Handmade with quality components, these pedals feature the ultimate way to overdrive a tube amp. Each one is a Booster/Overdrive pedal in one, or, depending on the settings, something in between.
Laazy J had the basic idea for these pedals in the mid 90s, and designed the first Cruiser back then. The idea was to get the biggest, most dynamic lead tone from my amp without getting too loud. The Drive circuit in the Cruiser has evolved a bit over the years, but the basic design has never changed.
Used as a Booster, the Cruiser takes the signal from your guitar and amplifies it without changing its tone and dynamics. The signal at the output is exactly like the signal at the input, but bigger. This bigger signal has the ability to drive your amp much harder, resulting in really rich tube distortion with all the tone and dynamics retained. This means that it won’t sound squashed and compressed like many other overdrive pedals. What’s more, it can be fully controlled by your guitar’s volume control - back it off, and it’ll clean right up!! From here you can engage the DRIVE circuit, which is completely bypassed when turned all the way down.
It works in conjunction with the SAT control and between them they can take your signal from a clean boost into serious drive. The character of the drive, i.e. Compression/Dynamics can be tailored with the SAT control.
The Cruiser retains a warm and transparent sound at all times. Whether you boost or overdrive, it always feels like an extension of your guitar and amp, and at no time does it ever become thin.
As both functions are built into this pedal, they can be combined for a wide variety of sounds.
These pedals use a True Bypass, so when it’s switched off the circuit is completely disconnected from the straight-through signal. Your guitar then goes straight to your amp, without any signal-loss or coloration.
Lazy J Cruiser & Cruiser Deuce users include:
Joe Bonamassa Jeff Beck Mike Campbell Eric Clapton Gwyn Garfield Davies Lu Edmonds Mark Griffiths (The Shadows) Gary Hooker (Brad Paisley) Jonas Jalhay Simon Johnson Mark Karan (Bob Weir & RatDog) Scott McKeon Robbie McIntosh Luke Potashnik Matt Scannel (Vertical Horizon) Dan Smith (The Noisettes) Paul Stacey Dan Steinhardt Pete Townshend Rob Townley Joe Walsh Steve Winwood