Announced at NAMM 2017, Robert Keeley’s Filaments Overdrive aims to provide a Marshall-esque, ‘stack in a box’ sound in a pedal format. It’s early days, though, and crucial information like price is not yet available. Will this proposition find its intended audience?
The new Filaments Overdrive pedal has six knobs and three mini-switches, all laid out in a way that’s easy to understand. The knobs consist of Level, Presence, Gain, Bass, Body and Treble. The aim here is to give you a basic set of amp-like parameters, along with ways of controlling the simulation of how an amp reacts when cranked.
There are also three mini-switches with controls for Boost, Sag and Crunch that compliment the whole amp-orientated sound. Judging by the teaser video, the pedal is roughly based upon a Marshall JCM800 sound, and isn’t a million miles away, either. But there isn’t that much to go on yet, and we will have to wait and see what demos appear in the next few months from reviewers to see if it is anything like a real amp when cranked loud.
The pedal looks easy enough to use and I can imagine it will be one to consider if you like getting your guitar’s drive tones from a box via a clean amp. The retail price – which has not yet been announced – will be crucial to making this attractive enough to garner a wide following. So keep checking out the Keeley website below for details.