NPD!! Amptweaker Tight Metal Jr.

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  1. mguilherme87

    mguilherme87 SouthShoreSeven

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    What up? So my band is going to be rehearsing at a space in Plymouth an hour from my house. I needed a good, versatile pedal to cop the tones of my EVH 5150iii head when I'm using somebody else's amp/backline. I decided on this as James Brown designed the original 5150. It sounds pretty sick! The build quality and looks are superb. I play mostly 80's- modern rock and metal but nothing super scooped and brutal. The heaviest we go is Alice and Chains for example. Except for our originals which are a bit more modern sounding and more distorted. So far this thing is killer! Tons of gain and a sweet tone with all of the controls at noon (gain at 1 or 2 o' clock) I have the midrange character switch set to "thrash" and the bass character switch set to "flat". This is the closest I could come to the 5150iii head tone. Does anybody else have experience with this beautiful pedal?
     
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    I love my modded TMjr and i know a few people on here love the TM’s too.

    Are you plugging into the effects loop? If so I suggest picking in an Amptweaker DepthFinder to go with the TMjr.
     
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    Happy NPD, the Tight Metal line is killer, I use the Pro version myself.

    If you're not going too heavy, it'll have more than enough gain, but I find it really benefits with a boost in front. Tightens things up a bit and it gives it more bite, even if you're not looking for more saturation.
     
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    I've got a Wampler Tumnus deluxe in front of it! Haven't needed to boost it yet, but I'm whipping it out tonight at rehearsal so we will see how it goes!
     
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    I haven't tried going directly into the effects loop yet! What noticeable difference does it give?
     
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    That’s actually how it’s suppose to be run. And im not sure what difference it gives because that’s the only way I’ve ever tried it :lol:

    The TM is a preamp so it’s meant to go straight into a poweramp. Give it a shot and see if you like it.

    Signal chain should go:
    guitar > TMjr > effects loop return jack.

    This completely bypasses your head’s preamp in favor of the TMjr.
     
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    mguilherme87 SouthShoreSeven

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    That's interesting. Im not sure what I did wrong, but I tried plugging the guitar into my pedalboard and then into the Effects loop return of my Blackstar HT-40 club combo but I didnt get any sound. Do I need a dummy cable in the effects loop send?
     
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    Nope, nothing in the send, nothing in the main input, only the effects return.

    Double check your connections, your volume on the pedal and your volume on the head
     
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    Awesome congrats.

    I actually had a buddy hook me up with the TM Pro. It is currently in the mail and I am excited to try it out. I have been on the micro rig quest recently. I have tried a few things so far and I have a feeling this may be the one.

    I am curious to see your results with the FX Loop. I am pretty new to this and have only tried 2 things. The Herbert Preamp and the Emma Pisseduhauhsiuhaiuh.

    The Emma I am aware is not a preamp but there was a huge volume drop vs the Herbert. After reading your reply I am starting to wonder if I just hooked it up wrong :p
     
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    How’s the Herbert? I found the VH4 to be lacking gain.
     
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    Yeah I have that Emma and it is a killer pedal. I actually modelled it with my KPA and it is very dry like The Feared 'Vinter' album.
     
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    Well I sold it lol.

    Its very well built and it did sound good but left me wanting more. The gain was just odd. It was there, I had to max it and I liked a boost pedal in front but it was just a different type of gain.

    Hard to explain, more growl and less saturation I suppose. The Tight Metal is way gainier IMO than the Herbert. Dont get me wrong, it did sound good. I just wanted something different.

    Here is a quick clip I made with it.

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    That sounds exactly like the VH4. This video sounds just alright. It has that amplike growl, but if that’s gain maxed then wow.
     
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    Man I’m glad to hear those opinions on the Diezel pedals before i actually bought one.
     
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    Hate to detail this, but does anyone have a solid comparison on the Tight Metal at 9v vs 18v?

    I've only found 1 review on here that mentions it, basically says it affects the amount of bass and gain.
     
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    18v definitely sounds better to me. You can always get a little voltage doubler. I think disaster area sells them. No need to get an entirely new power supply.
     
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    @kindsage how's it sound better?

    And it looks like Dunlop sells a pretty cheap 18v power supply I might get, cheaper than the disaster area voltage doubler.
     
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    Sounds more open and aggressive. A lot “livelier” for lack of a better term.
     
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    Edit ^^^: “a lot” is a strong term. It’s not a huge difference but it’s definitely noticeable
     
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    You just made me realize I am a dumbass, lol. I built a clone last year, and I always thought it sounded OK.... however, you just made me realize I have always used it as a distortion pedal in front of an amp, lol. Just tried it into the loop of my Recto, and it sounds WAY better. I still think it lacks bass though, so a graphic EQ after it brings some chug to it. I am sure getting the resonance mod is worthwhile on the real deal version.
     

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