52 pedals, week 41—Truetone V2 Son of Hyde

It’s been an interesting past few entries in the 52 pedals series. I’ve stayed away from the overdrive and distortion pedals just to show I’m not as predictable as some people think I am. I mean, there are other things that interest me. I’m not one dimensional.

Arrrggghh! Who am I kidding? I love distortion! It’s my favourite effect. Sure, there’s a part of me that loves all-things pedals. I love them all, just not equally. My true love is that broken up and dirty sound that can only be delivered through an overdriven or fully distorted sound.

I am one dimensional after all. I’m not some kind of split personality character like you’d find in a Robert Louis Stevenson novella. That reminds me, this entry in the series is about the Truetone V2 Son of Hyde. See where I went there?

The Son of Hyde pedal is a compact and simple distortion pedal that seems to focus on only what is needed. Somehow in a tiny casing. The noticeable controls are for Drive, Treble, Mid and Volume. They pretty much speak for themselves. They are of course the main features you’ll need depending on your preferred distortion type. Like modern metal? Scoop those mids out. Like something higher and brighter? Adjust that treble setting. Gain is surely set to the maximum setting. Otherwise it’s an overdrive.

I’m kidding. But seriously … Set it high.

There’s an additional Bright switch as well that just adds to the brightness this pedal can deliver in your quest for perfect distorted tone. And to top it all off, the pedal has a built-in noise reduction circuit to eliminate white noise. That’s pretty handy when playing a bit of brutal distortion.

Of course what counts is tone. And I can’t write about that in a way that will make you say “Oh, that’s the most brutal distortion I’ve ever read!” So let’s check a video that the folks at Tone Factor put together.

Hear those scooped mids at 1:45? Noice! The 3:47 mark highlights the difference the Bright switch makes as well.

It’s a very nice sounding pedal in my opinion. Distortion with versatility. That’s a win in my book. I’d love a win.

Disclaimer: I’ve not played this guitar pedal. I have not experienced first-hand the sound or effects of this guitar pedal. That doesn’t matter. It looks awesome, it’s obviously played by winners and I want one.

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