The tweed-covered Fender combos of the 1950s were the inspiration for the very first ‘boutique’ amps, and now the desire to capture some of that sweet and creamy valve overdrive has spread to stompbox-makers – including Boss (FBM-1), HAO (Sole Pressure), TC Electronic (MojoMojo) and Lazy J (Cruiser).
US builder Brian Wampler’s take is the Tweed ’57, a compact pedal that boasts a three-band EQ section and, even cooler, a ‘linked inputs’ simulator. But does ‘Tweed’ mean strictly retro? To find out, Guitar Planet tried it out on a bunch of famous riffs by everyone from Hendrix to Vai.
Fender Custom Shop Custom Classic Telecaster, Fender Stratocaster American reissue '62, Gibson Les Paul '59R, Dr. Z Maz 38.
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