Dry Martini by Tone City (Review / Demo / Showcase)

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The American writer E.B. White said about the Dry martini; “the elixir of quietude”, which of course is something you couldn’t (or maybe shouldn’t) say about an overdrive pedal like the Tone City Dry Martini… (yes, he was talking about the drink).

So this is a demo/review of the Tone City micro pedal Dry Martini. This is a clone of the Fulltone OCD pedal and features about the same controls as the OCD; Volume, Tone, Gain and a high/low gain switch. The gain is best described as low to medium with a punchy character (think a tube amplifier at its ‘sweet spot’). It should be noted that the latest version of the Fulltone OCD has some features that the Dry Martini hasn’t; like the ‘Enhanced bypass’ for example.

This video is all about the Tone City Dry Martini on its own, no comparison with the Fulltone OCD. If not already out, I will soon release a “blind test” video where you can test if you can spot which is the original pedal (or which of them you would prefer). I’ve used one clean sound and one slightly overdriven sound for this review, should be noted that due to a malfunction the sound in the overdriven sound part of the video is captured by room microphones.

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Equipment used:
Gibson Les Paul Standard ’76
Fender American Standard Stratocaster (Shawbucker/Custom 50’s)
Tone City Dry Martini
Kemper Profiling Amp

Video Index –
01:47 – ToneJunkie Brown Eyed Girl (BE100), clean sound/profile w/o pedal
02:41 – Dry Martini 12’clock setting
04:13 – Dry Martini volume up
04:43 – Dry Martini Tone control at low gain
06:43 – Dry Martini Tone Control at high gain
08:58 – Low gain w High gain switch activated
11:02 – All controls maxed, high switch on
11:44 – More Low gain testing
15:09 – Fiddlin’ with the guitar tone control
16:05 – Various settings on the Dry Martini
16:49 – Live Ready Sound Fukes ODS (Fuchs), crunch sound/profile w/o pedal
17:30 – Dry Martini 12’clock setting
18:53 – Low gain settings
20:19 – High gain settings
21:14 – End words

(Tone City’s webpage has been ‘under maintenance for a long while, so I’ve listed a couple of EU retailers instead.)

Tone City Dry Martini @ Musik Produktiv

Tone City Dry Martini @ Andertons

Fulltone OCD

Profiles used in this video from –


Live Ready Sound

Kemper Profling Amp

Martini (the drink!) @ Wikipedia

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