We love Tone City here at Andertons! They make fun, accessible mini guitar pedals for players on a budget, and they’re a great way to discover new effects you’ve never tried before. The Collaboration line takes one step beyond the standard range.
The Far East manufacturer have worked with a handful of great players (of which you’ll recognise from videos on the Andertons Youtube channel), to develop stompboxes capturing their unique tones and playing styles. Tone City have made three so far: the “Danish” Pete Honore Durple, Rabea Massaad Wild Fro and the Greg Koch Lil Heat.
Each pedal in the Collaboration line-up produces an overdrive/distortion effect based on one of the previous mainstay Tone City pedals. All three, however, come with a twist. Collaboration pedals are all about adding a new dimension to the original sound: that could mean turning up the high-gain heat or tweaking the voice to give it a fresh character. Let’s take a look at the pedals…
Tone City “Danish” Peter Honore Durple Overdrive
Purple + Danish Pete = Durple! Our very own Andertons TV superstar and passionate purple maestro Peter Honore worked with Tone City to create the Durple: a low-to-mid gain overdrive based on the original Mandragora.
The main change with the Durple is the Mid control put in place of the Pre dial, letting you cut or boost the amount of mid-range in the tone. That expands your palette to smoother, scooped sounds while still retaining the ability to push out more aggression with the Mid turned up.
Another major change is a more user-friendly Tone control. The Mandagora has a very bright character thanks to its wide sweep of treble, but Pete felt this could be reigned in for his balanced blues playing. The Durple still sounds incredibly musical without being harsh when cranked.