Cory Wong teams up with Jackson Audio for new signature dual overdrive pedal, The Optimist

Jackson Audio's new The Optimist dual drive pedal
(Image credit: Jackson Audio)

Just last summer, ever-prolific rhythm guitar maestro Cory Wong was treated to his first signature guitar, a fantastically-spec'd, Sapphire Blue-finished Stratocaster.

Now, Wong has teamed up with Jackson Audio to create The Optimist, a signature dual overdrive pedal that combines a Klon-style circuit and Timmy-style circuit with Jackson Audio's MIDI control and a three-band EQ.

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Jackson Maxwell

Jackson is an Associate Editor at He’s been writing and editing stories about new gear, technique and guitar-driven music both old and new since 2014, and has also written extensively on the same topics for Guitar Player. Elsewhere, his album reviews and essays have appeared in Louder and Unrecorded. Though open to music of all kinds, his greatest love has always been indie, and everything that falls under its massive umbrella. To that end, you can find him on Twitter crowing about whatever great new guitar band you need to drop everything to hear right now.