The Hotcake. Noel Gallagher of Oasis swears by it. So do Pavement, The
Melvins, Sonic Youth, along with the likes of local luminaries Chris
Knox, Neil Finn, and Dave Mitchell of the 3Ds. So, what is it, exactly?
It's the Hotcake. What? It's a mighty crunchy, home grown distortion
effects pedal that guitarists the world over swear by. And they are as
rare as hens teeth.
The hand-made HOTCAKE is considered by many to
deliver the ultimate distortion sound. Hand-made in NZ by Paul Crowther
(the original drummer from Split Enz) it only has 3 knobs (Gain, Level
and Presence) but that’s all it needs.
The Hotcake is designed to leave the undistorted component of the guitar
sound unchanged, while providing a nice fat distortion sound without
resorting to a treble cut circuit which will also affect the guitar
tonality. With the Drive and Presence controls set to minimum, and the
Level at around 2 o'clock, you should be hard pressed to hear any change
in the sound at all when you switch the Hotcake in and out. You can get
a clean volume boost by increasing the Level control. Increasing the
Drive will give you a thick distortion sound with a little bit of edge
to it, and the Presence control adds some mid-range punch to the sounds.
The Hotcake also handles chords well. It is recommended that the
Hotcake is patched between the guitar and amplifier, rather than into an
amplifier's effect loop. Generally speaking, if you are happy with your
guitar and amplifier combination, the Hotcake will work well as a
primary distortion. It works superbly to send an already overdriven amp
over the edge into smooth distortion;ideal with non-master volume valve