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For bassists, Payne has constructed the El Oso (Spanish for “The Bear”) Bass Distortion, aimed at providing the grit and grind that rock bassists need to be heard and felt in the mix.

Hailing from the northern metropolis of Minneapolis, Minnesota, Heavy Electronics’ Sayer Payne is no stranger to great gear and tone. As an employee and manager of several guitar stores throughout the years, Payne was constantly around pedals that never seemed to completely live up to the standards he expected them to—be it reliability or availability issues, to the astronomical costs that some boutique pieces command. This frustration helped to form Heavy Electronics, a company that has made its mission to craft domestically handbuilt, high-quality analog effects that deliver great tone at reasonable prices. For bassists, Payne has constructed the El Oso (Spanish for “The Bear”) Bass Distortion, aimed at providing the grit and grind that rock bassists need to be heard and felt in the mix.

Not-So-Hidden Treasures
The El Oso is exceptionally simple to operate. Only three controls grace its front panel—which bares deliciously attractive graphics in an old Vegas motif—for Level (volume), Mix (wet/dry blending), and Gain. Having a wet/dry blending control is an essential tool for bassists who want to craft the perfect bass tone with just the right amount of cut and low-end grind. Hats off to Heavy Electronics for including this in the El Oso.

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