The Sick As Overdrive by Bondi Effects is a klon based overdrive that is highly versatile and useful for may situations. The sick as can cover a lot of sonic ground all the way from rich harmonic overdrives to a nice clean boost with active EQ.
The first part of this video will feature a general overdrive sound that can add a little bit of presence into your tone without becoming too overwhelming. A good amount of gain is mixed into your signal to add a little bit of grit but doesn't change the natural characteristics of your guitar. Where this pedal real shines is in allowing your guitar and amp to be what really shines. The sick as doesn't get in between your guitar and the amp but rather helps enhance the entire experience.
The second part of this video will demonstrate how the sick as will function as a clean boost. Simply turn the gain all the way down to clean up the pedal and use the EQ and volume knobs to help shape your tone. You can use the volume boost to push your amp into a nice overdrive. From there you can tune the tone to your taste. If you need a little more sparkle or clarity experiment with increasing the treble. If you want a little more punch mix some lows back in to your tone.
This pedal is a great clean boost and light drive, but there is still plenty of gain left on tap. The third section of this video will demonstrate how the Sick As sounds at full gain. As you can see in the video the drive has a good amount of bite to it but never gets out of control. The EQ really helps to keep these high gain sounds under control. If your guitar starts to sound fizzy or harsh try rolling off some of the highs. If you notice you are losing clarity try taking out some of the bass frequencies. This versatility really helps make this pedal useful for all types of music.
The final section of this video feature a loop to help you see how responsive each control is on the pedal. You will be abel to see how wide of a sweep you have in both he treble and bass frequencies. At this point you will also get to see the difference between the toggle. In the up position the switch blends some compression into your tone and thins it out a little bit. Down is a more open tone and feels bigger. Overall I tend to prefer the down position.
This pedal would be at home on any players pedalboard. It has a nice solid build and has a soft touch bypass switch that keeps the pedal quiet when switching on and off. This is a great pedal and has earned a permanent position on my personal board.