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

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  1. duanesworld

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    You first ten are evil. We will not stop until we hear and know more. Maybe you guy can just send us yours and we will try for ourselves and promise to return them as soon as we get ours. Remember sharing is caring.:drool
     
  2. dividedsky

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    I'm lucky enough to have someone that actually volunteered to do that. :YinYang
     
  3. duanesworld

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    wrong on many levels. fine then just go ahead and enjoy your pedals. :moon
     
  4. fatback

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    Dumb Bell demo vid

    http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-2357015442642390273&hl=en
    (WARNING: ugly late night video effect abuse present. sunglasses advised. :jo )



    guitar used: ES-339 with Fralin P-92's
    amp: Princeton reverb (low volume)



    Much like the amps it emulates this is really a "touch" pedal. Harry has this type of playing nailed, but I struggle a bit with my typical ham-fisted attack. Still, it's a blast to play around with this type of sound without having to shell out a huge investment. The responsiveness of the DumbBell really rewards thoughtful and controlled playing styles.

    I also want to mention that the set EQ between the two channels is very nicely done. The low gain side has some added sparkle while the high gain side is thick and chirpy in the mids. Jayson did a very fine job with this little monster.

    :AOK
     
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  6. dividedsky

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    The first clip Harry posted was done with a strat. Sounds sweet with singles and humbuckers to me.
     
  7. fatback

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    I just got back from a jam session with an old friend on drums and a buddy of his switching off with me on bass and guitar. I was playing a P-92 loaded es-339 through a '66 VOX Cambridge, (2 x el84), combo into a Bob Burt V-front cab loaded with an old pair of Celestion Blues. I brought along my two newest pedals, the Dumb-Bell and a Keeler PULL to try them out at volume with a drummer...

    :AOK:AOK:AOK:D:D:D:dude:dude:dude


    After experimenting with different settings for the first few tunes I settled in with the Dumb-Bell's rhythm channel at 6 driving the PULL with all three knobs between 1:00 and 3:00. With this rig it was a perfect stack for me. I was going from rich sparkling cleans with my volume rolled back, morphing to thick chewy screaming leads with beautiful harmonic feedback as I rolled up the volume. The Dumb-Bell feels much more comfortable for my playing style through the cranked/compressed Vox than through the squeaky clean Princeton. It's too bad that I can't make vids at that volume without blowing out the camera mic.

    The Dumb-Bell's lead channel on it's own was also sounding really good, but was maybe a bit too thick and dark for me with the Vox already cranked up at 5 1/2 out of 6. The very thick gain on channel 2 has been coming in handy for me at home though I like it best with the guitars volume rolled back a bit.

    I should mention that the Fralin P92's, also new to me, were sounding very rich and articulate. I am also really impressed with how quiet these are, especially when compared to normal P-90's.



    I may have found my perfect pedal stack for this particular rig. :D Booya!
     
  8. leodiditright

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    I know that Harry 1st clip was done with a strat, but did you hear the feedback he's getting once he engaged the second footswitch? beautiful!
    I'm wondering how he did that and if other cats using strat with regular pick-ups (not hotter output, no humbucker) into a clean amp at bedroom level can get this feedback using the Dumb Bell, that's THE question and my only one.
     
  9. Frenster

    Frenster Put your Rock Face on!

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    I've got dibs on one of the next ones. I'm using a Strat clone into a tweed Bandmaster clone that I set pretty clean and I'm hoping it'll sound as good I think it will.
     
  10. Grant Ferstat

    Grant Ferstat Some guy in obscure bands in a far away place...

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    Sounds like I'm gonna love mine through a slightly clipping AC30, London or Swart AST then!
     
  11. AfterDarkMusic

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    Fatback, the vid is spectacular. Loved the tone.




    I must have one.
     
  12. Grant Ferstat

    Grant Ferstat Some guy in obscure bands in a far away place...

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    Great work as usual Fatback.

    Very helpful too as we all have a pretty decent idea of your base Princeton tone by now.

    How would you describe the brightness of the Dumb Bell rhythm side compared to say a COT?
     
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    The rhythm side of the DB cuts through great in the high mids with a nice presence much like a COT, but where a
    COT is rough and aggressive, the DB is more smooth. Very different pedals.
     
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    Grant Ferstat Some guy in obscure bands in a far away place...

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    Cheers..

    That places it for me. Looking forward to mine even more now....
     
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    do those Wah boots make you jump higher?
     
  18. AfterDarkMusic

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    Any chance of putting together a vid uniting the Dumb Bell and your tele?

    :drool:drool:drool
     
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    Of course, you must inform me what you think. :BEER
     
  20. Macaroni

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    I'll have mine on Wed or Thurs. Report and clips to follow.
     

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