I'll admit that I instantly regretted ordering the Ages as I thought over all the demos I had watched. I play pretty clean, so I was really just looking for some boost, grit, and maybe little sparkle. Most of the reviews and demos had leaned into the heavier side of the Ages, so I worried it was yet another OD with way too much heft and not tamable.
I was pleasantly surprised to find that the Ages was more than capable of clean boost. The mix knob and the gain knob allows you to find any level of boost and grit you want. I love mode Two! It's a perfect amount of boost and grit AND the promised sparkle that sounds just fantastic on it's own. Sadly, it makes anything else you add delay or modulation-wise a little muddy--but mode One is totally clean, so with a flip of the switch you can add anything after that you like and it will sound great. Three, Four, and Five bring a lot more overdrive and are each very distinct. Four is a little too big and bright for my tastes, but Three and Five sound good and I look forward to experimenting with them.
The Ages is another outstanding pedal from Walrus.
Hey Dennis! We are glad you are enjoying the Ages. It sounds like the OD is doing its job. Enjoy! - Walrus Audio