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Published on May 15, 2012
This circuit is similar to the catalinbread SFT- just a couple mods that I did to taste. This is basically the classic ampeg amp circuit scaled down with smaller parts (because we're not running high voltage through it) and subbing jfets for tubes. Run into a clean tube amp this pedal can make any clean sounding amp sound like an old ampeg tube amp... it even works EXTREMELY well on bass. I'll have a bass demo up soon. I am LOVING these amp in box pedals... so freakin cool! I'll definitely have more of the catalinbread ones and some others coming soon.
I built this pedal using a layout from madbeanpedals.com - and a board made by a very cool dude from that forum. This pedal can be run at 9v or 18v- I am currently running it at 9v. Amp is a fender pro reverb modded with some newer caps and resistors, a ceramic weber california 12" speaker with paper dome- the other two pedals are a clone of the zen drive and a ross compressor clone (modified to keeleyi'sh specs).
II highly recommend this pedal if you're looking for that vintage ampeg sound... I didnt showcase it much but it does fantastic clean ampeg tones too.. I just love the overdrive so much and have always loved fender cleans more than anything, so as of now I kinda use it as an overdrive pedal. These pedals are cool to leave as always on and use your guitars volume and tone controls and other overdrive and boost pedals for gain. I really love the part in the video where the zen drive is cranked super loud with the ampeg pedal's gain turned all the way up- it does that almost spitty weird compressed volume thing- this is exactly what an old ampeg does when you crank the volume and run a boost into it... thought you're not likely to stomach that volume level.
These pedals work MUCH better than a master volume or a power soak/brake for getting good overdrive tones at low volumes... MUCH better... IMO of course
guitar is a blacktop fender with D allen voodoo 69's- middle and neck pickups only used (bridge pickup wire is loose!)
Recorded with a $90 zoom Q3 video recorder (not the q3hd) these things work pretty well- another great product