The holy grail for many overdrive builders has long been the British sound in a box a classic, dirty-rock tone that can span the gamut from muscular rhythm parts to (with a twist of the gain knob) singing, saturated leads. Nowadays, youre spoilt for choice in terms of which amp in a box to get. Most approaches choose to replicate a classic tube amp preamp, but theres still the question of whether you can model a tube amp in discrete solid-state circuitry, or if a purpose-designed overdrive circuit combined with your amp would work better. So, with that in mind, how close have these builders gotten to the real deal? Lets get stuck in and fi nd out!