Let’s talk about the Fulltone GT-500 distortion! The GT-500 is FET high gain distortion and coupled with a overdrive boost in one enclosure. When reading reviews of this pedal, you read about how ‘amp like’ this pedal is. Sometimes high gain distortions sound a little ‘pedal-ly’, especially, when amp-like is desired, but this is always contingent on what exactly what you’re after!
When looking at the Fulltone GT-500, one thing that stands out.. is control. The FET side has high, low and mid controls. Like I’ve mentioned before, having mid control is pretty awesome for distortion. The overdrive has high and low EQ. The high gain side has a inductor driven midrange circuit, which Fulltone states.. “Never been done in a pedal before”. This circuit gives you the ability to increase/decrease the entire lo-mid, mid and hi-mid frequencies.
Additionally, you can control the order of the boost vs. hi-gain FET! Want the boost before the FET? No problem. Want the FET in front of the boost? No problem. Series Select Switch manages this!
Here is a demo by Roh Kyung Kyun going through the controls:
So this morning, I came across a great deal on the Fulltone GT-500 Distortion! The GT-500 lists for $199, and is usually available for $160, but is currently on sale for $119.20 and ships for FREE via Amazon! Not too bad at all! At the time of this posting, there were 4 units in stock, usually when the number gets down to 1, the price will jump, so if this sounds like something you want, you’ll want to to jump on it ASAP!
If any of you already own the Fulltone GT-500, please let us know what you think of the pedal by commenting below!