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TC Electronics Vintage Distortion

Discussion in 'Effects, Pedals, Strings & Things' started by yZe, Aug 2, 2006.

  1. yZe

    yZe Senior Member

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    Okay, I was able to pick one up at the store today w/a 30 day return policy.

    I am playing through a Marshall type circuit set clean

    This pedal is not worth 200 dollars, first of all. It doesn't suck, but it is a 120-150 dollar pedal

    The unboosted mode is a mild overdrive which is somewhat transparent.
    The color filter does a good job of boosting and cutting

    The boosted mode is great for over the top, singing leads, but for rhythm crunch it is a bit "buzzy" - especially doing the muted chugga between E & F# (you know what I'm talkin' about)

    For leads, the sustain is good and rich harmonically in that you get a full, round and defined sound plus good feedback

    I bought it knowing I could return it, so it is back in the box, barely scathed

    as far as the mild side goes, the blackstone still rules
     
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    I like the Vintage Overdrive Pedal. Its supposed to be a repackage of the T-Rex Alberta. I tried both out and ended up getting the Alberta.
     
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    the alberta is basically a tube screamer... thats what i have heard.

    TC is primarily known for modulation and delay/reverb, i havent heard the new vintage distorsion though... the old one they did (that i heard) did not impress me... but i did not spend a lot of time with it.

    I dont know... when i think TC i think delay/reverb and modulation... i would look elsewhere (justified or not, its just a gut reaction) to get dirt options...

    Michael
     
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    If you're looking for smooth distortion with a (somewhat) Marshally flavor, try the Xotic BB Preamp.
     
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    I knew it wasn't going to be all that, but the store is literally walking distance and has a return policy. I really got it out of curiosity knowing I can get an instant refund

    It was more of a lab experiment rather than me getting my hopes up

    I tell ya, the dual distortion sounded a little better, but it is not worth 280
     
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    My bud had one this weekend at a gig through a blackface delux and it sounded great.

    Right now, i am looking for rhythm crunch, and i dig the OCD, but I think i can do better w/the Homebrew big D or emma reezafratzitz
     
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    The clip sounds great. I wish my OCD sounded like that. Sounds like it's into a AC30TB.

    Can anyone recomend a similar sounding pedal at a resonable price?
     
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    Actually when their original distortion pedal came out in the late '70s or early '80s a lot of guitarists I knew had to have them.
     
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    Well if it sounds good go for it, it might be great.

    I guess i was just thinking out loud with my comments, when it comes down to it i havent tried it (the new one) and testing it like you say "in the lab":cool: is great.

    Michael
     
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    Clip of which, the TC or the Xotic?
     
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    Not at all. While it does provide a great mild overdrive, its tone is much more complex than a tube screamer. I own both and they are very different. Try one out they are very underrated.
     
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    ptdesign Handmade sonic art

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    The clip you started the thread with.:jo
     
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    they should be quite alike.

    Alberta is quite unique; she makes your guitar sing.

    She provides instant access to the kind of warm overdrive and emotive distortion usually reserved for 30-year-old tube amps.
    Alberta delivers a creamy, yet crunchy sound with a smooth mid-range boost, reminiscent of the old Ibanez TS-808.

    Albertas sweet tube-like harmonics and wide and natural sounding tonal spectrum faithfully reproduces all the subtle nuances of your playing dynamics.

    A MUST HEAR!


    That is from the T-Rex site.

    To me the bluesclip sounds pretty much like a nice Tube Screamer.

    Michael
     
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    Oh, yeah . . . that's right

    It's great for mild distorted rhythm and leads and high gain leads, but too buzzy for Humbucking crunch rhtyhm
    The color knob is pretty effective
     
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    Oh, yeah . . . that's right

    It's great for mild distorted rhythm and leads and high gain leads, but too buzzy for Humbucking crunch rhtyhm

    The dual distortion had a better tone in my opinion, but I don't need the 2 channels, nor do i need to drop 280
     
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    I have an old 808 and the Alberta is smooth, richer in overtones. I could see how someone could say that they are similar, but play one and you will see.
     
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    i played the whole series at namm

    pretty unimpressed:BEER
     
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    It seems like it would be easy to take that boost switch and wire it to another 3pdt switch on the bottom. Why didn't T.C. do that? hmmm

    I think that clip is pretty great and once again.... Any body know of a reasonably priced pedal with that tone? I think it makes my OCD sound
    buzzy.
     
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    When you say "that tone", which setting are you talking about in the video?

    If you want to do crunch gainy rhythm w/humbuckers, it is way buzzier than the OCD

    If you really dig the tone, the Dual distortion tone I felt was better

    He did it w/ a strat through a JCM 800

    If you can tell us what part about the clip you liked, then maybe we can tell you about a pedal which is 200 bucks ore less which equals or surpasses it.

    What do you want?
     

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