There’s nothing particularly subtle—and rightly so—about the ’70s Distortion. With the knobs at noon, I found a somewhat narrow “sweet spot” that offered plenty of grit and gain, but not a wealth of tonal variety. The tone knob went from overly muddy to thin and nasally at the extreme settings, but offered a beefy clarity with settings somewhere in the middle. (Think Humble Pie’s live album.) And don’t even think this could somehow double as a clean boost. Besides, what evokes the era of classic rock more than thick, wooly gain?
Test gear: Gibson Les Paul Standard, Fender Telecaster, Fender Deville ML212
Hip modern design. Some righteous classic-rock tones.
Could use a more effective tone control.
€99.95 (approx. USD $105)
Nexi Industries ’70s Distortion
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