52 pedals, week 46—Ogre Tubeholic Overdrive

Today’s entry in the 52 Pedals series follows not one, but two recent trends I’ve had going. Firstly, this is an overdrive pedal. Secondly, it’s another pedal I came across at the 2015 Winter NAMM. How I miss Winter NAMM and America.

This pedal though was quite unique. At first glance it doesn’t even look like a pedal. It looks like something that should have instead been at a Sci-Fi convention. That’s what drew me to it. Then I saw the name. As someone who likes to make up words, the Tubeholic appealed to me greatly. Nice work Ogre. This pedal looks fantastarific!

The Ogre Tubeholic ticks a lot of boxes for me. Boxes that I’ve covered individually with many pedals in this series. Let’s look at those items in a list. Lists make articles look longer than they really are. I have a few tricks like that for making things seem longer than they are. But I digress.

  • Awesome interface design. Sure, pedals need to sound good. But they can also look amazing. The Tubeholic does that like few others.
  • Awesome sound. Duh. See the embedded video down below for evidence of the sounds this pedal is capable of.
  • Simple use. There are three knobs. It doesn’t come much simpler. Those three knobs are:
    • Level
    • Tone
    • Gain

A list-list! They’re the best kind.

The second bullet point list above mentions sound. I could write about that, but to be honest, it wouldn’t sound as good as hearing the pedal for yourself. I just can’t write that good. Or is that “I just can’t write that well”? Who knows. Not me. I write badly.

Sounds good to me. Neat little video too. It’s not mine. I also play guitar terribly.

You may have noticed that the pedal also uses LED lights to indicate that the pedal is on. Nothing really special there. Most pedals do that. But most pedals don’t do that using LED eyes! Cool factor +1.

Being cool is one thing—so I’m told—but being functional is another. The casing for the Tubeholic not only looks good, but when it’s closed it makes the accidental knocking of the knobs less likely. Much less likely. That is very functional indeed.

So the pedal looks cool, seems to sound cool and is as practical as a hat in an Australian Summer. That’s very practical by the way. Very practical indeed.

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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