Freekish Blues Announces M22 Rock Crusher and Thaddeus Hogarth Signature Alpha Drive

The M22 Rock Crusher Overdrive is designed to attain vintage ''70s through present day rock tones, while the Alpha Drive is an ultra-sensitive, clear, amp-like overdrive pedal.

Boston, MA (February 28, 2011) -- Freekish Blues pedals has announced the two latest additions to their lineup: the M22 Rock Crusher Overdrive and the Thaddeus Hogarth Signature Alpha Drive.

M22 Rock Crusher Overdrive
The M22 Rock Crusher Overdrive is a high gain overdrive and distortion pedal engineered and designed to attain vintage '70s through present day rock tones. It is engineered to capture the tonal nuances of '70s Marshall amps for British blues-rock tones in the AC/DC, Van Halen, and Metallica vein. Freekish Blues says that the pedal is not meant to only mimic one historic sound, however, and that the pedal can be EQ'd for a variety of tones. Freekish Blues suggests setting the pedal up with an overdriven amplifier for "sweeping tone and sparkle crunch" that cuts through the mix. As with all of Freekish Blues pedals, the M22 Rock Crusher is handbuilt in the USA. Direct price is $129 plus shipping.

Thaddeus Hogarth Signature Alpha Drive
Working closely with the east coast singer-songwriter, guitarist and Berklee College of Music guitar professor, Freekish Blues has developed an ultra-sensitive, clear, amp-like overdrive pedal that cuts through where others fall short.

Thaddeus has been using high-end Dumble or "D-Style" amps in his lineup for some time and has become a known expert on the Dumble tone. He had been in search of the ultimate versatile pedal that could deliver those tones along with a wider range of tones from rock to blues, from classic to contemporary and fusion.

"After a lifetime of amps and pedals, I was in search of the ultimate do-it-all overdrive pedal," explains Hogarth. "Of course I had been using Dumble-inspired amps for many years, but my love for the traditional sounds of the Tube Screamer and even the sound of a cranked Deluxe Reverb fueled my desire to create a high-quality pedal that covered all the bases. I think of this pedal as an extension of my instrument rather than an effect. You can leave it on and turn the OD control all the way down to get what amounts to a clear boost, or you can dial in varying degrees of overdrive all the way to full sweet fat saturation! The overdrive and the volume control are interactive, very much like tube amplifiers with a gain and master control. The tone control actually works! I am very proud to have my name associated with such a high quality product created by my family at Freekish Blues. I hope you all enjoy many great times making music with this pedal!"

The pedal is handmade in the USA and sells direct for $168.

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