Thursday, July 31, 2008

TONE FREQ REVIEW – Visual Sound V2 Double Trouble

I have been a huge fan of Visual Sound pedals ever since I tried the H20 (chorus/delay) years ago. Since then Visual Sound pedals have been a staple on my pedal boards. After hearing about the new line of V2 pedals of course I had to jump on one and hear it for myself.

I’ve always liked the Tubescreamer for its musical rich distortion. If you play classic rock, pop or blues it should have a permanent home in your setup, in my humble opinion.This pedal would even make the greatest of Texas guitar slingers gleam with pride and joy! The Double Trouble is designed by head honcho/creator Bob Weil and engineer extraordinaire R.G. Keen to better than your ordinary Tubescreamer 808 clone. By popular demand of fans of their Route 66 and Jekyll & Hyde pedals they have put two of their overdrive sections together. You can get a wide array of tones from this bad-boy. From clean boost, to nice creamy Texas and May-like sing-song saturation the Double Trouble delivers.

What I dig about this pedal is the versatility. The range of tones is great. The bass boost ads some welcomed girth. If you are playing through a single 12 it makes it sound like you are playing through a 2x12. If you are playing through a 2x12 you grab some of that 4x12 response. The fact that you can activate both channels independently is great – as if you gained three more channels on your amp! The drive and tone controls are very responsive and cleverly protected from unwanted adjustments by the new contoured back. The V2 line of upgrades includes a new embossed foot switch designed to last 10-million foot stomps. The new baseball mound diecast aluminum chassis has also been redesigned to reduce the footprint by 20% - more room for more pedals! The battery access door has also been redesigned for easy access. The jacks are also hand wired onto the circuit board so if you step on a plug wrong the pedal will still work.

If you are looking for a more aggressive metal type of grind this pedal is not for you. If you are looking to get more out of a TS-808 then look no further the Double Trouble has found you!

VERDICT: AWESOME!

TONE FREQ RECOMMENDED!

High points: tonal versatility, bass boost on both channels

Low points: None

Visual Sound V2 Double Trouble pedal features:

Overdrive circuits from Jekyll & Hyde and Route 66 pedals
Dual drive, tone, and volume controls
Bass boost
Easy-access battery door
Optional AC power
Heavy-duty die-cast aluminum housing

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See it in action!


Check out www.visualsound.net for more info!

Freq’n out? E-mail Aljon: tonefreq(at)gmail(dot)com.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Aljon Go is considered to be a “pedal junkie” by his peers often asked for advice when building pedal boards. He toured the world with his award winning band Mink and was the artist relations/marketing pro for a musical accessory company. He currently spends his time bringing new and exciting tones to regional acts Jaux King and JonesWorld. He is also host of the long running “Local Buzz” radio show in Nashville and product specialist for a leading guitar company. Freq’n out? E-mail Aljon: tonefreq(at)gmail(dot)com.

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