The MP Audio Blue Brit is a low-mid gain transparent overdrive pedal. It is the perfect overdrive pedal for the guitarist who loves the way their guitar and amp sounds clean and wants to boost their amp into gorgeous overdrive without having a pedal change or ruin the tone they have worked so hard to curate. Being a low gain pedal it is very easy to get the exact amount of grit you are after.
The Blue Brit is very dynamic, with minimal compression. This means that if you pick/strum softly it will be quiet and clean, but if you dig in, it will break up.
Most importantly (for me anyway) It is NOT a Tube Screamer or KLON clone pedal, although as a dirty boost pedal, it is great at doing “The KLON thing!”
The Blue Brit is unique design that you will NOT find anywhere else, and is unsurpassed when it comes to preserving the tone of your guitar and amp.
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When I set out to design the Blue Brit, I wanted a pedal that would be versatile, simple to use and sound great with any Guitar or Amp. It had to be suitable for different types of players too, both rhythm and lead. But what I wanted most of all was for it to produce a beautiful rich smooth overdrive; something that could be clean when played lightly, but break up beautifully when you dug in.
What I came up with is the Blue Brit!
The name Blue Britt hopefully isn’t too cryptic, it comes from the fact that its sound was based around Marshall (British) ideas; it’s Blue and sounds great for playing the Blues.
The Blue Brit is an analogue overdrive pedal, that is, it produces a soft clip. However, it is more than that, if you continue to keep pushing up the gain, that soft clip will start to turn into a hard clip. Combine this with a guitar with really hot pick-ups, it can be possible to get a very chunky, rocky distortion.
So if you want just a smooth overdrive leave the gain to the left of twelve o’clock. If you want more of a distortion sound, turn the knob to the right of 12 o’clock. This is obviously an approximation and will depend a lot on the type of amp and pick-up combination you are using.
The controls are simple: Gain (or drive), Tone (High and mid high cut filter), Presence (To recover the highs when tone is rolled out) and volume.
When it comes to the engineering side of this pedal, no expense has been spared and no design decisions have been made lightly.
I have investigated the so called “Mojo” components and have separated the fact from fiction. This means that every component has been agonised over to give the best possible tone and best signal to noise ratio.
The design is based around op amps, and instead of using the tired old op amps that have been used for the last 20+ years I have completely thrown out the rule book and gone for the highest quality most sonically accurate, LOWEST NOISE op amp I could find; An op amp typically found in high quality headphone pre-amps and hi-fi gear.
The result is an incredibly rich full bodied sound that truly represents the original tone of the guitar being used which I believe is unrivalled when it comes to audio quality and preserving the “True Tone” of your guitar.
Reviews and Demos:
Dr Rick at intheblues
Henning Pauly at EytschPi42
Shane at intheblues