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We are thrilled at the popularity of our Archer Overdrive! For those who are unfamiliar with the iconic pedal it takes after, they probably wouldn’t know the ideal way to adjust the Archer for the best tones. As with the infamous “K” pedal, the Archer was not designed to be a stand alone overdrive unit. In other words, you don’t want to run it into a clean amp and then use the pedal solely to create your overdriven tones. Even though it still sounds good when you attempt this, it won’t sound it’s best and it won’t be doing what it was designed for.
The Archer is designed to take what your amp already gives you and simply add to it. It won’t color the tone of a great amp, it will thicken it, adding some sustain and presence. And it will do all that with tremendous transparency. So, the best way to use the Archer is into an amp that has just gotten into that break-up territory. That’s where the sweet spot is between the amp and the pedal. Here are the most popular settings:
- Output at 12, treble to taste, gain at 9
- Output at 11, treble to taste, gain at 10
- Output at 10, treble to taste, gain at 11
- Output at 12, treble to taste, gain at 11
I could go through a ton of additional settings but the one’s I’ve listed are probably the most popular used by top musicians when utilizing the pedal as an overdrive unit to give your amp that extra something. However, the pedal is exceptional as a boost pedal as well. Personally, that’s how I like to use mine. When you dime the volume on the Archer it opens up the Op Amp, similar to how tube amplifiers work best when you open them up, tapping into the power tube section of the amp. Here are some great settings using the Archer as a boost:
- Output dimed, treble at 11, gain at 11
- Output dimed, treble at noon, gain at 9
- Output dimed, treble at 1, gain at 8
- Output dimed, treble at 11, gain at 1
Ultimately, however you use the pedal is up to you as every musician’s taste is different. To tap into what the Archer has been designed for, the settings I have suggested (combined with an amp that is already into break-up) is how you will get the best tones out of the pedal! Here’s a link to a great write-up on gearslutz of the original “K” pedal, it’s newest predecessor (which we originally manufactured), and the creation of the Archer.