Empress Effects Heavy Overdrive Pedal

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  • Achieve Super High Gain Tones and for Added Impact
  • Intuitive New Control that Changes the Character of your Low End
  • Selectable Mid Frequency Lets you get Precise EQ Curves
  • Easy to use Relay Bypass and Intelligent Switching
  • Boost or Cut up to 10dB Per Band

Empress Effects Heavy Overdrive Pedal


The Empress Effects Heavy Overdrive offers a huge range of high gain tones. This versatile pedal delivers many different tones such as crisp, mid-driven 80's metal to modern down-turned brutality. The Heavy Overdrive benefits from having two independent channels which can be voiced similarly so that one channel can be used as a solo boost, or they can be voiced entirely differently by using the mid range control in conjunction with the 3 position mid frequency select switch. Separate weight controls can be added in to shape the low end response of each channel, and a global hi/low eq section that allows you to fine tune your particular amp and cab combination. With all these great features it is a worthwhile investment for your pedalboard.

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Internal Noise Gate

The Empress Effects Heavy features an internal noise gate which is triggered from the input, before the signal is distorted. This results in a noise gate that is extremely responsive and dynamic. Whether you're playing a long sustaining note that's meant to ring out into feedback, or you need a tight gate for those quick stops, the noise gate will react and adjust accordingly.

Whilst using the natural mode, the gate sensitivity is high and will open with very small input levels. This mode works great for all styles of playing from leads to tight rhythms. In addition, the aggressive mode may be better suited to your playing if all you require is a hard clamping gate for fast stops. The noise gate can be set to either mode on either channel using the simple toggle switch, for maximum flexibility.


The side mounted trim pot lets you increase or decrease the threshold to best suit your guitar's output. It comes factory set in the middle which works really well with most guitar/pickup combinations, and it allows for adjustment if you need it. Use a small flathead screwdriver and turn clockwise to increase the sensitivity (lower the threshold), or counter-clockwise to decrease the sensitivity (increase the threshold).


The use of the weight control knob changes the character of the low end. Low settings will deliver a tighter bass response and will sharpen up palm muted riffs. Higher weight settings add more size to the bottom end. The weight control is best used in conjunction with the low EQ.


"some of the best metal distortion you’ll find in a pedal" Best Guitar Effects

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  • Achieve Super High Gain Tones
  • Analog Signal Path for Optimum Clarity
  • An intuitive new control that changes the character of your low end
  • Selectable mid frequency lets you get precise EQ curves, with boost or cut up to 10dB per band
  • Heavy and Heavier let you set your channels similarly, for rhythm/solo, or completely differently for a wider range of tones
  • Relay bypass and intelligent switching make this pedal super easy to use
  • True Bypass, so you can be sure that it's not affecting the signal when disengaged
  • Natural and aggressive settings let you tailor the gate to your needs, keeping noise out of your signal chain
  • Small Size unit of approximately 4.5" by 3.5" by 1.5"


  • Input Impedance:1M
  • Output Impedance: 510 Ohm
  • Frequency Response (-3dB): 35Hz - 17kHz
  • Power Input Voltage:9 - 12 V DC (Negative tip)
  • Power Input Connector:2.1mm barrel connector (Negative tip)
  • Power Consumption:~ 200mA
  • Enclosure Material: Die Cast Aluminum
  • Input connector:1/4" Jack
  • Output connector:1/4" Jack
  • Height (Enclosure only):1.5"
  • Height (including controls): 2"
  • Length:3.5"
  • Width:4.5"
  • Weight:1lbs