DRAGON HOUND

PARALLEL OVERDRIVE + DISTORTION

This pedal is discontinued, but it available until November 29 as part of our Klein Bottle launch.

The DRAGON HOUND is a dual overdrive + distortion pedal that combines the core circuits from the Alpha Dog and Pale Horse into one unique dirt box. Each circuit has a dedicated drive control, and the blend control can dial in saturated distortion tones that retain the clarity of an overdrive.

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Demos

How It Works

Features

Tech Specs

Story

DRAGON HOUND BLOCK DIAGRAM

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FEATURES & CONSTRUCTION

TrueSoft  Bypass

Extended Headroom

Custom Alpha Pots

DualMode Switching

We combine durable true bypass relay switching with an effect-side FET switch for pure and smooth switching.

The overdrive uses a charge pump for max headroom, and the distortion adds dynamics by using only the drive added by the vintage LM308N chip.

The GAIN, FAT, HARD, and SOFT controls are built in the USA with custom-designed tapers specifically for the Alpha Dog.

DualMode Switching can convert the footswitch into momentary operation.

To use, wait 5 seconds, then press the sequence tap+tap+hold until LED flashes.

USA Made PCBs

Our circuit boards are made in the USA by Advanced Circuits (large PCB runs) or OSH Park (small PCB runs).

PRP Audio Resistors

We used low noise, low inductance resistors made for audio circuits by Precision Resistive Products in the USA.*

*Alpha Dog & Alpha Dog Glass only.

All VFE Pedals are built by hand in Puyallup, WA and include:

 

- Rugged diecast aluminum enclosures

- DualMode standard or momentary switching operation

- Industrial-grade Carling switches & Neutrik audio jacks

- Alpha pots soldered directly to PCB

- 5% WIMA film capacitors & 1% metal film resistors

- Ultra-pure, eutectic silver solder

- 1 year warranty on parts & labor

DIMENSIONS:

Enclosure dimensions: 2.37"W x 4.37"L x 1.16"H  (60 x 111 x 29mm)

With knobs & jacks: 2.6"W x 4.4"L x 2.1"H  (66 x 111 x 53mm)

 

POWER:

Standard 2.1mm, negative-tip 9V to 15V power supply or 9V battery.

 

INPUT IMPEDANCE:

680K-ohm

 

CURRENT DRAW:

~35ma continous

+30ma surge for 4ms during on/off switching

BY THE NUMBERS:

22 RESISTORS

25 CAPACITORS
1 INDUCTOR

6 TRANSISTORS

5 DIODES

2 OP AMPS

3 INTEGRATED CIRCUITS
8 POTENTIOMETERS
2 SWITCHES

3 JACKS
2 CIRCUIT BOARDS

HOW THE DRAGON HOUND CAME TO BE

THE STORY

The Alpha Dog distortion and Pale Horse overdrive are my personal go-to pedals. After playing with both extensively, I wondered how the two circuits would sound blended. My experimenting with multiband distortion taught me that parallel drives can add saturation without squashing out your playing dynamics. I put the first prototype together (code named "Crown Jewel"), and was blown away with the blended tone.

 

I prefer the Dragon Hound over both the Alpha Dog and Pale Horse, especially for chords. This pedal is able to add more harmonic saturation without losing the clarity of each note, and do it naturally. It doesn't sound like two parallel pedals, just a complex wall of harmonic bliss.

-- Peter Rutter, founder of VFE Pedals --