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06-18-2010 06:24 AM
This pedal is not for me. I could see this being used in garage-rock bands that go for that detuned, messy sort of sound (kind of like Sonic Youth and the like), but I can't see it being used as chorus pedals usually are.
Rate and depth controls, two modes, true bypass, and analog curcuitry. Having two effects on the same pedal is nice.
Okay, before I talk about this pedal's sound, let me tell you that I'm a huge BBE fan. If I was famous, I'd endorse them. I keep a BBE Green Screamer, Wah, and Boosta Grande on my pedalboard, and they'll never leave it. I also own the BBE Crusher, Two Timer, Fuzz, and American Metal Distortion. I love BBE pedals. There.
This pedal just didn't do it for me. The chorus detuning is a little too drastic for my tastes; rather than a subtle, pleasing effect, it's just a little too much. I didn't find the vibrato side to be very usable, either. This pedal could have some applications, but not for me.
Analog chorus snobs will laugh at me for using a Boss CE-5 Chorus Ensemble, but I have always been pleased with that pedal's tones. They are usable, and the pedal is much more versatile.
Based on all the other BBE gear I have used, this will hold up. My BBE pedals have seen many shows, and they've even been rained on a few times. They still work perfectly.
It's very easy to operate. I couldn't get the tones I needed, but they just aren't in this pedal.
BBE has great customer service.
06-17-2010 09:03 AM
I got it for only $115, and it's a great deal at that price. Awesome improvement over the original, and great functionality.
Two Tubescreamer clones in one pedal with a bass boost switch on each, and an internally adjustable noise suppressor inside. The two overdrive can be combined, and the pedals are close enough that you can hit both switches simultaneously if you want to, but not so close that you'll do that accidentally. Nice.
I can compare this to a BBE Green Screamer, which is another Tubescreamer clone/improvement.
This thing sounds great. It has a bit more gain on tap than a Tubescreamer (and slightly more than the BBE), and the tone knobs sound great everywhere. The bass boost is a bit much, unless you're using a really small-speaker combo. Good note clarity, good crunch, nothing bad I can really say.
I do prefer my BBE over this (it is a bit more transparent), but the Double Trouble is more versatile with its two combinable overdrives. Great if you're using a small pedaboard.
It appears to be very well-built.
Very easy to use and get great sounds. You have to be a poor player to make it sound bad.
06-16-2010 08:13 AM
For the price, I think this is a great little amp. It's a practicve amp, but the tone is good enough to be inspiring. I will probably use this amp extensively during my next recording project. I am a big Vox fan - I use either an AC15 or an AC30 for gigs, but I often record witha Fender Blues Jr (I just love the natural overdrive in that amp). I have been playing for 14 years, and I'm fortunate to have a lot of really nice gear.
4 watts (with 3-position attenuator for 4, 1, or 1/4 watt output) 12AX7 and EL84 tubes, 10" Celestion speaker, volume and tone controls, 16 ohm extension speaker out, and supercool Vox styling (blonde tolex with TV-style front and the awesome diamond grill cloth).
This is a very simple, plug-in-and-go class A amp, so it's not meant to have a ton of features. Reverb would be nice, but I don't think it's an essential feature. The ability to plug this into a cabinet is great - 4 watts goes a long way, if you don't know. While I haven't plugged this into a larger cabinet yet, I have another 5-watt tube amp that I've plugged into a 2x12 cabinet, and that gives you a lot of volume.
My only gripe with the features is with the tube placement, and that is a problem with (probably all) Vox amps. I also own an AC30 and an AC15, and switching the tubes is a total pain! Please, Vox, move the tubes so people can change them out easily!
Stock, these things sound great. I plugged into one at the guitar store for weeks before finally purchasing that floor model. The amp breaks into overdrive fairly quickly, and the attenuator allows you to do that at lower volumes with little loss of tone. It sounds the best at the full 4-watt setting, but it still sounds great at 1 and 1/4 watts. The overdrive is smooth and very compressed. You need to crank the tone knob all the way when the volume is pushed to the max; it gets a little darker as it's pushed. I tend to keep the tone knob at about 2 o'clock for clean playing.
Inexpensive little amps like this are often subjects for tube and speaker swaps. I switched the tubes to JJs, and they instantly added output, clarity, and punch. The difference was very noticeable. I liked the tone stock, but it is definitely improved with the higher quality tubes. I am considering upgrading the speaker to a Weber Blue Pup. The Celestion speaker is pretty flat as far as tone - it takes pedals well, but it's not oozing with character. Weber Blues are smoother than Celestion Blues, and I think that one of those will add some nice character to this amp. That said, I only use this for practice, so I'm happy with only an inexpensive tube upgrade. I would give the amp at least an 8 rating with the tube upgrade.
This is my living room practice amp - I don't think I have to worry about anything happening to the amp, as I don't think it will see many gigs. That said, it seems fairly well-built. The cabinet is cheap wood, but you don't need high-quality birch wood on an amp in this price range.
If you can't figure out how to use this amp, you probably shouldn't be playing electric guitar.
I have called them, and they're helpful.
06-15-2010 06:26 AM
I only paid $600 for this guitar (and the whole package of commemorative stuff that came with it - silver case with a whole buch of collectable crap inside), and it wasn't really even used. Great deal for me! If you're in the market for a Strat, and you see one of these for sale, check it out. It's a great instrument.
I've been playing for 15 years, and I'm fortunate to have a ton of nice gear. This is a welcome addition to the rotation, and it will see many gigs in its lifetime.
3-tone sunburst alder body, 22-fret satin-fimished maple neck with rosewood fretboard, 3 vintage toned pickups (middle reverse-wound for hum canceling in pos. 2 and 4), Delta Tone pot for the bridge and middle pickups, 2-point American standard trem bridge, mother-of-pearl dot inlays, and a little fake diamond in the headstock. The neck has a great feel on the back, and the width is slightly wider than standard Strats (I have two Mexican Strats, and they both have thinner widths - this one is more comfortable). There's nothing too adventurous as far as features go, but this is supposed to be a vintage-style Strat to commemorate the anniversary. Everything is high-quality, so I'll give it a high rating.
My pedal chain: BBE Wah, BBE Green Screamer, MXR Distortion III, Boss CE-5 Choruse Ensemble, Electro Harmonix Stereo Pulsar, Boss DD-20 Giga Delay, BBE Boosta Grande. I use Vox amps (either AC15 or AC30 depending on room size).
If you want a Strat that sounds like a Strat is supposed to, this is your guitar. The pickups are bright with lots of note clarity and the ability to jump out in the mix. Sometimes a Strat's bridge pickup can be too bright compared to the neck, but that's not the case here. It is bright, but it is balanced. This guitar will not give you hot, heavy overdrive - it's not built for that. It does produce the tones associated with classic blues and rock, and it does that very well. I was really impressed how this guitar performed on my first gig with it.
This is a well-built Strat, and as any guitar player will tell you, a Strat is a very durable instrument.
Ease of use for a guitar? Hmmmm.... practice, and it's easy. That said, I had no trouble performing a setup on the guitar; everything was smooth.
I've emailed and called Fender before. They're reasonably nice.
06-14-2010 09:11 AM
It's about as good as you can get faking an amp. It never will replace the real thing, but if you need a variety of tones at the tap of a button, and you can't use a real amp, this is the unit for you.
I'll only give it a 7 for features because although this unit has seemingly endless options, not all of them are usable.
I only use this direct to PA for performance, and I have used it for home practice using headphones (a very similar experience in regards to tonal output).
The most important feature is its amp modeling - all of your tone is based on the model you choose. There are dozens of guitar amp models (over 50, off the top of my head - check the website for a comprehensive list). Are all of them usable? Not really, but there are a few that do sound good. Do any of them sound like the real thing? If you read the manual, it's laughable how they purport that they've successfully modeled so many famous amps. No, they don't sound like the real thing at all - but the sounds are reminiscent at times, and that's the most you can really expect out of a digital device like this.
The stompbox models are fewer in number, and they are sketchy in their usability, especially in the distortion models.
The effects are usable, but they are the worst I've heard in a multi-effect unit. Zoom's G series (I have used the G2 and G7) is FAR superior in this area, and Boss and Digitech are also better.
The delays have potential (the dedicated tap tempo is great), but they don't sound right. They don't even get digital delay completely correct. No matter how you set it, the delay arc is just odd.
The reverbs sound good, and they are all usable in some way.
The comp/boost is good. It boosts (I don't really use it as a compressor - everything sounds compressed as-is, so I don't see a use for compression here).
As many will tell you, most audience members don't care if you're not using an authentic Fender Twin, as long as the song sounds good. However, most guitar pl
I could give a higher rating, but too many models sound bad. There are enough usable models to make this worthwhile, though.
I don't use many of the amp models, but you don't need to in order to get good sounds. The most usable model for me is the AC30 Top Boost model. I have a few different gigs, and in the ones where I use a real amp, I always use a Vox (either an AC30, an AC15, or both). The AC30 model doesn't really sound like an AC30, but it does have a good range of gain, and it has top end clarity that is severely lacking in many of the other models. You can get a nice clean tone, and a good high-gain tone that's perfect for many types of rock. The "Treadplate" or Mesa model works for ultra-high-gain, as do a couple Marshall models. The Peavy high gain also sounds pretty good. The Fender Twin model gives a good clean, although it's a little boxy. The Roland Jazz chorus model is horrible. Many Marshall modles are too muddy to actually use (even with treble and presence on 100%), and the parametric EQ section doesn't really help at all. There are a few "Line 6 amps" that are decent and usable, but unremarkable.
The stompbox models are very disappointing. It would be great to have a nice clean tone from your amp model and be able to kick in an overdrive pedal, but the models just don't cut it. The Tubescreamer model is horrible. You know how Tubescreamers can be a little nasal in the midrange? This model seems to only model that negative quality. The Distortion + model (I believe that's what they're going for, it's called Classic Distortion) sounds like bad 80's hair band tone. Too much squeal in the upper mids and highs. The Metal Zone model is gross. The Fuzzface model is okay, but a little too dirty. The Big Muff fuzz is the closest model to the real thing, and it actually sounds fine, but for me, fuzz isn't the most usable effect.
The effects, as mentioned before, are not very good. They are usable, but they are in no way inspiring.
Seems to be built well, but not quite like a tank.
It's about as easy as a multi-effect unit can be. It's user-friendly; use the manual to get started, and then you should be good.
Never contacted them.
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