Blowtorch?

Blowtorch?

Postby jfh2424 » Tue Aug 05, 2008 5:56 am

Hi, I need some distortion and I have been impressed by this one so far. Anyone have one? Comments?

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Re: Blowtorch?

Postby SmittyG » Tue Aug 05, 2008 7:45 am

I have one and flat love it. You have a lot of control over the amount of dry vs effected signal and then you can dial in anything from mild overdrive to full on fuzz. The selectable mids give you a lot of EQ control over the distorted signal. I use it for all my rock gigs.
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Re: Blowtorch?

Postby steveonbass » Tue Aug 05, 2008 9:26 am

Could you guys please touch upon the character of the distortion through it's different phases? Maybe give us a little more to grab onto regarding the sound? I've never played one. The name sounds like it is marketed more towards the gainy side of distortion. Does it cop organic overdriven tones or is it gainy/gritty even at subtle settings?
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Re: Blowtorch?

Postby SmittyG » Tue Aug 05, 2008 11:19 am

I'm not a big fan of buzzy type sounds. Basically, I only use it for the light overdrive type tones. Works great for me. However, I can't claim to have ever A/B'd it with an actual tube head; but then, I don't have to haul around a tube head.
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Re: Blowtorch?

Postby jfh2424 » Tue Aug 05, 2008 12:07 pm

If you go on youtube, there is a guy there that does a well rounded review of this pedal. Ed Friedland also did a cool review, but I cannot find it. Does anyone know where I can get it?

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Re: Blowtorch?

Postby jfh2424 » Mon Aug 11, 2008 6:30 am

Hi, I have found one that I can buy but it does not come with a power supply. What do you guys use for a power supply?

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Re: Blowtorch?

Postby SmittyG » Mon Aug 11, 2008 7:08 am

I bought mine new and it didn't come with a power supply--I just use two 9v batteries. They hold up pretty good for me, but I only use the pedal when I gig and I unplug during breaks.
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Re: Blowtorch?

Postby jfh2424 » Mon Aug 11, 2008 9:15 am

Thanks Smitty. Yeah, it needs an 18 volt power supply. They seem about impossible to find.

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Re: Blowtorch?

Postby jfh2424 » Mon Aug 11, 2008 10:12 am

Found a Dunlop adapter for it, $20 local so I guess I am good to go. Thanks!

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Re: Blowtorch?

Postby Cheap Bass Tard » Wed Feb 09, 2011 1:17 pm

I recently added one to my board. I like it better than the Blackout Effectors Musket Fuzz which was way too muddy for my taste. With the torch switch in, it's a nasty, evil, snarling pit bull of a distortion pedal, but retains the clean bottom due to the way the pedal is designed to not muck up the fundamental.

With the torch switch out it's more of a mild to moderate overdrive.

Also, I like the variable mid shift. I can get some nasty, grainy, buzz which, when combined with an octaver and an envelope really sounds gnarly.

And the lighter OD with a phaser gives a nice swirly, psychedelic vibe.

Only beginning to scratch the surface of what this bad boy can do, but I like it better than my Musket Fuzz or my VT Bass.

Won't cop the vintage SVT or Fliptop tones like the VT Bass (translation: I haven't yet dialed those in) but IMO a much more flexible pedal. Can get nice and gritty without jacking up the gain structure the way a VT Bass does.

As usual IMO, YMMV, OMG, WTF, ADHD, 24/7/365, etc. etc...
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