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Mesa Boogie Tone-Burst, Grid Slammer, Flux-Drive, and Throttle Box Tone Samples

January 2, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Mesa Boogie Pedals 2013

Mesa Boogie recently announced four new bad ass overdrive pedals – these pedals are: Tone-Burst, Grid Slammer, Flux-Drive, and Throttle Box. Below are the details along with some sweet ass tone samples from Mesa/Boogie:

MESA Pedals are built by the very same artisans that create the Award Winning Mark Five, the legendary Dual Rectifier and the new TransAtlantic TA-30. These pedals feature the same quality components, craftsmanship and inspiring performance as all of our custom amplifiers.

They’re all hand-built in our one and only shop in Petaluma California…. the Home of Tone! And every MESA pedal is backed by our legendary Customer Service and our long-standing commitment to musicians worldwide since 1969!

Tone-Burst

The TONE-BURST Boost/Overdrive offers a virtually transparent gain range usually associated with “clean” boost pedals. However, the TONE-BURST has enough gain to boost your guitar to the threshold of clip and slightly beyond, making it far more useful for a variety of applications. It’s incredibly powerful for adding boost, drive and/or EQ to any guitar and amp combination. Whether using it as a utility to boost the output of single coils to match a humbucker or as a subtle overdrive when a standard overdrive may be too much, the TONE-BURST is an incredibly useful and expressive pedal that makes the best things sound even better!

Mesa Boogie Tone Burst Boost/Overdrive Audio Samples

Features:

  • Designed and Hand-Built in Petaluma, California, USA
  • True Bypass On/Off Switching – Bypasses all circuitry when off to ensure no tonal loss
  • Gain Control allows you to dial in the perfect amount of boost or mild overdrive
  • Master Level Control provides a variable range of signal boost up to +20db
  • Bass & Treble Controls provide +/- 12db of EQ boost or cut for exceptional tone shaping
  • On/Off Status LED
  • 9V Battery Powered or optional AC Powered via External Power Jack Input
  • Input & Output Jacks (Nominal Input -20 db)

Grid Slammer

The GRID SLAMMER Overdrive is an overdrive pedal that produces a variable boost in gain over a wide range with a classic, guitar-centric midrange bump that enhances many different playing styles. It’s a true overdrive “specialist” that covers an amazing array of what many top players consider the most expressive and musical ranges of overdrive. From sweet, subtle breakup to a harmonically smoldering overdrive that can both sting and sing, the GRID SLAMMER sets a new bar in legendary overdrive!

Mesa Boogie Grid Slammer Overdrive Tone Samples

Features:

  • Designed and Hand-Built in Petaluma, California, USA
  • True Bypass On/Off Switching – Bypasses all circuitry when off to ensure no tonal loss
  • Gain Control allows you to dial in the perfect amount of vintage breakup or classic overdrive
  • Master Level Control provides a variable range of signal boost up to +20db
  • Tone Control balances the amount of high frequencies
  • On/Off Status LED
  • 9V Battery Powered or optional AC Powered via External Power Jack Input
  • Input & Output Jacks (Nominal Input -20 db)

Flux-Drive

The FLUX-DRIVE Overdrive+ is an overdrive for those who want more of all the best things from an overdrive! It has more liquid gain and enhanced sustain that easily feeds into rich harmonic overtones making it incredibly addictive and inspiring to play, especially to enhance a crunch or higher gain amp channel! It also offers a more complete tone-shaping network with individual Treble and Bass controls. This architecture makes the FLUX-DRIVE a more complete preamp with added versatility beyond that of most overdrive pedals.

Mesa Boogie Flux-Drive Overdrive Tone Samples

Features:

  • Designed and Hand-Built in Petaluma, California, USA
  • True Bypass On/Off Switching – Bypasses all circuitry when off to ensure no tonal loss
  • Gain Control allows you to dial in the perfect amount of vocal-overdrive, dynamic to sustaining
  • Master Level Control provides a variable range of signal boost up to +20db
  • Bass & Treble Controls provide +/- 12db of EQ boost or cut for exceptional tone shaping
  • On/Off Status LED
  • 9V Battery Powered or optional AC Powered via External Power Jack Input
  • Input & Output Jacks (Nominal Input -20 db)

Throttle Box

The THROTTLE BOX Distortion serves up all genres of ROCK with cut and aggression, but retains the signature warmth and organic sonic quality found in all our instruments. While its main strengths lie in higher-gain sounds, it’s also versatile and the lower gain options shouldn’t be overlooked for classic rock or howling blues. It also features a unique Mid Cut that scoops out midrange to produce the signature Boogie “V” EQ-curve that so many artists have employed in our amps to create the world’s heaviest guitar tones!

Mesa Boogie Throttle Box Distortion Tone Samples

Features

  • Designed and Hand-Built in Petaluma, California, USA
  • True Bypass On/Off Switching – Bypasses all circuitry when off to ensure no tonal loss
  • Gain Control allows you to dial in the perfect amount of classic to modern high-gain
  • Lo/High Gain Switch provides classic crunch to modern meltdown
  • Master Level Control provides a variable range of signal boost up to +20db
  • Tone Control balances the amount of high frequencies
  • Mid-Cut Control provides powerful mid-scoop for modern high-gain styles
  • Internal EQ-Boost Switch provides added style/voicing option
  • On/Off Status LED
  • 9V Battery Powered or optional AC Powered via External Power Jack Input
  • Input & Output Jacks (Nominal Input -20 db)

For more information:
Mesa/Boogie

Top Five Overdrive Pedals

May 31, 2011 by · 5 Comments 

Top Five Overdrive Guitar Pedals

When considering which overdrive pedals belong on the Mount Rushmore of guitar gear, we here at Gear-Vault took one major consideration into account, which is tone. Let’s face it – overdrive is overdrive, and has been since studio musician Grady Martin continued playing despite a faulty pre-amp circuit in the console of a Nashville recording studio in 1961. The nuances of distortion, and opinions about its place in music, have been fine-tuned ever since. This list leans toward pedals that the average musician can afford – the exotic special effects pedals that so few serious artists ever really use anyway are excluded. This list is intended to let you know which pedals might be best for your sound, with the number of pedals sold not having too much influence on their ranking. One caveat for all: None of the following pedals come with earplugs, the use of which is strongly encouraged for the proper use of these smoking guns. In reverse order: Read more

Line 6 POD HD300 Review

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Easy Expression Converter Released

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guitarcablePresser — db Instrument Amp announces the official release of their Easy Expression Converter. The Easy Expression Converter transforms a standard volume pedal into a real expression pedal. The converter looks like a typical insert cable and simply connects between the volume pedal and expression device.

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Most times when a volume pedal is used as an expression controller, there is a dead area of pedal motion and erratic variable changes. The Easy Expression Converter makes a volume pedal deliver the full range of motion with even value changes. Now you can make a great volume pedal work like a real expression pedal Read more

NAMM 2011: Rivera Shaman Guitar Pedals

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NAMM 2011 — Rivera Shaman Making their surprise debut last Friday alongside the all-new Rockcrusher attenuator, Rivera have announced a new range of stompboxes – the first to be released under the Rivera name for thirty years.

The Shaman range kicks off with three very different overdrive pedals: the Blues Shaman is aimed at blues players; the Metal Shaman is for metallists – naturally; and for everything else the Double Shaman promises to be a highly versatile performer, with two channels called LA and Austin. Read more

NAMM 2011: New Dunlop MXR Guitar Pedals

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Dunlop made a big splash at this year’s winter NAMM show. Introducing some great stompboxes ranging from distortion, noise gate, chorus, and, of course, Zakk Wylde Phase. See four pedals below. Read more

NAMM 2011: Boss RC-30 and RC-3 Loop Station Pedals

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boss-rc-3-loop-stationNAMM 2011 — Boss is proud to announce the RC-30 and RC-3 Loop Station pedals, the latest additions to its industry-leading line-up of pedal-based loop recorders.

Featuring high-powered digital signal processing, stereo operation, and useful new cutting-edge features, these battery-powered loopers are worthy successors to top-selling RC-20XL and RC-2 Loop Station pedals.

Live looping has become an increasingly popular means of creative expression for musicians everywhere, and Loop Station products have played a pivotal role in the rise of this new type of performing. Now, powered by Boss’ proprietary ESC2 DSP chip, the RC-30 and RC-3 Loop Stations offer looping musicians the most powerful and best-sounding tools yet for recording and manipulating audio loops live and in the studio. Read more

NAMM 2011: TC Electronic Guitar Effects & Distortion Pedals

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TC Electronic Guitar Effects & Distortion Pedals

TC Electronic introduces 7 amazing guitar pedals that deliver first-class tones right out of the box, featuring a true bypass and analog-dry-through design that guarantees maximum tonal integrity and ultimate clarity. On top of that, 5 of these new pedals – Corona Chorus, Flashback Delay & Looper, Vortex Flanger, Shaker Vibrato and Hall of Fame Reverb – let users play with unique tones created by some of the world’s greatest guitar players.

TC Electronic believes in moving the possibilities of guitar forward and the 5 pedals mentioned above feature a new and ground-breaking concept called ‘TonePrint’ that gives users instant access to the sounds of their favorite guitar heroes. A TonePrint isn’t just a static preset, it’s a complete re-tuning of the pedal including the sound and how the pots react – everything that makes a pedal unique.

TC Electronic has collaborated with some of the best guitarists in the world – such as John Petrucci, Ron ‘Bumblefoot’ Thal, Joe Perry, Orianthi and Doug Aldrich – to create the first batch of TonePrints, but that’s just the beginning – the list of contributing artists will expand massively in the future! Read more

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toadworks-eqNAMM 2011 — ToadWorks USA announces the release of a new line of DSP-based effects under the DECO brand. Rugged new DSP-based effects, ‘hand-crafted in the USA’

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