Fret-King Distortion XXX review

  • £79

Top shelf take on the RAT pedal

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Our Verdict

A reasonably priced and versatile source of familiar distortion.

For

  • Rich distortion tones. Connection options.

Against

  • Not a lot.
Buying options

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.

Tech Specs

Dimensions122 x 54 x 96
Available Outputs2x1/4-inch jacks
Available Inputs2x1/4-inch jacks
Country of OriginChina
Battery/Adaptor Type9V Battery Nine-volt mains adaptor
FeaturesTrue bypass, duplicated inputs and outputs