J. Rockett Archer Ikon Pedal Review

9.9

With the super solid build in a compact sized body, this is an ideal overdrive pedal for the touring guitarist.

$199.99
Last Amazon price update was: January 26, 2023 11:48 am
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Review by Bob Lanzetti / Guitarist, Snarky Puppy

One of the most significant pedals on my board at the moment is J. Rockett Audio Systems Overdrive Pedal, Archer and may be considered for the best guitar pedals. Every button ticks that pedal. It’s very compact, perhaps even slightly smaller than a Tubescreamer, it’s built like a tank, it’s very robust and it sounds great. It’s kind of a 2-in-1 lever, which serves as a clean boost if you turn the gain all the way down and overdrive if you turn the gain up.

Ikon Overdrive Features:

  • Clean boost 
  • Output control
  • Gain control
  • Treble control
  • Can be powered by a 9V battery; 
  • Battery is NOT included
  • Buffered switching

I prefer keeping the pedal engaged all the time and adjusting the gain level with my foot using the Wingman Choice Knob system. Essentially the Wingman is a large knob that replaces the traditional knob that allows you to change settings with your foot. The Wingman can work on most pedals that I’ve tried to use on. That is an integral part of my setup for a variety of my results.


 

9.9 Expert Score

J. Rockett Overdrive Pedal

At the moment one of the most important pedals on my board is J. Rockett Audio Systems Pedal overdrive, Archer. This pedal ticks every button. It’s very compact, maybe even slightly smaller than a Tubescreamer, it’s built like a tank, it’s very robust, and it sounds fantastic. It’s a kind of 2-in-1 lever, serving as a clean boost if you turn the gain all the way down and overdrive if you turn the gain upwards.

I prefer to keep the pedal engaged all the time and change the gain level with my foot through the Option Knob system called a Wingman. The Wingman is essentially a large knob that replaces the traditional knob which allows you to change settings with your foot. The Wingman can work on most pedals I’ve tried using it on. For a variety of my results it is an integral part of my setup.

Sound
9.9
Build
10
Value
9.9
PROS
  • Two in one guitar pedal
  • Beautiful crunch when desired
CONS
  • Pedal strength is not for providing gain

Price history for J. Rockett Audio Designs Tour Series Archer IKON Overdrive and Boost Guitar Effects Pedal
Latest updates:
  • $199.00 - December 12, 2022
  • $169.15 - November 14, 2022
  • $159.20 - October 26, 2022
  • $179.00 - October 11, 2022
  • $199.00 - September 29, 2022
  • $178.95 - September 17, 2022
Since: September 17, 2022
  • Highest Price: $199.00 - September 29, 2022
  • Lowest Price: $159.20 - October 26, 2022