A Tubescreamer type overdrive in a class all its own! The Lovepedal Eternity Overdrive pedal is here to stay.
This particular verison of the Eternity pedal is the Roadhouse version. Released in ever changing variations, the Lovepedal Eternity seems to never disappoint. A quick scan of the usual suspects (TGP, UG, the google) will confirm this. The Kanji, Burst, and Fuse as well as the Roadhouse work great in multi-drive setups as a Go-To drive. It is quite a box of rock, to be sure.
Like most boutique overdrives, there is both a Handwired and SMC version. This happens to be a Handwired, and a gooped one at that! Honestly, after playing a few different derivatives of the same circuit, I prefer the SMC version of Eternity pedals for stability’s sake. Just as well, theepoxy goop covering the components of the pedal circuit adds a certain amount of mojo a-la Alexander Dumble and Bill Finnegan.
Originally I had seen the pedal on forums and never paid it any mind. It looked like a Tubescreamer, sounded a bit different than a Tubescreamer, yet did not have the buffer…of the Tubescreamer. I thought I’d give it a shot and see what the bubbling interest was about.
Please note, there is not a ton of HYPE to this pedal. That would be Klon territory, and this pedal is nowhere near the frenzy which has been caused by the recent Klon KTR introduction to replace the Centaur. For this, I am grateful. I apologize for all of the K-lon mentions.
A visit to the local These go to 11 store in Stockholm and I found myself in the audition room comparing this abandoned gem with a couple of others.
I compared the Eternity to the Visual Sound VS-XO and the Rockett LED Boots, both of which I like. The guitar I used was a Tokai Breezy Sound, one of the famed knock-off guitars made famous in Japan for it’s quality. I’m sure that I could have taken a TS-808 or TS9 or even a Maxon OD808 into the room along with me, yet I did not. Again, apologies.
First the Rockett LED Boots, plenty of volume and fullness – Really impressive. Second, the Visual Sound VS-XO – flat and not nearly as dynamic as I had hoped. Maybe it was the setup? After all, their placement in the city of Stockholm was quite cramped.
The Eternity has been singled out by not only Andy Summers of Police Fame, but by Richard Fortus of Guns n’ Roses. What I meant to write was GNR, but I needed to write out the whole thing , apparently. Here’s a link to Lovepedal’s page for the truth and description.
Lovepedal Eternity Hardware
Solid. Wiring was insulated, the pcb board stamped with this iteration of Eternity, dedicated pots – not soldered to the board… switch seems to be able to go through thousands of hits. The wiring is well insulated and grouped.
Lovepedal Eternity Sounds
What I’ve always wanted an Ibanez Tubescreamer to sound like. That is what I landed with this gem. Secret is the Glass knob. This works great as a base tone, although I like a Klon type instead for the foundation. This screams with harmonic glee when stacked. The descriptions of Sean Michael from Lovepedal actually stay true to how the pedal sounds. Imagine that! We may have found a pedal peddler who does not hype his gear, but is actually excited about the integrity of sound it produces!
Here’s a Pedal from Gearmanndude followed by a video of Richard Fortus (11:40):
If you find one of these, handwired or not, grab it. It is replacing the Visual Sound Double Trouble on my board, as stated before, stacking with a Klon type pedal. If you don’t like it, it will retain its resale value fo-sho. But don’t ever sell it! This box is joy.
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