Matthews Effects Unveils the Harbinger

A classic Rat-type distortion that uses original LM308 chips.

Richland, WA (October 27, 2016) -- Adding to the company’s well-established line of boutique guitar effects, Matthews Effects has unveiled the new Harbinger Parametric Distortion. The Harbinger is a classic Rat-type distortion that uses original LM308 chips along with a pre-gain EQ shaping for a rich pallet of distortion tones. The EQ section is a parametric control that lets you sweep from 100 – 4khz and boost or cut those frequencies by 15db.

The Harbinger highlights include:

  • A gain control that can go from clean boost to saturated distortion.
  • A freq control that lets you sweep from 100 – 4khz
  • A cut/boost that cut or boosts the selected frequency by up to 15db
  • True bypass
  • Top-mounted jacks

All Matthews Effects products are designed and built in the company’s Richland, WA home. Street price is $189

For more information:
Matthews Effects

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