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.

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Sam Roche

Sam was Staff Writer at GuitarWorld.com from 2019 to 2023, and also created 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.