Becos Effects Announces the Ziffer Overdrive

Inspired by Jordan Ziff's minimalist approach to guitar tone by using the overdrive to push his 1959 Plexi amp, we mixed the vintage Tubescreamer essentials with careful sophistication to give rise to a versatile and powerful tone shaping tool.


The Ziffer Overdrive was developed for Jordan Ziff - lead guitarist of Hot Crazy, RATT, and guitarist in Marty Friedman's band -, and is mainly derived from our TS8-MS Overdrive / MIDI Switcher pedal which he embraced as its Tubescreamer choice a couple of years ago. This time we removed the MIDI switching capabilities and added several controls which contribute to subtle tone-crafting and expanded versatility.

BECOS Ziffer Overdrive – Jordan Ziff Signature MINI Overdrive Pedal

We envision this minion for usage with guitar and bass, or other instruments as well. For this reason, we added parallel clean processing complemented by a tilting equalizer - which is a simplified but performant preamp. The Dry line can be mixed with the overdriven Wet line for finely tuning the frequency spectrum of the overdriven sound. Aside from its 3-clipping options, we also added a Deep mode very appropriate to beefing up single-coil pickups in guitars or leave the bottom end in place when used with a bass.

The Ziffer Overdrive is a sturdy minion, road-ready, and eager to perform in any instance, on stage or in the studio.

Features

  • True analog bypass
  • Gain, Tone, Level controls
  • Classic/Asymmetric/LEDs clipping options
  • Classic/Deep frequency response selection
  • Dry/Wet Mix
  • Dry EQ frequency trimming
  • Dry boost/cut variability
  • Hi-quality audio ICs, low tolerance parts, Panasonic Polyester capacitors
  • Black powder-coated MINI-size genuine Hammond aluminum enclosure
  • 9-18 VDC external power supply (not included), center negative, 12mm long barrel plug
  • 3-year warranty

The Jordan Ziff Signature Overdrive has a street price of $169.00 / €149.00. Pre-orders may be placed directly on BECOSFX online store at becosfx.com (or from select retailers) starting August 2021.

Johnny Marr’s latest LP spans influences from New Order to the Staple Singers while staying rooted in his clockwork timing and copious talents as arranger and melodicist.

When the great Ronnie Spector of the Ronettes passed away earlier this year, I thought a lot about Johnny Marr. Marr was moved deeply by the girl groups of the ’60s—their positivity, energy, and the convergence of ecstasy and melancholy in the music. He was even fired up by the audaciousness of their style: The impressive beehive hairdo worn by Spector’s bandmate Estelle Bennett famously inspired the jet-black pile Marr wore at the height of Smiths fame.

Read MoreShow less

See a sampling of picks used by famous guitarists over the years.

Marty Stuart

Submit your own artist pick collections to rebecca@premierguitar.com for inclusion in a future gallery.

How does a legacy artist stay on top of his game? The pianist, hit singer-songwriter, producer, and composer talks about the importance of musical growth and positive affirmation; his love for angular melodicism; playing jazz, pop, classical, bluegrass, jam, and soundtrack music; and collaborating with his favorite guitarists, including Pat Metheny and Jerry Garcia.

Read MoreShow less
x