pedals for my friends and their friends

kowloon walled bunny (KWB)

Back in the late 90's, Russell Hall of Pound, WI (now of United Sons of Toil) introduced me to the Ross Distortion pedal. Soon thereafter, I found out that the Ross Distortion, the DOD Overdrive 250, and the MXR Distortion + were all essentially the same circuit. They all had aspects about them which I enjoyed, but they also had aspects that I found displeasing. I got it into my head to someday make my ultimate version.

In 2007 I found myself with Scott Evans and his three Distortion + pedals. He liked one unit much more than the other two. After diagnosis, we found that a clipping diode was broken in the pedal that he preferred. That inspired me to create the ultimate circuit for both Scott and me. I used big coupling caps to let through the low end that Scott uses in his band Kowloon Walled City. I used the chip that I liked. I put the diodes on sockets so the user can voice their own clipping. Most importantly, I added the Clip knob to adjust the amount of "broken-ness" of one of the clipping diodes. The result is the Kowloon Walled Bunny; an elegant take on the standard rock distortion.