Guitar World's
Gold Award Winner

"The ToneConcepts Distillery is truly different,
from the way that it virtually becomes an
integrated part of an amp to the incredible
variety of natural-sounding tones it delivers."
Guitar World, February 2014

The Distillery

A New Class of Pedal | Pure Flexible Power
Developed in Collaboration with some of
The World's Greatest Guitar Players
Tour Tested - Artist Approved

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The Distillery: Praised by Artists, Guitar World, Premier Guitar and Vintage Guitar

Winner of Guitar World’s Gold Award for Performance Excellence


What Makes The Distillery Special

Background: A New Class of Pedal

Since 2008, ToneConcepts Inc. has tested gear with some of the world’s leading guitar players on the stage and in the studio. We’ve put new and vintage tones into their hands, under their feet and through their amps.

In early-2013, we approached several artists with a few simple questions: What’s missing? What haven’t you found? What problem needs to be solved? Pro guitarists wanted a pedal that would help them shape their tone through their own rigs or rented backlines and that could make any amp sound better. All while retaining the true character of a great player, guitar and amplifier. The Distillery is the result!

Designed and manufactured by ToneConcepts Inc. in Toronto, Canada, The Distillery is the first in a series of products developed in collaboration with some of the world’s best guitarists. This innovative new line is aggressively priced and addresses the discerning needs of professional touring musicians.

What The Distillery Does

The Distillery gives players up to 20dB of pure flexible power that sounds completely transparent. Whatever cables and pedals you run though, The Distillery will make you sound as if you’re playing your guitar straight into your amp. We’ve also developed a sophisticated tone-shaping circuit that can give your humbuckers a singlecoil edge and your single coils some humbucker body & punch.

Who Plays The Distillery

The Distillery has been tested and approved by some of the world’s best tone-wranglers:

• Jim Campilongo
• Nels Cline (Wilco, Nels Cline Singers)
• Zane Carney (John Mayer)

• Billy Gibbons (ZZ Top)
• Vince Gill
• Buddy Guy
• Julian Lage
• Sean Lennon
• Los Lobos (David Hidalgo, Cesar Rosas, Louie Perez)
• Steve Lukather
• Robert Randolph
• Kenny Wayne Shepherd
• Alex Skolnick (AST, Testament)
• Dweezil Zappa

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Artist Testimonials: What Some of the World's Top Artist Have to Say About ToneConcepts' The Distillery!

“The Distillery makes my amp sound like it was on legal steroids! Thank you ToneConcepts, you’ve done it again!”

Jim Campilongo

“Strong Tones! Excellent Sustain! The sounds achievable are great! “Guts” is killer! It really IS like an amp in a box that produces a lot of varied and appealing tones and that it has OOMPH, too. I’m seriously excited about the thing!”

Nels Cline (Wilco)

“Don’t change a thing! I love it just he way it is! I have it on all the time. It is my favourite pedal!”

David Hidalgo (Los Lobos)

“Great tone starts in the hands and with a great guitar and amp. As guitarists, we search our whole lives for something to make things sound better. The Distillery enhances my sound while still allowing the true character of my guitar to shine. It is the best I’ve ever heard or played.”

Vince Gill

“Love it!  The sound is killer! It makes my amps sound even better!”

Steve Lukather

“The Distillery allows me to get a smooth overdrive and great tone without ripping people’s heads off !!!”

Robert Randolph

“This is one of my new go-to pedals. If you have an amp that just sounds OK, this pedal can make it sound great!”

Kenny Wayne Shepherd

“It makes things sound better. It’s like moving to heavier strings, the sound becomes fuller and more responsive. And the overdrive is very tasteful. The Distillery works GREAT with Testament!!”

Alex Skolnick (AST, Testament)

“I like to think of The Distillery as having volume knobs for the feel and character of sound. As the name suggests, The Distillery will help extract the purest fundamental elements of your guitar and amp tone and allow you to musically enhance them.”

Dweezil Zappa

The Distillery: Specifications, Features, Power Requirements and Warranty Information

The Distillery’s Features and Benefits:



Thank you for your interest in ToneConcepts’ The Distillery, the Swiss-Army knife of tone! The Distillery was created by ToneConcepts in collaboration with some of the world’s most influential guitarists. The Distillery is a tone connoisseur’s dream. As a transparent preamp,

The Distillery provides up to 20dB of pure volume boost, as well as sophisticated tone-shaping options to consistently bring out your best sound night after night.

The aluminum casing and industrial-strength switches and knobs will withstand years of rigorous touring. And of course, it’s true-bypass so it disappears from the signal chain when inactive.

The Distillery was designed to help gigging and recording guitarists in several ways:

Many players love the natural overdriven sound of their tube amp but need to quickly switch between clean and dirty tones. With 20dB of boost at your feet, The Distillery easily pushes your amp into sustain heaven. (Go cat, go!)

Tired of switching guitars between songs or taking your guitar to the shop to swap pickups? We are too. With its unique tone circuit, The Distillery can give your humbuckers a singlecoil edge and your single coils some humbucker body & punch.

It is particularly effective in the studio and can deliver a wide palette of usable tones!

Power Requirements:



The pedal can be powered by a 9V battery or 9V DC regulated power supply, center pin negative, as supplied by most standard Boss™/Ibanez™/etc. supplies. To avoid damage to the pedal, do not exceed 9V DC. Using an incorrect power adapter can lead to damage and will void the warranty on the pedal. Please use a professional quality power adapter for optimal performance and safety.

Warranty and Support:



The Distillery pedal carries a 5-year, non-transferable warranty that covers defects due to parts and labor and begins at the date of purchase. The Distillery has been Tour Tested and is Artist Approved for professional use on tour worldwide.

Artists Praise ToneConcepts’ The Distillery

"The Distillery makes my amp sound like it was on legal steroids! Thank you ToneConcepts, you’ve done it again!"

− Jim Campilongo

"Strong Tones! Excellent Sustain! The sounds achievable are great! “Guts” is killer! It really IS like an amp in a box that produces a lot of varied and appealing tones and that it has OOMPH, too. I’m seriously excited about the thing!"

− Nels Cline, Wilco Nels Cline Singers

"Don’t change a thing! I love it just he way it is! I have it on all the time. It is my favourite pedal!"

− David Hidalgo, Los Lobos

"Great tone starts in the hands and with a great guitar and amp. As guitarists, we search our whole lives for something to make things sound better. The Distillery enhances my sound while still allowing the true character of my guitar to shine. It is the best I’ve ever heard or played."

− Vince Gill

"Love it! The sound is killer! It makes my amps sound even better!"

− Steve Lukather

"The Distillery allows me to get a smooth overdrive and great tone without ripping people’s heads off !!!"

− Robert Randlolph

"This is one of my new go-to pedals. If you have an amp that just sounds OK, this pedal can make it sound great!"

− Kenny Wayne Shepherd

"It makes things sound better. It’s like moving to heavier strings, the sound becomes fuller and more responsive. And the overdrive is very tasteful. The Distillery works GREAT with Testament!!"

− Alex Skolnick, Testament, AST

"I like to think of The Distillery as having volume knobs for the feel and character of sound. As the name suggests, The Distillery will help extract the purest fundamental elements of your guitar and amp tone and allow you to musically enhance them."

− Dweezil Zappa

ToneConcepts Develops “The Distillery”. A New Class of Pedal! Buy It Now