Just needed to pass on some praise for this Stage Hog pedal that Stephenson Amplifiers makes.
I've had it almost a week and I cannot believe what a powerful pedal this is. (it's actually a 1-watt guitar amp doubling as a pedal) I have a Harmony low-watt amp I'm putting the Hog in front of and it's crazy the potential for crunchy tones into a simple amp.
My guess is anybody who is a Fender amp player looking for crunch and leads will be satisified with this pedal.
The tone is so much more open than traditional pedals it's hard to compare it as a pedal. I've found about 10 tones in it already and have played for hours without feeling the tweak urge on many settings.
Anyways, Mark is a great guy with an incredible product. I just felt you guys might want to look into this harder. It's expensive but I can tell you coming from a player who has spent $1500 on pedals searching that this is the best $700 US I've seen.
I've got one, too. I've had it for a few months and it really is excellent. It's not something that I use all the time, but also I would not want to be without it.
I'd say it excels at providing high-gain sounds and it does fall more into the Marshall camp. I'm not a metal head or high gain dude, so I don't know if it's the perfect pedalfor that. But the distortion and overdrive sounds you can get are unique, very usable, and HIGH QUALITY. A step above most pedals, IMHO
Here's a quote from Mark Stephenson's website. I think it's pretty accurate.
"I designed the SH to be the second channel of a clean amp (such as a twin), I wanted an all out cranked tube amp sound for my gain channel (cranked plexi), and bypass the pedal for my clean sound, and I wanted to be able to have these sounds at any volume level. " Stephenson Amplification - Stage Hog
It also sounds great plugged into a clean amp model in my PODxt Pro or Amplitube 2 and using the Stagehog for 100% of the overdrive.
Then there's the Power Scaling feature....
I don't EVER see myself getting rid of the Stagehog. I can't necessarily say that about most of my gear.
Thanks Tim. By all accounts the Stage Hog sounds like a great pedal/amp.
I keep hoping I won't need to spend the money, but I don't think I'll be able to avoid getting one. If I could just stop buying other gear for a moment....
I know what you mean about acquiring more and more gear. I keep thinking and hoping that the worst of it is behind me.
I wouldn't necessarily say that the Stagehog is a "must have". (I don't know if I'd say that about anything). But it is a VERY GOOD pedal. If you use high gain or distorted guitars in your music, it would be hard to go wrong with the SH.