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SolidgoldFX Tour Box

Jet Age Eric

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Greg SGFX asked me if I'd help curate a box here so, to that end, I came up with a list of regular forumites (some of whom I know, others not really) who were interested in trying some SGFX stuff out and a list was compiled. A couple of 'em are known for doing demos so hopefully we'll see some here.

Greg sent the Rosie fuzz, Zeta Drive OD, Electroman delay, and Zeta High Gain, a variant of the Zeta Drive (you figure it out). My thoughts are as follows:

The Electroman: I’m “over” analog (i.e., I’m ok with digital), but this reminds me what there is to love about analog delays: big, deep, and sits perfectly in the mix, and I mean PERFECTLY. Wish it had tap—that deficiency is almost overcome by the awesome “warp” function, which allows you to self-oscillate (and stop oscillating) at the stomp of a switch. I'm not big on modulation in delays, but I have to say I really liked the way the decays here modulated, and I have to assume that's part of what helps it maintain presence in the mix without killing the note and attack. This pedal has an effects loop so you can further affect the delayed signal, but given the nicely dialed in modulation, I'm not sure why you'd need to.

The Zeta Drive: Oh, man—the most responsive pedal I’ve ever played (alongside the POT). It’s only got three knobs, but there’s a lot going on there—huge gain range, and a deceptively subtle-yet-broad range on the Tone control.

MUCH stringier and leaner than my beloved Superdrive (and with smaller but sharper teeth), there’s a dip around ~110 hz (open low A) that subverts that which I love most about the original Superdrive: the Superdrive's massive low end—let jetagegreg figure out how to fit in the mix! (He loves the Superdrive, too.) Bringing the gain up does bring up saturation, which fattens the low end, and you cannot be afraid to dial that tone knob back to help balance top and bottom.

This pedal makes me think of Kings of Leon, who I have to admit I really like, or Drive-by-Truckers: Lean, muscular, toothy, DIRTY. The PGS demo really nails it, which is kinda surprising because their Superdrive demo sucked so bad. L I’ve said that using the Superdrive is like adding a pushed stack of closed back cabs; the Zeta is like a pair of cooking Twins, or, turning it up, like Ron Wood (in The Faces) or Neil Young burning down their Deluxes. The Superdrive is very articulate, which is to say I always hear the chord I'm playing, but smacking an open A with the drive cranked to Townshend-like levels (which is where I live), I was shocked by how clearly each note stood out. This pedal doesn't speak to me the way the (now discontinued!!!!) Superdrive does, but I have to wonder if it's even more functional in a band context--sadly, my drummer cancelled out last two practices, so this didn't get a work out with the band. (Drummers ...)

The Zeta High Gain: OK, this one ain’t my cup of tea. The Zeta HG supposedly “delivers crunchy, medium gain drive”—by which Greg must mean an exploding Matamps. There ain’t nothing “medium” about this thing; it’s all saturated, all the time in my rig. It looks great, it’s tiny, and I’m hoping musica23, roknfnrol, or cr*shd*mmy will explain it to me.

Rosie: HELL, YES!!! This is it: All the ginormous super saturated MKII fuzz you could want (or less if you use the toggle that cuts low end or, y’know, turn the fuzz down) but with way more output than any clone AND it will take an adapter. This is the biggest MKII I’ve heard short of DAM’s, and it’s the most balanced I’ve ever heard—despite the enormous low end, this thing is incredibly articulate across all six strings and all over the fretboard: Play suspended 7ths and you’ll actually hear the chord. This is a must-have for me. The bias knob really helps you tweak the texture so you can dial that gated effect to taste, and, and … I’ve gotta get one of my own, dammit.

Questions? Flume is up next! (And his band, sansyou, knows TONE!) -E
 
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blanket

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Nice review, but I didn't think the Electroman had built-in modulation. Is that not right?
 

Jet Age Eric

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Nice review, but I didn't think the Electroman had built-in modulation. Is that not right?
There's modulation on the trails/delayed signal, but you can't tweak it. When you hear the delay decay, you can hear the modulation (or what sounds like modulation to me). Is that clearer?

Heck yea man! My wife works Thursday and Friday too, may have to take the day off and lock myself in the man cave for awhile.
Do it!! :banana -E
 

flume

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The box went on its merry way first thing this morning. Thanks to Eric from The Jet Age for including me in this. Amp used was a Ceriatone kit 2061x into a Lamar 1x12 cab with Celestion greenback. In sum:

Electroman: I already have and gig with this delay. The edition here is a handsome Cobra Silver. The Warp function is musically useful and I do engage it on select songs. The loop invites more experimentation (and requires a Y cord) than what I've done with inserting a Digitech Reverb in it. Interesting idea to have a second effect on the delay signal, but I tend not to use it. I don't hear any modulation on the delay but it is voiced very warmly (tone knob at max still wont give you any icy cold digital sounds). The repeats can tend to have a percussive element - as you'd get in true analog delay - so for me - this is a good and gig worthy delay - but not a swiss army knife.

Rosie: Fabulous graphics and appropriate red finish. It's not easy for me to find useful tones in a fuzz or heavy distortions, but this one works. I found good stuff with P90s (Fralins in the ES-295s) and stock Gibsons in the Les Pauls. I kept the grind pretty low and working with the vol pot, there are tons of good shades to dial in.

Zeta: Nice orange and white finish reminds me of a safety manual. This ran a close second to the Rosie. The interactivity of the drive and level encourage lots of experimentation with the vol pot on your guitar so consider this one an extension of what your amp and pickups want to do with it in the chain. I heard some low end thump that didn't work for me and is easily dialed out - or if you want to run thru the Smashing Pumpkins catalog, dial it back in and luxuriate in the sludge.

Zeta High Gain: Finish reminded me of the EHx aesthetic in red, black, silver. Agreed totally with Jet Age Eric here - this is a flamethrower - and in my hands, everyone gets crisped. Tons of gain on tap here. Not a pedal I can connect with in my search to dial in light to moderate grit in a very natural way. The others above did that and more.

Cool tourbox - thanks again for letting me take a spin! Will look forward to the next installment.
 

Jet Age Eric

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I heard some low end thump that didn't work for me and is easily dialed out - or if you want to run thru the Smashing Pumpkins catalog, dial it back in and luxuriate in the sludge.
Talk about diff'rent strokes--! ;) Thanks for keeping it moving, Flume! I just read that the Klon is supposed to sound like a cooking Twin, which is how I described the Zeta, and I know that hybridrnr has the modded Soul Food--I wonder what his findings will be ... -E
 

Jet Age Eric

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Nice review, but I didn't think the Electroman had built-in modulation. Is that not right?
I don't hear any modulation on the delay but it is voiced very warmly (tone knob at max still wont give you any icy cold digital sounds). The repeats can tend to have a percussive element - as you'd get in true analog delay -
Greg SGFX wrote me earlier today and was, like, "WHAT modulation?" I dunno; the decays sounded like they were modulating to me ... :dunno What is this--a book report or a subjective review of guitar effects pedals?! :banana -E
 
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I'm extremely excited, especially about the higher gain Zeta and the Rosie. I've always bonded with higher gain drives, mostly because I'm a fan of really smokey blues that just sound kinda nasty, plus I'm a fuzz junkie. I have the If 6 Was 9 and it's my favorite fuzz to date.
 

screamingduck

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I need some more $$$ now! Really interested in trying out both the Rosie and the If 6 were 9 fuzz pedals ( plus the Agent 13 and Formula 76.....):dude
 

Jet Age Eric

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I need some more $$$ now! Really interested in trying out both the Rosie and the If 6 were 9 fuzz pedals ( plus the Agent 13 and Formula 76.....):dude
I REALLY wanna try the 6/9. The Rosie has got to be my next purchase. The Agent 13 is a clutch pedal for me on recordings, when I need THAT old-school fuzz tone. -E
 
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The 6was9 is super versatile. It covers all the way from Black Keys to Hendrix, plus some really nuts Velcro/dead battery stuff with the bias at the extremes.

I have a feeling the Rosie and the Zeta are gonna tickle my fancies. Time to unload some stuff on the emporium, just in case, haha.
 

davidk

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I'm thinking of replacing my Barber Direct Drive Low Gain for a zeta. I play a p90 sg through a Dr. Z Maz 38 and I don't like the bass cut when the DDLG is engaged. It takes the fatness of my clean signal away just slightly. It's not nearly at dramatic as when engaging a tube screamer, but enough that it bothers me. i like my overdrive to either retain the same amount of bass or add just a little. hopefully the zeta does just that.
 

flume

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That's exactly what it does in my experience...sounds like its what you're after.

I'm thinking of replacing my Barber Direct Drive Low Gain for a zeta. I play a p90 sg through a Dr. Z Maz 38 and I don't like the bass cut when the DDLG is engaged. It takes the fatness of my clean signal away just slightly. It's not nearly at dramatic as when engaging a tube screamer, but enough that it bothers me. i like my overdrive to either retain the same amount of bass or add just a little. hopefully the zeta does just that.
 
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Oh my, look what arrived today...


And, I just have to say thank you to flume for including the sansyou instrumental cd, I've been listening to it since it arrived. Fantastic. I can understand why the high gain pedals weren't your favorite, your music is not really in the high gain realm. Absolutely great though, will be working to it all day tomorrow.
 






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