Stompbox Blog: Reverend Drivetrain

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Welcome to the guitar effects virtual museum. I have been collecting stompboxes for the past few years and wanted to share some thoughts. I will continually add more pics and opinions. Any comments or suggestions are appreciated. Thanks for looking.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Reverend Drivetrain

Before there was a Visual Sound there were two guys building a stompbox for a company called Reverend. Bob Weil and Joe Naylor set out to improve one of the most classic pedals favored by a guitar player from Texas name Stevie Ray Vaughn. His endorsement of the Japanese pedal soon sent stock in the pedal soaring to new heights. Most everyone agrees that this overdrive is the standard by which all others are judged. Bob and Joe decided they would design a pedal that retained all the characteristics of the original while improving on what it lacked. Most would agree the original Tubescreamer had a nasaly mid-range hump and lacked definition of the bottom end. The drivetrain still sported the same Japanese Radio Corporation 4558 IC omp amp under the hood but also alowed tweaking of the bass and treble controls. Although most guitarists swear by true-bypass switching these folks used a neutral-bypass which eliminated the popping associated with TB while maintaining good treble and signal power over long cables. The pedals were short lived and they set out to replace the original with a grean meanie that further made improvements to this design. All good things must come to an end however. For more information on the original black unit see.......

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