30 Pedals in 30 Days 2014: Sonic Fusion Crystal Lattice



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Last month, TheToneKing.com had a chance to get to know guitarist Scott Rolaf. Since it’s 30 Pedals in 30 Days 2014, we thought we would take a note from him and check out Sonic Fusion Pedals’ Crystal Lattice.

There are few boutique amplifiers that will ever reach the zenith that Dumble amps reached with the Overdrive Special. Last time we heard, they were still fetching around $60k. Officially licensing the UMBLE circuit from www.runoffgroove.com – They are one of only two pedals that use this circuit! – Sonic Fusion has built a Dumble in a box small enough to fit on your pedalboard. And they named it the Crystal Lattice.

Sonic Fusion Pedals are a pedal manufacturer based out of Philadelphia, PA. Their mission is simple: Hand build the best quality pedals using the highest quality components sourced from US vendors, and do it for an affordable price. Sonic Fusion prides themselves on building “durable, long lasting pedals with exceptional tone, low noise, and excellent response.”


Back to the Crystal Lattice.

Using the gain stages from the ’70s ODS and the tone stack from the front end of the ’97 ODS, the Crystal Lattice moves from milky blues to plenty of bite and everything in-between. The Bass, Mid, and Treble controls are very responsive, making it easy to dial in a killer tone. What’s more is that this pedal is very quiet in comparison to many FET-based pedals, giving players more of the sounds they want and less of the noise they don’t. Much of that can be attributed to removing many of the large resistors and small caps because they “didn’t have much affect on the tone, but increased the noise level.”

To take on an amp as iconic as the Dumble Overdrive Special is no small task, but Sonic Fusion Pedals feels like it’s up to the task. And, they’re not the only ones. Scott Rolaf, who has 30 years of experience and hundreds of scores that he’s written for film, TV, and commercials, seems to agree with them. And, we know that the TTK community won’t shy away from weighing in. Without further ado, here’s The Tone King checking out Sonic Fusion Pedals’ Crystal Lattice for 30 Pedals in 30 Days 2014.



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About the Author: Marc published his first novel Becoming in 2010. It’s a kick-ass book with monsters and dreams and stuff, and you should buy it. Since then, he’s written thousands of articles for TheToneKing.com, many of which have been picked up for circulation by manufacturers and other news outlets. His next book, Drugs and Pancakes, should be available early 2014 if his alcoholic editor can find time to work on it in-between destroying his liver and screaming about punctuation. He graduated from Roosevelt University with honors, which means that he’s not as dumb as he looks. He’s been playing guitar for over 25 years, which is almost twice as long as most of his students have been alive.

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