Fret-King Distortion XXX

Top shelf take on the RAT pedal

The three-knob Fret-King Distortion XXX has a rich, thick distortion voice and seems to be very much in the vein of a Pro Co RAT.

"If you're going to design a distortion pedal then it should distort but still with tone"

We all have our own tastes when it comes to distortion pedals, and while they're designed to do a similar job, each has its own 'voice'. The man behind Fret-King, Trevor Wilkinson's opinion is that all distortion pedals are pretty much based on the same circuitry, but it's the different values of capacitors, resistors, pots et al that can give each a distinctive voice - and if you're going to design a distortion pedal then it should distort but still with tone.

Whether you're thrashing out chords, riffing or looking for some harmonically rich sustain for solos, a combination of the Distortion XXX's gain and level knobs will let you call up plenty of different shades of distortion that could do the business for numerous music genres right through to full-on metal, all with a tone knob that offers a wide range so you can focus on just the right frequency band.

MusicRadar Rating

4 / 5 stars
Pros

Rich distortion tones. Connection options.

Cons

Not a lot.

Verdict

A reasonably priced and versatile source of familiar distortion.

Dimensions

122 x 54 x 96

Available Outputs

2x1/4-inch jacks

Available Inputs

2x1/4-inch jacks

Country of Origin

China

Battery/Adaptor Type

9V Battery Nine-volt mains adaptor

Features

True bypass, duplicated inputs and outputs

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