J Rockett Audio Designs Introduces Brand New Guitar Drive Pedal That Sounds as Good as It Looks – Archer Select Boost/OD
J Rockett Audio Designs has fired the latest salvo in the Klon wars with the release of the Archer Select, a premium boost/overdrive pedal that offers the choice of seven different clipping options.
As drive pedals go, this is a grand design, a stompbox whose evolution could only be driven by the mythos surrounding the legendary Klon Centaur, and the variant tonal qualities of the NOS germanium diode.
Here, J Rockett splits the difference and gives players – and cork-sniffers – the chance they have been waiting for to cycle through various NOS germanium diodes to replicate their favourite K-style sound – the Centaur “transparent” drive tone that is one of the latter-day benchmarks for electric guitar sound.
“Over the years of K-style pedals people have sworn by the influence of the proper NOS germanium clipping diodes for this particular design to be accurate to the original,” said J Rockett. “There is so much speculation on the internet and certainly misleading information by the original designer. We decided to let your ears be the determining factor and to provide the ability for you to easily switch between seven different clipping diode options!”
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The Archer Select by J Rockett arranges these seven clipping options very cleverly indeed, with a dual-footswitch design to engage the extra clipping options. There is a default clipping mode, in which the stock OA10 is driving the bus. Stamp on the Clipping footswitch and it engages the alternative clipping options, all six of which are accessed via an oxblood-coloured rotary knob. The other footswitch bypasses/engages the effect.
Other controls include the usual Gain, Output and Treble controls, the latter allowing you to dial in more high-end. A toggle switch in the middle of the nest of dials activates a ground lift for a DI output that makes the Archer Select a practical pedal for recording. The Archer Select’s speaker emulation is based on a British 4×12 cabinet.
The J Rockett Archer Select measures 4.25” by 2.75” x 1.25”, so it is more compact than some Klon clones. Its instrument jacks are located on the top of the unit, with the 1/4” DI output on the side. The enclosure is heavy-duty steel, finished in that champagne gold colour, just how you like it. The Archer Select takes a 9V DC from your pedalboard power supply, and it is available now, priced at £349 / €399 / $329. See J Rockett Audio Designs(opens in new tab) for more details.