It has been a while since PedalsAndEffects has done a discontinued pedal review. I decided to review this Peavey Dirty Dog distortion because of its dual distortion ability. The other unique thing about this pedal is it’s size. With the pedal industry going more towards smaller pedals, I thought it would be interesting to show a pedal that represents the past but can definitely keep up with the present.
This Peavey Dirty Dog distortion was an impulse buy on tour. Deltron 3030 had just rolled into Portland and I bought this because I had a hunch James Brown from Amptweaker, designed it. That meant it would be awesome sounding and at the $40.00 price tag, I couldn’t go wrong.
James Brown designs and builds Amptweaker pedals that I have raved about here on PedalsAndEffects. I put his Bass Tight Fuzz on PedalsAndEffects Best Of 2013 list.
He makes great sounding distortion and fuzz pedals and there is no way that this pedal could suck if it came from him. He mentioned he worked at Peavey so I took the chance and bought the Dirty Dog.
This is basically two different types of distortion in one pedal. You can get a real throaty, almost Rat sounding distortion, or you can get a Boss Metal Zone sound out of it. The coolest thing is you get both on one pedal.
The only real drawback to this effect is that it is huge and heavy! With touring boards getting smaller, this pedal probably won’t see a lot of touring but it will see recordings!