Caroline Guitar Company Wave Cannon MKII Superdistorter
So, what is the story on Wave Cannon version 2.0, or as we've decided to call it, the Wave Cannon MKII Superdistorter? The long story short is that this thing is an unrepentant, unapologetic distortion pedal that is totally nasty and fun. This Cannon comes pre-loaded with balls (pun alert!) and is capable of going from cranked, lightly dirty amp tones to the sound of a furry Godzilla devouring a junkyard full of broken a/c window units.
It's different than the original, which was based on the classic '70s fuzzstortions we grew up playing. It's different from our Haymaker, which is a wide range drive pedal based around the rotation of a clipping network into different locations in the circuit, and which is intended to respond and feel like an extension of your amp. This pedal is really about rocking your socks off. While it can do some extremely cool mild-to-medium crunch tones, Wave Cannon II is really capable of overwhelming your amp. The focus (mids) and tone controls are different from what we've done before and can give you a really broad range of textures and voicings. There is a LOT of gain and volume on tap, as we'd been infuriated in the past by great sounding classic distortion pedals we've owned that didn't go far enough with clean amps, or were quieter than unity gain or the bypass signal. The rumble switch allows more low end if you want it, or lets you tighten things up if you don't need it.
Gain: controls the amount of distortion.
Tone: makes the output brighter or
Focus: scoops, flattens, or boosts the midrange frequencies.
Volume: controls the overall output.
Rumble: increases the amount of bass
available in the circuit, and is especially useful at lower gain settings. Flipping
this switch may cut your signal momentarily; this is perfectly normal.
Havoc Switch: Hold down the HAVOC switch for feedback and unpredictable noises! For
Havoc to work, the Wave Cannon has to "see" the guitar as either the very
first pedal in your chain, or prefaced by true-bypass, non-buffered effect
pedals that are turned off. Tune the craziness with the other controls on the
pedal or the controls on your guitar. Results may vary. We make no promises.