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Vox Cooltron CT02OD Big Ben Overdrive Pedal

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Preserve your amp's warm, silky tone while pushing your sound into overdrive! The tube-powered Big Ben Overdrive pedal responds to your playing dynam...Click To Read More About This Product

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Overdrive that responds to your playing.

Preserve your amp's warm, silky tone while pushing your sound into overdrive! The tube-powered Big Ben Overdrive pedal responds to your playing dynamics and cranks out that extra firepower when you really dig in and want to cut through. The gain knob varies the overall gain of the pedal from bluesy and mellow to fat and saturated, while the Tone knob provides sound shaping. As with all Cooltron pedals, the Big Ben's true bypass allows you to let your signal flow through untouched.

  • Tube-powered
  • Responds to picking dynamics
  • Gain knob ranges from bluesy to saturated
  • Tone knob
  • Volume knob

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(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)


Best Classic Overdrive Pedal

By Jake-rh3xi

from Portland, OR

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I listened to samples of every well-regarded overdrive pedal out there (note: I didn't consider distortion pedals at all), and tried out maybe 10 or 12 pedals. This one was hands down the best. The warmth and transparency are beyond compare. The crunch is just right, it bites where and how it should. Unlike TS-9 it doesn't cut bass frequencies. It really really sounds like a gently overdriven tube amp. I use it for a dirty channel with a 1972 fender bassman 10. When I turn the guitar volume down to where it doesn't overdrive, the pedal is so crystal clear it sounds the same when bypassed - it doesn't color your tone! I would recommend this pedal to anyone seeking classic overdrive tone. For heavier distortion check out other Vox cooltron pedals.

(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)


Best OD pedal for money

By Livinthedream

from rockandroll,usa

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OK. I have some pretty nice stuff. Boss, Digitech, Fulltone. Believe it or not, I find myself using this pedal more than any other. I don't understand someone saything this is "cheaply made". I find it is quality constructed and has a more desireable tone in certain ranges than any other pedal I own. I think every pedal has a sweet spot. And that sweet spot is different to everyone's ears. I am NOT a give everything all 5's all the time sort of reviewer. I just wrote a scathing review of the Vox Tonelab ST. For the money, this is a terrific buy. And that's how I rate things. If this was a $300 pedal I would mark it down a bit, but for the money, I think it is in "best buy" category.

(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)



By Shawn the rock master

from Idaho

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Wow, i got this the other day and im upset i messed around with other peddles, this is by far the best sounding and best quality peddle i have ever played. It glows blue come on!. I use it through a blackheart tube amp and i love the sound, i fell in love.

(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)



By BenGreene

from Sackville, NS

Well, this is by far the best sounding pedal I've ever heard. It's got such a tone and crunch that's capable of anything from gain all the way down, but still on for some tube warmth when playing cleans or jazz, or with the gain cranked up for pretty much anything. The only thing about this pedal is that if you're using it alone without distortion from your amp, it's got enough power for rhythm guitar but not quite enough for screaming leads. I stuck a boss DS-2 in front of this puppy and my lord was it sweet. It'd be nice if it had a gain boost, but don't let that keep you from buying one.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)



By smoothpedal

from Springfield, OH

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I like it, I own it. The drive is so smooth. It just found a permanent place on my pedalboard setup. It's nice to look at too.

(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


Love it, love it, love it.

By Gabe-T8SM3

from Calgary, AB

I gave this a go, without even trying it or reading anything about it. Figured, it's VOX how bad could it be. When I got it I played it running SG->Big Ben->AC30. Great versatility in this pedal. I can dial in a great bluesy slightly overdriven buttery sound to a throaty in your face screaming fat sound. It's not for metalheads, but if you play anything remotely rock and roll to indie, buy this pedal. It's built beautifully, the tube glows a sexy blue, and the chrome housing is an eye catcher. The only thing I would change on it is that it could be a little smaller, but I tend to run too many pedals on my board and I'm always looking for just a LITTLE more room for one more. I found out that you can upgrade the tube to get a warmer tone that it does now, but I have yet to try that. Once you go VOX, you don't go back.

(0 of 3 customers found this review helpful)


Try something else

By Stratinhand

from VA

I've read the mixed reviews and found parts of each that I agree with. The pedal looks awesome, but is big and cheaply made. The switch feels like it's a few stomps away from going. The overdrive does sound pretty good, but there's not a lot of volume with it. I matched it with a Visual Sound Rt 808, and the 808 puts it to shame. More volume, more breakup, way better construction, solid quality, GREAT sound- overall better value.

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