The Bogner Ecstasy Blue is a combination distortion and boost pedal. It comes armed and ready with lots of potential settings: I counted seven knobs, four toggle switches and two footswitches. The distortion section comes with your typical level and gain controls plus a 3-band EQ. The toggle switches enable you to switch between 1) regular and Variac, 2) Plexi and Blue, 3) three different pre-EQ voicings and 4) EQ and gain shifts. There are also two very small knobs that control the gain and volume of the boost function; these small plastic knobs double as on/off status lights for the boost.
I have to say I was pretty amazed by this pedal. It managed to preserve some of the feel of the amp I ran it through (some form of modern Fender tweed amp) and at the same time sound very classic and British. It was extremely responsive to my pick attack and the volume settings on the guitar. On one hand, I’m the sort of guy who prefers MXR pedals just because there are fewer settings that I can mess up, and therefore I felt rather bewildered by the plethora of adjustments possible with this pedal. On the other, there is no doubt that anyone looking for a classic rock tone might not have to go further than the Bogner Ecstasy. Even without the boost, it would be a darn good distortion pedal. With the boost, you basically have two distortions in one.