Jon Dickinson is the man behind those wonderfully mad aluminium-cased amps used by Muse’s Matt Bellamy and Squeeze founder Chris Difford, among others. Dickinson also makes an all-valve overdrive pedal called the D1, which combines similar audiophile- grade electronics with recognisable design and bomb-proof build quality.
In use, the D1 provides exceptional clarity and low-noise performance, combined with some wicked overdrive effects – there’s a slight hint of fuzz at higher gain settings, which is instant ZZ Top with a decent Les Paul plugged in.
The D1 has a rare ability to transform a so-so amp into something quite special. Lower
non-boosted settings add valve warmth and dynamics with a particular presence that makes a guitar part sit nicely in a mix, while the overdrive sounds are a match for other top valve products.
If you own a classic non-master valve amp, the D1 could be just the pedal partner you need to add class and versatility.