Hartman LM308 Op-Amp Distortion pedal released

Hartman has made available their LM308 Op-Amp Distortion pedal that they say is inspired by the edgy, modern-sounding distortion popularized by punk, new-wave and college rock bands of the late 70's and early 80's.

“Incorporating true-bypass switching and LED indicators, each pedal features ultra-quiet premium components, military-spec plated-thru-hole printed circuit board (PCB) construction, and the LM308: the 1970's-manufacture Op-Amp that lent its signature tone some of the finest pedals of that era” the Hartman website reads.



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It goes on to say, “The pedal offers two modes of distortion, selectable on-the-fly via stomp switch. The first distortion mode (A) employs a diode-clipping stage to produce a classic distortion and crunch of the early ProCo RAT, exhibiting the sensitivity to player pick-attack, mute- and pinch-harmonics for which that pedal is reknowned.”

“The second distortion mode (SYM) transforms the pedal into an overdrive, increasing transparency, headroom, and dynamic response, and producing a hotter output signal suitable for overdriving the input of downstream amps/devices.”

“Together, the two modes of operation expand the pedal's sonic palette and versatility, allowing it to be applied to a wide array of setups, playing styles and musical contexts, old and new.”

The LM308 will set you back $189US.

Full details at Hartman website.

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