read complete review

Bottom Line: Inexpensive plastic pedal that should not be abused too much but will probably give you a good return on investment if you do not like the distortion on your SS amp; has a 1:3 shot at standing up to a costing tw ice as much.Okay, I got this from one of the sales on here a few months ago. I play Agile 2500 (LP-type) or a MIM Strat through a Marshall MG series amp until I can find "my sound", but I find the marshall mg distortion channel to lack any warmth. I will attempt to avoid subjective adjectives for the rest of the post. This pedal does a fair job, from what I can tell. It is fairly bassy. I keep the tone knob at around 9 and seems to cut the highs out a lot. With the Dist knob all the way down, it makes me smile with the ever-so-slightly overdriven sound; the volume gives an ok boost. Dist all the way up=noise, so for higher gain stuff, I run the distortion at about 6-9, which gives another pleasing sound. The Tubulator does not appear to react to picking dynamics well. As a reference, I also have a Digitech Screamin' Blues, which is a much more balanced pedal and reacts to picking dynamics; the Digitech also has better tone shaping and seems to color the sound far less when the tone shaping is middled.


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This pedal is practically a toy

I bought this on sale last winter from this site for my 8-year-old niece to go with her Mini-Strat. If you are a kid on an allowance and it will take you a...Read complete review

I bought this on sale last winter from this site for my 8-year-old niece to go with her Mini-Strat. If you are a kid on an allowance and it will take you a year to save up to buy a real distortion pedal, go ahead and get this. If you are an adult, put the money toward a quality product.

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Maybe not...


from Serverna Park MD

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I bought this pedal but it just doesn't have a good sound. Disortion is weak and the volume level is 1 or 10, not much in between. The price is Great, So it's worth the money but I would not but it again.

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Cuts Too Much Bass

By Slej Hammer

from Washington, DC

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Maybe I got a lemon, but this "distortion" pedal just seems like a mild, midrangey overdrive pedal to me. It's good for getting an overdriven bluesy lead tone, but not much else. It really cuts alot of bass as well, and thus does not give the heavier distorted tone I was expecting.

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if you get 10.... it's GREAT

By Brad -c.9_y

from Brooklyn, NY

I'm a professional musician who's been playing guitar for 6 years. Yeah... I feel old when I type that. My christian metal band, SAVE-YOUR, plays frequent clubs, and I would be lost without this pedal. I was going to buy the boss distortion pedal, but after talking with the band, we decided to spend the money on 9 Tubulator Pedals. I use them all on my custom pedalboard at once, and use an arion line selector to turn them all on at the touch of a button. I get at least one person after every gig who comes up and compliments my monster tone. So, this pedal is sweet.... IF YOU HAVE NINE

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By JT Songsmith

from Tinley Park, IL

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Wasn't expecting much at this price, but I was pleasantly surprised. It's really quiet (i.e. no squeals & such) and it provides a nice crunchy overdrive someplace between classic OD & Metal.I'd say it's perfect niche would be classic rock.I wouldn't hesitate to use it in the studio, and if I were gigging I'd use one (though I'd have a backup)At this price, I'd say everybody ought to have two, either to run in series or for some cool stereo stuff. It may or may not be you main overdrive pedal, but it's got a certain uniqueness that should give it a home in any setup, ESPECIALLY at this price. I mean, at this price it's worth it if you use it for just one song, for cryin' out loud...


Can't beat the price......

By Pac-Man

from Pittsburgh, PA

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If you're looking for a cheap pedal that will give you a nice warm tube sounding distortion then this is the pedal for you. It's easy on the wallet and easy on the ears. Let's face it, a lot of the more expensive pedals are garbage.


great pedal

By Aaron-rXdbV

from woodland, wa

This was the first effects pedal I have bought, and it works great. I wasnt expecting much since it was so cheap. I was wrong. this pedal has completely satisfied me with what I wanted out of a pedal. I reccomend this to anybody who is just starting out, or someone who is short on cash.


Cool but flimsy

By Reverse Snob

from West-central Wisconsin

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The tubulator is a cheap, flimsy pedal. It does not provide a lot of gain. It doesn't produce a wide range of useable sounds. However, the one thing it does--overdriving tube amps--it does really, really well. I like it way more than Tube Screamers or other common overdrive pedals.


Great for overdriving an amp!

By DEATH-Hl8hx

from Nowhere

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I've been through a LOT of pedals, modified plenty of them and even built my own. Some how this $15 piece of plastic does the best job pushing an amp with good voicing over the edge. It's far better than a Tube Screamer and basically the same pedal as the old Rocktek DIR-01. Harmonics galore!Now all they need to do is change absolutely nothing about the circuit and sell it in a heavy duty metal housing.


Awesome Pedal

By Sts70004

from Washington

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This is one of the most awesome pedals I've ever played!! I can either go for a classic rock sound with less gain and about mid level, or I can bring down the gain just a little, and bring up the level and use it as a boost to get some wicked sweet distortion on my practice amp! Without a doubt one of the best pedals for the price!


Shut up and try it!

By Sulimancon

from South

This can make any amp sound good. It does have a tube sound and can do anything but metal. Does it say metal on it? I have had one of these for over ten years, lost the first one and got another.It's just like a TS9. If you don't like the tubescreamer, you won't like this. P.S. Get your ears cleaned out then try it again. Get those high frequencies back dude!



By Wigeon1187

from Alabama

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It doesn't do much of anything but raise the volume a bit. Junk, Trash It.


I was disappointed with the level of distortion

By Dan-O-t75Ns

from Luxemburg, WI

I was disappointed with the level of distortion. I expected a little heavier but I can fit it in some parts. Don't by this for a good hard rock distortion sound unless you wanna use it as an extra.


Great for mellow tunes!

By Anti-Project

from winfield, KS

Pretty good. It wasnt a waste of my money. It helps filters extra noise in the signal.


sound is everything

By Fender player-qA70Q

from Pungoteague, VA

I just got this pedal and man it is amazing. It has such a thick and clear sound. When i plugged it in it was just a sweet sound. Really smooth and nice feel.


Good Overdrive

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

This was my first pedal. It is great for beginners who want a good overdrive and some distortion, and for $15 + shipping, you can't go wrong. But if you like distortion set for Hard Rock and Metal you're better off with something like DigiTech Metal Master (XMM-1), or Boss Mega Distortion (MD-2). I used this pedal for about 4 months, until I bought a DigiTech Death Metal. But I recently put this pedal back into my signal chain because I needed some overdrive w/ less distortion, and because I bought a Godlyke PA-9 Power Supply, which works great. It is made of plastic, not steel, but for $15 it is a great overdrive pedal.


Best Overdrive Ever

By ty-EXfHU

from columbia, TN

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Bought this 'cause it was cheap. Was extremely surprized when I plugged it in. Have had many overdrive pedals in the past 30+ years, and this is the bomb! The tone is better than tubescreamer and ANYTHING boss has to offer; the only drawback is the plastic case construction, so just don't use it to jack your car up...Use it with a variety of guitars (primarily Gibsons) through a Mesa Heartbreaker head, and the tone is awesome, especially for classic rock. Definitely worth the money, and I would purchase it again. I'm glad somebody has the tone for the right price!


arion reveiw

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

i love this pedal, it goes well with my budget and the sound i'm looking for.


A Great , Cheap Dist. Pedal

By FutureShredMonkey

from Oak Island, N.C.

I have to say, this is an excellent pedal. Soft overdrive ona clean channel, but it turns your amp into a lead amp on a dirty channel. Use it for leads and palm-muting. On bass strings, forget about it.


Tube Screamer for pennies

By Photoweborama-Y7aNp

from Sacramento, CA

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I bought this because it was cheap, but I love it and use it all the time. I even wrote a review for the magazine I work for part time.Took it apart and it has a JRC 4558 Opamp in it, which is the same as the Tube Screamers use.The box says Copyright 1995 Stringer Industries, which leads me to believe the main design came from the 1995 Stringer Snarling Dogs pedals, which also use the same opamp.I'm now in the process of ordering two more of these things. One for my 10-year-old son so he can use it in front of his Vox with his Gibson Les Paul, or his Telecaster.Me, I'm going to try putting two in series and see what I come up with!


A Good Deal

By Sliver

from CAlumet, MI

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I got this effect pedal just before Christmas and I am amazed of what kind of sound it puts out for $20. It is a GOOD DEAL for band pratice or even at a concert, pretty good tone.

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