Modified Vintage Style Distortion
The GNAWER-308 started life based on Neil’s well loved and heavily modified late 1980’s ProCo RAT 2 distortion pedal. But that was just the starting point, so it is certainly not “yet another RAT clone”!!!
In comparison, the circuit is much altered and streamlined to capture the magic of Neil’s favourite modified settings of this one specific pedal, whilst improving on many elements he wasn't so keen on. This results in increased headroom, volume, clarity, dynamics and fullness, with less of the intense gaining up of the high-midrange and treble frequencies that could make the original pedal sound harsh and nasal.
To capture the unique feel and response of this old classic distortion pedal, Neil had to use the fabled LM-308 op-amp at the heart of the GNAWER-308. This is paired with higher threshold asymmetric hard clipping to create a detailed distortion response that is open and dynamic at lower gain settings and thick and compressed at high gain settings.
GNAW = Gain / Distortion
LOUD = Master output volume level.
BITE = Treble / Presence
ON = True bypass footswitch with ON status indicate by lit white LED.
IN = 6.35mm (1/4”) mono jack cable input.
OUT = 6.35mm (1/4”) mono jack cable output.
9V = 9V DC 2.1mm centre negative power supply input. The current draw of the GNAWER-308 is less than 10mA.
NOSE = Internal trim control for the frequency and gain response.