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The NOCTURNE 'BILLY BRAIN™ preamp / Handwired "custom shop"


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Use a master volume amp, and ride the gain? Love to play dirty? Love your crunchy amp sound but wish you could hear more of your hands through the mix? ...You might need the Nocturne 'Billy Brain™

How is this different than the Dynobrain, you ask? Well its gain level takes over where the Atomic Brain leaves off.. More punch, more bite. an RE-301 vintage preamp on steroids. I've incorporated the "Stange" stage of this pedal, it just takes over when the gain knob is beyond 2 oclock on the dial.
When Stang mode comes into play most fender and vox style amps will quickly go into a crunchy twang with this preamp. Its definitely a texas psychobilly freakout. I think this pedal really works wonders for master volume amp and if you like your tele or hollowbody guitar with grease, this Billy Brain will take your tube amp there. Even my Strat goes into SRV territory through my blonde and blackface amps, no overdrive box needed.

This is 100% a preamplifier in a pedal, not an overdrive but will take your tube guitar amp into clipping territory while never losing one bit of your guitars original tone and dynamics, but rather enhancing your finger tone.

A bit about the circuit in this lovely preampI've replicated a much improved Vintage Japanese 70's preamp from the RE-301 Tape Delay machine known as the Space Echo.  A Full sonic spectrum, preamplifier that is hand wired & loaded with hi-fidelity audio components; 22 gauge bonded copper strand wiring,, vishay metal film resistors in the audio path, socketed Opamp, Metal Film cap, Quality Sprague, Panasonic Electrolytics, etc w/ all flying leads to Alpha pots and switchcraft jacks w/ hardwire true bypass. 

We've Improved the input impedence, extended the gain range & added a Bass cut that the original RE-301 didnt have, this aids in use with cranked small amp to keep the speaker from farting out AND when the Bass Cut is dialed back to 7 oclock, the tone sweep will give you a leaner, tighter modern flavor. Dial it back to 4-5 o'clock for the vintage full low mids of the original character and color. a "vintage-modern" contour if you will.

My pedals are Loaded with the best Hi Fidelity audio components; silver mica and metal film caps, vishay & xicon metal film resistors in the audio path, panasonic & sprague electrolytics, 22 gauge bonded copper strand wiring to circuit board, socketed Opamp,  w/ all flying leads to Alpha pots and Switchcraft jacks plus HD stomp switch hardwired, true bypass. These components are upgraded from the original generic parts you will find in the vintage RE-301 space echo, that were very noisy. The original RE-301 was actually much quieter, w greater headroom than its predecessor the RE-201 that used random non spec carbon film resistors and transistors. So w our replication of the RE-301 space echo preamp, you are getting a much quieter version. If you want the option of the NOS Toshiba linear chip, please see the Dynobrain BS-301. No different, just vintage snobbier. :)  All our preamps operate at 9v and 12v. I prefer to run mine at 9v for more texture and saturation at max gain.

Now in Black Mist sparkle w purple pinstripes graphics
Please allow 8-9 weeks for us to build your pedal for you, These are all built per order one at a time by  myself and my son.

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