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ToneConcepts releases "The Distillery" guitar pedal with world's greatest guitarists

Grant Ferstat

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We are shooting the first video in the "How I Use The Distillery" series featuring our artists tomorrow in New York City!

Nels Cline is up first, to be followed by Jim Campilongo (mid month) and Alex Skolnick.

We'll be shooting videos with some of the players in my signature through April.
Cool. This is going to set you apart.

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Arc Angel

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Cool. This is going to set you apart.

Sent from my iPhone. Please excuse typos
Thanks!

We did indeed shoot a follow up video with Nels yesterday at his house in NYC.

This one featuring lots of playing!

We'll upload it to Youtube soon and post here as well.

It is edited and ready to go!!
 

Arc Angel

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The Distillery was developed with some of the world's greatest guitar players. This is the first video of artist demos "How I Use The Distillery" featuring the man who named it, the incomparable Nels Cline of Wilco, The Nels Cline Singers and a much more!

Many of our artists use The Distillery in different ways. The one constant, it makes any rig sound better.

More artist videos coming featuring:

Artists: http://www.toneconcepts.com/artists/
 

redgold

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Just picked up a Distillery pedal and find it very useful. As a boost, it does not introduce any clipping on its own (unlike, say, a RC booster which dials in some grit at the max gain settings). I've been using the Distillery to boost the lead channel of my Ethos and it really retains the character of the pedal... it's like adding a complementary third channel. The Shape side of the Distillery is really powerful and as the videos show it can give a tele a faux humbucker tonality... compared to my Demeter midboost, I find the Distillery less muddy and more open. I also can dial in a lipstick pickup type setting with the Contour dialed low and the Edge up high.

For people looking for a conventional OD pedal, I think you might be disappointed. I think of the Distillery as an eq pedal voiced specifically for guitar that is very musical and has plenty of clean boost to push an amp to edge of break up tones and beyond. The controls take a bit of experimentation and seem interactive. To my ears, the Contour sets the frequency and the Edge sets the Q or shape of that frequency. On the boost side, the Bleed control seems like a treble roll-off... I usually set it at 3 O'clock to max and only dial it back if i want to attenuate some highs.

So for me, the Distillery has three distinct uses: as a tone shaper to approximate the sounds of a humbucker or lipstick pickup using my tele; as a clean boost to push an amp; and as a stacker to push and eq fuzzes and OD pedals. The Distillery is musical and open sounding (not too compressed) in all three applications and is one of the most useful pedals I have... a keeper for sure.

Looking forward to more offerings from ToneConcepts.
 
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Arc Angel

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Just picked up a Distillery pedal and find it very useful. As a boost, it does not introduce any clipping on its own (unlike, say, a RC booster which dials in some grit at the max gain settings). I've been using the Distillery to boost the lead channel of my Ethos and it really retains the character of the pedal... it's like adding a complementary third channel. The Shape side of the Distillery is really powerful and as the videos show it can give a tele a faux humbucker tonality... compared to my Demeter midboost, I find the Distillery less muddy and more open. I also can dial in a lipstick pickup setting with the Contour dialed low and the Edge up high.

For people looking for a conventional OD pedal, I think you might be disappointed. I think of the Distillery as an eq pedal voiced specifically for guitar that is very musical and has plenty of clean boost to push an amp to edge of break up tones and beyond. The controls take a bit of experimentation and seem interactive. To my ears, the Contour sets the frequency and the Edge sets the Q or shape of that frequency. On the boost side, the Bleed control seems like a treble roll-off... I usually set it at 3 O'clock to max and only dial it back if i want to attenuate some highs.

So for me, the Distillery has three distinct uses: as a tone shaper to approximate the sounds of a humbucker or lipstick pickup; as a clean boost to push an amp; and as a stacker to push and eq fuzzes and OD pedals. The Distillery is musical and open sounding (not compressed) in all three applications and is one of the most useful pedals I have... a keeper for sure.

Looking forward to more offerings from ToneConcepts.
Hi redgold,

Thank you for your review and your feedback. Glad you like The Distillery. PM me and let me know if I can use your text in our user feedback / testimonial section on the website.

We have prototypes in development that will going out on tour with some of the players in my signature starting in early March. I'll post some photos from the respective tours.

You'll see some interesting things coming from us and the artists we are collaborating with over the next couple of months.
 

Arc Angel

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Here is Jim Campilongo's Distillery Demo which we shot at his place in NYC a week ago.

More artist demos coming.
 

foomoola

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Jim IS the man !!!

Not only is he one of the nicest humans walking the planet , but he is a KILLER player , with chops that have yet to be fully recognized !!!

You should be proud to have such a musician in your camp ....

Oh yeah , and I purchased the Distillery and it not only lived up to all the "hype", but FAR EXCEEDED it !!! This is one pedal that WILL NOT leave my board anytime soon ...

WELL DONE GENTLEMEN .... WELL DONE INDEED ...

D.P.
 

Arc Angel

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That's the demo I've been waiting for. Nice.

Thanks! Glad you liked it. We've got a few more things cooking ... more demos, interviews, prototypes that are heading out for tour testing, and something pretty cool with one of the world's most recorded and iconic guitar players ...


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Arc Angel

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Hi Folks,

Here is the third in the series of artist demos for "The Distillery" this one featuring the versatile metal and jazz player Alex Skolnick.

Let us know what you think. All of these videos were filmed (demos and interviews) in the artists homes. More videos coming featuring some of the players in my signature!

 

~sounddjinn~

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Just got one of these.. Two minutes of dialing and I was inspired. A half hour of jamming before I messed with the knobs again. This pedal can change the voice of an amp.
 

Arc Angel

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Thank you soundjdinn!

Glad you like it!

We've got a few more special things coming out in collaboration with some of the artists in my signature. Soon ...

We'd love to publish your thoughts on our website user's section once you have more time to play with it.
 

uburoibob

Treehugger, once it’s a guitar...
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This pedal looks great. I've been using a Giggity to shape. How would the Distillery work with the Giggity, or would it replace it?

Thanks,
Bob
 

Arc Angel

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We teamed up with guitarist extraordinaire Nels Cline (Wilco, Nels Cline Singers & much more!) and our friends at the Chicago Music Exchange to offer you the chance to win a Nels Cline personally signed and artfully designed ToneConcepts Distillery!

Click on this link to enter:

http://www.chicagomusicexchange.com/pages/special-giveaway

Learn more about The Distillery:

www.toneconcepts.com/the-distilery/

Learn more about Nels Cline:

www.nelscline.com

Did you know that Nels Cline was one of the key early beta testers of the prototypes and was actually the artist who named the pedal “The Distillery” due to its ability to take pure inputs and produce power and refined tones?
 

Arc Angel

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Two more days to enter the give-away.

We'll have more give-aways each month of pedals signed by a number of artists in my signature. Some surprises in store as well ....
 

uburoibob

Treehugger, once it’s a guitar...
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I don't know about the city. But if you are talking NY State and are near Rochester, you are welcome to try mine...

Bob
 




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