Amptweaker has announced the TightMetal Pro and FatRock pedals. Here's what they have to say about each...
Since introducing the popular TightMetal™ distortion pedal in 2011, Amptweaker™ has received many requests for a two button version. Unlike most distortion pedals with boost, the TightMetal Pro includes 2 Boost knobs, one before and one after the distortion.....so it's easy to boost the gain AND volume, for the perfect solo tone. There's also a Midboost button that works with the output Boost knob, to help solos cut through the mix.
We also polled many customers who didn't like the TightMetal, to find out what tone changes could be offered to reign in those other metal tones. The result is the Smooth Edge switch which cuts the high end sizzle for a warmer edge, and 2 Fat switches allow either the normal or Boosted tones to have a thicker attack with a bit more compression. The added three band EQ allows for much tonal variation, with its Thrash button for more traditional deeper scooped mids. Our standard noise gate from the original TightMetal is also included, with the hard stopping Chomp setting to help keep the rhythm as tight as possible.....especially when doing very quick riffs with a lot of palm-muted stops. Internal adjustments allow for tweaking the gate.
Amptweaker pedals are known for effects loops, and this one has 3: a universal loop, another active with the boost, and our popular SideTrak loop which activates when the pedal is OFF, to automatically shut off clean effects.
Standard Amptweaker features: LED illumination of controls, 14 gauge steel housing and true bypass switching.
Since its introduction, the TightRock has been very popular, but as usual Amptweaker received many requests for a variation.....the new FatRock is the culmination of discussions on online forums, from players who wanted a warmer version that worked better with brighter guitars and amps. All features are identical to the TightRock, but the tone has been tweaked to extend the low range of the Tight and Tone controls, add a fixed Fat boost at the frontend for a slightly less aggressive attack, knocking the edge down, and boosting the lowend in the output EQ.
The SideTrak™ effects loop is a popular Amptweaker exclusive feature. This extra effects loop turns OFF when the pedal is ON and can be used to add a compressor, chorus or chain of effects that only works when you play clean, or to switch to another distortion pedal to use for the rhythm or lead sound...all without having to hit more than one pedal....it's like having a built-in A/B box.
Standard effects loop with Pre/Post switch is also included on the back, as well as the LED illumination of controls, Battery On/Off switch, and magnetic battery access door.
Pricing and Availability:
Available for pre-order.
TightMetal Pro: $299
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