Plush Drive Report

Discussion in 'Effects, Pedals, Strings & Things' started by rreiser, Feb 27, 2008.

  1. rreiser

    rreiser Supporting Member

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    Initial testing is very positive. It reminds me of my Gain Stage Red but a little fuller sounding. I still love the Red , this is just different. The Red may be a tad more scooped on the low end. I could see using the Red with a Strat and the Plush Drive with my Tele and Paul. The Plush has a little more gain than the Red. I think the Plush is a winner.
     
  2. Fuchsaudio

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    Thanks a ton ! The Fuchs Elves are working their lil fingers off to get Pure Gains and Creams out this week. Plush Drives resume production next week. We're working as fast as we can.
     
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    I was curious about how the GS Red compared to the Plush Drive. So the Plush is the most Dumble like of the Fuchs pedals, along with the tube version, right? Can you post comparison clips of the 2 pedals?
     
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    The Plushdrive is the smoother of the two, the Valve Job is more gnarly and aggressive. Think of the Plushdrive as a more blues/fusion pedal (think Carlos or maybe Larry Carlton) Think of the Valve job as being a more Classic rock or rock/slide (think "Like a Rock" slide solo) style pedal. Both reeeeealy like the Pure Gain in front of them to push them over the top. :)
     
  5. rreiser

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    I do not have the capability of recording clips. The Plush Drive would seem to be closer to what I would consider a Dumble tone. It is a very rich sound and has a bit more gain than the Red. I would say that when switching from clean to the pedal engaged , the Plush sounds closer to the clean amp tonality. It has just a bit more gain than the Red. The Red might be a bit more gnarly which is a good thing too. Both will stay on my pedalboard.
     
  6. arnie65

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    I had the Plushdrive for 2 days and all I can say is my Zendrive and Dumbell will be looking for new homes. This thing sings. I'd like to know what Fuchs pedal was Joe Bomassa using in the Namm clip.
     
  7. Csapo

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    Great to hear these positive reviews!!!!

    Plush Drive arriving at my home tomorrow. :dude

    Unfortunately I don't arrive home until Friday. :BITCH
     
  8. Fuchsaudio

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    Joe played his way through the whole lineup at NAMM. It seems he ended up liking the pure-gain and valve job combination the best, which I do as well.

    It was funny, because he'd switch and say "hey that's nice", "oh that's really cool" "oh wow, I like that" and seemed to pretty much like each for a different reason :). You can hear it in the video.

    Thanks for the kind words guys. Having played both the Zen and Dumb-Bell, I'm honored you feel as you do. Their both nice pedals.
     
  9. LVC

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    I am going to keep my dumb Bell I dig it-- and who knows -- might become a collector's item :p

    However a reality check is in order---

    the Fuchs Plush Drive and tube Drive pedals have raised the "SMOOTHNESS" bar by a significant margin. Those 2 pedals just smoke other similar vibe pedals in the market today --- end of story.

    Can't wait to try the others in the line -- especially the Cream.

    Would love to see what the "Wizard of Clifton NJ" can do with a Reverb and a Delay.
     
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    Still trying to get my greasy mits on one of those beauties, really looking forward to getting a Valve Job..... Keep them boys working 24/7 so I can get one soon...........

    Hey Andy, get some of your dealers educated on these little babies, most places I have called or emailed have no idea that these things even exist. I have educated a few of your dealers. I wish you the best of luck with these. Again can't wait.
     
  11. dividedsky

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    So exactly how many Fuchs pedals are there? I can't keep it straight!
     
  12. Fuchsaudio

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    Currently, a total of seven Plush/Fuchs Pedals in the lineup:
    4-Overdrives:
    Cream (single channel high gain tube screamer style) 3-knob
    Extreme Cream (two channel version of above) 6 knob
    Plushdrive (medium gain Z*n-D*mble-esque OD, fusion, blues smooth w/edge). 4-knob
    Valve Job (Tube style version of above, more gnarly, more classic rock edge) 4-knob

    Pure Gain: 24 db of adjustable gain. Acts as buffer with knob at '0' and adds only the amount of gain you dial up, so it's quiet. No tone controls, one knob, think of it as Viagra for your pickups..

    Creme' de la Trem: Brownface Fender style tremolo with pitch and level variation.

    Royal Plush: Optical 2-knob compressor.

    www.myspace.com/plushpedals
     
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    Fuchs elves? Oh, is that how my amp sounds that good? For a while I thought you did engineering and stuff in your little lab of yours... of course... elf magic, why didn't I think of that?!

    Just playing Andy, I can't wait to get my hands on a Plush Drive.
     
  15. Dave_C

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    STOP! I don't need the GAS!!!

    The Plushdrive sounds like something I "need".
     
  16. GenoBluzGtr

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    Yes... you do need it.

    I just finished a three day try-out of both the Plush Drive and the Extreme Cream (thanks to a friend who buys lots of pedals and lets me try them out before I plunk down any $$)

    Before I describe the tone, let me way that I am extremely picky, and frugal (two kids in college with out-of-state tuition!). 15 minutes after plugging into the Extreme Cream, I was on the phone with Eddie Berman at Indoor Storm ordering one.

    The Plush drive is exceptional. It's everything I ever thought a Dumble/Two Rock/Fuchs amp sounded like at their best. It's go Bloom, Chirp, sustain for days, warmth, ZERO harshness or plastic sounding pop in the breakup. I think Andy has now hurt is amp sales with the introduction of this pedal. The one aspect of it that wasn't 100% positive (and the reason I didn't order this one too!!!) is that it is a one trick pony. It does the best Dumble/Two Rock/Fuchs tone of any pedal on the market, but that's what it does. Just that. If that's what you're looking for, this is the pedal.

    The Extreme Cream is a little less "Dumblish", and more like a really good Two Rock/Fuchs amp with gain about halfway. it can get SUPER creamy and is VERY SMOOTH, but it's like the best Tubescreamer you've ever heard stacked with a nice clean boost into one of the already mentioned amps.
    It's two channel, so you can have two separate gain levels set up, or set up one for nice rhythm crunch and the other for screaming sustaining lead tone.
    Each channel is voiced slightly different, the "Warm" and "Hot" channels are very much like they are labeled. Hot has more low end and low mids, while warm is.... well just that. Warm mids, with some great low end, but it struck me as very balanced across the frequency range (excellent for exquisite overdriven rhythm tones).

    Both channels have a quality that I have never heard in any other pedal. While they don't clean up as well as a good amp whith the guitar volume, they retain nearly perfect string-to-string clarity, even at higher gain settings. Strum an open chord and hear EVERY STRING individually. This leads to the other aspect that caused me to prefer the Extreme Cream over the Plush Drive... different pickups retain their individual characters through this pedal. I usually use Fat Strats so I can get great neck and middle SC tone when I need it and flip to the bridge for those awesome HB chunky tones and leads. Most OD pedals, even good ones, cause every pickup to sound very similar. I was putting 2 or 3 OD pedals on my board so I could set up one pedal for overdriven SC tones and a different pedal to work with the Humbucker. This one pedal solves it, and not just because it's two channel... each channel is transparent and every pickup's character comes through noticeably.

    I'm sold, and that's quite a feat. I usually agonize over purchases of this amount anymore and there was ZERO minutes that I went "do I really need another OD Pedal?" It was an instant no-brainer. I had to have it.

    Edit: Oh, BTW, I am using a Sommatone Roaring 40 amp, but I also tried the Pedals through a Tweed Bassman, a Super Reverb, and an Ampeg VT40. They sounded as good through each amp as any other. If you like your amp and simply want to accentuate it the ExtCream is your pedal. If you love your amps' cleans but want that Dumble/Two Rock/Fuchs overdrive tone, get the Plush drive
     
  17. Wesman61

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    I've been gassing for that Extreme Cream since I first saw it. I really would like to simplify things by getting one OD pedal that sounds great and can do most of what I want. Then all I'd need is a good distortion for the occasional Metal jam.
     
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    Andy, I would be interested in the Pure Gain but I have one question that I've never really had a good tech guy to anwer for me. The Framptone ABY or Threebanger as they call it changes you signal from high to low impedance. The Llehle amp switcher do not. In fact Llehle claims that it is undesirable to change you impedance from high to low as it changes the character of your gain and tone. What is the real deal on this. The main reason for me getting the Pure Gain pedal would be to have this buffer function. I know it helps if you are going through a bunch of pedals and guitar chords, but does it alter your gain tone in a bad way???? thanks.
     
  19. WailinGuy

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    Some previous posts about the Plush Drive have kept me from ordering one. Two issues: One, I got the impression that the tone control needs to be turned up pretty much all the way to get enough clarity, and there's still less brightness than the bypassed signal. Two, I'm wondering if there's enough gain available to get singing sustain with single coils, WITHOUT resorting to a clean boost earlier in the chain.

    Maybe you could confirm or dispel these concerns. Thanks!!
     
  20. poimenmfm

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    Jim Salman, IMO the pedal does lean toward the darker side. As far as gain, I tried it out with a P90 guitar and the "singing sustain" was not an issue. I can't say for a regular single coils. Also, I found the low end in the Plush Drive to be a little loose/flabby for my taste as well a bit pronounced. FWIW.
     

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