Post by ss "Shane" on Jul 31, 2018 20:52:27 GMT -7
What I’ve learned so far as that I like my Wreck Combo better without my SP Comp pedal. I have used this comp pedal for such a long time and I need to break myself from it. Honestly, I only relied on It for its sustain. Maybe I can find a transparent pedal just for sustain but I don’t think transparent pedals exist.
It seems to me that the Wreck would rather be on its own with maybe a couple of overdrive pedals. This is actually a good thing because I’m a minimalist.
My Blues Driver and my Paisley Drive absolutely shine through the Wreck...better than any amp I’ve had in my life. This amp is so dynamic, clear and full.
Last Edit: Jul 31, 2018 20:53:36 GMT -7 by ss "Shane"
I found the same thing to be true at "Gig #3" (see thread below). I was running the volume at 1:30'ish and the compression was there. I haven't had the Wampler Ego on the board in some time (just don't care for compressors) but it might be an option with the Blend knob. Hmmm...
Bottom line is I really enjoyed the compression straight from the amp...much like you did!
Drive pedals...another story altogether! I have a Greer Lightspeed, FD1 and Bad Bob on my board and once I started messing with the volume on the guitar I didn't touch any of them for two sets!
In some ways, even other Dr. Z amps behave similarly to the ZWreck, but the ZWreck and other Trainwreck-related amps work a different way from traditional amps.
This is to say that the amp stages are geared to optimal throughput until distortion and at the moment of breakup of the output tubes, the pre stages begin to distort. There is sustain even at clean output. When it distorts, there is more sustain, as the amp works organically as a compressor. This means that using compression generally defeats the way the amp wants to work.
As much as I like attenuators, they are slightly imperfect, since many of the best artifacts that come from loud playing between guitar and amp are lessened with a volume-eating device. There is a microphonic element that really enriches the sound when you get to play loud that opens up dense solid body guitars- but I almost never get to play that loudly. There is no amp that does this better than the ZWreck and TW variants IMHO. I even have a D*mble clone: it’s nice, but even my Route66 seems closer at volume to the Wreck thing.
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