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Walrus Audio Introduces the 385 MKII Overdrive

Walrus Audio 385 MKii pedal

The MKII builds on the same circuit as the original 385, but adds A/B switching between two volume and gain settings.


In the summer of 2016, Walrus Audio announced an incredibly unique overdrive inspired by the built-in amp of the vintage Bell and Howell 385 Filmosound projector. For years, guitarists have modified and used the projector’s amp as guitar amps for their dynamic response and tone. Walrus captured that sound and squeezed it into a pedal called the 385 Overdrive. Now, after years of being tour and studio-tested, Walrus has made this incredible pedal even more dynamic with the 385 MKII.

The MKII builds on the same circuit as the original pedal but adds A/B switching between two volume and gain settings. This gives the pedal two separate sets of volume and gain that can be used like a preset to change volume and/or gain for specific parts. Also new for the MKII is the 385+ Switch: A feature that slams the front of the pedal’s circuit with a barrage of high gain, saturation, and loads of sustain rocketing the pedal into distortion-level territories.

External updates include top-mounted jacks and soft-touch, relay true bypass.

The 385 MKII is available in two different versions:

  1. Textured black enclosure with an illustration of an original 385 Filmosound projector by David Hüttner in yellow and red ink.
  2. Flat black enclosure with an illustration of an amp tube warm and ready to rock in cream ink by Josh Yosurack.

The die-cast enclosure’s exact size is 4.77” x 2.6” x 1.39” including knobs. Power requirements are 9VDC, center negative(100mA minimum). Walrus Audio is offering The 385 MKII for a retail price of $249.99

For more information, please visit walrusaudio.com.

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