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Today we are looking at the Bondi Effects Sick As Overdrive. This is a great
versatile pedal that can go from a transparent boost to thick overdrive. It
also carries a special mojo because it was designed “down under” in Sydney with
the company name Bondi being an aboriginal word for the sound of waves crashing over rocks. I feel
like this phrase really embodies this pedal because it has such a fluid tone
but still has a nice bite to it.
Let's go ahead and check
out these controls. While it looks pretty straight-forward there are some nice
features built into this pedal. While it takes a 9-volt power source the pedal
internally doubles to 18 volts. The sick as also features a soft touch true
bypass switch. This means that you can engage this pedal without a super loud
clicking sound. This is a great feature I hope we continue to see in more
Let get into the actual
circuit of this pedal. One thing I really appreciate about the Sick As is that
it is in a way the first of its kind. It is based on the legendary Klon
circuit, but rather than another clone this is a departure from the norm and a
fresh sound we’ve all been waiting for.
The Pedal has Level,
Active EQ for both Bass and Treble, Gain which acts as a Clean/drive blend, and
a high gain and low gain toggle.
At 12 o’clock the
level is at unity which just means the volume coming in is the same going out.
At noon the bass and treble controls are flat. Turn left for less bass or treble
and turn right to increase the frequency. These controls are highly responsive
and usually only need minor tweaking. Next we have the gain control. All the
way left is completely clean and allows the pedal to operate as a clean boost
with EQ control. Turn clockwise to increase the gain and blend in overdrive. The toggle up has a
more compressed signal and blends in overdrive quicker. Down has a more open
feel and is a little more transparent.
A clean boost setting
tends to look look like this, this is something you may try if you have this
pedal as your first drive in your signal chain. I run the pedal as my second
overdrive and like to have the gain around 11 o’clock and set the EQ to taste.
This is a great pedal
that is well build and has limitless options. I am really impressed with the
tones I keep finding through this pedal and it has earned a permanent place on