An idea that was spawned from the Anarchy Audio Facebook Group, the Gain of Tones was originally intended as a 2in1 circuit with the Gold Class Overdrive.
It however evolved into a dual mode overdrive, based on the KoT circuit, with improvements made to its “distortion” setting. “Overdrive” and “Clean boost” modes remain identical, with the exception of the presence control being external. (turning this control fully CW results in low mids being pushed forward and top end rounded off, same setting as found in two V4 KoTs)
The 2 drive modes are identical and switchable between the “standard” and “high gain” potentiometer offerings of the KoT.
Initial pre-production runs featured custom graphics and colours, and various options footswitch allocation (some with Bi-LED indicators for mode I/II) and was one of the first of many custom pedal runs to utilise our new laser engraver.
Concept, Prototype and Testing
Test and Comparison day at the Hen House Studios
Custom Run via the AA Facebook Group
Customers had choice of colours, artwork, stomp allocation, led colours/Bi-LED option
Custom with Crystal Blue Boost
Single sized version
Custom One-Off GoT with Additional side jack for amp channel connection (allows footswitching amp channel with GoT stomp switch (ie Amp Clean+Got OFF/ Amp Gain + GoT ON)
PCB revision for production Run (circuit and components identical)
Pre faceplate prototype.
Officially Released FEB/MARCH 2017
FTK Limited Edition
A Custom Run where customer were given SEVERAL tonal, hardware placement and finish options.
“The FTK features an additional gain stage on the back end, providing a “Stacked” OD resuslt, with just one stomp and the Drive I Potentiometer” – JC
FTK GERMANIUM EDITION
Same concept as the FTK but with an additional Germanium Transistor gain stage.
2021 One Off/Custom order : Brushed Copper Faceplate
JAN 2022 (Custom 2in1 Gain of Tones + Alpaca Grande)
2022 : GAIN OF TONES (FINALE EDITION)
Limited Run of 13 (February to September 2022)
Boss Sized Enclosure (125B) with unique, hand applied Gold Leaf finish, some over gold, some over grey, some over black enclosures, which were then sealed with clearcoat and dry oven baked.
Some were fitted with brown and others were fitted with black knobs.
Controls for :
Volume : Output Level
Drive : Gain
Tone : EQ
Shift : High Frequency/High Mid shift
2 Internal Dipswitches for a combination of
– KoT diodes (Soft clipping )
– No diodes (most headroom)
– Germanium (Hard clipping) <— Setting when shipped
– KoT+Germanium diodes (most compressed)
Top mount in/out and power jacks
Requires 9V DC power via 2.1mm centre negative jack
The King is Dead…Long Live The King…
The Gain of Tones circuit continues on, as part of the Anarchy Audio Production pedal lineup for 2023,
Reborn, repackaged and rebranded as the CHECKMATE Overdrive.