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That Pedal Show – Do We Like Transistor Amps? Part 1

By Leslie Rich | September 30, 2016

Daniel and Mick once again taking your feedback and answering your questions in their distinctly British way! Please subscribe to their channel to stay in the loop.

In this episode they step out of their comfort zone and analytically approach solid state amps (Transistor amps in their vernacular!). It's true that the sound of a tube amp is a beautiful thing, but there are many great solid state contenders in the battle of tone! They keep getting asked for their opinion and so here is part 1.

They took three low/mid-price amps – one fully solid state, one solid state/modelling hybrid and one tube amp – and used them with a bunch of common overdrive and distortion pedals. They also try a compressor and a touch of delay.

We think they surprise themselves a little!

Pedals in this episode…

• Ibanez TS9 Tube Screamer http://bit.ly/2deXzpR

• Fulltone OCD V7 http://bit.ly/2cPeUXK

• Electro-Harmonic Big Muff Pi With Tone Wicker http://bit.ly/2ddTBzu

• Origin Effects Cali76 Compact Deluxe http://bit.ly/2cyd9NR

• Strymon El Capistan http://bit.ly/2cud3aB

• Kingsley Harlot Tube Overdrive http://kingsleyamplifiers.com/

Amps in this episode…

• Orange Crush Pro CR60 http://bit.ly/2ddTrZ9

• Roland Blues Cube Stage http://bit.ly/2dhU1Ut

• Fender Bassbreaker 18/30 http://bit.ly/2ddSK1U

Interesting bits and go-to sections…
• Intro & context setting: 0:403:15
• Today’s amps: 3:156:00
• Today’s pedals introduction: 7:00
• Tube Screamer & all three amps (amps set ‘clean’): 7:51
• OCD & all three amps (amps set ‘clean’): 11:09
Big Muff Pi With Wicker into all the amps (amps set ‘clean’): 14:08
Kingsley Harlot into all the amps (amps set ‘clean’): 18:06
Origin Cali76 Compact Deluxe into all three amps (amps set ‘clean’): 21:20
All pedals into the Orange (amp set with gain): 29:27
OCD into the Roland (amp set with gain): 31:33
OCD into the Fender (amp set slightly more crunchy): 32:18
Tube Screamer into all Fender and Roland (amps set with gain/more crunchy) 33:05
Harlot into all three amps (amps set with gain/more crunchy) 34:08
Kingsley Harlot into Fender vs Roland Blues Cube on its own: 38:00
Everything on at once 43:30

Guitars in this episode
• Fender Custom Shop ’63 Telecaster– watch Dan’s video at http://bit.ly/2dlZJ6K
Fender American Vintage ’62 Stratocaster – watch Mick’s video at http://bit.ly/2cQv3yT
PRS DGT– watch Mick’s video at http://bit.ly/2d8Xo2I