This is really a top notch overdrive/distortion pedal that will get overlooked and soon discontinued, probably because of the name, Dr Distorto. A shame because this pedal can get you a bunch of big tone sounds. The switch is solid and that is a big plus.
Model Year: 2008
Where Obtained: ebay
This pedal has gain, tone and volume controls that all work well together in shaping a great overdive or distortion. It is both battery powered and also can be AC powered with an adapter. I used both a Visual Sound One Spot and the Line6 adapter and got the same reults with both, no noise.
I used my Classic Vibe Telecaster and my Gibson Les Paul with this Dr. Distorto and my Silverface Fender Pro Reverb and it sounded great. I could dial in a clean boost, a nice mean crunch and singing solos. With the Les Paul I nail Ted Nugent's Stranglehold. A really good pedal to beef up your tone.
Not hard to use at all. Like most pedals you have to keep tweaking the controls to get the sound or sounds you want.
This thing is built to stand a grenade blast. The wiring and board inside looks well done.