The Colosseum is the result of a series of polls taken amongst the Cornerstone followers and our supporters in the Cornerstone Community. We are incredibly proud to present this pedal in which the people have had a large role in it’s design process.
So, What is it?
It is a dual overdrive pedal based on my interpretation of the Blues Breaker and Klon circuits. While I used the original pedals to have an accurate sound reference (even an original Klon), the end result of Colosseum is not just these two circuits copied and stuck in the same box.
The Blues Breaker circuit on another level:
On the BB side there is no clipping diodes. It is surprising how removing these elements and tweaking the tone controls can fix the common “issues” that affect a classic BB, such as low volume and dark tone.
I also added our “signature” Clean control taken from the Gladio, to add the clean sound on top of the overdriven signal for more tonal versatility. This will restore a lot of touch sensitivity, especially on pick attack, as well as restoring the bottom end from your original clean sound.
The new Klon’s magic:
The Klon side stayed pretty much the same, except for one important detail: the clip blender.
We all know that the Klon has built quite a reputation around two “mythical” 1N34A Germanium diodes. We are still using them, measuring each one of them and picking the ones with the correct value of forward voltage, but… with the addition of a pair of hand selected silicon diodes. With this blend feature you have a wide range of tonal flexibility, an entirely new flavor of Klon at your feet, all while still being able to harness the sound of the original.
Looper lovers unite!
At the back you have 4 jacks to connect each side of the pedal with your favorite looper. You can use the sides independently or put any other pedal in between.
A little toggle switch will change the order of the two channels very easily for a lot of tone variations!
From the Community and Cornerstone team, rediscover these classic ODs with the Colosseum.
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