The Lava Box is not an ordinary MOSFET distortion/overdrive effect pedal. It actually reacts more like a great amp than a stompbox with the depth and dynamics that give well-made amps character.
When you think about the tones that defined so many of the true guitar heroes throughout history, they all really speak. They cut through. They say something. A huge part of that is in the rich midrange frequencies that the amplifiers of the day naturally produced. And, because those amps were typically cranked up to full volume, they were also incredibly dynamic, responding to different picking attacks and even subtle changes to the guitar's volume control.
The Lava Box brings that magic back with its broad array of midrange timbres and its amazing sensitivity to picking intensity and volume changes. One of coolest features is the six-position Rumble bass roll-off control. This rotary knob changes the sonic character of the Lava Box pedal's distortion for a huge range of tones, from bright and spanky to deep and warm. Whether you have the thinnest single-coil in the bridge of your guitar or the woolliest humbucker in the neck, there is a Rumble setting that's perfect for it.
Even at the highest gain settings, you can turn down your guitar's volume control and the Lava Box guitar pedal will clean up beautifully. Onstage, you can set the Lava Box for a loud lead tone and simply use your guitar's volume control to get your clean and crunch tones—all without switching channels or kicking in other effects. In the studio, you can explore the huge array of tones that are available with the intuitive controls, creating special-effect thin tones or spooky dark sounds that are perfect for layering and overdubs. More...
The Seymour Duncan SFX-08 Power Grid Distortion Pedal is a high-gain, solid state distortion stompbox capable of myriad tones, thanks to a 3-band active EQ section. The Power Grid is a perfect distortion pedal for all genres of rock.
As a guitarist, when you need power, it's generally because you want to lay down chunky rhythms or you need to bust out a blazing solo. Enter the Seymour Duncan Power Grid, designed to provide powerful overdrive and distortion, The Duncan Power Grid is a guitar pedal suitable for rhythm and lead playing, thanks to 5 stages of class-A discrete circuitry cascaded to provide nearly 100dB of gain. Now that's power.
But the Seymour Duncan Power Grid is not an untamed beast. All this raw horsepower is managed by a multi-element gain and volume control system that gives you fine control. For example, if you crank the gain, you'll get a very thick, saturated "Modded British" distortion, reminiscent of the big guitar sounds that defined metal. But if you back the gain off, you'll get a very responsive "crunch" distortion similar to the Rhythm Channel on the Seymour Duncan SFX-03 Twin Tube Classic. And in between there are varying levels of overdrive and distortion to fit your ideal sound.
With the Power Grid distortion effect, your tone is further refined thanks to a three bands of active EQ. Each band allows for up to 12dB of boost or cut at frequencies selected for maximum control of the electric guitar. This allows you to create tones with a far greater degree of surgical precision than what's possible with any distortion pedal with passive EQ. With all the power and control built into the Seymour Duncan SFX-08 Power Grid, it could just be the last distortion pedal you ever buy. More...