Wade Goeke of Chandler Limited called this pedal a Coloured Boost for a reason! It’s not a clean boost, but it’s not a fuzz either. The Chandler Little Devil Coloured Boost can gently colour your Fender or drive your old Marshall into oblivion.
The soul of the Coloured Boost is the Class A amplifier design and the selectable Feedback/Bias control. The six presets range from slightly fuzzy to an “in your face” Plexi sound. Each preset has its own style of harmonic distortion and clipping, with different effects on a sine wave signal. Soft clipping; hard clipping; clipping on the top, bottom or both sides of a sine wave; and significant changes in frequency happen with each click of the Feedback/Bias switch. Capable of 39db of boost, the Coloured Boost can easily range from gentle sustain to screaming vintage.
“The Chandler Limited Little Devil Coloured Boost and Germanium Drive pedals, as with most Chandler products, were
designed to a need and a sound I had in my own head. I had become increasingly unhappy with
my old amps needing more edibility and the pedals I had could not do the job. Too many times I had
put a pedal on my $4000 Marshall, that I had saved my whole life to get, only to be disappointed and
have an unusable tone.
Both pedals are designed to take the tone you have and get the most from it. They are not “clean boosts”
by any extent of the imagination; but they are not meant to be a soggy, “I might use this once every six
months,” type of fuzz pedals either. They are full, coloured, Class A tone that are variable from slight fuzz
to tight in your face plexi, from sweet singing Tele to overdriven blues.
In the shop during testing we used a variety of classic and modern amps to assure we delivered in many
situations from country, blues, and classic rock to full on metal and pop-punk. “
Here is a list of amps we used to test:
Selmer Stadium (modded by Wade)
Selmer Bassmaster (early Treble n Bass 50)
Peavey 5150 (early version)
Mesa Dual Rectier (early version)
Fender Champ (blackface)
Peavey Classic 20
Park 100 watt
Each amp takes the pedals in its own way and we found the pedals interacted with each in subtle but
interesting fashion, “loading” each in its own way. On modern high gain amps we found ourselves using
less gain just to be able to kick the pedal on and pickup some of its avor and tight tone.
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