Volta Custom is a new Italian pedal builder dedicated to high-end, hand-made, super-tweakable dirt boxes. The Blue is their flagship overdrive, and those of you who are planning on attending Summer NAMM 2021 will be able to check it out at our Delicious Audio Stompbox Booth.
As abundantly clear from the device’s name, the Volta Custom The Blue is a drive catering to blues lovers: transparency and dynamics are the name of the game, but this device’s extra boost (with dedicated footswitch and knobs) and four toggle switches allow for a noteworthy amount of flexibility.
The toggles are particularly interesting, each conferring a different character to the tone. Featuring names like Body, Grease, Head, and Sheen, they will satisfy the more tweaking-prone guitarist who enjoy experimenting with the various combinations, which always deliver musical results.
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Volta The Blue Overdrive, Builder’s Notes
“The Blue” is a high-performance overdrive.
This product is completely handmade. From the date of purchase it takes about 20 working days to assemble, test and do complete calibration. We will make it just for you, and it will be shipped with a little gift from us!
It is capable of astounding transparency and touch sensitivity: even if it can reach very high saturation levels (from crystal clear “cleans” to pushed “hard rock” territory), it respects your instrument original tone, and it gives back all its peculiarities.
Moreover, adjusting picking strength or hand touch, you will obtain many shades of saturation depth, and all the upper harmonics you desire: just play with your instrument volume knob and with your touch and you will enjoy the palette of tone variations this pedal can create.
The bypass is the True Bypass type: in this mode the pedal is electrically isolated from the signal and cannot influence it in any way.
The multiple controls let you tweak many points of the signal chain that “The Blue” is processing.
A two band equalizer lets you modify the bass and treble level at will, and in flat position it doesn’t affect the general tone. In any case, the levels, frequencies and equalization curves have been chosen to give always a musical response whatever be the knobs position.
It also provides an additional channel with a double “BOOST”: when turned on, it works simultaneously in pre gain and post effect level; the two boost are independently adjustable, in order to perfectly tweak the desired additional drive and volume level.