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Martin Heavy Drive:
is a 9V-battery-powered pedal designed to emulate the sound of a high gain tube amp used by heavy rock musicians. It offers loads of gain, but responds to the guitarist's touch without altering the basic tone of the guitar.
The Attack (mid) and Edge (treble) controls give access to a variety of flavours within this type of distortion style, without compromising sonic quality.
The Carl Martin Heavy Drive has enough gain on tap to lead you to Rectifier tone territory without low-string mush or raspy highs.
The Carl Martin Heavy Drive is true bypass and features an AC adapter jack.
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GUITAR WORLD (USA) January 2000. Crunch Drive, Rock Drive, Heavy Drive, & Noise Terminator
The problem with many distortion pedals is their attitude. Most expect to be used as the main source of your gain-enhanced tone and show little respect for the characteristics of your amp. These Carl Martin pedals don't assume you want to transform your beloved, saggy AC30 into a spandex-ripping Triple Rectifier. Instead, they simply give you another slice of what you already like.
GUITARIST (UK) May 1999. Crunch Drive, Rock Drive, & Heavy Drive
There's hardly anything to complain about with these pedals. The Danish designer these are created by Holm Malmquist - certainly knows a thing or two about tone and how to cram it into little black boxes, so anyone looking to augment or upgrade their pedalboard would do well to take a look.
BASSIST (UK) CM Pedals in General.
High performance, low-noise pedals which can be used live or in the studio are rare beasts, but that's the case here. Pedals which work at this level of efficiency and are this well made, with this level of pedigree aren't cheap, but in the same breath aren't expensive either. If you appreciate paying for quality, the Carl Martins wont be found wanting.