The team's opinion: The Carl Martin Rock Drive is an old generation effect pedal! Indeed, in the early 2000s, Carl Martin brand products were perhaps not at the top level of design, but in terms of sound… YES! At that time, Danish brand pedals were handmade in Denmark! It was neither more nor less than boutique products.
The Rock Drive is therefore an analog 100% distortion inspired by the Marshall amps of the 80s. So yes, but it does not deliver a very violent saturation. but see in it a strong overdrive! However for Crunchy sounds we really find the spirit of the British brand.
The controls may seem confusing at first glance but turn out to be very effective. In particular the surprising knob of Attack, which will intervene on the grain of the medium frequencies. Yes the famous frequencies defining the electric guitar!
In short, an excellent reference, difficult to find on the second-hand market and all at a very contained price. The Carl Martin Rock Drive is an excellent alternative to the Diamond Cornerstone.
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