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.