NAMM 2018: LAA Custom’s first 100 FJ Overdrive pedals to be hand-signed by Phil X

LAA Custom has unveiled its latest pedal ahead of this year’s NAMM Show.

Designed by Carlo Sorasio and Phil X, the new FJ (Fuck Jazz) Overdrive is the result of “three intense years of designing and comparing with the most iconic overdrives” to develop a “whole new sonical experience”.

The Phil X FJ features plenty of gain to get a big crunch sound on any clean amp, with a new custom two EQ circuit to fine-tune the overall response.

The new pedal uses LAA Custom’s TrueCoil technology, a miniaturised output transformer, and Class A driver to achieve the magical tone, feeling and colour of some of the best studios and iconic studio mic preamps.

The first 100 Fuck Jazz Overdrive units will be hand-signed by Phil X, and you also have the chance to get a special number by request, although very low serial numbers have already gone.

Specs include:

• Input impedance: 2.4 MOhm
• Output impedance: 10 kOhm max
• Maximum gain: 10dB @ 1kHz
• Maximum output: 28dB @ 9VDC; 37dB @ 12VDC
• Drive, Bottom, Top, Volume controls easily accessible
• Shitty/Great Amps selector
• Class A buffered bypass
• True Coil custom Output transformer
• Power supply: 9-12V DC external AC-DC adaptor
• Current Drain: 60mA
• Dimensions (mm): 105x93x55
• Weight (gr): 150

The pedals in being built right now, so delivery times will be revealed as units are pre-ordered over on Reverb.

Handcrafted in Europe by LAA Custom, the new Phil X Fj Overdrive pedal will cost €239€ / $269 RRP – and the makers say the new offering will be ready for showcasing at this year’s NAMM Show.

Check out a demo of the new pedal from Phil X below:


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