All audio clips were recorded with a handcrafted tube head and 2×12 cabinet equipped with Celestion Creamback 75 speakers set to an extremely clean setting.
The guitars used in the clips:
Fender Stratocaster (equipped with 3 Fender single coil pickups)
Gibson Les Paul Custom (equipped with 2 Gibson humbucker pickups)
Fender Telecaster American (equipped with 2 Fender single coil pickups)
Clean sound guitar/amp with no effects at all
Guitar: Fender Stratocaster (bridge pickup)
Guitar: Gibson Les Paul (bridge pickup)
Genre: Heavy Metal
Guitar: Fender Telecaster (bridge pickup)
Naoto is a distortion pedal that leads back to the sound of the 80s.
Marshall JCM800 and 1959 Randy Rhoads Plexi have been a great inspiration, and the pure sound and concept of the distorted guitars of that era are crucial; how to define it!? Solid but sharp, thick but scratchy…
Like all Colombo Audio Electronics pedals, Naoto is also fully customizable.
The scratch of the tiger
The character of Naoto is based on the color and the intensity of the guitars present in the vinyls of the golden age (80s): Bon Jovi, Survivor, Boston, White Lion, Europe, Def Leppard, Journey, Ozzy Osbourne… Just to name a few. Certainly not all the guitarists of these bands used the same equipment, yet the characters of these guitars all have something in common.
Colombo Audio Electronics has given a name to this distortion character sharing: Naoto.
Overdrive or distortion?
The question is very often discussed. It is common to think that low saturation means “overdrive” and the pedals with more saturation are called “distortion”.
Actually the distortion is obtained with very different principles, but without going into purely technical details, Naoto, sits exactly between these two worlds: an incisive overdrive like a distortion, or, a dynamic and controllable distortion like an overdrive.