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Rothwell Tornado Overdrive

Rothwell Rothwell Tornado Overdrive

code:ROT-TNO
£119.00 (FREE UK Delivery)
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  • 9 Volt Power
  • Amp Overdrive Sound
  • Controls: Volume, Gain and Tone

The Tornado is a class A, single-ended overdrive using JFETs throughout. The close similarity between the electronic characteristics of JFETs and valves allows the Tornado to be effectively a pre-amp in the classic guitar amp format, but implemented in miniature and running from only 9 volts instead of the 2 or 3 hundred volts required in a valve guitar amp. The result is an overdriven sound that is much closer to that of an amp rather than a typical pedal but with pedal convenience.

The control layout of volume, gain and tone looks familiar enough but the addition of the shift button widens the tonal palette. The shift button alters the response of the tone control, shifting the mid-range content and altering the turnover frequency so that both vintage and modern sounds can be produced.

The gain control is also more sophisticated than it first appears. At the bottom end of its range the sound is clean and with a full bass response, but but has enough signal level to act as a clean boost. As the gain is increased the bass is gradually cut (pre distortion) to maintain a tight and responsive bottom end as distortion increases. At full gain the distortion is thick and saturated and sounds weighty in the bass without ever being bloated. The asymmetrical way in which JFETs overload - just like valves operated in class A - produces a natural spongy compression, and a source follower is used before the tonestack (just like many rock oriented amps use a cathode follower before their tonestack) to produce a biting edge to the sound.

Overall, the Tornado produces a range of classic and modern rock sounds with aplomb and has an engaging natural compression to it (rather than the sterile, flat compression of many pedals).Current drain of the pedal is very modest - only 2.6mA when bypassed - so long battery life can be expected, but a high quality chassis mounted 2.1mm centre negative DC power socket is provided to allow the Tornado to be powered from an external 9 volt power supply.

Delivery

We offer FREE DELIVERY on ALL orders within the UK (excludes Highlands & Islands for courier items).

We aim to dispatch all orders placed by 2pm and in stock on the same working day.  If something is out of stock with us then we will order it from our suppliers.  If an item is also out of stock at a supplier, we will contact you with an estimated delivery date.

Standard free delivery orders are usually sent by Royal Mail unless oversize in which case they are sent by courier, and usually arrive within 3 working days.  Express delivery orders are sent on a next working day service.  For clarity, this means an order placed on Friday will be delivered on Monday.  

Delivery to the Highlands & Islands or overseas will usually take longer. 

Returns

We want you to be completely satisfied with your purchase.  We recognise there will be occasions when you wish to return an item.  We offer a no-quibble 14-day returns period.  If you wish to return an item, please contact us via e-mail with your order number and your reason for return.  We will reply within 48 hours providing full return instructions. 

All items returned under our no-quibble returns policy must be in an as-new, resaleable condition including all accessories and retail packaging.  Items where the packaging will be damaged through opening it are not eligible for no-quibble returns.  Hygiene items such as Talk Boxes, Harmonicas, Wind Instruments etc are also ineligible for returns under this policy if there is evidence they have been opened and/or used. Please pack returned items appropriately to ensure no damage in transit.  We reserve the right to refuse refunds for items that are returned in a state which renders them unfit for resale as new. 


Items that are found to be faulty on arrival or within 14 days of receipt will be replaced.  After this period we will honour the manufacturer's warranty period for repairs and items will be repaired or replaced as deemed appropriate. 

Transit Damage & Mispicks

We make every effort to ensure your order arrives complete, correct and in the condition you would expect. In the event that the package shows signs of damage, please mark this when signing for it. In this instance or if your order is incorrect for any reason, please contact us within 24 hours of delivery so that we can rectify the situation. 

CITES

CITES regulations concerning the export of items containing certain woods affect any guitar sold ouside of the European Union and which contains any quantity of either Rosewood or Bubinga.  In these cases, an additional charge of £80.00 will be levied per species after the sale to pay for the required re-export certificate.  There will be a delay in dispatching any guitar containing either Bubinga or Rosewood of up to 4 weeks while we obtain the necessary certification for export. As the charge is per species, where a guitar contains both Bubinga AND Rosewood, the charge is doubled to £160.00.  We will contact you following your purchase of any guitar containing a controlled wood and advise of the charge once you have placed the order.  You can make payment for the charge by sending a Paypal payment to us at: sales@fxpedal.co.uk. 

Note that CITES only applies to guitars containing Rosewood or Bubinga that are being exported outside the European Union.  Guitars being delivered with the United Kingdom or in the European Union will be dispatched as normal. 

You can find out more information about CITES here: https://reverb.com/uk/news/new-cites-regulations-for-all-rosewood-species