Crazy Tube Circuits Falcon Overdrive: Tweed inspired vintage tones in a pedal
Modelling Fender ’55 Tweed and ’61 ‘Brownface' amps
For those of you keen to find new ways to add some vintage tweed tones to your rig, this pedal may pique your interest. Crazy Tube Circuits’ new Falcon Overdrive pedal is voiced to imitate two classic Fender amps, namely the ’55 Tweed and ’61 ‘Brownface’ models.
Crazy Tube Circuits Falcon Overdrive
The new Crazy Tube Circuits Falcon Overdrive pedal implements two distinct modes. ’61 has lower gain, while ’55 has a bit more oomph. The latter also gives you more low end, compression and sag.
The Falcon has three simple controls labelled Volume, Tone and Output. But that’s all you need to dial in your tones here. The Volume gives you more gain, just like the original 5E3 Tweed Deluxe and a 6G2 Brownface Princeton amps would have done. Output does the rest.
The Tone control is also interactive, so when it’s above halfway it will boost the high frequencies. If you dial it down it will help to smooth out the overall sound.
Crazy Tube Circuits says it modelled the Falcon Overdrive using JFET technology, emulating the preamp, phase inverter and power amp sections of two amps in the company’s own collection. The aim here was, we’re told, to capture both lower gain and higher gain settings on both models. Hopefully, this will make the Falcon Overdrive pedal nice and touch-sensitive, letting it react well to your playing dynamics. Just like a real valve amp would.
The preview videos sound promising and this pedal could be perfect for players wanting a more vintage drive tone for their guitar rigs.
It is a true-bypass pedal, using a silent relay system which will auto bypass the pedal if you lose power. It requires an external 9V DC regulated and filtered power supply to run.
RRP – EUR 169
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