It's been a year and a half since Jet City's launch at NAMM 2010. Since then, it's seemed like the mission of Mike Soldano and co is to release an ungodly amount of gear.
Hot off the line is the Afterburner, a mid-priced overdrive pedal that gives you two stages. It's your common 'drive configuration, with Volume, Tone and Overdrive controls, but there's also a Boost dial that adds another level of gain.
There are also two stompswitches - one for bypassing the pedal and another for kicking in the boost.
Pushing the clean channel on a valve amp with a singlecoil and low gain/high output setting on the Afterburner gives a weeping bluesy lead sound. Up the tone, select a bridge humbucker and you'll get an indie rhythm crunch.
With the gain higher, you get a stack-in-a-box rock rhythm sound. From here, engage the Boost and add some bite with the Tone control for a larger chorus rhythm sound/cutting solo tone.
Even with the Boost maxed out, gain freaks won't be satisfied, but that's not the niche the Afterburner is trying to fill. The looks won't scream from the shelf and battery access is a little fiddly, but if you dabble in low to mid-gain sounds, this pedal will provide a solution.
The tone control is versatile enough to prove that a single EQ knob doesn't have to be a compromise, nor do you have to shell out loads for a good drive sound. Hardly rocket science, eh?
If you're after low or mid-gain sounds at a reasonable price, this pedal is a great solution.