Astro Tone-Distortion, fuzz, OD???

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  1. terrapin

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    I just got an Analogman Astro Tone in a trade here. It is one of those pedals that gets an impressive variety of great tones no matter where you set the pots. Those who have had the opportunity to try this pedal will most likely agree. In a coupe of hours use I found great OD sounds, great distortion sounds and great fuzz sounds!

    So far I am tending to like the OD and distortion sounds a bit better than the fuzz.

    I was wondering what other users impressions of the Astro Tone are.

    In a nutshell Mike nailed it again with this one!!!
     
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    The Astrotone is just awesome!! I really like how it sounds when pushed with another drive. It's one of the only "fuzz" pedals that's for me.
     
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    I've heard it's fairly low gain. How is it with single coils?
     
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    Out of all my guitars (Tele, LP, Casino, Pro Jet) I liked it the most with my Tele
     
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    I only use single coils and it is GREAT with both Teles and Strats. "Fairly low gain" compared to what? I would call it medium to higher gain. It is just NOT your typocal fuzz-gain sound. It is IMO more open and amp-like in quality, but still capable of its own unique fuzz sound. There are alot of good clips available. I like Gearmandude's best.
     
  6. Waxhead

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    Best Fuzz pedal I ever heard.
    Doesn't have over the top gain - mid gain I'd call it.
    It's great with any PUP type, cuts thru the mix fantastic,, True bypass & is versatile.
    It also works great as a booster into an OD or distortion channel or pedal

    I like it so much I got 2 for both my boards.
    Once Mike runs out of transisters this baby will become a collectors item imo.

    I luv it thru the whole range but my fav Fuzz setting is -
    Fuzz at 3 oclock
    Tone at 12 oclock
     
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    Those are my exact settings, but sometimes I dime the Fuzz pot and then back down until the bit of noise goes away.

    FABULOUS pedal!!!!! Thanks to Mike!
     
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    I had a chance to spend ALOT of time tonite with the AstroTone and I am blown away by ho cool and versatile this pedal is! I am tending to prefer it as a higher gain OD/Distortion over a full on fuzz, but it does that very well and uniquely.

    When I "punch" if with my Katana it is so present in the mix. It just settles right into the top of the mix without being overwhelming.

    This one should end up right there at the top of the Best of 2012 list!
     
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    Try it after a buffered pedal and it will become a whole new effect. Trust me.
     
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    It's a great pedal. I find it more useful than the AM Sunface NKT275 that I previously owned. The Astrotone works great with humbuckers as well. I like the fact that it does not need to be first in my chain, and it still cleans up nicely. It stacks great with other drives on my board. The inside of the pedal is a work of art.
     
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    les paul on bridge + astrotone = incredible classic rock toanz. . . .
     
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    You should check out the Hartman Tommy Bolin Fuzz if you like the Astrotone.
     
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    Another Astrotone owner/lover here as well!! I researched a ton of fuzz boxes before I made a decision and the Astrotone was just the sound I was looking for. I played around with it in the chain until I found where I liked it best which me is right after OD (buffered pedal as a matter of fact). One of the things I liked about the pedal is you could move it around in the chain without probs. I love the fact that the pedal covers such a wide range of fuzz sounds.

    I would def vote for it in a "Best of" poll!!
     
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    i have a ton of fuzzes, and the astrotone is my well-rounded favorite.
    i keep mine at:
    vol-2 o clock
    tone-8 o clock
    fuzz-max

    i turn my strat's volume down to 4ish, neck+middle pickup, into a fender amp. THAT is my clean tone. f***ing LOVE IT!
     
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    Got mine,then got a analogman mini chorus,makes you just want to play and play and play......
     
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    thanks - I'll give that setting a try too :)
     
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    hehehe I like the Astrotone so much I recorded a song for it.
    Click on this link to hear the Astrotone on 3 different settings with a Gretsch Jet 6131 and a Mesa 5:50 amp.
    I played bass on this also, plus vocal backing. The song will self load as track No 1.

    http://www.soundclick.com/bands/default.cfm?bandID=792315

    Also used the Astrotone on the 3rd track - "Five to One" with an SG plus used on the solo in the 4th track "I could have lied"
     
  18. terrapin

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    I tried moving my Astro from the front of my chain (fuzz pedal area) to after my TU2 tuner and it did not like the tuners buffer at all! Pedal became noisy which it is NOT when it does not see the buffer. I know the TU2 does not have a good buffer, but was wondering if others have encountered this?

    Also, are you guys running the pedal on a battery or power supply? I tried both and tend to like the battery better.
     
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    Nothing wrong with the tu2 buffer,fuzz pedals just don't like a buffer in front of them.:)
     
  20. tdk8709

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    My astrotone has no problem being behind a TU2, Diamond Comp and Clyde. YMMW
     

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