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J. Rockett Audio The Archer Overdrive and Boost Pedal

The Archer hits the mark when it comes to organic overdrive. Its gain knob blends a distorted signal with your clean tone, offering a quiver full of sounds. (3) Read 2 reviews for this product | Rate and review this product
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Harnessing Your Axe's Natural Character with a Stomp

Fire up the J. Rockett Audio The Archer Overdrive and Boost pedal to get the natural and organic character of your axe to fill the room. This compact overdrive/boost effects pedal is based on the original Centaur circuit, and succeeds in generating a warm and alluring amp-like sound for your ears to enjoy. With its minimal control layout, you can use this pedal as a simple clean signal boost pedal, or bring up the gain and output to add an addicting distortion, while the treble control brightens or darkens your notes. A tough and robust design makes for a consistent and reliable playing experience, stomp after stomp.

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Recreation of the Original Centaur Circuit

J. Rockett's The Archer overdrive/boost pedal is based on the original unmodified Centaur circuit, which is loved for generating a natural amp-like experience. A voltage converter allows you to use this pedal as a high-headroom clean boost effect with your gain rolled back and your output pushed up -- a setting that can lend a natural tube-infused overdrive to your rig. You'll hear your amplifier's and guitar's pure tone remain intact without any unwanted loss of character.

Powerful Sound from Just Three Controls

You'll immediately notice how well this pedal responds to your axe's settings. Just a slight volume change on your guitar will go a long way. The gain circuit mixes in your clean signal with the overdriven one in a manner that's easily noticeable at lower levels. Your treble control offers a wide and dynamic reach from a warm darkness, to a "chimey" bright sparkle, and everything in between. Crank this baby up, and you'll get slight compression and midrange bite that's perfect for leads.

Buffered Bypass

Well-designed buffered bypass circuitry offers a low output impedance that allows your signal to travel longer distances over cables while preserving as much of your signal's original character as possible. What you get from every stomp is a consistently warm and well-balanced output. Whether you're looking for a clean signal boost or a crunchy overdrive, this pedal gets your axe sounding its best for whatever the occasion demands.

Tough Inside and Out

The Archer was built with the regularly gigging musician in mind. This pedal's robust outer design will stand up to the tests of time stomp after stomp, and its solderless footswitch, dubbed the "Speed Switch System," provides seamless engagement for a natural and organic experience when activated.

Features:

- Overdrive/boost effects pedal
- One 1/4" input
- One 1/4" output
- Recreation of the Centaur circuit
- Can also be used as a clean signal boost
- Powerful output volume control
- Effective treble control for dark or "chimey" tone
- Organic sounding with amp-like feel
- Buffered bypass circuitry
- Solderless "Speed Switch System" provides smooth activation
- Robust design inside and out
- Powered via 9 volt adapter or a single 9-volt battery

zZounds is an authorized dealer of J. Rockett Audio products.
- Power: 9vdc, negative tip boss type adapter. Unplug input cable when not in use to save battery life.
- Weight: 12oz
- Dimensions 4 x 2.25 x 1.25"
Weight, Dimensions, and Manufacturer Part Numbers
Shipping Weight: 1 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 7 x 5 x 3 in
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): ABOD 9520-018

J. Rockett Audio The Archer Overdrive

The Archer is a recreation of an iconic circuit matching all of the magical qualities of the original. The Archer is a great clean boost that goes all the way to a chimey classic organic gain.

It can be used as just a clean boost by turning the gain all the way down. As you introduce gain it will attenuate the clean signal but there is a magical blend in between that you will find. Please, experiment away!!

Its robust design is made for the touring musician. It features a solderless foot switch called the "Speed Switch System." Other features include side screws allowing for the back plate to remain dual locked to the board while the operator changes the battery or services the pedal. All I/O and DC jacks are top mounted allowing for shorter cable runs and better sound.
zZounds Expert Review
The J. Rockett Archer Overdrive is a pretty no-frills pedal -- but don't let that convince you that it isn't incredibly versatile. The secret to its versatility is in its responsiveness to different guitars and amplifiers. Pair it with a brighter rig on stage and it'll tear the faces off the front row with plenty of cut and clarity. For darker rigs like high-gain amplifiers, it actually does a lot for enhancing the sound and, again, adding definition and better treble detail. The Treble control does have a lot of range, though, and can be dialed out if you prefer a smoother tone. The same thing goes for the Gain knob -- dial it near zero and you get a killer boost pedal, but with the settings cranked, you get a healthy dose of focused drive. This is more of a blank canvas pedal that takes on new life based on what equipment you use.

- Justin, zZounds Guitar Expert

Customer Reviews
5 out of 5 (3 ratings) Rate and Review This Product
zZounds has verified that this customer bought this product from us. "J Rockett Archer"
Overall: This pedal is built like a tank, a bit smaller than the standard form factor, both good things. Easily the best quality 80's overdrive I have played. Everything from noon to full on gain is great; the "boost" with gain at zero is a bit disappointing, as it is barely there. Expect a TC Spark or similar is probably a better choice if boost is what you crave. I am happy with the ease of use and how good it sounds for standard overdrive rock...sounds like the recorded tone of any favorite you care to name. As an added bonus, it plays well with a fuzz in front of it and or another heavier distortion/ overdrive behind it. It is a bit pricey or I would give it a 5 across the board.
Style of Music: Rock, blues, country, jazz
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Overall: Exactly the tone I have sought for the 27 years I've played guitar... Pure magic the way it reacts to my subtle variations in picking dynamics, its smooth and musical. I feel like I play better with this pedal, it feels right and does not fight me. Dig in and it screams soul, back off and its angelic. I play a Fender American Standard Start into a 1968 Vibrolux. I got rid of my other overdrive pedals...I found the ONE.
Style of Music: Blues, rock, classic rock.
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