If you’re after a highly versatile, tone shaping distortion that loves low and high gain amps.. well, you better give the Celestial Effects Aries Beast Distortion close look. This pedal is a monster for a variety of distortion types from crunch to overdrive to medium grit tones. The Aries Beast also has 3 band EQ so you can really dial those mid-range frequencies in. I was really impressed with how it handles high gain amp settings. SIngs and sustains with leads (especially with the EQ control). I definitely give this guy a super thumbs up for this type of pedal, and it’s impressive when a dirt box can stand above the crowd of so many distortions on the market today. Celestial Effects put some thought in this.. and it shows. Well done.
I often like to take a look at pedal guts when I can… and I was super impressed with the attention to detail that was put into the building of this pedal. First off, they use O rings below knobs to seal the shafts on the potentiometers. Very cool and great/smart way to keep dust from getting into the enclosure. They replaced the thin washers that usually come with jacks and pots and used beefy steel washers. It’s a small detail, but I love the effort. Additionally, they use heavy duty locking washers on the jacks. I hate jacks getting loose, and I love that they took that extra step to improve things further. The circuit board is thick with very wide traces. I mean everything they did to assemble this pedal was intended to increase the lifespan and maintain a high level of signal preservation.
So, in case you weren’t aware, the great people at Celestial Effects sent over an Aries Beast Distortion to me, and I’m giving this great distortion away to a lucky EffectsBay reader out there! To enter, just go to this post and follow the instructions. The give away will be closed for new entries on June 5th.. so don’t forget to enter!!!