Have been using this pedal for just over a week and it's likely to become my daily driver OD/push. The Immaculator is just that: immaculate.
Simply put, the best gear (whether it’s a pedal, pick, or something else that starts with a “p”) is intended to inspire you to play. The Blessed Mother achieves this; if you’re willing to actually use your ear holes. We analog folk live in an era where we are constantly bombarded with synthetic temptations. Our artistic ambitions are constantly seduced by equipment filled with empty promises of being conduits for the sonic understanding most musicians seek, available on YouTube™️. This is by far the most honest pedal I’ve ever come across. I’ve seen a lot of Overdrive pedals in my 20+ years of playing and this is the most musical-harmonious box I’ve ever played. Every knob is purposeful, useful, and changes your playing style with each tweak. The Blessed Mother’s EQ range and ability to get along with other OD/Distortion/Fuzz boxes is what makes it stand out. There is no BS to be found anywhere. High quality components, and the Immaculator knob (wet/dry signal mix)
allows for tonal complexity I’ve only ever experienced in recording studio tracking. As a fellow parent, my alone time is scarce, and sacred. There is an immediate kinship shared with this builder since I suspect her devoted time to building these boxes are a mindful, empathetic labor of love. My ears are open and this OD is truly a transcendent sensory experience. Can’t wait to see what comes next from this talented builder.
...and I loved this one from the moment I plugged in. I'm a sucker for design, which hooked me right away. (The picture of the shrieking baby in the ad... I felt that to my core too.) But that doesn't mean much if the sound isn't there.
Listen, you know how it is. Five stars for me isn't necessarily five stars for you, we have different ears and taste. I mostly play humbucker equipped guitars into clean amps. I tend to like full range, light-to-medium gain drives for rhythm, and mid-rangey TS type drives for leads. The Blessed Mother is definitely in the former category for me, in the family of a Greer Lightspeed, to my ears, but with some unique twists and flexibility in the two band eq and clean blend. It brightens and livens things up, responds to attack well. Beautifully built. I wish it had top mount jacks, Heather's not sorry. (She says so in the manual. I got over it.)
I really dig it. Something different, but still simple. Sounds great, looks great. I hope HBE lends their experience and great ear to some new pedals. Love to hear a fuzz or a delay from HBE.
It’s amazeballs how simple it is to get great tones out of my telecaster. Love this holy-halo pedal
Very cool pedal. Allows for a 3D tone to really pop from a tube amp. Highly recommended!!