The new J Rockett Rockaway Archer overdrive pedal with EQ has been designed in conjunction with Steve Stevens. It’s based on the company’s Archer pedal, which itself is a Klon clone. Now Billy Idol’s right-hand man has added his input to the design.
The J Rockett Rockaway is essentially a Klon-style “transparent” overdrive with an added six-band EQ section that has up to 18dB of cut or boost. The original Klon Siberia overdrive pedals have become very popular in recent years, partially due to them no longer being manufactured. When J Rockett started making their Archer pedal it quickly gained a reputation as sounding close to the original Klon pedals. For a few hundred pounds, you could get a Klon-like tone, with the originals changing hands for £1000 plus.
I actually sold my original Klon pedals and made a lot of money in the process. My issue was that I gigged with them and they ended up costing a fortune to insure, so I sold them on. I have tried the J Rockett Archer pedals and found they are good approximations of the originals in terms of tine.
Steve Stevens has given his input on this new design. The added the six-band EQ can give you even more of a boost to specific frequencies if you require them.
Band 1 – 100 Hz Far Left
Band 2 – 200 Hz
Band 3 – 400 Hz
Band 4 – 800 Hz
Band 5 – 1.6K
Band 6 – 3.2K Far Right
This is definitely one to check out, I reckon. As yet, though, there are no audio demos, so I cannot say for sure how it will now sound with the added EQ section. But on paper it looks pretty attractive. Plus, if you are a Steve Stevens fan then you’ll no doubt notice his trademark ‘Ray Gun’ graphic on the pedal, which I thought was a nice touch.
RRP USD $249
J Rockett Archer Rockaway pedal page