Favorite Pedals to pair with a Tweed Champ

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  1. RYAN1987M

    RYAN1987M Supporting Member

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    I am curious to get a feel for pedals that people enjoy when paired with a Tweed Champ.

    I personally love the sound of Tweed Champs and I think they are quite versatile despite being so simple (and having just a single volume knob!). With that said though, a traditional Tweed Champ with an 8" speaker can be a bit picky about what pairs well with it.

    I've found my Fender '57 Custom Champ to be a great pedal platform! I think most pedals sound wonderful through it. But I'm curious to see what others think? What pairs well with your Tweed Champ?
     
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    RYAN1987M Supporting Member

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    And, before it happens…"The whole point of a 5W amp is to crank it" and "You don't need OD pedals with a Champ"…
    1. 5W through an 8" speaker is very loud! Yes, I can crank the volume up to 12 without blowing out the windows of my house…but I think many would be shocked by the sheer volume that such a tiny amp can produce.
    2. I think the most ideal natural overdriven sounds are at about 6 or 7 on the dial (and it's still very loud at that level). I think a lot of people feel that many famous songs were recorded with a Tweed Champ on 12…but I'd venture to guess that those famously crunchy tones were achieved with the knob set below 8.
    Anyways, I guess my point is this - for the sake of your eardrums, it can still make sense to use an OD pedal with a Tweed Champ!
     
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    coltonius Señor Member Silver Supporting Member

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    Generally speaking, I've found that just about any low gain, bright overdrive is a good fit.
     
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    mabinogeon A really hoopy frood. Silver Supporting Member

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    I thought my Klon KTR sounded really good through a Tweed amp. Also a Way Huge Red Llama MkII.
     
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    cbpickin Tweed Supporting Member Silver Supporting Member

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    The Smallsound/Bigsound Mini is awesome with my tweed Champ. It literally can sound just like the amp cranked louder. It is such an underrated pedal.
     
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    I think anything without too much bass or with good control over low end works well - KoT/PoT, Timmy, OD11, yellow spiral, Klones, gain changer have all worked well for me.
     
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    Buck Woodson Supporting Member

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    Surprisingly Diezel pedals, Herbert or VH4. I'm not kidding. You need to set the gain and volume low but crank everything else. EQ, deep, presence all the way up.
     
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    AMEN! I’ve had a Tungsten Mosaic II, which is basically a 5F1/5F2 with a tone control and 12” speaker at 5 watts, for a few years now. That thing is LOUD. I swapped the specialty Tungsten/Weber speaker for a Greenback, this cut the volume a bit and some of the boomy lows. Swapping a 6K6 for the 6V6 lowers output a bit and ODs the power section at lower settings.

    As far as pedals go, an EQD Crimson Drive sounds great into it. It toes the line between an OD, dirty TB, and rolled back FF...one of my all-time favorites. The Benson Preamp has been a revelation. It has a very Tweedy breakup character and the touch is incredible. A truly inspiring pedal.
     
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    tonedover Supporting Member

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    my klone, my ge fuzz face, my ge treble booster and tubescreamer style all seem to have varying degrees of success through my mod’d champion, which is not to full champ specs but in the neighborhood
     
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    KLON > RM Voodoo Vibe > Victoria 512 sounds pretty sexy.
     
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    So true! I had a ‘57 Custom Champ for a while. It’s a small amp! 8” speaker in a very compact cabinet (also had a Vic 518 which is same basic amp but cabinet is a fuse bit bigger on that one). But wow can that thing get loud! I was shocked how much sound it put out when cranked. Sounded amazing but it was amazingly loud for such a small box.

    I liked my Timmy with it.
     
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    I don't own a Tweed, but a '79 Silverface one. The Benson Preamp sounds really good with it, and it is also great to stack fuzzes with it. I recently got a EQD Crimson Drive, and it sounds very good with the Champ too.
     
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    I'd really like to try the Benson Preamp I think! I just hope the overall voice of the pedal isn't too bassy.
     
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    Into my champ, I've tried...

    Ibanez TS9
    Mad Professor Sweet Honey
    MXR Distortion plus
    EHX Soul Food
    Joyo Sweet Baby
    Greer Southland
    Source Audio LA Lady

    So far, my favorite (tele into a champ) has been the Soul Food.
    Believe it or not.

    I also keep a big box EHX Holy Grail on pretty much all the time.
     
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    The Benson has been a total game changer for me. I essentially treat it like the amp, and my amp more like a PA. I run the amp cleanish, set the Benson for some medium crunch, and run boosts or fuzzes into the Benson. It has a subtle, but effective bass control. Rolling back the bass and trimming the treble a bit gives it more of a British voicing.
     
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    RYAN1987M Supporting Member

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    I'm really loving the Mad Professor Supreme through my '57 Champ - an excellent and versatile pairing!
     
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    Anything by Barber
     
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    Clark GriswoId Supporting Member

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    If you've got a Tube Screamer type pedal, try gain rolled completely off with volume and tone to taste.
     
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    I like the Hudson Broadcast with a Tweed - the gritty breakup characteristics are similar; you can run the Broadcast as a clean boost to really get the amp cooking; and the HPF is great at being able to dial the guitar's low end back just a smidge to really fine-tune the amount of low end flub going on. :)
     
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