Tech 21 Hot-Rod Plexi Distortion and Boost Pedal
Pedalboard-friendly Plexi Tones!
When the Tech 21 Hot-Rod Plexi distortion pedal arrived at Sweetwater, we didn’t know what to expect. After all, distortion stompboxes are a dime a dozen. In this case, Tech 21 delivered exactly what they promised – and then some! Utilizing analog circuitry, the Hot-Rod Plexi will provide you with the familiar loud, warm, bluesy rock tone of a Marshall turned up to ten – without the obligatory rig-cranking. The Hot-Rod Plexi will completely change the personality of your amp, imbuing it with an unbelievable Marshall-like tone. Complete with Tone, Punch, and Drive controls, the Tech 21 Hot-Rod Plexi distortion pedal is ready to transform your $99 practice amp into full-blown British stack!
Tech 21 Hot-Rod Plexi Distortion and Boost Pedal at a Glance:
- Hot mode kicks your amp into overdrive
- Extensive tone-shaping lets you nail the perfect sound
- All-analog pedal design delivers smooth, natural-sounding overdrive
Hot mode kicks your amp into overdriveThere are two footswitches on the Hot-Rod Plexi. One simply turns the box on in Stock mode – it’s as if you’re plugged into the signal path of a stock ’68 Plexi from input jack to speaker jack (minus the actual speaker). Stomp on the Hot button, however, and prepare yourself for some British stack mayhem – it’s like you put an additional 12AX7 tube in your amp’s preamp stage. Utilizing Hot mode, you can add up to 28dB of additional preamp gain, with independent level control via the Hot knob. The Hot knob really lights a fire under your amp, taking it from an agreeable crunch to a furious eruption with a single stomp.
Extensive tone-shaping lets you nail the perfect soundBecause of its flexible tone-shaping capabilities, this box should be called the “Flexi-Plexi.” The Tone control is a lowpass filter with an adjustable cutoff frequency. Flat when turned fully up, you can use the Tone control to cut your high-end, all while retaining your midrange – kill the fizz, keep the power. The Punch knob boosts or cuts at 500Hz, gradually varying the bandwidth, depending on the amount of boost or cut applied. Balanced midrange response is essential for achieving a satisfying distorted tone, even when you’re going for a brutal “scooped” sound.
All-analog pedal design delivers smooth, natural-sounding overdriveAs impressive as the Hot-Rod Plexi’s tonal range may be on its own, it’s even more amazing that all of this tone-shaping takes place purely in the analog domain. This imparts a smoothness and natural dynamic character that even the most sophisticated digital pedals often struggle to capture. Built on the legacy of the now-legendary SansAmp, the Hot-Rod Plexi delivers the authentic sound of a preamp pushed to its limit – no gimmickry necessary!
Tech 21 Hot-Rod Plexi Distortion and Boost Pedal Features:
- Based on SansAmp technology for organic tube amp distortion character
- Hot mode kicks your amp into overdrive, delivering generous amounts of preamp gain
- Tone control cuts your high-end without butchering your mids
- Punch control balances your guitar’s midrange response for a killer tone
- Drive control for adjusting overall amount of gain and overdrive
- All-analog pedal design delivers smooth, natural-sounding tube character
Turn your amp into a British stack with the Tech 21 Hot-Rod Plexi Distortion and Boost Pedal!