Lovepedal COT 50 Overdrive Review
- Reverb: Lovepedal COT50
- Pros: The tone! Also, its simplicity.
- Cons: Bias knob creates noise when adjusted; can have a volume jump when activated.
- Overall: A secret weapon you can leave on all the time to light up your tone.
One of the true joys of playing guitar is the never-ending quest for the perfect tone. The Lovepedal COT 50, or “Church of Tone,” is one of those boutique gems you find along the way that truly stands out above other pedals. Developed by Sean Michael, the COT 50 one of those pedals that you can just kind of leave on all the time and it makes everything sound better… much better.
The premise behind the COT 50 was to conjure up the sound of a late 60s plexi in an overdrive pedal. It basically nails the early Hendrix and Billy Gibbons tones. What makes the COT 50 really beautiful, however, is its simplicity. As you can see, there is only a single bias knob accompanied by a true bypass footswitch. In this age of ever-increasingly complex effects pedals, simplicity is always welcome in my book. Rest assured, there is still plenty gorge yourself on at the sonic buffet which is the Church of Tone.
The bias knob acts as an overdrive control and takes you from a little dirty to blistering the paint off of your walls. In effect, you can clean it up almost completely and use it as a clean boost, or set it free to burn down the house. Of course, playing with your amp and guitar levels will also effect the tone. The trick to this pedal is finding its sweet spot, then rolling off the dirt with the volume knob on your guitar. Also, the COT 50 also works extremely well with other pedals breathing new life into your other effects.
A good friend of mine recently got his hands on an older COT 50, and this was his reaction: “It is simple and fantastic, it just makes your tone better, or lets you hear the tone. But the real reason for the report is that it made my new Standard American Strat sound so sublime – clears and harmonics I have never heard before. And not just the bridge, the neck and middle as well.”
Something to keep in mind when buying this pedal is that there quite a few versions of the pedal out there (e.g., see photo above). They’re all fantastic, but each one has its own personality. One minor issue worth mentioning is that you will notice some scratchy noise when you adjust the bias knob, but this is an element in all of these pedals and is a small price to pay considering the monster tone you get.