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Jacques Tube Blower Overdrive:
In Jacques' Own Words...
"I have been trying to crack the coveted secret of perfect overdrive for years now, collecting every pedal bearing the magic name and its sister. Lots of these pedals have real qualities but it is obvious that the best remains at this day the vintage Ibanez ts808. Janauary 2002: One of my good music friend finds a fourth ts808 for my collection. I nicknamed this pedal WEST. The moment I unpacked WEST , its sheer perfection striked my collector senses: this lady had everything. The right paint chips at the right places, the right wear of soulful gigs and , most of all, the righteous tone.
While there is no such thing as a schrink of frequency range when you push up a vintage JTM45 or a Tweed Deluxe, most overdrive pedals have nothing more to offer than a nice midrangey distortion tone for a raging tube amp impersonization. If you except the legendary ts808 of course, which , preserving full frequency range while miming maxed tube amp reactions, has become the most valuable overdrive ever. Auditioning WEST with other overdrive contenders was just getting a new pair of ears, making once again this particular pedal champ of the champs.
Putting together all the numerous emails I have received these last 3 years about overdrives, here is the top ten wish list I have put up:
I guess you know by now what I did. The whole TUBEBLOWER project was to get these ten points WITH THE TONE OF THE 'WEST' ts808. Here is for example the range of the TUBEBLOWER's DRIVE pot which was the real challenge. This nice picture shows us that thet TUBEBLOWER can go much CLEANER and distort much more than ts808. Does this sound too good to be true to your ears? I have evidence to prove it."
- more gain
- morphing continuously from clean to more gain
- bass boost-which occurs naturally on pushing Marshall amps
- treble boost-which occurs naturally when pushing black face Fender amps
- normal price
- complete library of settings
- a full single coil AND humbuckers compatibility
- respect of the amp you plug in
- respect of the guitar and of the dynamics of your playing
- and last but not least: a classic, serious, heavy look
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