• Electro Harmonix Hot Wax – The ultimate dual overdrive for your Gilmour tones?

    Electro Harmonix Hot Wax

    I get a lot of questions about the modern dual overdrives and how they apply to David Gilmour’s tones. Not all of them do obviously as they’re clearly aimed at a different audience but I recently got the Hot Wax from Electro Harmonix and it’s become one of my favourite overdrive pedals.

    The Hot Wax is a fairly new pedal that feature both the classic Hot Tubes booster and the more modern sounding Crayon.

    The Hot Tubes is a transparent booster that’s designed to boost or drive the front end of a tube amp. It’s an excellent alternative to the Coloursound Power Boost David used in the 70s. The Hot Wax also feature a dual band EQ, allowing even more control over the tone.

    The Crayon is no doubt based on that full range overdrive character of the Tube Driver, Boss BD-2 etc. I’ve been asked to review that for some time and I’m really surprised over how good it sounds.

    It’s got a bit more mid range and compression compared to both the Tube Driver and BD-2 and in that sense probably a bit easier to set up on different amps. It’s got a lot of gain but a nice amount of headroom too.

    You can combine both circuits although I would have wanted a switch, like the one featured on the Keeley D&M Drive, allowing you to toggle the order of the circuits. Still, combining the two offer a lot of gain and you can easily use the Hot Wax for anything from clean boost to heavy distortion.

    In the video I’ve set up some of my favourite Gilmour tones.

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16 Responsesso far.

  1. Silvio says:

    Hi Bjorn. Today the Hot wax has just arrived. I wanted to thank you, a beautiful pedal, fantastic sound. On my hot rod de luxe III it sounds great. Recommended! Thanks again!

  2. Silvio says:

    Hi Bjorn. I wanted to ask you if the crayon side alone has more or less gain compared to a Boss bd-2 (and also compared to an ocd). One last thing: has more mids than an ocd? Greetings!

  3. Hi Bjorn, great playing and great article…which would you buy TD-X or EHX Crayon?

    Many thanks

    • Bjorn says:

      Thanks! Depends on the amp. I’m using the TDX as it’s closer to the Tube Driver, which I only use for recording these days. The Crayon is perhaps easier to dial in on different types of amps, as it has a bit more mids and compression.

  4. Brad Roller says:

    Nice! Awesome review.

  5. Yes, nice sounding pedals, but the shared EQ probably wouldn’t work for me.

  6. Ofir says:

    Excellent demonstration!!

  7. Chris chaney says:

    Great review. I may check this one out and give it a try.

  8. Carlos Eduardo says:

    Beautiful text Bjorn … for the credibility of your posts I bought the crayon 76 and I intend to add a Muff to the pedals … I am in doubt between the EHX Green Muff, EHX Triangle Muff or Rams Head (Vick audio). In these configurations what is the best amplifier for DG tones?

    Thank you…
    and happy New Year!

  9. Kim Foster says:

    Great review Bjorn, love your improvs of Shine On and Time, they were wonderful.

  10. Giuseppe says:

    Hi Bjorn, the pedal sounds good. But I’d like to listen both channels combined in a hi-gain sound for songs like Castell horizon, High hopes… And so on

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