This is the first time we've done this – a short edit of a long video, in response to a section of the viewership who are just far too busy for the long videos. We've taken out the tangents, the exploration and all the fun stuff for everyone who wants to cut to the chase and just hear what it sounds like, man.
Please don't moan that it's too short - just watch the long one! https://youtu.be/MgEs2iXdsJE
And you can forget about asking for a medium-length one. Noooo waaaaay daddio.
In this episode we take a look at three professional quality pedal preamps capable of Marshall ‘plexi’-type tones. That term of course means many things to many people so we don’t spend too long worrying about it… but we do spend absolutely bloomin’ ages listening to the new V4 The Sheriff pedal from Victory, our old favourite Kingsley Constable V2 and the Origin Effects Revival Drive.
One key difference between a pedal preamp and a 'normal' OD pedal is the way they are designed to be used. Typically a preamp has much more output and EQ scope and is therefore able to feed straight into a power amp or FX loop return, essentially adding a whole alternative front end to your amp/board/recording setup. Most 'normal' pedals don't sound at their best used that way and perform better in conjunction with the front end of your amp. Which is great when you love your amp... but if you don't, or want something entirely different, a whole separate preamp could be the answer.
Whether they actually sound like a Marshall Plexi is a moot point. Much more interesting is the depth and range of their sounds when hitting the power section of your favourite amp. Thus, we hook up the trusty Fender Hot Rod Deluxe and work our way through a bunch of guitars.
Amps in this video:
• Fender Hot Rod Deluxe VIII with standard speaker
Guitars in this video:
• Gibson Memphis 1958 ES-335 - no video yet
• Fender Custom Shop ’63 Telecaster – watch Dan’s video at
• Gretsch G5422TG Electromatic - watch Mick’s video at http://bit.ly/2p9U1MU
• Gibson Custom 1958 Les Paul Standard – watch Dan’s video at http://bit.ly/2dbwbvS
• Fender ’60s Reverse Headstock Strat - watch Mick’s video at http://bit.ly/2BuMqMZ
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