With such a name, as you can imagine, we are not going to talk about classical music and slimming green tea. The Bastard is the "bad boy" distortion of the range. This pedal is dedicated to those looking for big sound, without the flaws of most high-gain models on the market. Metalheads and hard-rockers friends, this is where it's happening!
The Weeboh Bastard adopts a compact box with the usual Gain and Level controls, active 3-band equalization and a mini toggle switch that allows you to choose a specific curve for the mids. Inside, it's very very pretty, with PCBs and components of excellent quality and a precision assembly. German quality!
Small detail that is important, the pedal can be powered by 9 or 18V. What does this change? Well in 9V you have a softer sound, a little warmer. At 18V you have more headroom and increased dynamics. We leave the choice to you and it couldn't be nicer!
Once plugged into the clean channel of a Two-Rock Bloomfied (Dumble-type amp), how can you tell? A Les Paul 59 on your knees, associated with the Bastard, offers you a real "wall of sound", worthy of a bulldozer, which despite its imposing side can be controlled with finesse. Because yes dear friends, the Bastard can not only give you sounds that all metalheads and massive distortion fans will envy you, but it is also capable of much more, namely, rich and complex rock / hard-rock sounds. Basically, you have an extremely versatile pedal, which thanks to its formidable EQ, allows you to access a wide range of high-gain sounds.
Part of the magic lies in the Toggle switch which allows you to change the midrange correction. Indeed, this associated with the choice of voltage makes it possible to drastically change the character of the pedal and to choose a more or less modern orientation. On the Right position you have a resolutely Old School setting, great for all that is Hard 80's and other Hard-Rock 70's. In the middle, the most modern position, with a V-shaped EQ and formidable precision. Finally, on the left, a darker mode, with a thicker lower mid, perfect for big fat rock sounds. The reactivity of the active equalization is a model of its kind, the progressiveness of the Gain control also. All the settings are perfectly musical and very well thought out so that despite an almost exponential headroom, you can go through the mix and impose your sound in a natural way.
Where the Bastard drives the point home is on the attack and the articulation. Most very high-gain pedals tend to crash or over-compress when you turn up the gain, not the Bastard. It remains precise, with compact and clear bass and perfectly balanced treble. The medium frequencies and the perfect interaction that can be had with them complete this table that could not be more addictive. Wait, it's not over! Not only the Weehbo Bastard is extremely fun to play due to its fluidity, its massive side and its harmonics that fuse. But it is also a model of silence, the pedal having a totally under control breath.
In conclusion, the Bastard does not sound like a pedal, but like a real secondary amp channel. Its amp-like side is reinforced by an extremely dense sound spectrum, top dynamics and a feeling of thickness that we rarely see. Hat! It's beautiful!