Gas Pedals Dumb Bell *** First Impressions ***

LVC

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Received it today. Plugged in my Collings-i35 and fired up my Pure 64 amp.

I have to tell you this is probably by far one the BEST OD pedal I have ever owned. Period. Double Period.

A lot of you folks have seen my board and know the kind of stuff that is on there now and all of the stuff I have gone through (especially in the OD category)

It nails -- I mean nails --- two of my all time favorite tones

1) Robben Ford tone on his version of "Born Under A Bad sign" Pedal delivers all those thick, juicy and rich harmonic overtones that RF gets on the intro and turnaround (OD/Boost).

2) Larry Carlton "SleepWalk" --- that tone is fairly clean -- but has a clarity and depth that is hard to get --- you get it with the just the OD side of this pedal engaged and vol rolled back.

My ZenDrive still rules when it comes to Santana type tones or when you need access to wider tone pallet....

but if I had to show up to a gig with one pedal --- the Dumb Bell would it.

PLUG AND PLAY
NO TONE DIALING
INSTANT GREAT TONE

It is also one of the most touch sensitive and volume responsive pedals I have played.... it feels like the OD channel of a great tube amp.

I am so so glad I jumped on this when I did --- I figured what the hell let me roll the dice for $175 ---- man all I can say is that I hit the jackpot like evey other guy that purchased that first patch New Year's Eve.

I have never been this excited about a pedal....


Laz
 

LVC

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Oh, crap. Now I'll have to get it. Does this ever stop?
It Never Ends

I got lucky on this one -- I checked into TGP before I left for a New Year's Eve Party and saw the thread --- It was my LAST PURCHASE OF 2007!!!!

But man -- it was a winner.
 

Jahn

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I like the fact that he called it a Dumb Bell. It's got one dial on it, even we dumb bells can probably use it, and that's saying something since my head starts to spin staring at that Deluxe Memory Man and Fuzz Factory with its mysterious knobs!
 

dhdfoster

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How drastic is the difference in volume and tone between the two channels? I'm not looking for RF or LC tones, but I really like the simplicity and ideas behind such a simple design.
 

LVC

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How drastic is the difference in volume and tone between the two channels? I'm not looking for RF or LC tones, but I really like the simplicity and ideas behind such a simple design.
There is no vol jump from OD channel to boost. If OD channel is on and you hit boost --you get a vol increase.

I got to tell this thing is chuck full of tones.

It also gets beautiful violin like tones -- I was jamming to "Main Street" and you can dial in the intro lead tone by just manipulating the vol and tone controls of your guitar.

Pedal is really amazing.

OD by itself -- think Larry Carlton -- it really is touch sensitive and OD is light and very sensitive to picking and vol
OD/Boost-- think robben and beyond --- more harmonically complex -- rich over tones --- beefier.
 

Todd Lynch

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I like the fact that he called it a Dumb Bell. It's got one dial on it, even we dumb bells can probably use it, and that's saying something since my head starts to spin staring at that Deluxe Memory Man and Fuzz Factory with its mysterious knobs!
Dumb Bell... Dumble...
 

Reverb

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:crazyJust got my Dumbell today. First impressions are lasting and this one blew me away. It went right up against my Ethos TLE and let's put it this way: I kept trying to tweak my Ethos to sound like the Dumbell.


I really should not compare them because the Ethos is such a different animal with two channels and a wide wide range of tones but in the end it always seems to come down to one good tone and this thing has got it in spades. The gain is so touch sensitive and dialed in just right, great mids but not honky.

I am truly loving the fact that you just plug in, dial in the appropriate volume and go.


Great Job Jay!:drool
 

LVC

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I am 100% with you on the great tone and simplicity of the pedal.

You do not need a commercial pilot's license to operate the damn thing.

Plug and Play --- way to go in 2008!!!!!!!






:crazyJust got my Dumbell today. First impressions are lasting and this one blew me away. IT went right up against my Ethos TLE and let's put it this way: I kept trying to tweak my Ethos to sound like the Dumbell.


I really should not compare them becasue the Ethos is such a different animal with two channels and a wide wide range of tones but in the end it always seems to come down to one good tone and this thing has got it in spades. THe gain is so touch sensitive and dialedin just right, gret mids but not honky.

I am truly living the fact that you just plug in dial in the amount of colume and go.

Great Job Jay!:drool
 

r9player

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Just hacked away on mine, woah awesome awesome! I'm not a 'dumble' tone type player but this pedal packs some great OD sound!
 

ruger9

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So this is a "dumble" pedal? Can't wait to hear the Zendrive comparisons...
 

LVC

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So this is a "dumble" pedal? Can't wait to hear the Zendrive comparisons...
Different animal ---

ZenDrive is like a "dumble" studio in a box and you can dial in a wide spectrum of tones.

The beauty of the Dumb Bell is its simplicity.
 

duanesworld

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You guys are killin me, I was listenin to the clips over and over on nye, I have an ethos so I was hesitating trying to behave myself, and I finally pulled the trigger and am in the next batch unless I can find a way to bribe Jay. so now Us procrastenators have to drool for a month. Just not right in so many ways, seriously, hope you guys enjoy the heck out of it and start puttin up some great clips, and this makes Jay a ton of money. He is Good people. Mike
 

LVC

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oooooh. well that just makes me a dumb bell for thinking otherwise then:worried
I am loving it ---

I could not stop playing it last night ---- I am amazed as to how well the pedal responds to your playing attack and guitar vol settings.
 




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