Another very poplar distortion pedal, this pedal has the tube-like crunchy overdrive and a bass boost that is as fat as the Pillsbury Doughboy on a King Biscuit binge.
The Harp Break pedal provides clipping distortion with a full range of clean to hard grit. As LEDs begin to conduct, they produce a soft clipping distortion that is very similar to vacuum tube distortion. The soft clip is visibly evident by the dim lighting of the LED on the face of the pedal, and as the DRIVE is increased the LED clips harder and begins to glow brighter: the brighter the LED, the harder the clip. The tone is very close to vacuum tube distortion but without the overtones produced by tubes. The tone is much better than typical solid state distortion created by transistors, but that is not all. The Harp Break features a 20dB BASS BOOST feature to add a fat bottom end to your tone. This pedal is a great tool to dirty up an otherwise clean amp and create distortion when going into a PA. When the pedal is not used to produce distortion, it can be used to fatten up your tone by providing
The pedal can be powered with a 9V battery or a DC adapter. The DC adapter requirements are a regulated 9V DC with a minimum 100mA output and a 2.1mm x 5.5mm connector with a negative center. The battery is switched OFF when an external power adapter is used, and the "IN" jack acts as the pedal ON/OFF switch. Power adapters are sold separately.
- Smooth to hard distortion
- DRIVE control to set the amount of distortion
- VOLUME control to set the output level of the pedal
- BASS BOOST control tuned for harp
- LED to display the amount of distortion
- True bypass with LED indicator
- 9V DC input (barrel with a negative center)
- High impedance buffered input
- Reverse voltage polarity protection
- 10 year warranty on parts and labor
- If not satisfied, return within 60 days for a refund
The jury is still deliberating?
It's radical sounding enough that I'll keep it and, over time, see how it performs with different gear. Two weeks in and I'm enjoying the effect, albeit not what I was expecting. Returning it will cost you postage and a restock fee, so listen to some examples on YouTube and form your own opinion.
A great sounding distortion
First impression-I like the sound. I have not used it for a lot of gigs since I just got it. So far it works well into a tweed Bassman and direct to PA. I run it with the drive at about 9:00 which works for me. I also have the clean cat which works great with the harp break and does what is says. My band mates noticed the boost really made my harp stand out. The harp break provides very usable sonic texture to my sound. It is versatile as it provides drive into an amp but also serves as an amp replacement for smaller low volume gigs where direct to PA is the best option. The favorable reviews are deserved.
Produced just the right amount of crunch for my blues harp playing
I am still working with it...only played live with it once...I guess more crunch.. less hearing My breathe through it...gonna try to make it work..Not really a blues player ...which the pedal has taught me..just thought distortion would be different...nothing you guys did. I am getting Harp Shield ..so maybe that will help. I may just have to do more research than I did beforehand.
Have not received the Harp Break yet
I have the Harp Attack, the Flat Cat, the Little Red, the Clean Cat, the Harp Tone, the Lo Lo Hi, the Mojo Pro Deluxe ,the Harp Break to come. What order on my pedalboard do you suggest?