This is a silicon diode-based distortion pedal, housed in an asymmetric metal enclosure custom-designed by Rainger FX. It’s a full, tonally balanced distortion sound with a specific mid frequency-adjusted accent, and going to more all-out fuzz on high settings. The main panel knobs are ‘drive’ and ‘volume’.
On the back panel is a switch that de-stabilises an offset in the circuit – adding a new level of harmonic-sensitive ‘unstable’ fuzz tones. The pedal is hard-wired for true bypass footswitching..
There are no sockets on the sides – which would take up too much space, so the input and output are on antennae, out of the way on the top panel. These are Neutrik sockets which securely lock the jackplug in place, stopping any accidental unplugging during use.
In between them is the ‘DC’ in socket, though the El Distorto also can run on an internal 9v battery. The ‘angry eyebrows’ LEDs indicate ‘On/Off’.
What does the ‘offset’ switch do? It wires up the op amp in an odd way, makes the distortion slightly more bit crusher.
How is the ‘DC in’ socket configured? It’s for a regular ‘Boss’ style PSU, centre earth, sleeve +9v.
Do you ship internationally? Yes we do. Standard or trackable.
What are the PSU requirements? 9v DC, 200mA (centre earth, sleeve +9v)
What warranty do you give? 3 years. There shouldn’t be, but if there is a problem do get in touch.
How can I pay? Paypal or electronic transfer are the usual methods.
Do you do any stickers or T-shirts etc? Got stickers – just ask. T-shirts – coming soon.
Are Rainger FX pedals true bypass? Yes they all are.
How are your audioclips recorded? Usually with my Gibson SG, and – unless otherwise stated – always plugged straight into the one effect only and then into a mixing desk and onto a computer using Logic, no EQ or other tweaking.
Where are your pedals made? All are made in the UK.
Are you going to be re-making the old pedals like the Compactotron or the Minor Concussion any time soon? In one form of another…