Fulltone Plimsoul Overdrive Distortion Pedal Review
- Pros: The Plimsoul is extremely versatile and well built.
- Cons: The controls are implemented in a quirky manner, and this certainly isn’t the cheapest ditortion pedal on the market.
- Overall: This pedal packs an astounding amount of tonal flexibility into a small package.
The Fulltone Plimsoul is an extremely versatile distortion pedal in a surprisingly small enclosure. Its fancily named controls allow a mixture of smooth overdrive and heavier distortion with extremes available at either end. The lighter distortion is controlled by the sustain knob, and the heavy distortion can be mixed in using the miniature stage 2 knob, which is rotated a little off center by design. The enclosure is compact, durable, and attractive. In addition to an on/off LED, the Fulltone Plimsoul has an indicator LED that lights up as signal is passed to the more pronounced second stage of distortion.
Few pedals can deliver a full range of distortion sounds from light overdrive to screaming fuzz. The Fulltone Plimsoul manages to do this effectively in a small package with intuitive controls. I liked nearly every sound that came out of this box. It took a minute for me to figure out how the different knobs interacted with each other, but the configuration of the controls turned out to be very expedient. I was also impressed with the amount of gain available using the level knob. The sustain knob functioned a lot like the gain knob on an overdrive pedal, adding both distortion and volume, and the stage 2 knob added crunch without any additional volume boost. The overdrive available from the lighter distortion stage did not emphasize mid frequencies as much as a Tube Screamer style overdrive pedal. The stage 2 indicator LED was fun to look at, but did not appreciably add to the Plimsoul’s usefulness.
It is a little strange that the Plimsoul uses a miniature pot for one of its controls. The level 2 knob appears to be shielded enough by the chassis and surrounding knobs that it is unlikely to break during normal use. It is a little more difficult to adjust on the fly, though. The Plimsoul is quirky and unique, and can put out an impressive range of usable tones. The high quality of its construction and its broad functionality more than justify its high price point. The Fulltone Plimsoul could even be a viable replacement for a chain of two or more less versatile dirt boxes.