Truetone V3 Jekyll & Hyde Overdrive/Distortion Pedal
The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde
In 1886, a Scottish author named Robert Louis Stevenson penned a short novel that was to become a historical and stirring psychoanalytical study of the darker side of man. Then, in 1990, Robert Weil, inspired by this macabre tale of the complexity and depth of man’s innate duality, sought to learn more about the conflicting nature of the human condition. As he did research, he continued to be inspired by other writers who’s historic works touched on this enigma, “War and Peace” (Tolstoy), “Sense and Sensibility” (Austen) and “Green Eggs and Ham” (Seuss). As all of these works now belong in the pantheon of history’s great literature, he sought to make some kind of contribution of his own that would also stir the inner heart of man…, woman…, and guitarists everywhere!
So…, in 1997, in a small house in rural Connecticut and with echoes of the works of Mary Shelley still driving his subconscious, Bob started to assemble his first Overdrive and Distortion pedal on his kitchen table (to the great chagrin of his wife). Though it might’ve seemed unnatural at the time, he knew that these momentous, individual circuits may yet coexist well together. And he could not think of a better place that these two, seemingly independent effects, should come together than in a single, glorious housing, shaped like home-plate. Had he known that his pointed creation was destined to rock stages and YouTube channels everywhere, he may have had second thoughts about using it’s aptly named and somewhat nefarious sobriquet…!
It soon became important to note, however, that this pedal differed from the classic horror story in two significant ways. First…, in Mr. Stevenson’s novel, the mad scientist has no more control over his actions than that of a drunk baby. On the other hand, this dual-pedal gives you bags of control over every aspect of its operation. Secondly…, Dr. Jekyll could never appear at the same time as Mr. Hyde because they were the same person. However, in this incarnation of the Jekyll & Hyde partnership, you are able to invoke it’s individual circuits simultaneously…, to monstrous effect!
As you heave open the creaky old door of this pedal’s history, move cautiously through our poorly lit lab, and clear the dust that’s somehow settled in your ears, you start to discover the horror and wonderment that dwells within its fiendish designs. Since its original incarnation, both Bob and our resident mad scientist, R.G. Keen, have been hard at work fabricating this pedal from scratch (not once, but twice) over the past 20 years in order to keep up with the ever-changing standards of Rock-n-Rolldom. If you were lucky enough to have owned the nefariously classic “Silver Version” of this pedal, you’ll still find solace in that even in this latest iteration we have made sure to preserve its original (and somewhat evil) intent. We can wholly guarantee, the V3 version has more rage pent up inside it than a guy named Jack who has decided to spend the weekend in Whitechapel.
And while we’re touching on inspired works from across the pond, our angry right hand man, Mr. Hyde (who is obviously the more “Distorted” of this gritty pair of colleagues), can deliver to you a rich gift of saturation reminiscent of bands a-la Metallica, Avenged Sevenfold, AC-DC, Radiohead, and more. Equipped with Hi-Gain and Volume controls, along with Three-band EQ, you can achieve every JCM800 inspired tone that your creamy or scooped heart delights! And just to add a little seasoning to the pot, we’ve also thrown in a “Bright” switch (to make him scream) and a “Voice” switch (to contour the amount of natural compression). And as for Dr. Jekyll (the Overdriven chap on the left side of this pedal), we’ll just say that he’s “Open” to experimentation. More “Ampy” sounding, it’s better to treat him like the Pre-amp on your favorite American rig. You can round out his personality though, with a sweepable “Bass” knob and also experiment with the “Clean Mix” knob (to layer in subtle, naughty bits of saturation without losing the character of your original signal).
V3 Series common attributes:
• Each channel can be set to either True Bypass mode or buffered, via internal switches. The buffered mode utilizes our legendary Pure Tone circuit.
• Features the custom designed Forever Footswitch rated for 10 million hits. This interacts with relays having gold-plated contacts.
• Limited Lifetime Warranty… even for second or third owners.
• Separate inputs and outputs so each side of the pedal can be used in a loop device, or midi switcher. Also possible to reverse the order of effects with a patch cable. Just like having 2 pedals, but in 1 housing.
• Small, pedal board friendly size, with front mounted jacks. Smaller footprint than 2 MXR or similar sized pedals.
• Comes in a black velvet bag inside the package box.