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  Amptweaker TightMetal Distortion Pedal - Tight Metal
Amptweaker Tight Metal Effects Pedal


 
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  • True Bypass switch
  • Tight Attack Control
  • Gain, Tone, & Volume Controls
  • Gate switch with Chomp™ setting for quick stops
  • Mid switch with Thrash setting
  • Effects Loop with Pre/Post switch..tracks On/Off Footswitch
  • LED lit knobs when using a power supply
  • Battery disconnect switch with red indicator
  • Current:  12mA with 9V battery, 28mA with 9V adapter
  • Works with 9V-18V supplies–like 'variacing' your amp up and down
  • DC Adapter jack, standard 2.1mm X 5.5mm, center ground(-)
  • Magnetic Battery access door opens w/o tools
  • Handmade in the USA
  • 5 Year Limited Warranty


Product Styling by Bob Hopkins. Mechanical Engineering support by Ken Chappell.  Electrical & Mechanical Design and Tweaking by James Brown.
......Conceptual Ideas by You.


The new TightMetal™ distortion pedal takes the TightDrive™ and TightBoost™ overdrive platform to the next level by providing over-the-top metal and hardcore crunch tones with adjustable tightness thanks to the Tight control.  This issue came up early on when discussing various ideas with Mark Kloeppel, guitarist from the deathgrind band Misery Index.  Like many other metal players, Mark was looking for a particular guitar tone, one with a lot of harmonics but with the ability to stop the notes really fast to work with their music.  As on the original TightDrive, the Tight control varies the low end from smooth and thick to tight and aggressive so you get the attack that works with your guitar and picking style. 

In the same way high gain tube amps are designed by cascading extra tube stages, the TightMetal was created by adding additional stages in front of a carefully modified TightDrive.  The resulting thicker and much heavier distortion is tweaked by a simple built-in output EQ curve, and can further be adjusted by the output Tone control, so it’s easy to get a stack sound even through a small combo amp’s clean channel. 

 


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Features
  • True Bypass switch
  • Tight Attack Control
  • Gain, Tone, & Volume Controls
  • Gate switch with Chomp™ setting for quick stops
  • Mid switch with Thrash setting
  • Effects Loop with Pre/Post switch..tracks On/Off Footswitch
  • LED lit knobs when using a power supply
  • Battery disconnect switch with red indicator
  • Current:  12mA with 9V battery, 28mA with 9V adapter
  • Works with 9V-18V supplies–like 'variacing' your amp up and down
  • DC Adapter jack, standard 2.1mm X 5.5mm, center ground
  • Magnetic Battery access door opens w/o tools
  • Handmade in the USA
  • 5 Year Limited Warranty

Average Customer Review: 5 of 5 | Total Reviews: 2 Write a review.


  5 of 5 people found the following review helpful:
 
Nice November 15, 2012
Reviewer: Mark B from CA  
This pedal does a great job of being the drive section you need to go from clean and crunch tones to thick metal tones. The sounds I tried to go after with this pedal were Recto tones and 5150 tones.

I found the pedal worked best with everything actually at around noon, but the tight knob was used to go from looser rectoish tones to tighter 5150 tones. Of course I will experiment some more with the gain and level's, but the tone knob is best set somewhere close to noon. The mid switch works like it should and both settings sound good.

When I experimented with Recto tones, it didn't get quite as loose and responsive, but it was able to sound fat and articulate. It was loose enough to stay responsive to my playing and had some of that spongy feel I like so much. When turned towards more of the tighter setting (and with some added mids) it really stayed articulate and heavy sounding. It doesn't have the same bite a 5150 has, however it nails those tighter lows and clear technical playing a 5150 can handle well on the higher strings.

The gate is just a switch, but works VERY well. No complaints, it cuts the noise when it should.

One thing it does lack is a little bass on the 9V setting. Not by a whole lot, in fact most 5150 fans would be perfectly happy with the amount of bass. However in the 18V setting it can get some big fat metal tones, but doesn't sound overly "squarish" and harsh like many metal pedals. 18V sounds pretty similar to the 9V, just a bit more lows and oomph.

TL;DR: I'd give it a 7/10-8/10 in terms of tone compared to tube amps. Most metal pedals i'd give a 4/10-5/10. Definitely worth the money for guys who want both good cleans and gain tones, or need a more affordable (and house friendly volume level) option before getting a more expensive tube amplifier. I found it worked very well with my Tweaker 15 to cover just about any tone I needed.

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  4 of 4 people found the following review helpful:
 
Tightmetal sweet distortion! October 23, 2012
Reviewer: Nik from UK  
I have been looking for a distortion pedal that could give me the sound I wanted, this is the 4th pedal I have bought and the only one that is suited to the style of music I play, if you play any kind of heavy rock or metal and are looking for pedal with that valve sound, this is the one. Within seconds of plugging this in, you can get an excellent tone. Well designed, solid build, and with a built in effects loop which is genius.

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