Comparison: Naga Viper, Greer Pork n Beans

Discussion in 'Effects, Pedals, Strings & Things' started by Feverdog, Jul 15, 2019.

  1. Feverdog

    Feverdog Member

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    Based on a few mini-dialogues in other threads (Beano v. NV and Under the TGP radar) I figured others might be interested in a comparison.

    NV was my first foray into a treble booster type. I ran it first in chain, at 18v for a mid/high-mid bump for solos without adding xtra gain or compression. Did the job wonderfully. BTW, this is live, band volume, cooking Marshall. Anyway, band hiatus plus pedal purge equals selling NV. Few months later, bands back at it and I really missed the feel/sound of a treble booster in certain spots so I grabbed a used Pork n Beans for $70 (way less than NV or Beano FWIW).

    Sound, build, etc. quality of both pedals are absolutely top notch. I'd be more than happy with either. But I didn't want to call this a 'vs.' cuz in the world of treble boosters the NV and PnB seem pretty different.
    PnB is germanium with an output knob and a toggle for treble boost or mid-boost. NV is silicon and has three knobs for output, range, and heat.

    Obviously the NV provides more versatility. The PnB provides the 'authentic' range-master, Ge vibe. All depends on how you want use either one. I was really regretting selling the NV but I only used it one setting, mild treble booster, and it does a lot more. So for now the Greer does what I need with no tweaking. Very happy th Greer for a straight -up, dead simple , classic treble booster sound
     
  2. Vaibhav Joshi

    Vaibhav Joshi Member

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    I think the Greer Pork n Beans is from the South.
    Nice write up!
     
  3. s360guitarist

    s360guitarist Silver Supporting Member

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    Nick, Andy and the rest at Athens GA based Greer Amps do nice work.

    Congrats to the OP on snagging the PnB. It is one of the few Greer pedals that you can often score for a good deal.
     
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  4. jimijimmyjeffy

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    I love my Naga Viper for its elegant versatility. No other TB does exactly what it does. It fits into my pedalboard philosophy that every pedal has to multitask, for more musical power.

    But ideally, if I was a TB freak, I would also want a germanium model. The textures are nice. They sound great.
     
  5. Vaibhav Joshi

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    Ah nice! I felt that Pork n Beans is a relished Sunday breakfast in the South.
    I've heard nice suggestions for the 'Ghetto Stomp'. It sounded rich in the videos.
     
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    They sound like the names of weed strains or incense flavors.
     
  7. oansun

    oansun Supporting Member

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    I forgot that pedal exists. Glad to know its a good simple TB
     
  8. Feverdog

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    It's no longer on the Greer website. I'm guessing it was discontinued in favor of the Moonshot which appears to be an upgraded PnB with a tone knob instead of the toggle switch. Just a hunch
     
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    oansun Supporting Member

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    pretty sure that's true
     
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  10. Jim Marciano

    Jim Marciano Supporting Member

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    In another thread 1 or 2 people said the pork n beans isn't really a treble booster ... Luckily they wouldn't explain, but mine sounds like one
     
  11. Otto Guyon

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    I love treble booster type pedals. Ive had quiet a few of them over the years, but neither of the ones you mentioned. Some can be noisy. This one has been holding my interest for a while now, has that nice germanium boost sound but is low noise.

    Cheers, Otto.

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  12. CoreyW

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    No comment on Greer pedals, but being a person who was born and raised in the south... pork’n’beans are f’n disqusting.
     
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  13. Vaibhav Joshi

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    Hahaha. Just saw an image of pork n beans with red gravy, that didn't boost anything. Ugh.
     
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    You got a deal because they retail for $160.
     
  15. stanshall

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    miss my HBE Germania, that was good, wish I still had it ....

    but nobody eats pork and beans for breakfast except maybe Roger Daltrey sitting in his bathtub

    men eat your dinner, eat your pork and beans
     
  16. big mike

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    Nice comparison.
    I'm a big fan of the pork n beans pedal (and I'm a big fan of greer in general, formerly was a dealer when I had a webstore.
    I've had a few. I just never seem to keep treble boosters around.
    It did sound pretty ridiculously cool blasting a Marshall Jubilee over the top.
     
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  17. TheGuildedAge

    TheGuildedAge Supporting Member

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    Any idea if the Greer is picky about placement?
     
  18. big mike

    big mike Plexi Loving Admin Staff Member

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    Not as I recall
    But it’s been awhile since I had one
     
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  20. big mike

    big mike Plexi Loving Admin Staff Member

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    Wow k don’t remember needing a bigger bump but that does depend on the amp circuit

    aorry if I’m remembering incorrectly.

    gettin old....
     

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