The AXiom Overdrive Preamp OP-1 was designed to be the most capable, versatile, yet simple to use 100% analog overdrive pedal available. It can go from a transparent boost to a traditionally-voiced overdrive to a high-gain preamp with the turn of a few dials.
The OVERDRIVE control delivers classic overdrive pedal tones, while the cascaded PREAMP control dials in a tube amp-like preamp section - it's like a vintage overdrive pedal and tube preamp in one. Use it as you would a traditional overdrive pedal or as an "amp in a box" type preamp. The sloped MID control is voiced as an American style amp below 12:00 (for "Blackface" clean or scooped metal tones), and as a British amp above 12:00 (for barking mids). Along with carefully voiced BASS and TREBLE tone circuitry, the OP-1 can produce a vast range of light to crunchy to tube-melting overdriven tube amp sounds. It can be clean and clear, fat, warm, tight, mild or brutal depending on how you dial it in.
The OP-1 is equally at home driving a tube amp into saturation as it is at making a sterile solid-state amp sound like a cranked tube head or a warm old tweed. From country to blues to rock to metal, the OP-1 was designed to be the ultimate analog overdrive/preamp pedal.
- 100% analog circuitry
- 4558-based overdrive sections
- MID control voiced as an "American" amp below 12:00 and as a "British" amp above 12:00
- Matching color LED indicator so you can see which pedal is on even on a dark stage
- Individually handmade
- True bypass
The following demos were recorded direct with NO AMPLIFIER. The signal chain is:
Guitar -> AXiom OP-1 -> AXiom SCE-1 prototype (cab emulator) -> AXiom SCV-1 prototype (for stereo spread) -> interface -> DAW (reverb added, nothing else)
Demo #1: Fender Stratocaster with Lindy Fralin Vintage Hot Strat pickups
Demo #2: Fender Stratocaster with Lindy Fralin Vintage Hot Strat pickups
Demo #3: Gibson Les Paul with Burstbucker pickups
Demo #4: Fender Stratocaster with DiMarzio Virtual Solo pickup