EWS Little Brute Drive

Mini distortion with massive potential

Following on from EWS's larger Brute Drive, the mini pedal-sized Little Brute Drive is a single-knob overdrive and distortion pedal, but has a pair of set-and-forget internal trimmers that allow you to set its output level and amount of treble content.

"You'll start with a low-level crunch, through to a nice rich full-on overdrive/distortion that's up there with the best"

These offer quite a lot of variation and include a massive amount of raucous top end should you fancy it.

For our own preference, a couple of quick tweaks tamed that top end and set the output volume for a not-quite-clean boost at mimimum level of the gain knob.

Turn up that gain knob and you'll start with a low-level crunch, through to a nice rich full-on overdrive/distortion that's up there with the best, taking a clean amp into overdriven territory or pushing an already driven amp that extra mile.

This pedal really can be a little brute if you set the treble trimmer for some aggressive distortion tones, but find the sweet spot and it can also be a fine transparent booster/extra channel.

MusicRadar Rating

4 / 5 stars
Pros

Flexible - works as a booster and a distortion. Overdrive is up there with the best.

Cons

Perhaps a little pricey for a mini pedal.

Verdict

Dirty it up with a bit of brute force.

Battery/Adaptor Type

9V Battery Nine-volt mains adaptor

Available Outputs

1/4 Inch Jack

Available Inputs

1/4 Inch Jack

Country of Origin

Japan

Dimensions

89 x 38 x 38

Features

True bypass; internal treble cut and output level trimmers

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