RC Booster or Timmy?

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  1. docmh

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    I'm looking for a good booster pedal that doesn't color my amps tone. I've heard great things about both the RC Booster and the Tim or Timmy pedal.
    I checked out some sound clips on these pedals but can't make up my mind.
    Any input from users of these pedals? Any body ever do a comparison between them?
     
  2. Paul Conway

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    I'm interested too. I'd like to know what the difference is between the regular RC and the Scott Henderson one, also, if anyone knows..

    ..not that I can afford either now! (-;
     
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    The timmy is more versatile because it can do squeaky clean boost, dirty boost AND full blown overdrive.

    The RC booster does not have nearly the amount of available gain as the Timmy.
     
  5. Guinness Lad

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    The Tim/Timmy pedal has a lot more realistic sounding high end to my ears. The RC sounds too much like transistors when you put both side by side. The Tim/Timmy can be real clean but you need to rool the gain down to about 1/4 way up, once you do this you'll be as clean as an RC Booster. I alsoo feel that when you turn the tone controls of the RC Booster too high it doesn't sound as good. The Tim/Timmy has much more range this way.

    Overall, the Tim/Timmy is just a superior pedal, the RC is good but clearly not in the same league.Both pedals work well as boosts for other overdrives but the Tim/Timmy can be set so you'll never know it was on, the RC is not quite as transparent. The Tim/Timmy also is less compressed, the RC adds some midrange and compression to the signal, not much, but there is a difference.

    BTW, I have owned both at the same time and was willing to keep whatever pedal was the better of the two, I also had a Menatone Red Snapper (original 3 knob) which also was in the mix, the Tim was the best overall.
     
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    Also true, but the timmy can do this as well and its $50 cheaper. The major drawback with the timmy is the wait time to get one.
     
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    Timmy. Without question.
     
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    +1 on the transparency of the Tim/Timmy. I've got Tim and an RC. Notes cut through better with the Tim. If I pull the extra-compression pot on the back of the Tim, I can actually make it sound like the RC, so there's definitely some added compression with the RC. The Tim will do what you want and a lot more.

    I do think the RC is an excellent boost for solos, though.
     
  10. xroads

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    I have the RC and he Timmy as well, and agree spot on with what harryjmic said. The RC booster adds some compression and changes the high end of the spectrum. I prefer the Timmy as well.
     
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    Is there a URL for the Tim/Timmy pedals, anyone?
     
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    I have both on my pedalboard right now but use the Timmy as a low/mid gain drive and the RC as more of a boost. Both great pedals. For me the nod goes to the Timmy for more transparency and versatility but the RC makes a great lead boost too.

    RC may be easier to get too, plus the Henderson RC sounds pretty interesting.

    All that said, the Timmy has been on my board longer than any other pedal.

    RC
     
  13. stucker

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    I have both the Timmy and the RC Boost and use them for different things. The Timmy has a grittiness to it that's great for a slighlty overdriven amp tone. The standard setting is not very compressed.

    As harryjmic said, the high end is very natural and allows you to play double stop licks without getting mushy. If you flip both internal dip switches you can get more compression and use the Timmy for more of a medium-gain overdrive, especially if you push it with a compressor (how I use it).

    I use the RC Boost to get more definition for clean solos. I set mine with the gain low (11:00) and I get a little more volume and sparkle to the top end. Turning the gain up increases the grittiness and compression but it's not natural sounding like the Timmy. I prefer not to use the RC to get overdriven sounds. Both pedals are great at what they do best.
     
  14. Aruntang

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    It's funny how we hear things differently. I found the RC Booster to much more transparent than the Timmy. The Timmy was much better as a dirty boost or overdrive than the RC for sure. As a clean boost I felt the RC Booster was the better pedal. I also found the Timmy sounded much better with my strats than with my Les Pauls FWIW. It was one of the reasons I kept my RC Booster over the Timmy. I still love the Strat tones I was getting with my Timmy. I hope to own one again.
     
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    I would have said the same thing until I set the gain to 9 max and the volume around 2 to make it work. The gain really kicks in anywhere past 9, not that it's a lot, it just seems to be the starting point.
     
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    This is great. Thanks for all this input.
     
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    To my grizzled old ears, the main thing that Timmy & the RC share's a really, really good EQ circuit - compared to many popular OD/boost stomps.

    But I've yet to try a current production Timmy w/2 additional clipping diodes. I've got a couple (one switched to clip asymmetrically) and have been meaning to send one down to Tennessee for the upgrade. Anyone had a chance to A/B the two?

    And my RC's also out of production; "defective" switch & the LED's in the *wrong* place. Spent quite a few hours comparing it against a buddy's V2 and preferred mine. My pal thought his sounded better so we're both happy.

    At the end of the day, if I could only have a Timmy OR an RC, I'd get a TIM. Blows 'em both away, imo.
     
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    I think you are talking about the Timmy? I did spend a considerable amount of time with both pedals. Again, for the most part I found the RC to be more versatile with different types of guitars overall. I could dial in some good Les Paul tones with the Timmy but they didn't sound as spectacular as the Strat tones. The RC just sounded better to my ears for that. A strat into a Timmy into a Marshall is definitely tonal nirvana.

    Would you say the Tim is more capable with different guitars?



     
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    I use either a tele, strat, P-90 or humbucker guitars, I never really had an issue with either pedal when it came to guitar preference. For me it was all about the high end, with the RC I felt as the high end was compromised. I never felt this way with the TIM. I'm pretty sure Paul C would tell you the TIM is the better pedal when it comes to Tim vs. Timmy.
     
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    I agree with what every one else has said... my Timmy can get into grit-land if you really need it to, and my RC is really great at boosting with the ability to tweak the tone if you need to.

    But I have to say I'm really digging my 19 sixty 3 pedal for just plain simple boost. It's as clean as the other two, but has just a bit of "sparkle" that neither of the other pedals have. The RC sounds "sterile" in comparison, and while the Timmy can get more extreme, that's not what I look for in a "clean" boost...
     

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