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The Wise Guy is Lunastone's classic overdrive pedal that gives you a cutting, mid focused crunch, coupled with the transparency and sweet responsiveness you would expect from a great vintage amp.
This pedal delivers unrivaled sustain and cleans up nicely when you back off on your guitar’s volume knob.
Unlike most other overdrives and distortions, the Wise Guy achieves its incredible warm, tube like overdrive purely from cascading gain stages much like in a real tube amp, giving you a musical tone that truly inspires the creation of great music.
Further, the Wise Guy lets you kick in an independent level booster, adding up to 15 dB, which helps drive your tube amp into saturation and to cut through the band mix on the stage.
With two drives you have a vast gain range right at your feet. Use OD1 and a gentle gain setting for subtle yet crunchy tone perfect for rhythm parts and bluesy riffs. Flick the toggle switch to OD2 when you need more gain and sustain for your latest licks and tricks.
You also get a dedicated tone control to tailor the high frequencies to perfection, and True Bypass switching makes sure your tone is passed on as purely as possible when the Wise Guy is bypassed.
There are basically three terminologies that are used to describe distorting guitar effects: distortion, fuzz, and overdrive. Over the years, these names have been mixed.
For most manufacturers, categorizing is more a matter of taste and what they think a particular pedal sounds like rather than the actual physical differences in the electronic circuits. Essentially, ‘distortion’ covers everything that distorts a signal, whereas ‘overdrive’ relates to overdriving amp circuits, pushing a signal on the input of the amp that is hotter than what the amp is designed to cope with.
Today, most distortion and overdrive guitar effects on the market use clipping diodes to create the distorting effect of the guitar signal. Lunastone’s TrueOverDrive™ pedals, Wise Guy, Big Fella and Three Stage Rocket, use a technique that have no clipping diodes in the signal chain at all. The overdrive comes exclusively from cascading gain stages, much like in a real tube amplifier. The result is a very transparent and tube like sound with lots of sustain and body. The reactions Lunastone have received from many guitar players, who have tried their pedals, is that they sound like a hot rodded Fender amp or a Marshall Plexi Head driven hard.
“Essentially, the Wise Guy’s circuitry more accurately mimics the circuitry of a real tube amp. The result: an extremely tube-like overdrive, complete with fantastic breakup, rich harmonics, and signature equalization. Most people will never know the difference between the tone of a Wise Guy and a tube amp.
“The dynamic control available and the real cascading amp-like transparency of Steen Grøntved’s design is a very genuine and notable feature.What’s interesting is that there are plenty of actual tube drive pedals out there to own and buy, and I have tried most of them, and yet to me, LunaStone simply simply seems to have done it better without the aid of any onboard tubes at all.”
“From Stevie Ray Vaughan to Gary Moore, you are right there, and the pedal doesn’t even need a tweaked amp to create an authentic and tube like drive. Whether with subtle or extreme settings, the sound is very well balanced. This is the ideal all round drive pedal for tone connoisseurs and sound fetishists.
PROS: Balanced distortion structure, perfect processing, super versatile. CONS: None!”
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