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Damage Control Womanizer Tube Distortion Preamp Pedal

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The Damage Control Womanizer Tube Distortion Preamp Pedal delivers tones coveted by generations of rock guitarists. The pure Class A preamp with dual...Click To Read More About This Product

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Real tube distortion for that womanly tone.

The Damage Control Womanizer Tube Distortion Preamp Pedal delivers tones coveted by generations of rock guitarists. The pure Class A preamp with dual 12AX7 tubes in a cascading gain-stage circuit is bursting at the seams with unbridled sonic juice. The overdrive section cries out with all the beautiful and emotive tonal character that any guitarist could desire, while its multiple sonic moods can speak softly from a delicate and subtle whisper to a fat and frenzied scream of emotion. The Womanizer is also equipped with analog Opto-compression, pre/post EQ, and biofeedback meter. Direct record into your console for state-of-the -art, all tube amp sound and feel. Use it in front of an amp, and add an additional hot-rodded amp channel!

  • Dual 12AX7 design
  • Tube distortion
  • Bionic EQ
  • Pre and post tone shaping
  • Opto-compression
  • Magic Eye biofeedback meter
  • Heavy metal construction and guard bar
  • Direct Recording Output with open back combo emulation
  • Regulated Voltage Switching Power Supply with High Voltage Output for True Amp level Tube Biasing @ 250 Volts
  • Semi Parametric EQ
  • True Bypass
  • 2 Modes Conventional and switchable 20dB Nuclear Boost
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More than impressed

By Zack87

from Central City, Kentucky

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The short story: This is an awesome pedal, extremely usable both on stage and for recording purposes. My other guitarist had bought one of these and after trying it with my rig, i had to have one. Now the long story: I've heard some complaints about "woofing" and bogginess. I have ran into this while palm muting at high gain settings with the eq's set to scoop the tone. You will not get the tightest metal sound out of this pedal! Good heavier metal tones are possible to get but thats not what this pedal is made for nor was metal my purpose for buying it! If you want metal, get a Demonizer or Solid Metal, both also by Damage Control. The gain stages on the Womanizer are made best for sweet cascading vintage sounds and that is what will make you fall in love with it. By far the best classic sounds I've heard from any pedal. It is more versatile than that however. I often use it as a clean boost/compressor in front of my Dual Rectifier's preamp. It actually Improves on my Mesa's tone with an utterly beautiful upper mid presence in the clean and gain channels. Whats amazing is that I get outstanding compressed clean tones while at the same time all my high gain rhythms and solos are still dynamic and intelligible.This pedal is expensive but I do not miss the $ I paid for it 2 years ago. I've never had a problem with it so far. Its built like a small tank. It has seen many gigs and I'm sure it will see many more. Some complain that it requires too much pedal board space. A frivolous complaint. Build a bigger pedal board (which is not THAT hard to do). The tone is by far worth it. Trust me. If anyone ever figured out how to contain an actual soul in a guitar pedal, the womanizer would be that pedal.By the way. If your having trouble getting a good sound out of this pedal, then you need to go back to school and learn how to spend time tweaking knobs and learning how they react as far as shaping the tone. The best things in life DO NOT come in instant gratification packages. Thanks!

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By Bald Pete

from Spokane WA

I thought this would be the Holy Grail of distortion pedals. I was hoping to put some bite in my Fender Twin Reverb sound. For me it's just OK. Lots of fancy marketing, hype and packaging, but in the end the sound quality is just average. I could have paid half the price and got just as good a sound with a Jeckyl and Hyde. I may return this.


Great tones all around!!

By Original Home of the LP

from Kalamazoo MI

I was very impressed with the tones that can be attained through direct recording using the Damage Control Womanizer since all the digital options curently available with other products mask the true sounds of the guitar. I run this with my LP Studio primarily along with an RP250 for MFX Di into a PC. While I am quite impressed with the overall quality of the product, I feel that the settings are too sensitive to slight adjustments. I keep it on my desktop in order to tweak on the fly and that helps with the logistics. Clean tones as well as driven ones are very tube-like. The price was a bit high for me. The overall rating is really about 8.75. Overall I am very impressed with this pedal and would. I purchased it after recommendations from other players who share there music online and am very pleased I did.


Buy the good stuff and cry once.

By StratSkills

from Third Rock from the Sun

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This is one of my favorite new products. This pedal sounds great, is easy to control and is very versitile. I have used it in front of an amp as a distortion pedal, direct for recording and direct into a Bose system for live. I'm very happy with it. Tone wise you can get a lot of different sounds and feel wise it's great. I have used it in front of an Line 6 XTLive pedal board and it really adds a lot of life to the XTLive.Overall, I'm very happy and if it were lost or stolen I'd buy another right away.


Awesome for Direct Recording

By MattMag1

from Carrboro, NC

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I've owned my Womanizer for a while and I just used it for recording for the first time, and it rocks. Just on straight guitar tone, this is true a POD killer. Got every type of sound imaginable from nice clean and compressed, to big chunky flat out distortion. Worked well with the modulation and delay effects on my pedal board, too. I've used it in front of my amp as a distortion pedal and wasn't too happy with it. Always seemed to have a lot of "wuff" that I just couldn't get rid of. For direct recording though, can't beat it. Is it my mic'd, cranked Super-sonic? No. But for what it is, it's great recording tool that can get "good tones" without shaking the whole house. A little pricey, but if you're recoding a lot would be worth it.


Changed my playing


from Glastonbury, CT

Got this primarily for clean and blues break leads. Between the opto-compression and a slight break in the tubes I am getting clean tones that I never imagined - even beyond what I get with either of my two amps (Fender Hot Rod Deluxe, Mesa Boogie Studio 22+). . . Not to mention the versatility of all of the overdriven tones. Between the 2 sound tubes, compression, and both pre and post eq virtually every o/d tone is attainable.I have had slightly less success with a direct to mixer tone, but have not work too much on this aspect. And obviously, this is a chunk of change for an 'overdrive' pedal.However . . .If you are a tube sound junkie like me, this pedal is a must!


Just too good.

By Chris Stookey

from Spokane, WA

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Unbelievable tube tone. Warm and spongy. This distortion/overdrive is perfect for classic rock, blues, and even fusion. The distortion is thick an rich, but not so over-the-top that it would work for metal. Brilliant presence without sounding at all brittle. The quality of the product is truly exception with high-grade materials used on every element. I think that I can actually say that this unit has the best "classic" tube tone of any of my 100+ distortion/overdrive pedals. Expensive yes. Worth it? Without a single doubt!

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The Direct Recording Solution

By Chris-B4goY

from Reno NV

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I own both the Womanizer and Demonizer. These pedals deliver authentic class A valve distortion directly into a sound board/recording console. No need to set up amps or cabinets with expensive mics. The Womanizer provides the classic rock/bluesy overdrive tones beautifully while the Demonizer is a shreader (think Black Sabbath). The distortion is a warm, fat lovely growl. My set up is a Powerhouse Deluxe Strat (seymore duncan pups) --> Summit Audio TD-100 preamp --> Boss GT8 w/ Womanizer in the effects loop --> Digital Multitrack. The tone quality is all pro, even without the TD-100 preamp. It was my answer for pure valve distortion for direct recording since that's all I really do. You will need a tone modeler of some kind like the GT8, Line 6 or Vox Tonelab. By themselves sculpturing tone is limited. These pedals are all about gain. That's where they excel and it's worth it.

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