Wren And Cuff overdrive pulls 25v of tone from 9v supply
The Two Five overdrive has muscle. 25v opens things up considerably, creating an unusually wide dynamic range, more headroom, and more output. The pedal’s EQ section is set up a bit differently than many other pedals. The controls are basically like a vintage Fender amp (although the pedal in no way sounds like a Fender). This means is that the controls are interactive in relation to one another. For example, turning down the treble will not only cut the higher frequencies, but also raise the lower frequencies a bit.
The pedal’s voice switch allows users to configure the clipping section of the pedal in two different ways. In the down position, there are two Mosfet transistors used as diodes, and a germanium diode as well used to create a super rich, saturated gain. Flick the switch up, and two LED’s are used for the clipping. These LED’s have a much wider range of dynamics and lend to a more open, somewhat cleaner sound. The Two Five gain will be more crunchy, cutting, and less saturated than the other setting.
The Two Five is loaded with a JRC3404 op-amp — a distant relative of the famous JRC4558 some covet for their use in vintage Tube Screamer pedals. This op-amp is tough enough to put up with 25V, but still has a warm enough tone to keep things nice and sweet.
The Two Five is available now via Wren And Cuff’s dealer network or direct from the company for $225.