Ananashead Cream Amp Review
Simplicity sings in an elegant Electra Distortion-derived overdrive.
Stupidly simple. Dynamic and touch responsive. Beautiful distortion profile that mixes a creamy core with sizzle around the edges.
Bridge-position single coils can sound crispy.
Ananashead Cream Amp
If you’ve ever considered a monkish withdrawal from pedal maximalism, Ananashead’s Cream Amp is a fine place to start your journey. It’s a low- to mid-gain distortion derived from the legendarily simple Electra Distortion, a gain device built into Electra guitars in the 1970s, which later found favor among DIY pedal builders and modders. In this Barcelona-built take on the circuit, it’s easy to hear why this simple circuit maintains such enduring appeal.
The distortion characteristics of the Cream Amp are quite different from a clean boost. It’s generally dirtier, and at higher pedal-gain settings, where the Cream Amp is happiest, it has a treble-forward tone profile that makes it a fantastic companion for PAF pickups, which balance and flatter the edgier output. Single-coils sound awesome, too, though I gravitated toward the way the Cream Amp fattens a neck-position pickup rather than bridge-position tones, which can sound comparatively brittle. The Cream Amp also works agreeably with other overdrives and Big Muff-style fuzzes that aren’t too peaky in the top end. But I derived the most joy from the Cream Amp when it was the only pedal between my guitar and amplifier—a role that highlights its dynamic and touch-responsive characteristics. If you’re similarly interested in uncomplicated, organic routes to dirty tones, the Cream Amp is a reliably satisfying way to get there.
Cream Amp Overdrive
A dual-mode fuzz inspired by the psychedelic tones of the '60s.
Barcelona, Spain (July 25, 2018) -- Adding to the line of vintage fuzzboxes, Ananashead has unleashed a new fuzz stompbox, the MARK1, bringing a ancient raw style fuzz tone.
Based on the first three-transistor designs from the sixties, the MARK1 has a distinctive zippery vintage tone. Gated and spitty in the decay with tight bass and a ton of upper mids, the pedal offers two modes. One boosts the mids and suits the tones of Mick Ronson and Jeff Beck and the other one is more trebly and raspy that catches the "Satisfaction" or spaghetti Western tones.
The pedal offers the following features:
- Two knobs to control volume and attack
- Shielded inputs/outputs to avoid RF
- Filtered and protected 9VDC input
- Daisy-chain and wah friendly
- Popless True Bypass switching
- Low current draw, 2.5mA
The MARK1 pedal is handmade in Barcelona with careful selected components and has a price of 110.00â‚¬. The pedals are available and can be purchased directly from the Ananashead online store at www.ananashead.com.
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