An iconic overdrive pedal, the Diablo Gain is recognizable for its smoothness, warmth, and sweet overtones as well as it's stunning good looks. Although it is definitely a versatile pedal, it truly excels in the classic rock medium gain range (think Thin Lizzy "The Boys Are Back In Town", The Raspberries "Go All The Way", or King Tuff "Anthem"). Hand made by our friend Heiko in Germany, these are built super-solid and you gotta love the huge indicator light and graphics. Extremely limited availability makes this a probably future-vintage keeper.
Also see the OKKO Diablo Gain Plus that adds a switchable 2nd gain setting.
The Diablo is a versatile low to medium gain overdrive with an exceptionally dynamic response. It preserves the character of your instruments and is very sensitive to your playing technique. Thanks to the effective and musical controls, the Diablo works equally well with any kind of guitar, amp or playing style. People use it for so many different sounds, you would hardly believe that they use the same pedal.
Besides the usual Gain, Tone and Level knobs, the Diablo has some more interesting controls: FEED affects the amount of bass in the input signal. You know the problem: an overdrive sound gets muddy rapidly if the input signal is too bass heavy (that’s why the treble booster was invented). With the FEED control you can make even the fattest neck humbucker sound clear and transparent or beef up weak pickups a little. The BODY control takes effect on mids and compression.
Another important feature is the HEADROOM SWITCH. Set to the "HI" position, an internal electronic voltage doubler is activated – the Diablo runs on close to 18 Volts from a regular 9 V battery or power supply. The higher voltage gives more dynamic range, more headroom and tighter bass – just try it!