DOD Looking Glass Showcase
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DOD Looking Glass Showcase

The DOD Looking Glass is a complete tone shaping tool concealing a glassy and ultra touch-responsive discrete FET design. Perfect for low and medium overdrive tones, the Looking Glass can easily pair up with a multitude of guitars to provide a snappy and touch-responsive overdrive into a clean amp. A quick google search can bring up a multitude of videos demonstrating the Looking Glass excelling within its natural habitat… but how does it perform out of its comfort zone?

We put the Looking Glass through a number of tests to see how it would perform in some more unusual circumstances. We wanted to utilise the Bass Cut and EQ as much as possible to provide the response we were looking for with a bunch of different guitars. We also wanted to turn the gain control up to the extremities to see how the pedal reacted. Then to top it all off, we fired the Looking Glass into an overdriven amp and used the Bass Cut to tighten up the low-end for high gain tones.

#1 Bluesish

The first example started from within the pedal’s comfort zone. We used a Strat into a Bassman-style guitar amp set on the edge of breakup. We then used the Looking Glass to boost the amp’s front end as well as cut some of the loose low-end synonymous with this style of amp by using the Bass Cut control.

#2 Scooped Clean

Next up, we paired the Looking Glass with a clean amp and used the treble control to add a hint of sparkle and the drive control for some grit when the guitar is pushed. We also used the Input Filter to tune the input impedance of the pedal to get the sweetest high-end response from the Strat.

#3 Tone Shaper

With this example, we used an amp that had a much more rounded low-end, paired it with a mahogany-bodied guitar with humbuckers and used the Looking Glass to shape the amp’s response to bring back some clarity and high-end saturation. As you can hear, the Looking Glass can expertly carve out the desired sonic experience from an amp.

#4 Full Gain

This example demonstrates how the pedal reacts when you switch the gain circuit to ‘High’ mode and crank the gain to full. We then reduced the Bass Cut to bring back some more low-end and saturate the tone even more. The sound has a great snap to it and really brought out the character of the Strat.

#5 Rock

To top things off, we took it to the extremes. For this last example, we grabbed the Ibanez and cranked the amp to get some more saturation. Then we used the Looking Glass to tighten up the low end and push the front-end even more. We then adjusted the input filter to bring out the biting character of the basswood body.

As you can see, there’s a lot more to the Looking Glass than first meets the eye. For me, it really is a powerful tone shaping tool first and a subtle glassy overdrive second, but as you saw, no matter the application, the Looking Glass is deserved of anyone’s pedalboard.

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