What's up Tone Hunters! This is Wes with Distortion Pedal HQ and today we're checking out the Blakemore Effects R.O.U.S., or pronounced “Rouse,” pedal – and if you haven't guessed already… it is a distortion pedal! Let's check out the details.

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The R.O.U.S. is hand made by Blakemore Effects in the USA and features the coveted LM308 chip that was a core component of the original Pro CO Rat distortion pedal.

You can see that it has volume and gain knobs, do what you expect them to.

Then there is the EQ controls of Bass and Treble. What’s interesting for this design is that Blake has designed these eq knobs to be subtractive that cut the frequencies they’re labeled for.

So when you shape your tone, always start with these knobs fully clockwise – then roll them back to cut the frequencies you don’t want.

The texture knob changes the characteristics of how the pedal clips the signal. It acts a little bit like a mids eq knob, where you get the “scooped” sound when it’s pulled back and then full sizzle when you push it forward.

And lastly this really cool three way toggle that changes the diodes that are used in the clipping section of the pedal.

Left, the pedal uses red LED’s, for a louder, more open sounding distortion. Center, the clipping diodes are removed from the path, which grants you a fuzz like gain. And right, gives you silicon diodes, which makes the pedal quite, but with a lot of gain on tap.

(Here I roll through all the tones this pedal can provide – see review video on our YouTube channel.)

Here's what Blake says about his design of the R.O.U.S.

“To put it mildly, the R.O.U.S. is a versatile pedal. It’s based off of a classic distortion pedal circuit, but it can do so much more. There is a toggle switch to change the clipping diodes (or completely remove them) so you can go anywhere from a very light overdrive to fullbore rock distortion. Also, I’ve added more EQ options so you don’t have to settle for just having a single tone knob. There are knobs to control bass, treble, and then a texture knob that controls the clipping characteristics, and almost acts as a mids knob. And for those of you who are interested in such things, this pedal does use the coveted LM308 chip.”

Blakemore Effects R.O.U.S. Wrap up.

Hey thanks for hanging with me. Let me know that you think of this review and pedal. I Would love to hear your thoughts and questions in the comments section down below.

I’ve also posted a link to the full review on Distortion Pedal HQ, as well as some links as to where you can buy this pedal.

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