T-Rex ToneBug Totenschlager

If metal distortion is your thing, the Totenschläger aims to supply it, courtesy of level and gain knobs and a three-band graphic EQ.


There's a very useful range of distortion on tap here from overdrive-like grit through various shades of grind, to a full-on dirt-fest with plenty of sustain. But the really remarkable thing is the amount of tonal shaping that can come from three tiny faders.

You get real girth with the low, nasal parked-wah or classic scoop from the mid, and ice-pick-in-the-ear nasty from the high.

If you stick Totenschläger into Google Translate all it comes out with is 'dead bat' – a tribute to Ozzy, perhaps? Either way this is a really good distortion pedal and, graphics aside, not just for metal.

MusicRadar Rating

4 / 5 stars

Versatile tonal shaping; it's black and has an umlaut in the name!


EQ faders feel a little wobbly.


A really good distortion pedal - not just for metal.

Country of Origin


Available Controls

Gain High Level Lo Mid

Available Inputs

1/4 Inch Jack

Available Outputs

1/4 Inch Jack

Battery/Adaptor Type

9V Battery

Unit Power Source

9V DC Adaptor

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