tell me about the hotcake

Discussion in 'Effects, Pedals, Strings & Things' started by doomy3, Nov 11, 2005.


  1. doomy3

    doomy3 Member

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    I am thinking about trading for one of them, but I don't know a lot about them...What do you think about them? What other ODs do they sound com parable to? Tim, Timmy, Fulldrive2? THanks for the help.
     
  2. kevin hart

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    in my opinion the hot cake is great for a mild break up. the higher gain settings sound too harsh for me, but the lower gain settings are great. i really like it for playing slightly overdriven chords. it also cleans up well with your guitar volume control.
     
  3. erksin

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    I only had one for about a week, but I can tell you from experience it's nothing like a Timmy...

    The Hot Cake was one of the more unique dirt pedals I've tried. Nice top-end sparkle, a LOT of bottom, cleaned up really well, and pretty smooth compressed OD - unless you crank the Drive. If the Drive gets anywhere past 12:00, it can get very wooly and ill-defined on the low notes and chords - that's the reason I let mine go. I now understand why guys prefer the Hot Cake with Vox-type amps, it has a sweet top end and big bottom to fill out the Vox's full mids - with my Blackface style amps, it was just too much. I don't think I can give you another pedal to compare it to - it was pretty different from anything else I've owned.
     
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    ButchR Komet Player Gold Supporting Member

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    I don't really like mine with Fender style amps. But, it is superb in front of my Komet. It is the oldest pedal on my board!
     
  5. doomy3

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    well, I have a Fender twin reissue and an Ampeg 65 rocket 2, so maybe I should just pass...
     
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    ButchR Komet Player Gold Supporting Member

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    I haven't used it in front of a Twin but it sounds ok through my blues jr. But it really shines in front of my Komet.
     
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    You really won't like it in front of the Ampeg, IMO - 7591As, right?

    The Hot Cake was unique in that it had the ability to sound really aggressive, but had a soft compressed attack when you hit it hard picking - it's the only pedal I've ever tried that sounded smaller the harder you played it. I was using it at home, so perhaps it doesn't work that way at stage volume. It definitely had a 'spongy' feel though...
     
  8. Calloway

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    The Bluesberry version of the Hot Cake is the way to go in my opinion. I got one from music toyz and played it through my el 34 master volume head from bumbox amps. Really smooth gain, and it is a lot less fizzy on the higher setting than the original. The switch on mine was messed up so I sent it back, and am counting the days till I get my new one!
     
  9. Timmo

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    I love my HotCake in front of Marshall type amps but with Fender type not so much.
     
  10. e-flat

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    I jut picked up my second Hotcake (had on eyears ago) from a fellow board member. I agree with erksin's assesmment of the general tone... Has a spongy quality with a really nice mid-drive tone. Thats basically what i was looking for from this pedal, and I use mine with an AC30 CC so it does the trick nicely. However, I do not like the hair that becomes prominent as you get past about 1:00 on the drive dial ... At 1:00 I think that the hair is really nice, and sounds natural. I contacted Paul Crowther and I'm going to have it modded to Soft Edge / Bluesberry specs. I think that should do the trick. Otherwise, it really is an excellent match for the AC30.
     

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