Fuzzy Timmy? Is something wrong?

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  1. themusicboxstudios

    themusicboxstudios Member

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    hey guys, i just received a TIMMY today, and either i just don't dig it at all, or there is something wrong. I plugged the pedal into my rig today using my tele and my d/13 ftr37. I made sure the Timmy was set to stock (both dip switches off). The first thing that i noticed is that the timmy seemed to be farting out on all the lower notes. If i would strike an E, i wouldn't feel that tight bottom end my amp has ... the low end was still there ... just not tight. I also noticed that with the gain above 9 o clock, the pedal just craps out even more and becomes very fuzzy and "broken up" ... the overdrive isn't smooth what so ever (i understand it's supposed to have a little grit). After trying out different settings with the dip switches, i still had the same results time after time. The only thing i was impressed by was how transparent the pedal is when you set it as a clean boost. I understand that this is a low gain pedal, and my use for it was simply to push my amp a little tiny bit harder for stage volume purposes, but like i said, with the gain from 9 - dimed, it just gets more and more fuzzy and just crappy.

    I really wanted to like this pedal, but it seems as if i might have to get my BJF EGDM back. I was hoping this would accomplish the same thing but at a lower price ... but it seems as if i was wrong.

    Do you guys think something is wrong?

    thanks, jon
     
  2. 58lespaulman

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    Please read the instructions! As you turn the Gain Up you have to turn the Bass, and Treble up also. This is how the pedal works. Try this, turn the gain at noon, and then turn the treble and bass to about 12:30 or 1:00, and you will see what I'm talking about..Did you get this from Paul C. or did you buy from someone else, because he gives you instructions with the pedal. The bass and treble are what makes the gain work, just remember keep the bass and treble turned too about where you keep the gain. Maybe even turn the bass and treble a little passed the gain.

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  3. Thazy

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    I hope, for your sake, there's something wrong and it can be fixed easily. My Timmy kills. Good luck with the issue.
     
  4. themusicboxstudios

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    thanks, i did try that because i found the manual on past thread with the search function. May i wasn't as dramatic when turning the bass and treble down (Clockwise). I'll try making more drastic changes.

    thanks, jon
     
  5. 58lespaulman

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    No I dont think something is wrong, I think he is not turning the eq up when he turns the gain up. Way back when I first got the Timmy I experienced the same thing, then I read about (Don't be afraid of turning the bass and treble up all the way when you increase the gain) in the instructions that paul gave me, and after that the pedal sounded awesome.
     
  6. Ben C.

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    curehardy- those were my same impressions as well.

    And I got my pedal from Paul, and I read the instructions, and owned the pedal for months. Played with the tone controls when I increased the gain - sort of defeats the 'transparency' of the pedal when you have to cut bass and treble to get medium OD out of it. I also noted the general lack of clarity in the low strings, even with the gain around 8-9 o'clock.

    Found the Red Snapper to be more what I was looking for, if that interests you at all, curehardy.
     
  7. 58lespaulman

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    Don't you have a Red Snapper for sale on the Buy and Sale side? Why would you say the RS is what you are looking for, while your selling it, and trying to sell to this guy that just wants to know if something is wrong with his Timmy? I love the Red Snapper don't get me wrong, but I also think the Timmy is probably the best overdrive out there. And Paul C. built it this way, why should you make fun of how the unit cuts bass and treble when that what it is ment to do?
     
  8. themusicboxstudios

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    thanks, i can totally see what you mean. I already know that the EGDM is what i've been looking for ... i just felt bad spending so much on the EGDM ... i should have known better. O well, i'll keep playing with the pedal ... but i'll probably end up with another EGDM or maybe a Honey Bee ... YUUUM.
     
  9. 58lespaulman

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    Please at least try to turn the gain up half way, then turn the bass up and little pasted half, and the same with the treble. The farting out sound you are getting on the bass is because you need to cut it. I know it seems backwards but after you really think about it, it makes sense. I just don't want you to judge a great pedal without EQing it right. Also, if this doesn't work for you there has to be something wrong, because this pedal is one freakin awesome pedal.
     
  10. themusicboxstudios

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    totally man, i'm going to give it another chance tomorrow. Luckily the guy traded is willing to reverse the trade if i really want to get my EGDM back ... so i'm already leaning torwards that ... i loved that pedal.

    thanks, jon
     
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    It totally sounded like the battery is going. That's what mine sounded like when the battery was drained...
     
  13. themusicboxstudios

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    i thought so too ... i tried it with 2 different batteries and my juicebox power supply. so that's ruled out.
     
  14. jzguitar

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    Another voice to add to the "turn the tone knobs up" chorus!

    I run mine at least as high as the gain knob, and usually quite a bit more.

    BTW - Fuzzy Timmy would be a great band name.
     
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    Hi,

    You might want to change the chip and see if that is damaged, also try some of the clipping options to see if that equals out.
    That said Timmy and EGD would not overlap in sound or feel at any position
    as they target different colours on the tonal pallette with their own signature


    Happy 2006
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  16. Melodic Dreamer

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    I think you was wanting a smooth overdrive and realized that the Timmy is more of a poweramp distortion instead. I think you was wanting that smooth zendrive feel. In my opinion the Timmy isn't a stand alone pedel for overdrive. I like using my timmy to push an already driven amp or just for lite grit.
     
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    If you've got the gain past noon, I'd have the bass and especially the treble @ 2 -3 o'clock. Shouldn't be fuzzy at all.
     
  18. Ben C.

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    I already SOLD the Snapper on MONDAY of LAST WEEK. I have no interest at all in selling this guy a Red Snapper. I just bought a BJF Honey Bee and it is doing everything I want an overdrive to do, AND I thought that if I choose to buy another 'transparent' OD in the future, I'd rather have the smaller Red Snapper that Brian at Menatone just released. Did I ask curehardy at ALL to buy my RS? Nope. Was it even for sale? Nope. I resent that you think I was offering an opinion to move some product. Check your facts first.

    And I didn't 'make fun' of the Timmy AT ALL; heaven forbid someone think differently than you. I think there was another thread about these boutique jihadists... you can't say a bad thing about, say, a BJF pedal, or a Lovepedal, or a Timmy. So a lot of self-stroking goes on around here and lots of folks who can't try these pedals out who are looking for info only get one side of the story. Because for everyone out there who loves a Honey Bee, there are a bunch who think it's dreadful as well... and I think people should know WHY. There should be solid info out there that showcases the + and - of things. I had great conversations with Paul C. and I think he builds a fine pedal... but if it didn't work for me, then people looking for info should know WHY and make up their own minds. I liked it as a clean boost, and used it as such for quite some time. You know, not all people like the same thing ;)

    -Ben
     
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    I don't mind at all if people post that they don't like the pedals. I know it's not for everybody, and that's why I have the week long trial thing. I'm not bothered that Ben didn't like the pedal, or talks about it. Lord knows with some of the positive threads there needs to be negative ones so as not to build it up beyond the hopes of any pedal!!

    Curehardy I sent you a PM. You can send the pedal back to me and I'll check it out. I'm the worst at keeping track of screen names and real names, but if you're one of the guys that got one from me in the past week or so you can return it for a refund.

    PaulC
     
  20. 58lespaulman

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    Ben C. sorry I came acrossed that way. Everone has there own ears and opinions and thats how it should be. I'm glad you speak your opinion. Have a happy new year.

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