That Pedal Show – Do We Like Transistor Amps? Part 1

Published on Sep 30, 2016

In this episode Daniel and Mick attempt to test their preconceptions of transistor amps. It’s no secret that they both love valve amps and really don’t like using anything else. However, transistor amps – and transistor amps that also use modelling – are an important and valid part of the amp world. We keep getting asked for our opinion on them, so this is step one!

We take three low/mid-price amps – one fully transistor, one transistor/modelling hybrid and one valve amp – and use them with a range of common overdrive and distortion pedals. We also chuck in a compressor for good measure, and touch of delay here and there.
There are some surprising discoveries alongside some entirely expected outcomes!

Pedals in this episode…

• Ibanez TS9 Tube Screamer
UK & Europe:

• Fulltone OCD V7
UK & Europe:

• Electro-Harmonic Big Muff Pi With Tone Wicker
UK & Europe:

• Origin Effects Cali76 Compact Deluxe
UK & Europe:

• Strymon El Capistan
UK & Europe:

• Kingsley Harlot Tube Overdrive

Amps in this episode…
• Orange Crush Pro CR60
UK & Europe:

• Roland Blues Cube Stage
UK & Europe:

• Fender Bassbreaker 18/30
UK & Europe:

As ever, all switching and routing is handled by TheGigRig G2.

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Interesting bits and go-to sections…
• Intro & context setting: 0:40 – 3:15
• Today’s amps: 3:15 – 6:00
• Today’s pedals introduction: 7:00
• Tube Screamer & all three amps (amps set ‘clean’): 7:51
• OCD & all three amps (amps set ‘clean’): 11:09
Big Muff Pi With Wicker into all the amps (amps set ‘clean’): 14:08
Kingsley Harlot into all the amps (amps set ‘clean’): 18:06
Origin Cali76 Compact Deluxe into all three amps (amps set ‘clean’): 21:20
All pedals into the Orange (amp set with gain): 29:27
OCD into the Roland (amp set with gain): 31:33
OCD into the Fender (amp set slightly more crunchy): 32:18
Tube Screamer into all Fender and Roland (amps set with gain/more crunchy) 33:05
Harlot into all three amps (amps set with gain/more crunchy) 34:08
Kingsley Harlot into Fender vs Roland Blues Cube on its own: 38:00
Everything on at once 43:30

Guitars in this episode
• Fender Custom Shop ’63 Telecaster– watch Dan’s video at
Fender American Vintage ’62 Stratocaster – watch Mick’s video at
PRS DGT– watch Mick’s video at

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