T-Rex Diabolic Gristle Tone Manipulator Overdrive Pedal

T-Rex Diabolic Gristle Tone Manipulator Overdrive PedalThe T-Rex Diabolic Gristle Tone Manipulator (the DGTM for short) is one of the newer pedals from T-Rex.  Released in 2010, the pedal was first debuted at the Winter NAMM 2009 show, and it was met with tremendous response.  The DGTM is designed to be more than just a standard overdrive.  It’s got a bit more punch to it, punch that was designed by guitarist Greg Koch.  This pedal provides many features players, especially those who admire Koch’s music, want.

The T-Rex DGTM can provide players with a subtle boost for songs that need a light touch, but for those that really need to roar, the overdrive can be kicked up a notch to produce lush overdriven chords.  When you need your sound to be more transparent, you can turn the distortion way down.  When you need to make it crunchy, just rotate the knob upwards.  The device also has a flavor switch that lets you go from the classic, chunky overdrive to a more modern sound that’s somewhat more compressed.  This allows the DGTM to function almost as two different overdrives.  In addition to the flavor switch and the distortion (gristle) knob, the device also has controls for tone and gravy (their term for volume).  The T-Rex Diabolic Gristle Tone Manipulator retails for $199. (more...)

September 27, 2010
Posted in T-Rex — anthony @ 4:04 pm

Dr. Z Carmen Ghia Boutique Amp

Dr. Z Carmen GhiaThere are some amps that look like they sound.  These amps are big and bad looking, and you just know they’re going to due damage.  Then there are those that surprise you, and the Dr. Z Carmen Ghia boutique amp is one of these.  It doesn’t look like much when you first see it, but once you hear this little package in action, you’ll be shocked.  The warmth and richness of the notes is amazing, and it has incredible sustain that few amps of its size can pull off.  As the volume increases, so too does the sound, and the big notes just keep sounding louder and punchier.  It’s a great amp for any gig, but it also works great in the studio for those who want to sound large.  You don’t have to worry about your sounds getting drowned out by other noises.

The Carmen Ghia’s 18 watts of energy are provided by two EL84 cathode tubes.  The preamp uses a 5751 and a 12AX7, while the rectifier uses a 5Y3.  It has volume and tone control, and the amp uses an Eminence Red Fang 10 inch speaker.  These little babies are highly sought after, with a used Carmen Ghia costing around $1,200. (more...)

September 14, 2010
Posted in Dr. Z Amps — anthony @ 6:45 pm

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