It is a well-known fact that there are many guitar pedals out there in the market and many more waiting to be released, but not all of these create a solid impression when it comes to performance. Therefore, if you are on the hunt for a good guitar pedal for yourself then you will need to set aside some time to do the groundwork research in order to whittle down the list of prospective options and zero in on the best overdrive pedal to invest in. Of course, before doing the research you should also have a clear idea of what you want. For me, I wanted to get a serious tone box which can also take quite a beating because it would be used on-the-go all the time and I am not that careful with my items (being a klutz myself!).
As I was doing my research, I came across the Alexander Pedals Jubilee Silver Overdrive guitar pedal. I wouldn’t be exaggerating if I said that it was almost love at first sight because I was very impressed. This is a reissue and upgraded version of the classic Jubilee pedal that was first released in the early 2000s by Pharaoh Amplifiers. There are so many impressive features about this pedal from the soft-touch foot switch to the pedal-compatible enclosure to the highly admirable grind and crunch effects. Also, the True Bypass switching mode of the pedal along with a latching relay is a definite winner in my opinion.
This is a serious tone box which comes in a sturdy metal casing and produces very impressive sounds. What got me sold on the product is the fact that it is super versatile. One can crank up the amp of this pedal for blistering distortions or dime the output and lower the drive control in order to produce a subtle bump. This classic British masterpiece is a must-have for every guitar player’s inventory because it can rock out any music and make it so much better!
Handcrafted To Perfection
These pedals are handcrafted to perfection. In other words, these are hand-built one at a time, and not commercially manufactured in masses. Thus, you can expect the dedication and attention paid to each pedal to shine through when it comes to the performance bit. True to its name, the silver body of this pedal comes with five knobs. At the top there’s the Loudness and the Drive controls, the former controls the output level whereas the latter is used for adjusting the distortion and gain of the pedal. I find that the Loudness knob functions like a master volume control and when I turn it up and make the relevant adjustments in other knobs then I am able to obtain a more open-sounding drive. Below these are the Treble, Middle and Bass knobs; these combine to give out a passive three-band tone stack, similar to a British amplifier.
As for the power supply, the Alexander Pedals Jubilee Silver Overdrive comes with a 2.1mm pin (with center negative) and can be charged through a DC power supply. It is compatible with voltages of up to 18V. Based on my experience, I would recommend powering the guitar pedal at 18V in order to increase headroom and to generate a more amp-like response from the pedal. Please note that this particular pedal does not have the provision of a battery. I generally use a ‘daisy chain’ connector which has provision for multiple pedals in order to power this overdrive pedal. So far I haven’t faced any problems in this regard. However, if you notice a faint humming or excessive noise from this method of charging then I’d suggest that you use a separate power supply exclusively for this pedal.
All in all, I am very impressed with this pedal. All the research that I did has definitely paid off and for me there is no other pedal that would be more suitable than this. If you too are looking for a high quality pedal and you don’t mind shelling out a bit more money than usual then you should choose this pedal.