Lee Jackson/Metaltronix Returns with New Pedals, Amps
Lee Jackson, known for his amplifier designs and modifications, has announced that after a four year hiatus, he has
relaunched his company.
First to ship will be a new and expanded line of effect pedals. Included in the line are the Active Gain ($169.99),
featuring two selectable levels of clipping along with gain and volume controls, and La Grunge Distortion ($189.99),
designed to pass the full frequency range of your input for an amp-like distortion.
In addition, four new devices were announced. First up is the Orange Crusher ($189.99), a studio-style compressor with
simple two knob control. The Vibrator ($189.99) is a tremolo/vibrato effect, providing speed, intensity, stroke, and
pulsate controls. For the classic octave divider effect, Lee Jackson created the Atom Smasher ($189.99). Lastly, there's
the Photon Phaser ($359.99), a classic phase shifting effect with Univibe and Leslie effects, including a mix control and
footswitch for brake up/down like a real rotating speaker. Several more pedals will be released throughout the year.
According to Jackson, a reissue of his still sought after XLS-1000, albeit with some improvements, a new name and a new
faceplate, will be the first amp to be made available. "I get email every day from people trying to find one of these,"
Jackson says, "so I decided to to satisfy that demand first, and roll out the newer models as the year progresses. The
flagship of the new line will be the M-3000, an all tube 100 watt amp that boasts 30 new patented features."