pedals are with me. just pm'd frosted glass to arrange handover for next week.
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My pleasure mate.pedals are in transit!
thanks so much to Grant and Don for the tour box
also just realised the greatness of the LRT, instead of using a full range clean boost you could use the LRT instead to get your sound up and above the band, which means the same job gets done with less actual increase in volume.
Excellent. Look forward to the clips!Getting pretty pumped for this, nice to read everyone's reviews. Happy to be last on the list as the last few months I've been flat out. Should be able to make some nice clips now too. Cheers for organizing it Realfi
Awesome. Thanks for keeping on top of that.pedals are with me. just pm'd frosted glass to arrange handover for next week.
Thanks for all the feedback!pedals are going out today. tgp was down monday and couldn't access my messages for frosted's address, and was at work all day yesterday. sorry for the delay, grant.
reviews (which i wrote while playing over a few nights):
rig is a mim cabronita with stock neck and tv jones classic plus bridge pickups into a randall rm100 loaded with blackface, 1086 (jcm800ish but tighter and meaner), and grail-spec treadplate (dual rec) modules.
first up - little red trebler:
does exactly the same thing as the bright switch on my blackface module, except with a blend. if i were too lazy to walk over to my amp, i'd get one, haha. good for when you're surfing (brings out the splash in my frv-1) and strumming. tried it as a boost into my high-gain modules - didn't work well at all, lots of squealing and little tone change. my sd-1 is much more suited to that. but yeah, i doubt that was its purpose. bright switch in a box!
bit of a tricky one to figure out, but overall i’m impressed. the two-way switch bottom middle seems to affect low-mids/high-mids as well as headroom - i liked it more on high-headroom. this is supposed to be a hiwatt? i can get it fairly close to my 1086 module, but it's a bit thinner and has less mids than i like. however, it’s got enough of those low-mids to help me believe i’m clicking on a lead channel, so well done in that respect - i remember not being impressed by the last model h’s, but this one is great. good range of treble i used it at about 1 o’clock - i found that any more would help it sizzle through, but lose that amp channel vibe. reacts nicely being boosted with my sd-1. this one’s a winner.
a lot of sounds in this one - i was only really a fan of one, though. both eq cranked, with the switch in high gain mode, and the gain halfway. sounded sweet - flubby, fuzzy, and still articulate. and rawk. sounds like a cranked bassy amp (bassman perhaps?) - reminiscent of the honey bee. i wish there was a little more upper range in the treble knob though. that was the main reason i didn’t like it much at high gain - not enough definition, even with treble cranked. it was a nice clean boost with the gain all the way down, as well. i liked the mids control a lot - great idea to voice it lower than usual. didn’t like being boosted with my sd-1, sadly. overall, didn’t fit with my playing style.
blue berry bass od:
wow this one is cool. played it with my yamaha bbn4 into my warwick sweet 25.2. i liked it best with everything at noon. i haven’t used any bass pedals before, so i’m happy this was the first. made the tone very growly and mean. with the nature all the way back and the drive all the way out it fuzzed out massively, but lost too much presence to be useable. but i suppose it does what it’s billed to - be a bass overdrive, not a fuzz. didn’t touch the low frequencies much, which i liked. i’m not a bassist, i have a bass and amp kicking around, but guitar is my main. i didn’t try it through guitar.
here’s the one i was really looking forward to - saved it for last.
i’ve played all the honey bees in the bearfoot line so far, and this one is my favourite - though not for the reasons i anticipated. i always thought the honey bee could use a little more gain and definition, but i ended up keeping the treble and gain way down on the uber bee for most of the time. i basically used it as i would a stock honey bee, with one exception - i used the treble to roll in some highs when i had the nature rolled all the way down - similar to how i set up the syod3, but the uber bee had more definition than the syod3, which i liked. really sweet. the other reason i was keen to try it out was to see how it boosted a lead channel. sadly, nowhere near as good as my sd-1 (i love my sd-1, obviously), but as i’ve said before, that’s not its purpose, and it was something i was personally exploring, not following any recommendations. but overall, if i were to get a bee, it would be this one. i just don’t have room/justification for another overdrive haha.
overall, would any of these kick anything off my board?
i have the trebler equivalent on my fender module, and don’t change it very often, so no on that one. uber bee and syod3 are decent cranked tube amp combos in boxes, but neither of them would replace my sd-1, as i primarily use overdrive to boost my lead channels, and sometimes to thicken up my clean channel a little (gain all the way down) - and i only have space for one overdrive at this stage. i don’t usually play bass, and if i did, i would probably look for a bass fuzz that could get into overdrive territory, as that’s more the sound i’d be after, personally (not knocking the blue berry - it’s still an ace bass overdrive). the one that i would seriously consider getting is the model hs. it’s a great substitute for a crunchy lead channel. when i’m not playing into my randall, i replace the footswitch with my cmatmods ratified, as it’s pretty reliable across different amps - one of the main reasons i got it. not having played the model hs into a bunch of amps, i might be hesitant without trying. but it’s definitely something i’d look into if i didn’t have the ratified. and it's got a pretty powerful eq anyway, so i'd be fairly confident.
thanks for including me on the tour box grant! also, i know you probably don’t have much say on what pedals go out, but the tour boxes i’ve enjoyed the most have been the ones with the most variety of pedals in them - it gets a bit tiresome playing with drives all day!