Jackson Audio El Guapo Mateus Asato Signature Overdrive Distortion
Jackson Audio El Guapo Mateus Asato Signature Overdrive Distortion
Jackson Audio El Guapo Mateus Asato Signature Overdrive Distortion
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Jackson Audio El Guapo Mateus Asato Signature Overdrive Distortion

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The Mateus Asato Signature El Guapo Overdrive/Distortion was developed over a 10+ prototype revision process. During this two year process every detail was painstakingly refined to ensure that both the distortion and overdrive channels would work together to recreate the soulful overdriven tones, as well as the liquid high gain tones that legendary guitarist Mateus Asato is known for!

Designed as a complete 'Marshall-in-a-box' pedal, the distortion channel of the El Guapo features a high-gain distortion circuit that perfectly recreates the detail and harmonic complexity of the legendary JCM800 amplifier, while the overdrive channel delivers the smooth overdrive and touch sensitivity of a vintage Marshall Plexi.

The EL GUAPO allows for 4 different presets of clipping diodes which themselves drastically alter the tone and feel of the way the distortion clips. To select a clipping preset, press and hold the DIST footswitch for more than 1 second and the clipping program mode will become active. When in this mode, the DIST led will flash to indicate that you are in programming mode. A quick tap on the DIST footswitch will cycle the clipping presets and you’ll be able to hear these presets change as you cycle through them, assuming that the drive circuit was active when the clipping program mode was entered. Once you arrive at a distortion preset that you want to use, press and hold the DIST footswitch for more than 1 second and clipping program mode will exit.

  • Preset 1 - AMBER: Marshall Guv'nor Style. Two LED’s are used to symmetrically clip the top and bottom portions of your guitars waveform evenly. The LED’s allow MUCH higher headroom so your tone will stay more open and less compressed much like a vintage Marshall.
  • Preset 2 - GREEN: ProCo Rat Style. Two symmetrical silicon diodes give the classic drive and compression that the ProCo Rat is known for.
  • Preset 3 – BLUE: Suhr Riot Style #1. Three asymmetric diodes (two silicon and one LED) will clip the top and bottom portions of your guitars waveform differently resulting in a more complex and interesting tone. This sounds great when laying down aggressive rhythm parts!
  • Preset 4 - MAGENTA: Suhr Riot Style #2. Four symmetric silicon diodes will clip the top and bottom portions of your guitars waveform evenly which gives a more focused and direct tone.

GAIN CYCLE takes the GAIN knob setting, which selects your maximum gain, and divides that level of gain into 4 equal parts. Say for instance you have your GAIN knob set at the maximum setting or in other words, 100% gain. Every time you press both footswitches simultaneously, the gain of the pedal will jump up 25% until you get to 100%. The following press after 100% will cause the gain cycle to start again at 25%. TIP: Set the GAIN control to around 3:00+ to have 4 distinct distortion settings as you cycle through the gain!

It’s important to remember that GAIN CYCLE setting #4 (100%) will be as much gain as you have the GAIN knob set for. Think of the GAIN knob on the EL GUAPO as your maximum gain with each GAIN CYCLE setting being a percentage of that maximum value. The brightness of the DIST led will change to let you know which percentage of gain you have selected. The higher the percentage, the brighter the DIST led. For instance:

  • GAIN CYCLE #1 – DIM LED – 25% of GAIN knob value.
  • GAIN CYCLE #2 – BRIGHTER LED – 50% of GAIN knob value.
  • GAIN CYCLE #3 – BRIGHT LED – 75% of GAIN knob value.
  • GAIN CYCLE #4 – VERY BRIGHT LED – 100% of GAIN knob value.

The drive circuit in the EL GUAPO is a soft clipping circuit that was designed to capture the smooth overdrive and touch responsiveness of a vintage Marshall Plexi. This circuit, which is in its own true bypass loop, can be used independently of the DIST circuit and is very useful for boosting the front end of the distortion circuit for even higher gain. Just like the distortion circuit, the overdrive circuit on the EL GUAPO features 4 clipping presets so you can adjust the tone and feel of the overdrive.

  • Preset 1 - AMBER: Vintage Marshall. Two RED LED’s are used to symmetrically clip the top and bottom portions of your guitars waveform evenly. The LED’s allow MUCH higher headroom so your tone will stay more open and less compressed much like a vintage Marshall.
  • Preset 2 - GREEN: Classic Screamer. Two symmetrical silicon diodes give the classic drive and compression that the Tube Screamer is known for.
  • Preset 3 – BLUE: Asymmetric Clipping. Three asymmetric diodes (two silicon and one red LED) will clip the top and bottom portions of your guitars waveform differently resulting in a more complex and interesting tone. This sounds great when laying down aggressive rhythm parts!
  • Preset 4 - MAGENTA: Symmetrical Clipping. Four symmetric silicon diodes will clip the top and bottom portions of your guitars waveform evenly which gives a more focused and direct tone. Two notable pedals that uses this style of clipping are the Timmy and the King of Tone.

It's 2020 and it's time to expect more from an analog pedals! Since the BROKEN ARROW came out in 2019, our more advanced overdrive pedals have featured MIDI control over clipping presets, gain cycle options, drive eq options as well as ON/OFF of the overdrive and drive circuits and the EL GUAPO is no exception. By default, the EL GUAPO ships with MIDI Channel 1 being the selected channel. This can be changed by pressing and holding the DIST footswitch while applying power to the EL GUAPO. Press the DRIVE footswitch to increment the MIDI channel number.

  • CC #1 – DIST ON/OFF (value of 127 = ON value of 0 = OFF)
  • CC #2 – DRIVE ON/OFF (value of 127 = ON value of 0 = OFF)
  • CC #3 – DISTORTION CLIPPING PRESETS
  • CC #4 – GAIN CYCLE
  • CC #5 – OVERDRIVE CLIPPING PRESETS

To top it off, the distortion circuit of the EL GUAPO has a 3 band parametric EQ. The EQ circuit features a studio grade EQ that gives tremendous tonal flexibility to the EL GUAPO. Based on the legendary Baxandall EQ that is featured in countless studio EQ’s, the EL GUAPO EQ takes this circuit and tailors it for guitarists! Another feature of the EQ that is unique to the EL GUAPO is there are 6 internal trimmers that allow the player to adjust the Q (how narrow or wide the selected frequency is) and frequency select of each EQ band. This is an advanced feature of the EL GUAPO and care should be taken as extreme settings can make the EQ sound unmusical.

  • True Bypass for each channel
  • Input Impedance: 1M
  • Output Impedance: 100k
  • Power Supply: DC
  • Voltage Input: 9V MAX
  • Polarity: Center Negative
  • Min Current Required: 160mA
  • Dimensions: 2.7” x 4.875″

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