TBIAC on the way!

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  1. JC-Tonequest

    JC-Tonequest Supporting Member

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    Well I just pulled the trigger on a Menatone TBIAC from www.thepedaler.com It should arrive on Monday. I can't wait! Anyone that has one want to post some setting or sound clips please do so. Also post descriptions of the tone and your setup.

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    Well...I got my new TBIAC (6 knob) today and I have to say, I am not really blown away. Maybe I was expecting too much, but $235 for a pedal, I think you should expect alot. I am not giving up on it yet. I found a pretty usable setting, but it just seems like it get's mushy pretty easy. Does anyone have any recommended settings? I am using the top boost channel. I really don't have much use for the normal channel. It is really bland to me.
     
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    I'm not trying to be a smart-aleck, but isn't a TBIAC supposed to be 'mushy'? AC-30s are known for their spongy attack when pushed - sounds like the pedal is doing what it was designed to do..?
     
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    I wasn't so sure about the pedal at first, but now that I have had time to tweak I really like it. The controls are really interactive. Right now I am using the Bright channel mainly and my settings are as follows:

    VOLUME: 10:00
    TOP CUT: 12:00
    BASS: 7:00
    TREBLE: 2:00
    BRILLIANT: 2:00

    Any one else have any suggested settings?
     
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    Hmmm...strange. On my TBIAC the cut-control only works when I use the normal channel.
     
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    I like the new TBIAC. For me, the Brilliant channel seems to take my favorite setting on the old TBIAC and makes it a even a little more chimey and dynamic sounding. I prefer the old Foxy Brown, as used for a low gain pedal, but the Normal channel on the new TBIAC has some cool uses as fatter lead pedal to balance with the Brilliant channel's chime.
     
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    The normal channel to me is thicker, but doesn't have enough chime. I stick with the brilliant channel. I would like to get the normal channel modded to more my liking.
     
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    i wanna try one of those, bananas used to carry menatone, but
    no mas!
     
  10. screamingduck

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    Rollo,
    I recently bought a used TBIAC 5 Knob and I love the
    sound I am getting. However, I did kinda expect a bit
    more "chime" than I seem to be able to tweak. It's not
    really a huge concern as I can get the "chime" by adding
    another pedal like a compressor or boost but I would
    prefer to keep it simple and use only one pedal.
    How much of a difference do you hear between the
    5 and newer 6 knob TBIAC?
    Thanks
    MikeD
     
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    I think the gain on the new one is more refined. It doesn't get as dirty as quickly, it doesn't mush/fuzz out as quickly and it has a smoother, less harsh character. It also seems to fit in with the amp more. That said some folks still prefer the 5 knob's rougher sound....I thought the differences were more in the character of the gain then the chime factor...
     
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    My favorite use for the TBIAC is using my strat's neck p/u with just the TBIAC. I think a bright p/u really brings out the sweetness of the pedal. I don't use the TBIAC for playing a real note infested lead, but more for melodic type leads. It's a very, very, very sweet pedal. The main difference I found between the 5 and 6 knob was not so much the sound, but just a very slight more expressiveness. The 6 knob has a little less of a compressed feel to allow for a little better reproduction of the pick/string transients. Both are great pedals. When I want to capture a fraction of the great emotive feel of George Harrison, it is my go-to box.
     
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    Did you hear any differences in the feel of the gain rollo? I really thought the 6 knobber brilliant side was considerably smoother; not as "gainy" feeling.. Your definitly right on about the slightly less compressed feel...Maybe we're sayin' the same thing in a different way...:cool:
     
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    I'd agree that the 6 knobber is a bit smoother in its gain...The 5 knobber has a touch of grain and grit in the high end of the breakup that I really like. The Normal channel is cool, but I couldn't find a pracical use for it. I'd still like to try a four knob Foxey Brown some day after playing the Normal Channel though.
    Overall, I think I slightly prefer the 5-knobber, but thats in hindsight....When I owned them both and ABed them, I could cope a tone so close to my fave 5 knoc TBIAC tone using the 6 knobber that I kept the 6. Now I have an AC30 and have moved on to other drives. But I still miss that ugly pink 5 knobber. Plus it has the weirdest artwork of all time. :D
     
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    Oh I forgot to mention....,DEFINITLY give it a try with an 18 volt adapter. It can handle 9-18 volts and if you go 18 it sounds...I dunno....More alive in some way. Give it a shot at 18 volts for sure....
     
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    Thanks to everyone for their input on the TBIAC. I would guess the reason
    I'm not getting enough chime is due to my BF Super Reverb/Boogie MarkIIc+
    rig. That being said, I really do like this pedal as well as the Dirty Blonde
    which sounds very Bassman-like. I especially like the idea of running this
    pedal at 18 volts. I already run my Fulldrive and OCD at 18v and it seems
    to tighten up the sound, which works great for me as I am primarily not
    a high gain player. I was looking for Beatle/Harrison tones with the TBIAC
    and this pedal gives me a great place to start.
    Thanks again for the great perspectives!!
     
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    Yeah, I think we are.(lol) On the 5 knob, I run the gain at about 1:00. If I remember correctly, with the 6 knob, the gain was there, but was brought out more with the picking hand. It's a very responsive pedal.
     
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    I tried running my 6 knob TBIAC at 18 volts last night and I actually prefer the sound of it at 9 volts. It had a lot more output to it at 18v, but it sounded fuzzier to me. Just my opinion.
     

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