THE GLADIO IS A DOUBLE PREAMP ABLE TO TAKE YOUR TONE INTO THE CLASSIC CREAMY BLUES PROMISE LAND
WHY A PREAMP:
We’ve always been fascinated by the sound of great artists like Robben Ford or Eric Johnson (to name a few) and it’s always been our dream to recreate those sounds in a pedal. To do that, we soon realized that the key was to be able to offer a something close to the amps they were using. The design goal had a name: Alexander Dumble.
This is the reason why GLADIO is not just an overdrive; it’s a realistic tube-compression preamp able (of course) to take the sound into saturation still always retaining a rich touch-sensitive response and realistic compression.
WHY A DOUBLE PREAMP?
It’s all about versatility. GLADIO has two independent channels with totally different voices, which combined together offer an even wider range of sounds.
WHAT ABOUT CHANNEL 1?
The 1st channel is able to deliver a smooth and creamy sounds (inspired by songs like Robben Ford’s Cannonball Shuffle). It’s really transparent and with a round touch-sensitive response that helps enhancing the playing. Controls (Gain, Tone and Volume) are self-explaining and there’s a toggle switch called COMP, to choose two different compression levels.
WHT ABOUT CHANNEL 2?
The 2nd channels is the “angry” side of the GLADIO, designed to deliver a special hard clipping that could sound a bit fuzzy with high harmonics generation result (much inspired by Sonny Landreth’s tones). Controls (Gain, Tone and Volume) are self-explaining and there’s a toggle switch called JAZZ/ROCK, which (I guess) it would not need presentations.
WANT MORE CONTROLS?
- I->II or II->I
With this central toggle switch you can choose the cascading order when you switch on both channels.
- BASS and PRESENCE
If you open up the pedal’s lid you would find two internal potentiometers, BASS for channel 1 and PRESENCE for channel 2, to have even more control over the tone depending on the guitar amp-combination
This is an internal switch to let you change the hard clipping behaviour of the 2nd channel and to let it be a bit smother.