Configuration play: level, dist, high, low, period. No adjustment of mediums.
Above all, I'm not a hardcore porn actress, though I like the classic hard (Led Zep, Deep Purple) and current (Linkin Park, Freak kitchen, Shawn Lane ...). I play mostly jazz quarter cash Ibanez Artist with a sharp micro seymour duncan sh14 (the famous custom custom custom ...) out of an ancient, unbreakable yamaha 100 w transistor. In short, this pedal gave me 2 minutes in a lead sound I was looking for for years, even if it is still perfectible.
I work metal and shred to progress technically and not trying to imitate at all-so-and-so precisely. I have long sought a lead sound thick and well defined. I tried the Metal Zone (zzzzzz. ..), the Zoom hyperlead (more interesting), the Guv'nor first model, the Shredmaster and the lead channel of my old HK tubeman first model. The Shredmaster gives sounds interesting, very colorful. But there is always a side fuzz in the treble, midrange and bass are muffled imprecise. The old tubeman has a clear channel monstrous jazz, blues great channel but the channel rock is too fuzzy for the lead for my taste. We must reduce acute and then you lose clarity.
In short I came across ads for the AMT on the net, and neither one nor two, I sell my Shredmaster to buy the California-sound effect of on-line, Zorros 103 including shipping. Two days later (yesterday) the first test. Level at 10 am, high and low at noon, dist to three hours and Blowin 'in the sound. The one has been ch ... searching for hours tinkering buttons, and stacking pedals (overdrive distortion over longer equalizer, etc. ...), it is Boy was there, live.
The gain level is higher than the Shredmaster. The bass is very punchy and defined, even if surrounded by a light fuzz. The treble is very clear, singing and most importantly, without this side buzzing of bees. According to the attack was a pinched his (near the bridge) or flute (middle of the rope), harmonics fart well, attacking hard enough to curl the note takes bite: you can really play on how to attack Note. The sustain is long, but the tail of the note seems swallowed by the noise gate. The agreements are readable, well-defined, can be in little soft without equalization. And rare, the intervals sound! You can make fourths and fifths of the race, but even second and third. There is no such terrible clash of high harmonics is meant a Guv'nor example.
For versatility, is something else. Going up the gain in depth, the sound becomes fuzzy but still very usable, for against, means a separate breath when not playing. The noise gate is that it blows away the pndant jeu.En lowering the gain below half, it goes into overdrive. The agreements are punchy and quite dry. I prefer the warm color and rich sound of my Boss OD-3 for this purpose, at least in blues and classic rock. Gain to zero, we are already in overdrive pronounced too much for my taste for Ridchardsiens plans. By pushing the bass and treble at background, palm muting going very well, but we can not play on the rate of mediums to dig. I rebuilt on old rhythmic pleasure to accept. In short, it is especially tailored for high gain, a trend solo.
I have not tested live console or in combination with an equalizer or boosted by a preamp.
The building now: it's stamped metal such as old Marshall Guv'nor, but much more light. The Silk-screen Printing is cute but seems a bit fragile. The switch is very flexible as foot class. on the other hand, taken to plastic jacks, nut included .... there really sucks. The Behringer and Danelectro initiated a trend to build cheap, which is taken up by other brands and it's a shame. That said, well placed on a pedalboard, it should hold on. The battery cover is inspired by the old marshall. It has good rubber pad.
The pros: the lead sound, smooth, ready to shred directly. the right price (100 euros). Noise gate built.
The -: building a little disappointing, blowing at high gain. Quite specialized.
With experience, I strongly recommend this pedal for any guitarist looking for a lead sound modern without taking the lead. One branch, we play, period. It saves time and work instead.
For against, the grain should not be paeut everyone. That's why there are other versions (and tweed british sound) and the disto station which includes the three. It looks to me like to be inspired by the principle of no amp gt2. I am almost tempted to euos 30 more to go to the station disto see if it's worth it.
To be continued ..... Christophe