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Cascade Pedals Unveils the Hosstortion

An updated version of a short-lived classic.

Asheville, NC (March 25, 2020) -- Cascade Pedals is proud to release its first production model, the Hosstortion, an updated version of the legendary Ibanez MT-10 Mostortion.

Renowned as the secret weapon behind many Nashville guitarists’ primo tone, the short-lived Mostortion was only produced from 1990-1993. It has become a rare bird, and even banged-up vintage specimens now fetch high prices. The chip that gave the pedal its name, the CMOS CA3260, went obsolete in the mid 2000’s, making true-to-form clones hard to produce.

The original MT-10 pedal is a personal favorite of Cascade Pedals’ founder Charlie Mostoller, and as Cascade Pedals has grown from building one-of-a-kind custom pedals to creating production models, Mostoller knew his first release had to be an update of the Mostortion.

Using a modern BiMOS chip, Mostoller breadboarded the circuit until he was satisfied with his updates, adding more output and increased headroom, while maintaining the tonal characteristics and extremely versatile three-band EQ of the original. From low gain, warm clean tone and medium gain country-rock leads, to high gain, treble forward shreds or scooped-mid heavy-metal, the Hosstortion can do it all. It plays very well with compressors, stacks amazingly with other drive pedals, and loves to be paired with modulation. Other updates from the original include top-mounted jacks, premium quality parts, a sparkle green enclosure with 3D printed graphics in an homage to the original, and a Lifetime Warranty. Key features:

  • True-bypass operation
  • 9-volt DC operation via standard external jack - no battery
  • Heavy-duty construction using premium quality components

The Hosstortion is available at and retails for $175.

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