Sometimes that buy off Kijiji wasn't all that it was cracked up to be, and you wind up with a $40 footrest. Sometimes, though, you will not take this laying down, and will do your damnedest to polish a turd. This is one of those times. Enter, the Nova:
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This thing boasted an acceptable clean channel, but the "Overdrive" on it sounded something like Inuit throat singing being piped through a colostomy bag. This thing sucked out loud, even for $40.... that's saying something.
So, instead of shelling out for a distortion pedal, or even being sensible enough to throw out this shabby thing, I decided to take the geekiest route possible and modify it into something acceptable.