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The Ultimate Do-It-All Overdrive? Poly Flat V, Kernom Ridge, CB Automatone Preamp MkII

Published 10 Mar 2023

One pedal to cover all your drive needs, without going digital…

Welcome to the show! It’s time for an old-school ‘plug ’em in and see what happens’ show.
The Flat V has hit the market in recent months (early 2023), a collaboration with our good mucker, Josh Smith and Poly Effects. If you haven’t heard Josh play, best grab a stiff drink, sit down and prepare for a humbling experience.
Anyhoo, Josh wanted an overdrive pedal to cover all his gain needs, including MIDI switchability. What popped out the other end is a truly unique approach and interface.
Now it just so happens that Dan and I are massive screaming fanboys of the Chase Bliss Audio Automatone MkII Preamp, a collaboration between that ever-innovative company and Benson. Add to that the more recent but no less unique Kernom Ridge and it seems we have three do-it-all analogue overdrives with MIDI control to boot. Let’s plug em in and see what unfolds.
Enjoy the show…

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Pedals & stuff in today's episode
• The GigRig Three2One

• Sonic Research ST-200 Turbo Tuner

• Crowther Audio Hot Cake

• Revv Tilt Shawn Tubbs Overdrive
UK & Europe:
USA Sweetwater:

• Poly Flat V
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• Chase Bliss Audio Automatone Preamp MkII

• Kernom Ridge
UK & Europe:

• Strymon El Capistan V1 - no longer available, links to V2
UK & Europe:
USA Sweetwater:

• The GigRig QMX6

Interesting bits and go-to sections
0:00 Intro playing
1:40 What are we doing today?
3:30 Poly Flat V intro
4:30 Poly Flat V sounds
6:17 More on the Flat V
9:30 Today’s amps
10:05 Josh Smith’s preset 1
13:48 Flat V & Automatone compare 1
15:22 Flat V & Kernom compare 1
18:56 Flat V & Hot Cake compare 1
21:00 Automatone & Hot Cake compare 1
23:58 Kernom & Hot Cake compare 1
25:45 Tilt & Poly compare 1
28:25 Tilt & Automatone compare 1
29:20 Tilt & Kernom compare 1
31:36 Lower gain Dan
35:00 Lower gain Mick
38:00 Closing thoughts

Guitars in this video
• Fender Custom Shop ’63 Telecaster - Dan’s video here:

• Gibson Custom Murphy Lab ’64 SG w/Maestro Vibrola, Light Aged. Hear it here:

• Gibson Custom True Historic 1957 Les Paul Goldtop, Murphy Aged - no video yet

• 1961 Fender Stratocaster. Video here:

Amps in this episode
• Fender ’65 Deluxe Reverb Reissue with Jensen C12-K speaker
UK & Europe:

• PRS HDRX 20 with Custom 1x12 Celestion Alnico Cream
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