Saturday, April 20, 2013
Saturn V Harmonic Booster
$219 + Shipping
Premier Guitar Review
The Saturn V is a tone enhancer. It features a simple two knob control layout for Boost and Drive. The Boost control
alone can deliver 18db of boost, with a hint of added sparkle. Adjusting the Drive control will add more harmonic
distortion, while also increasing the total output level of the pedal. Cranking both controls to max will yield 35db of
boost, full of complex harmonic character.
The overall tone of the Saturn V gives a subtle openness to the top end of the frequency spectrum. As great as this
pedal sounds with guitar, it works equally well with bass and baritone guitar, as it keeps the bass frequencies present,
tight and controlled.
The harmonic distortion present in the Saturn V is extremely dynamic, dig in and the Saturn V will react. The drive
texture is comprised of a mix of odd and even harmonics. The Boost side of the pedal is focused on even-order harmonics.
While the Drive side of the pedal increases these even-order harmonics, it noticeably adds odd-order harmonics to the mix.
While it excels as a harmonic booster, the Saturn V crosses the line into the realm of light overdrive when the Drive
control is maxed.
Completely hand soldered and handmade in Portland, Oregon, the Saturn V utilizes true-bypass switching via the heaviest
duty mechanical footswitch available, while your tone is transferred via quality open-frame jacks. Open one up and you’ll
see an unparalleled display of craftsmanship, with an immaculate hand-soldered PCB, detailed military-spec wiring and
custom heavy-duty battery connector. On top of the USA cast-aluminum enclosure sits a durable, engraved vinyl faceplate
and jewel indicator light. This pedal is built to last a lifetime.
Each pedal is numbered on the nameplate, stating it's limited availability and in addition each is signed and numbered
on the inside. The Saturn V also comes with a transferable five year warranty, plus a lifetime discount repair plan.
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