Tone Report Weekly Issue 80 - Page 50

LARRY ALAN GUITARS THE HARLOT REVIEW BY SAM HILL STREET PRICE $120.00 It’s not every day that you receive a Harlot in the mail. When that day comes, be ready. The Larry Alan Harlot, born in Lansing, Michigan, is a saucy little drive pedal that can turn any guitar playing session into a torrid affair. Featuring pinup graphics, high quality polyfilm capacitors and metal film resistors, and two knobs, there’s only one thing she wants to do, and that is get down and dirty. Like you, I have heard, seen, and played many dirt pedals, and I must admit, when I removed the Harlot from its box, I was prepared to be underwhelmed, due my broad 50 GEAR REVIEW // dirt experience. Sure, it looks fancy, but what can this Harlot do for me? All of my concerns were immediately laid to rest upon plugging in. Like a transaction with a lady of the night, this pedal operates in a very straightforward manner. You turn it on and adjust the Level and Gain knobs to taste. It produces everything from clean-ish boosts to thick, saturated drive. And while the boost capabilities are pleasing and will certainly get the job done, you’re going to want to use the dirt this gal gives up. With the Gain at noon, there is already a generous amount of drive. Turning it up Larry Alan Guitars The Harlot yields thick sustain that melds well with other dirt boxes. A clean boost into the Harlot produces an outstanding raunchy solo tone that will sound great in any mix. It would be wrong to call the Harlot a one-trick pony, but the trick she does best is giving a generous amount of gain and boost to your signal. With single coils, I found myself playing power-punkstyle riffage in the vein of The Stooges. With humbuckers, I conjured up burly rhythm tones that chugged along like Thomas the Train’s badass older brother that skipped college because he didn’t care.