The SolidGoldFX Commodore Overdrive is one of the latest reinterpretations of the classic low-gain overdrive sound, but this time mixed with a fuzz. You don’t have to be a fan of Eric Clapton to use the BluesBreaker Low-Gain crunch sound. Marshall created one of the most legendary overdrive sounds in the 1960s and, later, also launched it as an effect pedal – and then stopped. Since then, there have been many replicas to get you that coveted sound.
SolidGold FX Commodore Overdrive
Yet another, only minimally modified, BluesBreaker circuit would certainly not be exactly ground breaking stuff. However, the Commodore Overdrive offers more than just a basic interpretation of the BluesBreaker. The circuit was crossed with the in-house Imperial MK II Fuzz and the result is a flexible yet natural-sounding overdrive with a little more character.
First of all, a fluctuation on the construction: Effect pedals with sliders instead of normal rotary controls are already a small special feature. Whether this is worth it, you have to decide for yourself. Some find it clearer – and it is often easier to adjust with your foot mid-songs. Though they do not offer any actual sonic differences.
BluesBreaker meets Fuzz
The Commodore Overdrive, combines a BluesBreaker and SolidGold FX’s in-house Fuzz circuit into an old-school distortion. The advantage is the best of both worlds. With the Tone and Contour sliders separated, you get a somewhat cumbersome but effective EQ at hand. Volume and Drive take over the rest and, according to the Canadian manufacturer, range from “slight sound change” to “sizzling” drive sound.
Price and market launch
The SolidGoldFX Commodore Overdrive costs 199 USD directly from the manufacturer, with delivery starting at the end of March. Here in Europe, ordering from Thomann should be quicker and simpler for warranty purposes.
SolidGold FX Commodore Overdrive Demo Videos
- SolidGold FX Commodore Overdrive: SolidGold FX