Truetone Jekyll & Hyde V2
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Truetone Jekyll & Hyde V2

Jekyll & Hyde V2, Other guitar saturation effect from Truetone in the V2 series.

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Audiofanzine FR 06/11/2008

Truetone Jekyll & Hyde V2 : Recensione di Audiofanzine FR (content in English)

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(Originally written by Dlz/translated from Audiofanzine FR)

Same features as the V1 except for the switchable noise gate and a knob to control the bass boost intensity.

UTILIZATION

The overall configuration is simple and intuitive.
The provided setting examples in the user's manual are very helpful (they also allow you to quickly understand the pedal limitations).

SOUND QUALITY

The overdrive is very good even though the mid boost is very obvious (much more than in a SD-1) so the effect isn't as honest regarding the frequency response.
I have a problem with the distortion channel (Hyde) of this pedal. While the overdrive has an excellent quality, the distortion channel has no real character, it is ordinary and it even sounds bad with extreme settings.
Considering the low quality of the distortion channel, the overdrive and distortion controls yield poor results especially because the distortion is placed before the overdrive in the signal path. So you end up with a distortion boosting an overdrive not an overdrive boosting a distortion. It's quite inventive but considering the result I yearn for a classic effect chain. I'd rather have the J&H in overdrive mode and then connect a distortion pedal to it.
Overdrive: 9
Distortion: 4

OVERALL OPINION

I've been using this pedal for one year and I use the overdrive channel almost exclusively.
I'm really disappointed about this pedal (which indeed has excellent reviews) because its distortion channel is nothing but average.
Compared to my MXR Double Shot, the MXR provides two very good and really different distortion sounds.
The price tag is quite high considering the weak distortion channel.
I would never choose this pedal again.