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Electro-Harmonix launches the small but deadly Nano Operation Overlord

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Electro-Harmonix has downsized its Operation Overlord drive pedal (opens in new tab) and released it in a nano-sized mono format that will free up some space on your pedalboard (opens in new tab).

For those who don't need the stereo outputs of the original, the Nano Operation Overlord is certainly an attractive option, with all the same overdrive and distortion tones on tap. It is similarly configurable, with a dry blend control and three-position switch to select input volume of your instrument, so it the pedal would partner well with keyboards or bass guitar (opens in new tab).

There are two switchable modes, Normal and Boost. In the Normal mode, you have low to medium overdrive, with three dynamic, amp-like JFET gain stages. Engage Boost mode and EHX says it's like adding a another stage of stompbox overdrive in front of the JFET stages, layering up and increasing the distortion. An active three-band EQ facilitates further tone sculpting.

The Nano Operation Overlord is available now, priced $89.40 street (£73 approx).

See EHX (opens in new tab) for more details.

Jonathan Horsley has been writing about guitars and guitar culture since 2005, playing them since 1990, and regularly contributes to MusicRadar, Total Guitar and Guitar World. He uses Jazz III nylon picks, 10s during the week, 9s at the weekend, and shamefully still struggles with rhythm figure one of Van Halen’s Panama.

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