Amp In A Box Pedals Vs ‘Normal’ Overdrive & Graphic EQ [And A Couple Of Cranked Amps]

Published 3 Jun 2022

Welcome to the show! Amp-in-a-box pedals are marketed as a great way to invoke the character of a classic guitar amplifier… without actually needing the classic guitar amplifier. We put that premise to the test in this video, with a selection of such beasts. Importantly, we also ask: ‘How close can we get with a ‘normal’ overdrive pedal, an EQ and maybe a compressor?'
Now clearly, there are many hundreds of pedals we could have chosen instead of these, so don’t get too twisty-wristy about our choices today if your particular fave isn’t featured (probability says it’s almost certainly not). Instead, consider-ye the bigger question.
Anyway schmanyway, by the time we’ve all got annoyed about the pedal choices and argued that this one really //does// sound like an amp… at the end we do actually crank a couple of ‘classic’ guitar amps to sorta, kinda prove the point that AIAB box pedals can only go so far! Do you agree?
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Pedals & stuff used in this video
• TheGigRig Three2One

• Sonic Research ST-300 Mini Tuner

• ZVEX ’59 Sound

• Crazy Tube Circuits Crossfire

• Wampler Plexi Drive Mini
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• Boss GE-7 Equalizer
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• Nobels ODR-1
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• Xotic SP Compressor
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• Source Audio Collider Delay & Reverb
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• TheGigRig G3

Interesting bits and go-to sections…
0:00 Intro playing
3:24 What are we doing today?
4:55 We have a problem with it
5:37 Today’s pedals and premise
8:00 Today’s amps
10:56 ZVEX ’59 Sound
14:57 ODR-1 & EQ?
25:50 CTC Crossfire amp side
35:25 Crossfire OD side
38:50 Wampler Plexi Drive Mini
49:40 Thoughts so far
50:45 Cranking the Deluxe Reverb
54:00 Cranking the Bass Breaker (Bassman)
57:12 Closing thoughts

Guitars in this episode:
• Fender Custom Shop ’63 Telecaster – watch Dan’s video here:
• 1970 Fender Stratocaster - no video yet
• Gibson Custom True Historic 1957 Les Paul Goldtop Murphy Aged - no video yet
• 1961 Gibson Les Paul Junior – watch Dan’s video here:

Amps & cabs in this episode:
• Fender ’65 Deluxe Reverb Reissue
• Supro Black Magick 1x12 combo (no reverb)
• Fender Custom Shop Bass Breaker (c2002)

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