Mr. Heath

Mr. Heath

This pedal, as the name may have already given away, is our attempt to replicate the not-quite-fuzz not-quite-overdrive distortion sound present in Vox's early solid-state amps, like the UL730, Defiant, Conqueror and Super Beatle. It will get you from “Drive My Car” to “Helter Skelter” with a few turns of the gain knob. The Mr. Heath, despite being a mid-gain overdrive has been voiced to place emphasis on mids and high mids, allowing your leads to stand out no matter how busy the mix.

$160.00 USD
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Let me tell you how it will be…

Whether it be the funky, syncopated almost-clean rhythm of “Drive my Car” or the all-out finger-blistering chaos of “Helter Skelter”, the gentle crunch of “Paperback Writer” or the riotous Hendrix chords of “Taxman”, don’t worry — Mr. Heath will get you there. And unlike the real Edward Heath sneered at by George Harrison and the fab four, all this pedal will charge you is a little bit of electricity to get things going.

When transistors became powerful, plentiful and — more importantly — cheap enough to use in professional audio applications, guitar amp manufacturers were eager to incorporate this new technology into their products. In the very beginning though, a lot of them didn't seem to quite know how to handle these new wonder semiconductors.

Vox, after a change in ownership, began to build hybrid guitar amps that featured a solid-state preamp with their usual EL84 power section. However, unlike other manufacturers experimenting with the same technology, Vox came up with some unusual ways to create an “Overdrive‘ channel for these amps. The result turned out to be something between overdrive and fuzz. Lucky for them, their most famous endorsers — The Beatles — happened to like it, and those amps are featured on several tracks from “Rubber Soul” all the way to ”The White Album“.

The Mr. Heath is not an attempt to faithfully replicate the circuitry of those amps, but simply create a replica (or more precisely, an approximation) of that most unusual but useful distortion.

If you're interested to know more about how this pedal came about, check out my journal entry “Tone Chasing The Beatles Part 2 – Mr. Heath.

RETURN POLICY
Returns will be accepted on any item for up to 6 (six) months after the date of purchase, provided the item is returned to Veri-Tone in the same as-new condition (just the pedal, don’t worry about stickers or packaging).

For returns up to two weeks after the date of purchase, Veri-Tone will provide the buyer with a return label when possible, or refund the buyer for shipping the item back. After two weeks past the date of purchase, the buyer is responsible for the cost of shipping the item back, and the original purchase amount will be refunded upon Veri-Tone’s acceptance of the item.

For defective items, if the buyer wishes to have the item repaired and sent back to them, Veri-Tone will provide the buyer with a return label when possible, or refund the buyer for shipping the item back if this occurs within two weeks after the date of purchase. For repair requests past two weeks after the date of purchase, the buyer is responsible for shipping the item back to Veri-Tone. Veri-Tone will either repair the original item or provide another functional item of the same model. This policy is valid for up to a year after the original date of purchase, but only for the original buyer.

If the buyer chooses to return a defective item for a refund, Veri-Tone will provide the buyer with a return label when possible, or refund the buyer for shipping the item back if this occurs within two weeks of the original purchase. For return/refund requests past two weeks after the date of the original purchase, the buyer is responsible for shipping the item back. Upon receipt of the item, Veri-Tone will provide the buyer with a full refund of their purchase, including the original shipping fee. This policy is valid for up to 6 (six) months after the original date of purchase, but only for the original buyer.

CONTROLS

1. Drive
Controls the amount of distortion applied to the signal.

2. Level
Controls the overall output of the pedal.

Power
This pedal takes a standard Boss-style (negative centre) 9V DC power supply.