The Fault Overdrive / Distortion. Why is it?

So, the cat is out of the proverbial bag.  We released our first drive-ish pedal.  Announced it on Cinco de Mayo, 2017.  Started shipping back on Wednesday May 17th.  But the Fault origins started awhile back and sort of centers around my personal preference for overdriven and distorted guitar sounds.  See, I tend to prefer an amp that has some drive to it and is already dynamic before ever putting a pedal in front of it.  So that's where we went.

I've been somewhat surprised by the response to an Old Blood overdrive.  A couple of common questions have included "What made Old Blood want to make an overdrive?" often said with a scrunched face and upward inflection.  Well, honestly, over time we had a hodge podge overdrive circuit with EQ and Gain functionality that we personally enjoyed.  And the MO of Old Blood from day one has been to put out pedals that we enjoy and find musical, even though others may not. "Will it fit in with your lineup since it isn't that weird?"  It is true.  The Fault isn't that weird.  And I'm not sure how functional a "weird" overdrive would be.  Just don't have the vision for that I guess.  What it lacks in weirdness, I suppose, was made up for by the ability to cover a lot of sonic territory.  The Fault can be used in a wide range of setups, clean and dirty amps alike, with a lot of EQ tweakability to make unique and musical sounds.  

Also, I'd like to extend thanks to the musical and engineering brains who offered up some feedback on the Fault.  We sent out around 10 "Proto" units to be verbally and physically abused in order to refine the circuit as best we could.  And this Fault.  This pedal.  This is where we landed.  For us, it does the trick.  So we'll probably get back to the niche and the weird.

Johnny Dang from o'Brother with Proto #2.

Johnny Dang from o'Brother with Proto #2.

August Graybosch of Otis Amps with Proto #8.

August Graybosch of Otis Amps with Proto #8.

Amp builder Çaleb Barton of Bridge City Sound with Proto #6.

Amp builder Çaleb Barton of Bridge City Sound with Proto #6.

Cathy from Datachoir with Proto #10.

Cathy from Datachoir with Proto #10.

Freaking Pete Jonas with Proto #9.

Freaking Pete Jonas with Proto #9.

Phillippe from Caroline Guitar Co. with Proto #7 and a Sovtek to kill for.

Phillippe from Caroline Guitar Co. with Proto #7 and a Sovtek to kill for.

Joe Cannetti threw Proto #5 into the studio with Crime in Stereo.

Joe Cannetti threw Proto #5 into the studio with Crime in Stereo.

Proto #5 on the road with Movielife.

Proto #5 on the road with Movielife.