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Menatone Dirty Blonde vs Catalinbread Formula #5 vs Greer Brown Bomber

Discussion in 'Effects, Pedals, Strings & Things' started by MBT74, May 21, 2011.

  1. MBT74

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    Anyone tried all of these? Which did you like better and why?

    How do they compare? Differences/similarities?
     
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    I've only tried the Dirty Blonde and Formula 5. Pretty different from one another - the Dirty Blonde has more give/squish and tonal versatility, but the Formula 5 does its thing very well, IMO. Also, the Dirty Blonde has more gain on tap. I never tried running the F5 at 18v, wish I had.
     
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    I haven't tried the Greer, but I have played the Menatone a few times in the store, and spent quite a bit of time with the FN5 (it's on my list to buy too).

    I like the Menatone a lot. It's dynamic and has a nice voicing like most of his pedals. I did not compare it side by side with anything but as I remember it it's a bit brighter and toppier than the Catalinbread--maybe more like a tweed Bassman than a Deluxe. But that's from memory so I can't say for sure.

    I really like the FN5. For that type of sound I think it's amazing and works surprisingly well with a variety of amps. It's also very dynamic in identifiably tweedy ways.

    I did a vid comparing pedal to tweed deluxe. I could have done a better job with mic placement to make the comparison more accurate but it will give you an idea.

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    I haven't played the others but I am enjoying the Formula No.5. It's Tweed goodness in a box
     
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    I have and love both. F5 is a tweed deluxe. DB is a blonde bassman. Both are next to a wampler 65 OD. Fender alley.
    DB is more open, chimey, and does low gain better when needed. F5 is a little anger box. Great stuff.
     
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    I have the Black 65 and the F#5. You're not helping my GAS at all. :D
     
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    DB sits between. Not as scooped at 65OD, a little looser in the mids, more blonde/brown raggedy. But very versatile, does clean and light OD well, great with filtertrons, and then really honks and howls when you crank it.
    Sorry. :eeks
     
  9. big mike

    big mike House Plexi Staff Member

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    Greer Brown Bomber is more of a brown concert on the edge of destruction tone. That's the intent, and how I hear it.

    The Ghetto Stomp would be closer to a tweed sound, but it is more valco/supro sounding to me. Can get fairly tweedy though.

    On the hunt for a formula 5 to play with myself at some point. Love my SFT.
    The Catalinbread stuff seems to get along really well with my greer pedals on the board.
     
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    Does the Brown Bomber do cleaner Fender Concert tones too or is it pretty much a fully driven amp tone?
     
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    big mike House Plexi Staff Member

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    It's pretty much always going to have some hair on it.
     
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    Garygtr Almost as good! Silver Supporting Member

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    Played a friend's Formula 5 with a 335 and a Hahn tele into a '57 Tweed Twin RI tonight, and absolutely loved it. Low volume on the Tweed Twin, maybe between 2 and 3 on the normal channel, but sounded absolutely tremendous, especially with the 335 ('57 Classics). Truly a magnificent tone. I will be scoring a Formula 5 stat, along with a Tweed Twin when I can :eeks It was that good, all gain levels on the Formula 5 sounded superb.
     

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