Vox and Satriani aimed for boutique quality with Satchurator, and they got it right. Satch’s favorite candy-red paint tastefully covers the sturdy chassis, and all the components are board mounted. The pad switch solves a problem Satriani discovered of vintage distortion pedals clipping when front-ended with some of today’s high-energy wahs and dynamic effects. The More switch essentially doubles moderate gain levels and takes the gain to a spinal-tapping “11” when the gain control is dimed.
In addition, Satch chose to use a specially designed input buffer, rather than true bypass, so there is no change in signal strength and tonal character when the pedal is on or off. The Satchurator runs off a nine-volt battery or with an optional adaptor.