Okay, picked up for cheap a Pedalworx Tejas Overdrive pedal made by Pedalworx in the USA. From what I can gather Pedalworx is a small family business that produce some very nice handmade gear that is still very affordable. For example this pedal I got off EGay new for $71 shipped because it isn’t over marketed yet. Even Klon and Wampler pedals started off doing small batches and slowly grew to become just too expensive (yes I know that they produce amazing great pedals, but $1000+ for an OD pedal by Klon… I mean C’mon…you can get a vintage Fender Twin Reverb for that! lol)
I recently managed to get my hands on an AC-Tone by Carl Martin, but admittedly, turned it over pretty fast due to my slippery fingers not being able to hold anything for long. I must admit that I have always wanted to try the AC Tone by Carl Martin, a pedal regarded by some reviewers (such as Brett Kingman aka Burgerman 666) as one of the best Vox in a box pedals around.
Unfortunately, we don’t have a video review of my AC-Tone, so here’s a couple of Brett’s…
Sticking that pedal into a Fender or any other amp with ample clean headroom turns said amp into a great old Vox – instantly.- Brett Kingman
Oh I love Digitech stuff, partly because some of it is (I have to say), actually quite good! It also has the effect of polarizing some people who insist on boutique gear and can’t believe that a $50 pedal will produce an effect that’s really, really good or at worst good enough.
Digitech Screamin Blues pedal
This is my second review of a Digitech overdrive, so if your in the market for a new overdrive pedal, make sure you also read my review of the Digitech Bad Monkey that I wrote a while back.
Okay, so the pedal itself is a nicely colored cool blue, with minimal graphics and the same controls as the Bad Monkey…
and the essential Gain.
The 9volt power input is at the top of the pedal, which I think should be standard with all pedals…, along with the standard left to right input output configuration.
Similarly it has an extra output (Output 2) so you can go straight into a mixing desk and use this pedal sans amp (no amp) ala Tech 21 Character pedals.
So it comes with all the features you could need and to top it off it’s built like a tank, seriously tuff steel case that you just won’t break!
The Bad Monkey Overdrive pedal by Digitech, is probably one of the most famed and well-known cheapo pedals out there, but funnily enough it polarizes a Lot of guitarists, and in some cases quite vehemently too.
Digitech Bad Monkey Overdrive Pedal
The problem with the Digitech Bad Monkey is that, for about $45 or so, it actually sounds very, very good! You see, because some guitarists invest $200+ on a boutique pedal, they often feel obliged to defend their investment (who can blame them?) and the Tone Wars continue!
Digitech used to be known as DOD and they do have some pretty cool gear, but unfortunately they are not known for being a high-end company.
Perhaps having ‘Digi‘ in their company name doesn’t help, making them sound all digital and cheap or something, maybe if they changed their name to, ‘AnalTech‘ it might make them sound all Analog and high-end and pure…;-)
Okay, enough waffle… The Digitech Bad Monkey is a pretty straight forward pedal, finished in green, with controls being…
So straight up this is a TS9 Tube Screamer type pedal with the usual mid hump that you get with these pedals. But the thing is with this pedal, it gives you some extra tone sculpting features so you can raise the Lows a bit, or give the Highs a bit more sparkle which can help iron out that hump that some guitarists don’t like.
Well, I like to dabble now and again with some boutique stuff from the USA, and Cmatmods Effects definitely qualify for the Boutique classification.
The Super Signa Drives are all hand-made one at a time in the USA by Chad Matthews, who gets rave reviews not only for his products but his awesome service and down to earth approachability.
Chad started producing pedals about 10 years ago, and his business has slowly grown over that period, mostly due to word of mouth because of his seriously good pedals, which by the way are surprisingly affordable (as compared to Wampler!) for a hand-made effect pedal.
Unfortunately, we don’t have our own video for this review but for you visually stimulated people, here is a fellow Aussie, Shane from InTheBlues reviewing the pedal…
Welcome back to those of you who actually follow my reviews! Today I’m checking out another pedal from the boys on the Gold Coast, Big White Monkey!
Now I have mentioned in previous posts that Big White Monkey started out customizing pedals and then branched into low-wattage valve amps, they then brought out their own line of pedals, of which I have played them all.
Big White Monkey Spider Overdrive Pedal
Today we are having a look at the ‘Spider‘ overdrive pedal, which is a Tube Screamer TS808 clone, so we are definitely in vintage territory.
A genuine Ibanez TS808 will retail from $200 to nearly $400 (I have seen them higher!) so I won’t go on about why the ‘old is better‘ and how the pricetags associated with vintage gear determines its quality, but the TS808 tone is possibly the back bone of the Rock n’ Roll era and is a highly regarded staple for nearly every guitarist’s pedal board (or some form of Tube Screamer).
There are two versions of the Spider, the Old and the New, in this review we will have a look at both, but the main focus of this article will be looking at the newer version of the pedal. The main difference between the two is a simple change in the OP Chip, all other aspects are the same.
The pedal is virtually indestructible in its steel casing, which is reminiscent of a ProCo RAT2 Distortion pedal, but a bit longer. Finished in bright yellow with Big White Monkey’s, monkey face logo on the front of the pedal.
It can be powered by a 9v battery or by using a 9.6V Regulated DC300ma negative tip positive ground adapter, which is pretty much the same as the standard Boss sized 9v power adapter (inserts on the right side of the pedal). The guitar and amp input, output jacks are on the sides.
The Ibanez tube screamer is a classic, and could be called the ‘Father’ of overdrive pedals. Now this pedal, the Ibanez TS9DX Turbo Tube Screamer, is a made in Japan reissue and brings with it some new features that the original standard tube-screamer didn’t have, although I do like how it’s retained the traditional green and style of the original so you know immediately what it is.
Hi all bedroom rockers, today I am doing a review on a pedal that is arguably one of the more well known overdrives, mainly because David Gilmour and Eric Johnson (and others use them), The BK Butler Tube Overdrive Pedal.
BK Butler Tube Overdrive Pedal – image courtesy of www.butleraudio.com
Let’s keep moving on with our look into the Biyang products. But before we dive straight into the review, lets us again take a look at what Dazza, our resident guitarists thinks of the Biyang Baby Boom Mad Driver OD-10 Pedal in the video below…
The amp in the video is a Fender ’59 Bassman LTD (Lacquered Tweed 410 Jensen 45W combo). The guitar used is Dazza’a Customised E Series Fender Contemporary Stratocaster fitted with Seymour Duncan and Dimarzio pickups. Specifically a Dimarzio humbucker from hell in the neck and a Seymour Duncan 59 in the bridge. The video was recorded with an iPhone and the Fostex AR-4i Audio Interface for iPhone 4. Continue reading →