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Haunted Labs' Old Ruin distortion pedal aims to sound as sinister as it looks

Haunted Labs Old Ruin
(Image credit: Haunted Labs)

North Carolina-based pedal maker Haunted Labs has announced its latest distortion pedal, the Old Ruin.

Offering a “user-friendly recipe for mayhem”, the new stompbox – which is handmade in the USA – boasts a three-knob control layout, with dials for Volume, Gain and Texture. The latter is an additional tone shaper, which further affects the pedal's “pugnacious character”. 

Haunted Labs explains: “Texture is much more than just an earthly tone control. It summons sonic nuances from the great beyond. Looking for something silky and stealthy? You'll find it here. Prefer a stinging, searing experience like a face full of lava? Twist the Texture knob, wake up and smell the brimstone.”

On the tone of the pedal, the company says it delivers a “broad array of distorted deliciousness, ranging from a somewhat mild overdrive all the way to higher-gain howling.”

The pedal boasts standard 9V DC operation as well as true bypass functionality.

The Old Ruin is available now for $159. For more information, head over to Haunted Labs.

Sam Roche

Sam is a Staff Writer at Guitar World, also creating content for Total Guitar, Guitarist and Guitar Player. He has well over 15 years of guitar playing under his belt, as well as a degree in Music Technology (Mixing and Mastering). He's a metalhead through and through, but has a thorough appreciation for all genres of music. In his spare time, Sam creates point-of-view guitar lesson videos on YouTube under the name Sightline Guitar.