Ethos on the way.

GP_Hawk

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Looking forward to your review Jack. I had mine for 6 weeks now. Still tweeking away......
 

jzucker

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just a quick note. I'm really stoked about this thing. I have not played through another pedal that gets cranked amp tones like this. I'm getting some great SRV El Macambo type tones out of the clean channel (really gorgeous with a tube screamer) and dumble/bonamassa tones out of the lead channel.

Just beautiful.
 

lv

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Just got mine today - incredible, and I have a Glaswerks to compare it to.
 

Lucidology

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Yo Jack ... can't to hear your report ...

Now you didn't like the GSB ...right?
But have you tried the GSR ,,,?
 

jzucker

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Yo Jack ... can't to hear your report ...

Now you didn't like the GSB ...right?
But have you tried the GSR ,,,?

I did not like the GSB. I'm going to be reviewing a lovepedal 200lbs of tone which seems to be in a similar territory. I have not tried a GSR but at this point with the Ethos, the BB Preamp and my vaughnc modded ts9 I think i'm done with overdrive pedals. The BB preamp gets 90% of the zendrive tone. It does not have the mid-hump that the dumble amps get and that the zendrive has but it is also less colored and more versatile. I can get just a slightly overdriven tone that sounds like you are driving a marshall amp hard or I can turn up the gain and get a more robben-like sound (minus the hump).

The Ethos combines those tones into one pedal. Instead of choosing whether I want a slightly overdrive amp sound or a higher gain violin tone, I can get both out of the same pedal and depending on whether I turn up the midrange or engage the modern/classic switch I can get a more clear or more colored dirty sound. The clean tone is cool because it gets that wonderful mayeresque semi-distorted strat tone and does an amazing SRV Lenny thing. Better than *ANY* pedal I have tried. Even better than the BB which surprised me. And my tube screamer in front of that gets the texas flood tone. Very cool. I think you could use this pedal rig in front of a transistor amp and be very happy with it.

The whole rig sounds great in front of my Axefx or my Allen old Flame.
 

Lucidology

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Wow .... sounds great coming from someone's opinion I really trust ...
Thanks for the rundown Jack ...
 

bc-cosmo

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Jack, please share some settings if you have a mind to. The Ethos has a whole lotta knobs and switches for my ADD. Inquiring minds want to know!
 

Tag

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Hey Jack! REALLY glad your review is backing up what I think! HANDS DOWN the best pedal I have ever used, and I would think many would be hard pressed to tell it from the real thing. I have the standard model, and love it so much, I ordered the TLE so I would have a matching "set". :D
Agree with you alo about the clean channel. It totally changes the tone of fender amp to a Dumble clean, without losing any magic!
 

jzucker

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here's my basic setting. This gives me a good excuse to write it down because I've been wanting to save this.

Clean Channel
  • Gain - 2 O'Clock
  • Bright
  • Modern
  • Rock
  • Treble - 2 O'Clock
  • Mid - 11 O'Clock
  • Bass - 7 O'Clock
  • Pres - 2 O'Clock
OD Channel
  • Gain - 11 O'Clock
  • Bright off
  • Classic
  • jazz
  • Treble - 5 O'Clock
  • Mid - 2 O'Clock
  • Bass - 2 O'Clock
  • Pres - 5 O'Clock
Gac - On
HC 2 O'Clock
 

jzucker

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Hi Jack I am really interested in your opinion of the Speaker Sim Out on the ethos.

Have not tried it yet. My studio is in shambles because I was running new outlets and electrical so my recording / video stuff is not up and running. Maybe next week. Also, my 1202 Mixer bit the dust.

I will be putting the ethos through it's paces soon with a video review. I'll include some direct audio too.
 




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