Back to amps…

The sample track plays 20 seconds of the same licks at 4 different settings of the Drive control: 9, noon, 3, and maxed. The tone controls are all straight up and the volume control is the same for all of the examples. The guitar is a Strat played through Channel 1 of a Karma 20T amplifier.

New from Karma Guitar Amplifiers – the Karma MTN-10 pedal:

• Transparent, amp-like OD/Distortion
• Premium quality plated through pcb
• Meticulously hand wired and tested
• True bypass switching
• CA3260 IC chip as in the original
• High quality parts throughout
• Custom powder coated and silk screened enclosure
• Flexible 3-knob EQ for wide ranging tone control
• Plenty of gain to push the front end of your amp
• Great touch sensitivity – highly dynamic

The 3-knob tone control circuit is what really sets this pedal apart, making it easy to compensate for bright, dark, or otherwise tonally lacking guitars.  But the MTN-10 is also capable of some fairly radical tone sculpting.

The Drive control (Ibanez labeled it “Distortion”) can take this pedal from a beautifully subtle overdrive into a snarling grunge, with a large range of luscious dirt in between. This pedal also cleans up quite nicely with your guitar’s volume control.

The perfect companion to our Karma 20T amplifier, the MTN10 is our take on the venerable Ibanez Mostortion of the early 80’s. Utilizing the original CA3260 chip but with much better parts and sturdier construction, ours excels where the original failed. Many accolades already – see below…

Rob McNelley (Joe Bonamassa, Buddy Guy, Delbert McClinton, Bob Seger, and many others) had this to say about the two Karma MTN-10 pedals he has:

“I don’t even know what to say…This pedal is fantastic! I got it today, and I was rewiring my studio, and decided to use it to test everything out once I had everything patched in. It sounded great! I was just running it through my Kemper. Then I pulled out one of my old Mostortion pedals and had the engineer tweak each pedal where I couldn’t see him tweaking, and it got to the point where I couldn’t tell them apart in feel or sound…. Then I pulled out an old deluxe reverb, and it nailed the sound through an amp as well.
But then……I started tweaking further, and started getting sounds beyond what the Ibanez Mostortion is capable of! Terrific low end definition. It sounds deep and muscular without losing clarity… And you can really dial in some really sweet vocal sounding lead tones. Man, you did a great job of recreating the Mostortion thing with all of the issues of the original units, solved. But this thing goes further. very inspiring pedal to play!  Such a good sounding pedal that i needed a back up for my home studio!

Thanks so much for making such a great piece of gear and sharing it with me. I’m already telling my buddies here to check them out!”

Neale Heywood (currently on tour with Fleetwood Mac, Neale also got an MTN-10 for our friend Lindsey Buckingham):

“The first thing I noticed with the pedal was how well I could still ‘hear and feel’ my guitars’ natural tone through the distortion – which in itself is beautiful – from warm subtle tube amp type saturation through to full blown shred mode.  Great clarity and detail in every mode.  And unlike most distortion pedals that I have tried or owned, this pedal does not rob you of the natural low end of your guitar so your sound stays fullrange.  The three band eq is all bonus – not makeup!”

Joe Simms (Joe has two MTN-10 pedals and two Karma 20T amps!):

“Boutique sonic mastery at its finest! This pedal is a hand made work of sonic art, capable of generating a wide palette of tones- all incredibly musical.  I also play Karma amps which are one of the best kept secrets in boutique tube guitar amps.  Phenomenal company in a class of their own with world-class products and sound quality.”

Murilo Romano (amazing Brazilian guitarist):

“I’ve never really played the Ibanez Mostortion, but, I REALLY don’t believe it can be as good as the MTN-10.
I really mean it! Your pedal is simply amazing! I can’t wait to start recording the guitars so I can get the best out of that little white jewel!”