Is The BB Preamp like The Tubescreamer

Discussion in 'Effects, Pedals, Strings & Things' started by AndyFender, Oct 7, 2008.

  1. AndyFender

    AndyFender Member

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    I am wondering is the bb preamp(Which I have) is like the tubescreamer. I would really like to get that vintage tubescreamer sound.

    Andy
     
  2. dsl

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    I've read that it's based on the same design but it has a lot more gain.

    Also, it has active EQ.

    I have a RC Booster & AC Booster as well as a BB & I think the AC is the most
    like a Tube Screamer (w/o the mid hump).
     
  3. fuzzface71

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    I've tried that pedal. I don't think it's TS based. It has lot more gain.
     
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    the AC booster is more like a ibanez tubescreamer, same gain range , but a bit less muffled than the TS.

    the BB is more flat-mids and transparent but less bluesy.
     
  5. Kelsey

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    I have read that the BB Pre is based on a TS circuit, and there is a similarity in the quality of the tone, but it also seems to be voiced quite differently from typical TS-style pedals. It has more of a Marshal tone (BB as in Bluesbreaker) and seems less congested in the mids. The active tone stack is great! I like it more than the FD II that I have, but sometimes it's nice to have a second flavor.
     
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    Only similarity with a TS is the compression but even that is different - compression happens at different settings and in differing amounts based on position of gain knob. The compression is also a different flavor than a TS, it's a tighter grainy type of compression and in general the BB has quite a bit more gain (distortion ) than a TS.

    The BB is much more open and natural sounding, really like a tube amp cranking, full throated and ballsy instead of the thin cardboard nasal sound of a TS. A regular TS and many TS based pedals just have a treble cut for a tone knob - the BB has active EQ with separate knobs for bass and treble and the bass is very, very full and warm which helps give the pedal it's amp-like quality. The BB has tons of volume and can also be used as a fairly clean boost. And unlike a lot of OD pedals, the gain range can go from none to full blown - the full range of the gain knob is usable - there are no bad settings with the gain knob. An extremely versatile pedal that covers a lot of ground, the BB works with a great variety of amps & guitars. No matter what I add to my collection, nothing will knock the BB off my board.
     
  8. theatomicjeff

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    The BB is entirely too compressed sounding.
     
  9. buddaman71

    buddaman71 Student of Life Silver Supporting Member

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    Nothing like a TS to me.
    Not nearly as midrangy.
    I love it for Marshally med-crunch rhythms through my Lone Star.
    Has that great ACDC "crack" on the open treble strings.
     
  10. Godspeed64

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    Isn't it based off the BB-1 (Marshall Bluesbreaker)?

    Totally different monsters bro.. The BB-1 is open and natural sounding.. The TS is compressed, with the noticeable mid hump, and less grit..
     

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