This is what they say
GUITAR WORLD (USA)
The problem with many distortion pedals is their attitude. Most expect to be used as the main source of your gain-enhanced tone and show little respect for the characteristics of your amp. These Carl Martin pedals don’t assume you want to transform your beloved, saggy AC30 into a spandex-ripping Triple Rectifier. Instead, they simply give you another slice of what you already like.
There’s hardly anything to complain about with these pedals. The Danish designer these are created by Holm Malmquist – certainly knows a thing or two about tone and how to cram it into a little black boxes, so anyone looking to augment or upgrade their pedalboard would do well to take a look.
From Harmony Central
I’m using this with a Fender Deluxe Reverb and either a Fender Strat or Warmoth Tele. As stated before, I can nail Stones rhythms and chunky blues riffs with it. Heavy overdrive it isn’t but then again, you wouldn’t buy it for that!
The pedal isn’t particularly noisy (I think sombody has stated earlier that when the gain is up there is some noise – but nothing you wouldn’t expect from a pedal of this nature) and being true bypass, your guitar’s sound doesn’t suffer whilst the effect is off.
In a word, this pedal is… GREAT! (and not many pedals are) – I won’t give it a 10 because I am still looking at other pedals and I believe there are a lot of pedals to check out before dishing out 10s here there and everywhere!
From Harmony Central
I use this with various Fender amps and guitars. it allows me to get an ‘inbetween’ sound at any level. This is not a high gain distortion pedal and so you have to judge it based on what it is designed to do – which it does very well indeed. there is crunch galore available, and plenty of EQ options.
I have owned more distortion, overdrive, fuzz, metal and whatever pedals than is probably healthy over the years. This one is a keeper because it does great, natural sounding inbetween sounds without any effort. Its easy to dial in a sound to taste. It cuts a bit of bass compared to the clean signal but that seems to work especially well with my Telecaster for a raunchy crunch sound.
To be picky there is there is slight noise from the pedal, which increases as the gain and EQ knobs are cranked, but even flat out it isn’t really relevant when playing so I’m not going to knock a mark off.
I usually set it with gain at 12 o’clock, attack at 9’oclock and edge at 3 o’clock – attck is really mid EQ and edge is high EQ – I find I don’t need too much ‘attack’.
With that kind of setting, the guitar’s character is preserved – it works great on neck or bridge, chords and lead work. What’s not to like?