The JR BARNYARD™
The JR BARNYARD™
Hot Preamp (octal tube amp character pedal)
This FET based preamp uses a hand selected/spec'd NOS Motorola transistor and a mix of imported Soviet germanium & Fairchild silicon diodes at its core with other sexy components like NOS Mial Caps, NOS Cornell Dublier & Mullard and/or Wima film caps, Switchcraft jacks and hand wired up w Flying leads from the circuit board like a vintage american amplifier, no click n snap offshore junk builds here. This preamp was made to give your instrument and amp the character response of hot octal tubes and field coil type amplifiers of the 40s.
I've had players asking for a *junior barnard & *charlie christian type of "warm cook'n" preamp that will keep the transparency of the instrument intact and work w a variety of backline tube amps.. so thats what I ended up with here with this preamp pedal that was actually created for Upright Bass and Acoustic instruments to comp old vintage recorded sounds.
Turns out its badass for guitar too, and this is why it has a Body depth switch (deep & Flat) and Bright switch for a variety of guitars, mandos,ukes, banjos,dreadnaughts..it just flat out brings you into the front of mix with reedy vintage warmth and definition like you hear when the musicians of the *Texas Playboys were asked to floor it w/ a solo by ol' *Bob Wills. I'll even go so far to say it will help Gypsy Jazz players comp that snarly Django amplified tone.
Again to be fair, I first developed this for the Gorilla & his Upright bass, so he could get a warmer vintage pluck to his King Double bass, he he does w our 51' Kay double bass. Then I found it was killer for my own instruments on stage. I added a hot stomp switch to it so I could dial in more texture and finger tone for my vintage style big bobbin single coil guitars. (thats the stomp switch on the left) too boot! I want that Fatboy Rag kinda low down n dirty sound from my guitars that I can click on and off
at will from the fairly clean tube amps I perform with.
This pedal is True bypass of course, powered by a standard *boss style 9V DC adaptor but runs at 12V & 18v too if you need a bigger cleaner response for some reason, I want you to be ready for all situations. (no power supply adapter inc, requires audio quality (9v, 12v or 18v adaptor)
Pedal box has a baked powder coated finish, & is in a limited "Dirty Snow White" sparkle w original Dakaware vintage style pointer knobs. allow 2 weeks for build time.
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