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Nov 8, 2021

Matthews Effects The Broker Overdrive

The pedal trend of the last decade has been to fit more “stuff” in smaller cases, and the Matthews Effects The Broker overdrive does just that, giving you two different overdrives in one compact case, with separate controls and footswitches. “Are they stackable?” – we hear you ask. Yes, they are.

Featuring three knobs each for Volume, Tone and Gain, the two circuits are inspired by an 808 Tubescreamer (black knobs) and a hot-rodded Blues Breaker (silver knobs).  Needless to say the latter will produce a thicker distortion than the former.

The two Tone knobs also work differently to tailor the respective overdrive (active for the TS side, passive for the BB side).

The wide range of tones produced by the two circuits is augmented by the sonic scenarios opened when they are both on.

Have a listen to the Broker in the videos below.

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The Broker is a unique dual overdrive solution in a compact single footprint enclosure! With the ability to toggle the order of the overdrives and a wide range of tones the Broker is a great solution for large and small pedalboards. Independent controls of “Volume”, “Tone” and “Gain” easily dial in each channel to perfectly compliment your sound.

UNIQUE FEATURES:
Dual overdrive circuits: We fit two complete and complementary overdrive circuits into a single footprint package with a wide range of ways to dial them in.

Channel Stacking: Find whole new tonal options by stacking the channels into each other!

Order Control: Program which channel you want to run first/second in your chain! The leds will change color to indicate where each channel is in the signal path.

THE CIRCUITS:

Black Channel

The Black Channel is our take on a classic soft clipping overdrive. Some things are classic’s for a reason and we have 808 reasons why this circuit sounds fantastic. The black channel has a red LED.

Silver Channel

The Silver Channel is a hot rodded version of the classic “Blues Breaker” circuit. We took the original to a whole new level by adding germanium hard clipping diodes and a whole new output stage! This channel has a wide range of gain taking it from a dirty boost to a thick heavy overdrive. The silver channel has a blue LED.

CONTROL SUMMARY:

Black Knobs:

Gain: Dial in your tone from a dirty boost to a nice medium overdrive pushing all the right frequencies .
Tone: A active treble control lets you dial your tone in perfectly no matter the amount of gain you have dialed in
Volume: Increase/decrease your volume

Silver Knobs:
Gain: Dial in your tone from a dirty boost to a thick heavy overdrive giving you a wide range of dynamic sounds to choose from.
Tone: A passive treble controls gives you the perfect control over your tone.
Volume: Increase/decrease your volume

BUILT IN USA QUALITY CONSTRUCTION
Rick Matthews obsesses over every last detail to make the highest quality and intuitive pedals available. This commitment to excellence is on full display with the Broker.

• High-grade components selected for their superior sound and response
• Top-mounted jacks make pedal board placement effortless
• Dual Overdrive circuits in a single footprint
• Soft-touch footswitch designed for years of abuse
• Programmable circuit order
• Includes Matthews Effects limited lifetime warranty