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BBE Blacksmith Distortion With 3-Band EQ Guitar Effects Pedal  

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Overview

  • Gain, volume and passive 3-band PLEX-EQ controls
  • LED-based gain circuit for smooth, high-output distortion
  • 1mOhms input impedance for proper pickup loading
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    $145.00
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A distortion so heavy it sounds like Paul Gagon forged it from melted steel and a pile of Marshall Plexis.

The Blacksmith analog distortion is all about force-feeding your tube amp for a heavier, chunkier distortion. The concept was developed by Paul Gagon in the 1980s when he worked at Jackson Guitars. Back then, Gagon created pickups, amps and electronics for Jackson instruments and routinely worked with an A-list of artists, from Jeff Beck to Steve Vai and many more. What he found was many of the artists loved the sound of their Marshalls, but wanted more grind out of them. Their amps may have gone “to eleven,” but these guys often told Gagon they wanted them to “go to fifteen or twenty.”

Paul already had created many boost and distortion circuits, but ultimately, what he wanted to make a pedal for artists that would go beyond what a boost pedal could do while maintaining that classic Marshall tonal balance – but on steroids. The solution was brilliant: a distortion generation circuit feeding a 3-band passive EQ derived from a ’69 Plexi (a Plexi “Tone Stack”). The EQ allows you dial it in to suit the characteristics of a particular tube amp, a practical feature because some Marshalls were dark while others were bright sounding. Of course, the EQ is also great for style: want a killer shred tone? Scoop those mids and crank the lows and highs.

Blacksmith is inspired by those pedals Gagon handmade back in the ‘80s, delivering all the tone he brought to the rock gods but with greater consistency and durability. Blacksmith features 1% metal-film resistors, big fat signal traces on a mil-spec circuit board, true hardwire bypass to eliminate any pickup loading when disengaged, and a 1mOhm input resistance to welcome your axe’s signal with wide open arms – just like the input on a killer Marshall.

The Blacksmith isn’t just for Marshalls, however. Gagon’s design works beautifully with a variety of other quality tube amps, from Mesa to Fender. When you’re looking for a top-shelf distortion pedal that’s as musical as your amp, get your hands on a Blacksmith.

Features

  • Gain, volume and passive 3-band PLEX-EQ controls
  • LED-based gain circuit for smooth, high-output distortion
  • 1mOhms input impedance for proper pickup loading
  • 1kOhms output impedance when engaged
  • 1% metal-film resistors for consistency
  • High-voltage poly caps for better tone
  • Military-spec circuit board for reliability
  • Blue status LED for high visibility and low power consumption
  • Easy access battery compartment

Why stop at 10? Crank it to 15!

 
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BBEBlacksmith Distortion With 3-Band EQ Guitar Effects Pedal
 
4.0

(based on 19 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (10)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

74%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Responsive (12)
  • Excellent sound quality (11)
  • Versatile (10)
  • Compact (4)
  • Good selection of effects (3)

Cons

  • Limited selection of effects (3)

Best Uses

  • Performances (11)
  • Home studio (9)
  • Outdoor events / games (8)
  • Professional recording (6)
  • Amateur recording (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (10), Professional musician (9)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great pedal for a great price

Was looking for a Marshall-in-a-box pedal and took a chance on this one when it was on sale. Check YouTube for reviews. Don't let the low price fool you, it really is built...Read complete review

Was looking for a Marshall-in-a-box pedal and took a chance on this one when it was on sale. Check YouTube for reviews. Don't let the low price fool you, it really is built like a tank. Will probably never break, also has hardwire bypass. I was actually impressed with the quality. No plastic, everything feels heavy/solid.
The sound is great as well. I get a good Marshall Plexi crunch using a Strat (with humbuckers) or a Les Paul with Seymour Duncan JB.
Two big pluses with this pedal are:
1) It is amazingly quiet. Even with the gain maxed, there is very little noise. Usually, dirt pedals get noisy pretty quickly when you add gain, but this is not the case with this one. Impressive, really.
2) The three-band EQ, is responsive. You can really tailor the sound and it is very noticeable and easy to dial in what you want. I usually need more bass in my setup and it was available in the pedal.

A few things:
1) It is more in the range of rock, classic rock, some metal, but it really doesn't get into high-gain territory. I hear a lot of Slash and classic hard rock/metal in this. Metallica with the mids scooped.
2) Kind of a wide pedal, if pedalboard space is an issue- a Boss and a half, pedal-size wise.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Not what i was expecting

I was looking for another distortion pedal to just get a little dirt to my clean sound. This unit tended to thin out the sound too much and I would need to use a...Read complete review

I was looking for another distortion pedal to just get a little dirt to my clean sound. This unit tended to thin out the sound too much and I would need to use a separate EQ to make it sound better.

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3.0

NOT TERRIBLE

By NICHOLASHAPPENS

from Kansas City

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Pros

  • Responsive
  • Versatile

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Whatever you want

    Comments about BBE Blacksmith Distortion With 3-Band EQ Guitar Effects Pedal:

    Yeah i liked it but it seems like it needs another gain stage... at least for me... i want something that says blacksmith on it to char my guts and rip off my face... thank you, but my face is still here.

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    5.0

    very well made good tone,u will love it

    By silent killer

    from no ones business.

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    Pros

    • Compact Design
    • Eq Settings Versatile
    • Excellent Sound Quality
    • Responsive
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Events
      • Performances
      • Professional Recording

      Comments about BBE Blacksmith Distortion With 3-Band EQ Guitar Effects Pedal:

      I love this pedal,if your like me who loves a really good distortion sound you would love this 3 band eq distortion pedal.and if you like too tweek your pedals for different tones this is the one.the treble sounds amazin mixed with alittle bass,adjust the mids,volume and of course the gain,and ur on ur way.i truly can get so many different tones from it. What more do you need,this pedal has it all. If your in the market for a truebyass distortion pedal,look know further.good luck,i really hope you enjoy it as much as i do.

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      4.0

      Great for 80's,90's and 00's Metal

      By Yngwie Van Hendrix

      from California

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      Pros

      • Clarity
      • Excellent Sound Quality
      • Responsive
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Events
        • Performances
        • Professional Recording

        Comments about BBE Blacksmith Distortion With 3-Band EQ Guitar Effects Pedal:

        The only downside of this pedal is that it needs a tube screamer type pedal in front of it to tighten up the bass response.

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        3.0

        Great deal of the day

        By Tbone

        from Abilene, texas

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        Pros

        • Price

        Cons

        • Limited Selection Of Effects

        Best Uses

        • Home Studio

        Comments about BBE Blacksmith Distortion With 3-Band EQ Guitar Effects Pedal:

        Simple, ok sound, for entry level amp use

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        5.0

        Nice pedal, nice price

        By Frank B

        from Huntington, NY

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        Pros

        • Easy To Use Wide Range
        • Good Selection Of Effects
        • Responsive
        • Versatile

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Events
          • Home Studio
          • Performances

          Comments about BBE Blacksmith Distortion With 3-Band EQ Guitar Effects Pedal:

          Got this pedal as one of MF's deals of the day...great price for a pedal that is easy to use and has a wide range of sounds.

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          3.0

          Decent mid-level distortion

          By nealmay

          from Woodbury, MN

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          Pros

            Cons

            • Limited Selection Of Effects

            Best Uses

            • Home Studio

            Comments about BBE Blacksmith Distortion With 3-Band EQ Guitar Effects Pedal:

            The pedal had promise, but turning up the distortion past half is worthless. The sound becomes this annoying buzz that has no high end gain.

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            5.0

            Perfect Block of Metal

            By Diddyman

            from New Iberia, LA

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            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Excellent Sound Quality
            • Responsive

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Events
              • Guitar
              • Performances

              Comments about BBE Blacksmith Distortion With 3-Band EQ Guitar Effects Pedal:

              Pedal sounds great alone or in a chain. EQ allows for a wide variety of sounds. Volume response is comparable to the plexi drive for a tube amp sound played through a solid state amp. Run this first in your chain with low gain for tube response and then plexi drive with high gain, that way you get the EQ all the time. Just one of many options!

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              4.0

              Blacksmith not just for metal

              By Lightnin' Joe

              from Eugene Oregon

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              Pros

              • Better Than Expected
              • Compact Design
              • Excellent Sound Quality
              • Good Selection Of Effects
              • Responsive
              • Versatile

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Amateur Recording
                • Events
                • Home Studio
                • Performances

                Comments about BBE Blacksmith Distortion With 3-Band EQ Guitar Effects Pedal:

                This pedal works quite well. You can dial in different sounds easily. The range on the knobs is very good.

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                2.0

                Not what i was expecting

                By Hannibal Hays

                from Pittsburgh (go Pens)

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                Pros

                • 9 Volt Power
                • Well Built Solid

                Cons

                • Poor Sound Quality
                • Thin Sounding

                Best Uses

                • Events
                • Performances

                Comments about BBE Blacksmith Distortion With 3-Band EQ Guitar Effects Pedal:

                I was looking for another distortion pedal to just get a little dirt to my clean sound. This unit tended to thin out the sound too much and I would need to use a separate EQ to make it sound better.

                Comment on this review

                 
                5.0

                Excellent Quality

                By Hankstir

                from Denver, CO.

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                Pros

                • Compact Design
                • Excellent Sound Quality
                • Responsive
                • Versatile

                Cons

                • None

                Best Uses

                • Any Studio Or Live Gig

                Comments about BBE Blacksmith Distortion With 3-Band EQ Guitar Effects Pedal:

                Well Made, Easy To Use And Nails That Sound Of The 80's Marshall's!!

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