My Review of the Rockett Tim Pierce Overdrive

Joe Naylor

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Below is a re-post of a short review I wrote about the Rockett Tim Pierce Overdrive. I reviewed this pedal because several people had contacted me for my opinion on it, being as it's based on a Naylor Superdrive 60 amp. That and I was just plain curious.

So I purchased one from Rockett and had at it. I've used it for several weeks now, and am very impressed. It's now my main overdrive on my personal board.

And just to be clear, I have no affiliation with Rockett whatsoever. I'm just a very satisfied customer, and figure other tone freaks would be interested in hearing about this pedal. So here ya go:

"This pedal is Tim Pierce's signature model, Tim being a well known west coast studio ace, and a monster player. It's designed to sound like an old Naylor SD60, one of Tim's favorite amps.

I don't claim to have experience with every pedal out there, but this pedal is the most amp-like overdrive pedal I've heard, in terms of texture and feel. I have a seventies 100 watt solidstate Gibson amp that I test everything through, because it's very transparent and unforgiving, and you really hear the product. The Tim pedal thru that amp sounded better than a lot of tube amps!

The Power Amp control is amazing, I think of it as a "blackface knob" as it boosts highs and lows introducing an EQ akin to those great sixties Fenders. Having it's own separate footswitch, the Power Amp control can be used alone as a boost, adding big, bold and lively character to the tone. I prefer to use it together with the Drive side to dial in how much "American" flavor I want. I can get everything from mild bluesy breakup, to ZZ Top, Rolling Stones, James Gang, The Who, AC/DC, and even SRV out of this pedal. The versatility is shocking, thanks to the wide range of the Drive control, well voiced Treble and Bass controls, and the tone shaping of the Power Amp control. I'm also impressed with the sustain this pedal produces, without having to resort to high gain levels... very nice.

Does it sound like a Naylor SD60?... yes and no. The thickness, gritty texture, prominent mids, and basic character are there. The pedal is smoother sounding to my ears, but that's not a bad thing, and it's the reason the mild to medium drive tones are so great, and I actually prefer those tones over the SD60. The biggest difference is the highest gain settings, where the SD60 is tighter and more aggressive than the pedal when playing heavy rock or metal style riffs. But not a big deal, there's plenty of high gain pedals out there for that kind of thing (for amp-like higher gain rock tones I'm partial to the Wampler Pinnacle).

Overall, this is just a great sounding and versatile overdrive for mild to medium gain grind. It also looks well built inside and out, with a heavy duty steel chassis, aluminum faceplate, handwired footswitches, and a handwired double-sided/thru-hole PCB. Congrats to Rockett!"

Rockett Tim Pierce Overdrive
 

mrscott99

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I have one and it is def the most natural sounding pedal, I compared it to my dual fusion, rook royale and Timmy and with the rook coming in a close 2nd the Pierce is the most amp like and natural sounding, BTW, played them all through an old twin.
 

Joe Naylor

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Yes, "natural" is a good description. It has that gritty, slightly choppy texture and smooth compression like a tube amp.
 

twanguru

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Bumped because I just got one from Tim himself at NAMM. Replaced my previous Boost and Overdrive pedal immediately.

Now if only I had his feel and touch!
 

Kelsey

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This review is not normal, and that's a great thing!
I love my Blue Note, and I've been tempted by the Chicken Soup and LED Boots. I'll have to give this one a try, too. Good thing for tone, bad thing for credit.
 

tvegas99

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Another killer player
Thanks for the heads up, ST is another player I could listen to all day
I have one of these TP pedals incoming and plan to a/b it with the Led Boots
I'm wondering if having both is overkill
Thanks again for a great video
 

Boundcustom

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I have not found a time that I want to have the amp side off. It makes a great enhancer.
Then that makes me wonder if I have the wrong amp?
 

tvegas99

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I think every amp benefits from some type of clean boost

You are not alone, a clean boost goosing the front seems to increase the goodness

IMHO it doesn't matter if the amp is high end or basic ... A good clean boost makes everything more better-er
 
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tvegas99

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the TP has such a beautiful clean boost, it adds a high end sparkle that is really nice

never owned a Naylor but I find the variety of gain settings... wonderful

both the Led Boots and Tim Pierce really react great to volume knob changes

right now the TP is my fave new pedal with the Led Boots a close second, the combination of the two made me decide to sell my Bogner Blue which I thought was a really great pedal
 

heyrobscott

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Question for TP owners...

I've been wondering if I should add a Marshall sounding pedal to my board through my tweed-sounding clean headroom amp, and have considered a JHS Charlie Brown or a Zvex Box of Rock. However, I'm really interested in the Tim Pierce pedal. Do you think it would suffice for a Marshall-esqe gain?

I don't necessarily have to have an authentic plexi sound, just something to give me great sounding higher gain vs my other low-gain settings pedals (currently Klon, Euphoria, and TS808 - adding a King of Tone soon hopefully)
 

Jerrod

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Joe, thanks for this review. I bought a TP on the basis of this post, and I love it! Great pedal.
 




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