Pete B. wrote:Hey Brad can you describe the tonal diff between this one and the Earth Drive?
Maybe post a clip showing how they characteristically differ?
Until we get some samples online, it's hard to do it with words, but I'll try. The Earth Drive is a true "overdrive" with respect to the circuit and the means of clipping. By nature the Earth Drive's overdrive is a warmer, mellower, more natural amp-ish type clipping that transitions from clean to dirty in a gentle way.
The Solar Flare is a true "distortion" pedal in the way it clips more abruptly and squarely. The MXR Distortion+ and the Rat are also true, classic distortion pedals. The Solar Flare embodies much of what we like about Jerry's old script MXR, a more singing, "fuzzy", harmonically rich dirt that responds greatly to the picking dynamics. It induces feedback very easily. But unlike the old classic distortion pedals, the Solar Flare has a more modern fidelity, and the overall "voicing" or EQ tone shape is more warm, full, organic, and very, very detailed and transparent with respect to the definition of the pick attack. It makes single note leads very fun and long singing notes are very enjoyable on the eardrums. And even for hard rockers, it's a good pedal for power chords and shredders, just like the MXR and Rat are. Electronically, it's a lot more like the Earth Drive than the MXR or Rat, but the means of clipping is done like those 70's classics instead of the Earth Drive's "overdrive" clipping circuit topology.
There are about a dozen or so Solar Flares out there in the world now, so hopefully I'll be able to point to some demo videos and samples. I haven't made any myself yet, mostly because I'm too shy and would rather have some better pickers do it.