EC Rusty Cooley Overdrive review

A double 'drive for the shred ace

  • £149
  • $220
The right switch acts as bypass control, while the left selects the channels

MusicRadar Verdict

Two of the same, or two different overdrives - your choice.

Pros

  • +

    Nice, Tube Screamer-like overdrive. Pre-selectable overdrives. Choice of sounds.

Cons

  • -

    No power adapter supplied. That's about it...

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This signature pedal for shredder Rusty Cooley from Israeli firm EC provides two independent channels of overdrive.

Each channel has its own gain, tone and level knobs, and features a range of sounds not unlike a Tube Screamer.

"Each side also has two internal switches for selecting clipping mode and tone stack for a fuller low end or a leaner vibe"

Two footswitches control the action: the one to the right operates as a normal bypass switch, while the one on the left switches between the two channels - which still operates when the pedal is bypassed so you can pre-select the desired channel, ready for action.

Each side also has two internal switches for selecting clipping mode and tone stack for a fuller low end or a leaner vibe.

If you like to notch things up in stages, dual 'drive pedals are great for giving you instant access to the same sound with two different levels of dirt/volume.

This will do that, but can also give you two distinctly different sounds, making it a practical option for adding dirty and/or boosted sounds to your 'board.

Trevor Curwen has played guitar for several decades – he's also mimed it on the UK's Top of the Pops. Much of his working life, though, has been spent behind the mixing desk, during which time he has built up a solid collection of the guitars, amps and pedals needed to cover just about any studio session. He writes pedal reviews for Guitarist and has contributed to Total Guitar, MusicRadar and Future Music among others.