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REVIEW: Mad Professor's Sweet Honey Overdrive Deluxe pedal

REVIEW: Mad Professor's Sweet Honey Overdrive Deluxe pedal

When asked to review the new Mad Professor ‘Sweet Honey Overdrive Deluxe’ effects pedal, I didn’t really know what to expect.

After playing around with what I thought would be a delightful little effects pedal – it IS called ‘Sweet Honey’ after all – I realised that I actually had a versatile monster of a pedal at my feet

To give you a bit of background, Mad Professor is a Finish company, with its previous products having been the eye candy of many a music store.

Unfortunately for most of us, it has been the top shelf sort of eye candy that you can file under ‘when I come into some money’ and ‘that’d be nice if I could give up food for a week’.
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This offering is a little different. Well not too different, thankfully. It is still top shelf-gorgeous, but with a more affordable price tag.

Put simply this pedal sounds great. Every now and then you hear a guitar sound that makes you stop, pay attention and ask no one in particular: “How did they get that sound?” This pedal could well be the answer.

It’s the sort of pedal that is best left permanently responsible for shaping the EQ and sound of your guitar tone, rather than a just stomp box for the chorus.

You can create some really beautiful blues clean tones, which can be gradually ramped up and controlled to steer you somewhere in the direction of long hair in the 70s or drinking bourbon on a Tuesday night, because you simply forgot what day it is.

The Sweet Honey Overdrive Deluxe is one of those nicely placed ‘distortion’ pedals that can be used to create a natural sounding tube-like tone, without introducing too much fuzz or compression.

It comes with five controls: Volume, Drive, Treble, Bass and Focus.

Using the focus control you can adjust the feel and dynamics of the pedal as well as its overall EQ. Turning counter clockwise gives less distortion and a mellow effect, while turning clockwise gives a slight treble boost and earlier distortion.

With the drive turned down it can also be used to add a nice treble and mild gain boost to your amp; helping to really craft your guitar sound.

Crank the drive up and you get some really nice distortion that will put you in the mind of stubble, whisky, cigarettes and hair of the dog. Turned up like this it makes everything you do grittier, filthier and dirtier.

I tried plugging my wife into it and she immediately kicked the bin over.

It is truly versatile and certainly will enable you to create a new soundscape or two when added in to your pedal line up.

Remember the price thing I mentioned earlier? Well the lovely little surprise about this pedal is the more affordable price of €219 for a delicious slice of the Mad Professor pie.

The Sweet Honey Overdrive pedal is available now from www.mpamp.com.

Tags: pedals , Reviews , mad professor , distortion pedal , Sweet Honey Overdrive , sweet honey overdrive deluxe

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