Amptweaker TightDrive Overdrive Pedal

January 14, 2010 by · 1 Comment 

Amptweaker TightDrive OverdriveAmpTweaker is a new company founded by James Brown; former engineer at Peavey Electronics. James Brown is currently Chief Engineer for Kustom Amps. James Brown was responsible for some renown Peavey Amp designs, including Peavey 5150, XXX, JSX, Classic 50, Classic 30 and DeltaBlues. James was the lead engineer working with Eddie Van Halen for 13 years and also collaborated with Joe Satriani to reinforce his name in the guitar amplifier industry. Read more

Rick Gram Studios Tz-1 Woman Tone

October 27, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

Rick Gram Studios Tz-1 Woman Tone“Nipples glow red when ON!” boasts the brochure for Rick Gram Studio Tz-1 Woman Tone. And indeed they do. Activate this titillating tone bender and you’ll be pleased, amused or maybe just outraged to find that the red LEDs illuminate the bountiful breasts of the bodacious blond silk-screened on the control panel of this creamy overdrive unit.

But if the packaging of the Woman Tone is outrageous, the tones it produces are as classy as they come: warm, responsive overdrives that react with smooth subtlety to variations in picking attack and guitar volume. Like Ibanez’s hallowed Tube Screamer or Boss’ now extinct OD-1 Overdrive pedals, the Tz-1 is not designed to produce gobs of gain. It instead excels at reproducing the creamy, compressed tones obtained by flooring classic non-master volume Marshall and Fender amps.

The plastic casing and input and output jacks may eventually crumble at the feet of booted bruisers, and a tone control would have been a welcome addition to the level and gain knobs. But the Woman Tone’s innards, which include noise quashing internal voltage-regulation circuitry and tone-saving virtual-bypass circuitry, are thoughtfully designed and well assembled. Rick Gram Studios also offers the Catch-A-Buzz and the Franken Tone fuzz/distortion pedals. They, however, are not mammary powered.