Several years ago, I had a chance to try out an old Marshall Blues Breaker pedal and was blown away by it. However as much as I liked the pedal it had some issues that I thought could be improved.
I felt the original was very bright, needed a little more gain and needed more output since it was not able to reach unity volume at the lowest gain settings. All these problems are easily overcome so I began working on a design. The result is a wonderful sounding low to medium gain overdrive that will work well for blues, rock and a variety of other applications.
With the exception of the toggle switch the controls are your standard volume gain and tone controls. The tone stack has been modified from the original pedal to give a more balanced response but I added a high cut switch to give you a couple of additional options. I would recommend using NC (No Cut) option unless you have a particularly bright set up or for some rhythm or bass applications. The Mount Pleasant is particularly responsive to pickup selection giving warm full tones towards the neck and bright singing tone when you switch towards the bridge.
Hi Cut toggle switch controls
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Fabulous low to mid gain overdrive that pushes your amp an extra gear and gives you that grit that I crave. Adds that punch to my single coil tones and that extra oomph to my les paul. I’ve tried many overdrives/distortion/boost type pedals but I always come back to the BB. Many variations out there but the Vick Audio Mount Pleasant one is superb!
Not much else to say here except, buy it :)
This is the forth Vick Audio pedal I've had (including the Ram's Head, the Lotus and the Tree of Life), and they all have been fantastic pedals. This Mount Pleasant and the Lotus (which seems to be in limited supply) will never leave my board. The MP definitely has a unique voice, which is nice to have along side my other od pedals. I've tried several of the Bluesbreaker style circuits - the JHS Morning Glory among them - and this one just seemed to have more depth and complexity in its tone. Responsive to pick attack. The breakup can really growl but it never gets harsh. I think it sounds best with the drive **** past 2 o'clock but it can certainly do lower gain. For the price, you cannot beat it. Try one for yourself!
The Mount Pleasant is the second Vick Audio pedal I've had the pleasure of owning. My first was the 73 Ram's Head, which is just a fabulous muff fuzz. The MP is just as nice, having a solid physical build and exceptional tonal qualities. (as a minor quibble, I would prefer the power jack to be on the top of the pedal or higher-up on the side)
I needed a low-to-mid gain overdrive that warms-up the sound but does not color it too much. I am serious about my guitar tone, and the MP absolutely delivers. The character of the drive is very natural and is not harsh. (I play VOX amps, by the way) It might be nice if the MP had a way to add-in a little more bass if desired, but its frequency response is quite good even as it is. Perhaps a 3-way toggle for bass instead of highs would have been more practical - I find that it's too dark when engaged. The pedal is not noisy and has decent dynamic range. A winner dirt box.