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Maxon RTO700 Real Tube Overdrive Guitar Effects Pedal

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The Maxon RTO700 Real Tube Overdrive Guitar Effects Pedal has no clipping diodes in the signal path - All distortion comes directly from the dual tri...Click To Read More About This Product

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A real-tube pedal for use with clean and semi-clean amps.

The Maxon RTO700 Real Tube Overdrive Guitar Effects Pedal has no clipping diodes in the signal path - All distortion comes directly from the dual triode preamp tube and hi-gain amp circuit. This design makes the RTO the best tube overdrive pedal for use with clean and semi-clean amps to effectively add a 2nd or 3rd channel of pure tube tone to your rig.

Every aspect of the RTO700 has been re-thought and redesigned to provide a lifetime of trouble-free performance. As soon as power is applied to the pedal, an In-Rush Current control begins heating the tube at a very low voltage (much like a tube amp standby switch) to dramatically extend tube life. When the pedal is engaged, a charge pump circuit bumps incoming voltage to feed the tube with 12.6 VDC.

Unlike other tube overdrive pedals, the RTO700 places the tube AFTER the OD/Distortion circuits, making it the best tube overdrive pedal to recreate an authentic tube-amp tone.

Gain and Master Controls allow the user to dial the amount of distortion and output level. The three Tone controls are completely independent with no frequency overlap, allowing for an unprecedented degree of tonal options. Everything is kept clean and tight via the variable VCA Noise Reduction circuit, which features an LED status indicator and On/Off switch.

The RTO700's Front-Panel Controls are as follows -

GAIN - Controls Gain level.
MASTER - Controls output level allowing user to match effect and bypass levels .
BASS - Controls low frequency range.
MID - Controls middle frequency range.
TREBLE - Controls high frequency range.
NR - Controls amount of Noise Reduction when NR is switched on.
NR On/Off - Turns Noise Reduction on/off.

Like all Maxon products, the RTO700 features True Mechanical Bypass switching using a 3PDT switch. The RTO700 comes complete with the Maxon AC2009 9-Volt power supply, an auto sensing digital power supply that can be used anywhere in the world.

  • All tube overdrive and distortion
  • Ideal for adding tube tone to clean amps
  • In-Rush current control for extended tube life
  • Extensive gain and tone controls for maximum sound shaping
  • Worldwide power supply is great touring

Add real-tube tone and overdrive to your solid state rig. Order today.


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Killer pedal!

By plan-x

from Mojave desert, CA

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  • Aggresive Shredder
  • Huge Usable Gain Range
  • Natural Tone Low Gainer
  • Neutral Tone
  • Tube Dynamics


  • Expensive
  • Has It's Own Power Supply
  • Large Footprint

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    Comments about Maxon RTO700 Real Tube Overdrive Guitar Effects Pedal:

    This pedal shreds with an open natural tone. Tube dynamics are all there and rolling back guitar volume is as clean as anything I've ever heard. It does low gain boosting really well with out coloring tone. Gain range is huge, going up into distortion territory without a buzzy high end. 3 band active EQ can shape one's tone from death to blues, classic to modern. I have owned dozens of boutique OD pedals and this is the best.

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