Founded in 1988 by guitarist and inventor Bob Weil, Visual Sound began its corporate existence with only one product, a volume pedal with LEDs to indicate the volume level. While the “Visual Volume” was beloved by many guitarists and bass players, it’s kind of hard to build a company on volume pedals. So, Weil branched out, eventually building the celebrated “Jekyll and Hyde” dual overdrive/distortion pedal. The rest, as they say, is history.
Visual Sound has been primarily known for its dual pedal design, offering two effects in one pedal. This lineup includes the Jekyll and Hyde (overdrive and distortion), Route 66 (overdrive and compression), H20 (chorus and echo), and Double Trouble (dual overdrive). Eventually, Visual Sound split up the family, so to speak, and began offering single effects from the above series, including originals such as the Angry Fuzz, Open Road, TruTone, and Vans Warped Distortion. They also offer a budget line known as the Garagetone series, which includes a new version of the heralded Reverend Drivetrain, known as the Drivetrain II.
Balancing quality, durability, and affordability, Visual Sound pedals are some of the best deals in the effects pedal business.