Pretty Years settings/notes/hax



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Re: Pretty Years settings/notes/hax

Postby kboman » Wed Mar 03, 2021 4:18 am

That tromboniness was genuine and very impressive. I need to try your settings!
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Re: Pretty Years settings/notes/hax

Postby augur44 » Fri Mar 05, 2021 7:45 am

Hey mates ! Still using yours ?

Been using mine at the end of the chain as final high gain pedal.
This pedal loves to be boosted (even if it has a lot of gain inside), and works very very well with any fuzz I have tried before. I think it does compress all frequencies/harmonics very well. It is never muffled, and even brings back frequencies lost by other drives/fuzz pedals before. I have not heard any pedal taking so well a treble booster (just like an old Marshall).

It is actually very complementary to a Kingsley Harlot V3 I received recently. Not the same type of gain. More upper mids here. More focused. It is not transparent. It sounds to me as more modern gain pedal. But engaging the Harlot before the Pretty Years allows me now to get more gain without losing notes definition.

However this pedal has got 1 main drawback, it is microphonic when you touch/move it, so I have to put it out of my board and use and separate switcher. I did send back the pedal to Brian so he could check and maybe replace tubes, but still have had the same problem at the return.

Damn it ! This is a so great sounding pedal !
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Re: Pretty Years settings/notes/hax

Postby goroth » Fri Mar 05, 2021 10:07 am

I think that's just the nature of the sub-mini tubes.
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Re: Pretty Years settings/notes/hax

Postby augur44 » Fri Mar 05, 2021 12:20 pm

goroth wrote:I think that's just the nature of the sub-mini tubes.

I do have an Effectrode Firebottle too, and it isn't microphonic at all.
I think there is something with the circuit,or set of tubes Brian used.
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Re: Pretty Years settings/notes/hax

Postby vidret » Sat Oct 09, 2021 9:55 am

augur44 wrote:
goroth wrote:I think that's just the nature of the sub-mini tubes.

I do have an Effectrode Firebottle too, and it isn't microphonic at all.
I think there is something with the circuit,or set of tubes Brian used.


this is a super late reply, but i'll chime in:

when you turn it on the tubes ring a bit, but if you keep playing without touching it for like 30 secs to a minute the ringing lessens dramatically, so just make sure there's nothing wacking it when you're playing (like sitting on a shaking amp, being plugged into a guitar cable that shakes it), even turning the filter setting knob can make it ring a tiny bit because of the movement.

Another thing you can do is make sure the tubes are seated properly with the foam pads, this reduced the ringing on mine as well.

Overall as I keep playing it really doesn't matter to me personally, but it's definitely there when moving it about and if I go looking for it.
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