Hamstead Soundworks launches Comet – Interstellar Driver

Jun 10, 2021 | Guitar Products, News

Interstellar Driver

Comet is a meticulously voiced overdrive pedal, that opens up a vast range of tones from a simple control set. Representing Hamstead Soundworks’ pursuit to push analogue drive circuitry to new heights, it can be moulded from boutique sounding overdrive with a vocal midrange, right through to a rich and creamy fuzz. Both transparent and character drive tones are accessed via a deceptively simple, but incredibly powerful switch. Furthermore, your tone can be shaped via an intuitive two-band EQ, for additional tone sculpting.

Main Features:

  • All-analogue design Overdrive Pedal
  • Incredibly versatile tone shaping from a simple control set
  • From tone-enhancing ‘always on’ preamp gain, to boutique overdrive and all the way to rich, creamy fuzz
  • Transparent and Character drive voices
  • Multifunction Pre/Post switch:
    • Changes the order of the Drive & EQ circuits
    • Switches between two distinct clipping circuits
    • Adjusts the gain structure for a wide range of drive sounds
    • Active EQ with +/-15dB of clean Treble & Bass boost & cut
  • Up to 30dB of Level boost
  • High Gain mode (via an internal switch)
  • Global Hi Cut adjustment (via an internal pot)
  • Silent optical switching and TheGigRig’s OptoKick footswitch, for excellent reliability
  • Powered by 9 – 12 V DC PSU
              (Centre -, 2.1 mm, 65 mA current draw)

Available: Now!


Hamstead Comet Interstellar Driver - FrontWith the DRV>EQ position selected, this gives you a very dynamic and transparent clipping circuit and places the EQ after the Drive Circuit, for studio style EQ sculpting. While if you switch over to the EQ>DRV mode, this moves the EQ in front of a more raw, yet organic clipping style that boosts the input gain into the drive circuit. Doing this provides a wide range of character drive tones that can be pushed all the way to into super saturated fuzz tones.


Global Gain & Tone Control
From pre-amp boost and right through to fuzz, Comet has a very wide range of gain available onboard. However, to push the circuit even harder into high gain territory, we’ve also added an extra gear. Selectable via an internal switch, Hi Gain Mode can open up heavy crunch and distortion or even highly saturated fuzz tones.

Hamstead Soundworks Comet - Interstellar Driver - topWhile Comet is voiced to work excellently with any guitar or bass set-ups straight out of the box, we wanted to add a little extra flexibility for those players who really want to fine tune their sound. With the internal Hi-Cut pot, you can tailor the high frequencies to suit any rig or tonal preference.

Comet has been extensively tested with a large range of familiar guitars and amplifiers to ensure that it will work superbly with any setup. An all-analogue circuit designed by Peter Hamstead that’s Built at the Hamstead labs in Cambridgeshire, Great Britain.


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