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inexpensive, not cheap
Bottom Line: Inexpensive plastic pedal that should not be abused too much but will probably give you a good return on investment if you do not like the distortion on your SS amp; has...Read complete review
Bottom Line: Inexpensive plastic pedal that should not be abused too much but will probably give you a good return on investment if you do not like the distortion on your SS amp; has a 1:3 shot at standing up to a costing tw ice as much.Okay, I got this from one of the sales on here a few months ago. I play Agile 2500 (LP-type) or a MIM Strat through a Marshall MG series amp until I can find "my sound", but I find the marshall mg distortion channel to lack any warmth. I will attempt to avoid subjective adjectives for the rest of the post. This pedal does a fair job, from what I can tell. It is fairly bassy. I keep the tone knob at around 9 and seems to cut the highs out a lot. With the Dist knob all the way down, it makes me smile with the ever-so-slightly overdriven sound; the volume gives an ok boost. Dist all the way up=noise, so for higher gain stuff, I run the distortion at about 6-9, which gives another pleasing sound. The Tubulator does not appear to react to picking dynamics well. As a reference, I also have a Digitech Screamin' Blues, which is a much more balanced pedal and reacts to picking dynamics; the Digitech also has better tone shaping and seems to color the sound far less when the tone shaping is middled.
Most Liked Negative Review
This pedal is practically a toy
I bought this on sale last winter from this site for my 8-year-old niece to go with her Mini-Strat. If you are a kid on an allowance and it will take you a...Read complete review
I bought this on sale last winter from this site for my 8-year-old niece to go with her Mini-Strat. If you are a kid on an allowance and it will take you a year to save up to buy a real distortion pedal, go ahead and get this. If you are an adult, put the money toward a quality product.
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Wasn't expecting much at this price, but I was pleasantly surprised. It's really quiet (i.e. no squeals & such) and it provides a nice crunchy overdrive someplace between classic OD & Metal.I'd say it's perfect niche would be classic rock.I wouldn't hesitate to use it in the studio, and if I were gigging I'd use one (though I'd have a backup)At this price, I'd say everybody ought to have two, either to run in series or for some cool stereo stuff. It may or may not be you main overdrive pedal, but it's got a certain uniqueness that should give it a home in any setup, ESPECIALLY at this price. I mean, at this price it's worth it if you use it for just one song, for cryin' out loud...
This stomp box sounds like the overdrive you get from a tube amp with a tube rectifier, it's a bit softer and spongier than other overdrives, no other overdrive pedal can do this and this makes it unique and somewhat special. Not a Metal pedal.Note: Batteries need replacing, when they die so does the overdrive, get a power supply.
It was good when I first started,but after I compared it to real overdrive,it sounded like a bar against sheet metal.Just scratchy and cheap.
this pedal was awsome at first, even came with a battery in side, but after a 6 months or so the distortion has weakened. now it has hardly any distortion at all
I'm a professional musician who's been playing guitar for 6 years. Yeah... I feel old when I type that. My christian metal band, SAVE-YOUR, plays frequent clubs, and I would be lost without this pedal. I was going to buy the boss distortion pedal, but after talking with the band, we decided to spend the money on 9 Tubulator Pedals. I use them all on my custom pedalboard at once, and use an arion line selector to turn them all on at the touch of a button. I get at least one person after every gig who comes up and compliments my monster tone. So, this pedal is sweet.... IF YOU HAVE NINE
I got this pedal about two years ago, stopped usin it because back then I wasn't that knowledgeable as to what the pedal was for. I wanted something that would give an extra kick to my distortion...and it did tat, but with a lot of feedback. That's not what this pedal is for. I run My ibanez SZ-320, A boss GT-8, through a Marshall MG30DFX. I use a clean channel on the boss and when I hit the Tubulator I get great classic rock tone...Not too heavy but just right. Excellent for Blues too I might add. This pedal is probably the best pedal you can buy for the price though. Although it has limited features, you definitely get more than you pay for.
This was the first effects pedal I have bought, and it works great. I wasnt expecting much since it was so cheap. I was wrong. this pedal has completely satisfied me with what I wanted out of a pedal. I reccomend this to anybody who is just starting out, or someone who is short on cash.
The tubulator is a cheap, flimsy pedal. It does not provide a lot of gain. It doesn't produce a wide range of useable sounds. However, the one thing it does--overdriving tube amps--it does really, really well. I like it way more than Tube Screamers or other common overdrive pedals.
Maybe I got a lemon, but this "distortion" pedal just seems like a mild, midrangey overdrive pedal to me. It's good for getting an overdriven bluesy lead tone, but not much else. It really cuts alot of bass as well, and thus does not give the heavier distorted tone I was expecting.
I'd heard of this unit's "Tube Screamer"-like sound qualities, so I decided to order a couple. I got the extra one in case I wanted to try a modified version as well. No need - these low dough wonders have sounded absolutely great completely stock with every amp & guitar I've tried them with. I was floored by the exceptional sound quality, especially since these boxes are so inexpensive! Perfect for giving a nice fat & glassy edge to solos and a glistening crunch to power chords. The controls are straight forward and I find that setting it with the level on 6, tone on 4, and distortion on 5 and a half gives me the perfect, grittier counterpart to my straight bypassed sound. Just right for straight forward rock or blues! The case is plastic, but hefty enough for session work, casual jamming, or light gigging. I rated the the value at the highest level because this little sonic gem really delivers the goods for about the price of an AC power supply or a few batteries to power it with! Overall, it's an astonishing bargain that provides topnotch tube-like sounds for a staggeringly low price!!!