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05-08-2010 10:16 AM
Killer pedal for tons of applications- perfect for getting an amp tone when running direct or silently recording. Throw it in an effects loop to warm up a sterile solid state amp. Run all of your guitars through one channel- just shut it off for acoustic.
Sounds infinitely better than just trying to run an overdrive pedal direct into the PA.
Great bang for the buck here. I mainly wanted an amp simulator to use in church when I couldn't use a real tube amp due to volume or space issues. Further, though, I wanted a pedal that could stand alone for jams or small shows. The Blonde does it and then some. It does take some getting used to because the controls (especially the character knob) are all interactive. It can take you from dark Bassman-like tones all the way through cranked modern Fender amps. Excellent!
I also like that the EQ knobs have a great deal of range. I don't find myself deviating very far from 50% because the controls do have such a huge sweep, but every so often I need a huge boost or cut, and I never run out of knob on the Blonde- I love that feature!
Doesn't sound exactly like any of my amps, but that's okay. It has its own character, which is nice. My typical small church rig is Strat or Les Paul > MI Audio Blues Pro Overdrive > Line 6 M9 > Blonde > PA. I set it to sound like an amp that's being pushed just a bit (generally have character around noon and gain around 9 o'clock). The overdrive interacts in a very realistic way with the Blonde. Works out really nicely to give me a big sound with a completely controllable volume. Added bonus: when I switch to acoustic guitar, all I have to do is turn the Blonde off. Before, I had to run a completely separate acoustic DI line because the acoustic sounded terrible through my amp.
I also discovered quite by accident that it works extremely well as a bass DI. I brought it to a blues rock gig a while back and discovered that the stage was too small for my bass rig, but the PA was plenty to push the low frequencies. I've never been happy with my bass direct tone (too sterile), but I grabbed the Blonde, dialed in a Bassman tone with gain pushed for just a hint of tube grind, and was perfectly happy.
Don't know here yet. Seems solid enough, but the switch is very soft. I'm sure that's by design, but I don't know how it affects longevity. Of course, Tech 21 has been making gear for a very long time, so I have no reason to distrust their build quality. Time will tell!
It does take a lot of getting used to. First, the EQ knobs need to be set at noon when you're trying to get in the ballpark. If you crank or cut any of these knobs, they get outside of the realistic range of an amplifier pretty quickly, and you'll never find the tone you want. Find your tone with flat EQ and then tweak to taste.
The character knob is another difficult culprit, as it revoices the pedal and changes its gain stages throughout its sweep. The far left setting starts pretty bassy, and gets increasingly bright as it moves to the right. Also as you move to the right, the gain steps up. The key here is to get in the ballpark with the character knob and then tweak with gain and EQ as necessary.
Took me a few days of playing with it before finally finding a couple of settings that I really really liked. Don't get me wrong- I liked it in the store (enough to buy it, obviously), but it took several hours of tweaking to really make it shine.
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