The Super-Duper 2-in-1 has two of the infamous but rather delightful Super Hard-On pedals in one small box. Also, in this Super-Duper 2-in-1 is a master volume control that lets you use it as an overdrive/distortion with any output volume. My my! How conventional, you say! Well, suffice to say, if it weren’t there, you’d go deaf with both of those channels cranked up. This pedal is dangerously loud. Don’t lean over in front of your speaker cabinet while turning it up. Ouch. Dang.
The first channel is a conventional Super Hard-On, which will henceforth be referred to as the SHO, in order to reduce potential offense to young ears and sensitive persons. Its gain control is on the far right, and it’s LED is yellow. If you are familiar with the SHO, you’ll know that it’s a very sparkly sounding high input-impedance preamp with incredible headroom, wide-ranging gain (unity to 60 X), and a maximum volume that will knock out your fillings. Channel one has no master volume control, but it’s cascaded into Channel 2, which does...
The second channel has the very same circuit as Channel 1, but the bleeder resistor on the output has been replaced with a master volume control, which allows the user to turn down the output volume even if the gain is set quite high. The knob on the left is the gain, and the middle knob is the Master Volume, and the LED is red. When both channels are on, or if only channel 2 is on, the master volume is active. If you leave the Master wide open, you have two identical SHO pedals in one box, which are cascaded.
There is no tone shaping in this pedal. It’s two perfectly linear high-gain high input-impedance preamps that can be cascaded, with a total gain that ranges from unity to 3600. That’s right, the maximum gain with both channels wide open is a whopping 3600, which is so completely distorted, hissy, feedbacky, and insane, that you’ll never ever have a steady relationship again. Or a lease. Or a pet. Luckily, with the master volume, you can listen to what it would sound like to lose everything you love at a reasonable volume. Naturally, because there is no tone-shaping, your guitar just sounds like a really loud version of your guitar, and your amp sounds like a really big version of your amp, and if your normal tone is somewhat bloated, it will get very very bloated when you use this pedal set to high gains. It does best if you are close to getting the tone you want out of your gear already, but just need a boost to make it go over the top. Keep in mind that you can set up the two channels to give you any amount of gain, from a soft bluesy boost in two stages to a crunchy rock level, to a wild sustaining beast.
This pedal has several improvements over the original SHO. The most obvious is that it’s actually 2 SHO’s in one box. Hence the name, Super-Duper 2-in-1. Also, you may notice that the name can be safely spoken in mixed company, in front of young ears, and used in church.
Battery Change & Power Supply
Uses one 9V battery (preferably alkaline, but the unit is shipped with a carbon-zinc battery.) The low current operation of this pedal’s circuit will give you extraordinarily long battery life. Current draw is approximately 3mA with both channels wide open. A DC power jack (standard Boss configuration with center negative) is provided on the side of the pedal. Use a high- quality 9V adaptor for all high-gain effects!