Big Joe Stompbox Company Introduces the Texas Screamer and Empire

The Texas Screamer was developed in conjunction with the legendary Johnny Winter.

Shelton, CT (December 22, 2014) -- Big Joe Stomp Box Company, announces the release of the new Johnny Winter, Texas Screamer overdrive pedal. Developed in collaboration with Johnny Winter, the Texas Screamer captures Johnny’s signature tone, in a rugged, small foot print, 3-knob design pedal.

The story of the new Texas Screamer began a few years back when Johnny Winter started on the road to recovering his health and recapturing the tone that propelled him to legendary guitar status. Living locally to the factory, Johnny came to the Big Joe Stomp Box Company looking for a pedal that could give him that singing tone with punch and crunch that become the signature rockin’ blues tone that Johnny was famous for.

Johnny listened to more than 30 different pedals and prototypes before finalizing the Texas Screamer, which represented his sound better than anything ever manufactured previously. Johnny articulated, “I cannot believe how this pedal recreates my tone through any amp I play through!”

Johnny's Guitarist/Producer and closest friend, Paul Nelson recounted, “Johnny went through a plethora of pedals before choosing this prototype from Big Joe. It’s a shame he cannot be here to see the realization of this dream. Johnny not only picked out the sound, but he also picked out the product graphic- the dragon tattoo he had on his chest. He approved the final version and was looking forward to having it introduced at NAMM."

The new Texas Screamer pedal gives guitar players that perfect sound when they need it. Many guitarists want to be able to have that sound in an uncomplicated way. With just 3 basic knobs, Gain, Tone and Output it is easy to get a great vintage juicy rock tone.

The pedal runs on 9v batteries or a line-in power supply. The Texas Screamer is 100% analog with true bypass circuitry and will debut at the 2015 NAMM show in Anaheim, California in January. The Texas Screamer will be available in music retailers across the country by February 2015.

$129 MSRP

Big Joe Stomp Box Company, in collaboration with Paul "TFO" Allen, announces the release of their dual-preamp Empire overdrive pedal, complete with an Adjustable Buffer/Line Driver, unique Sponge/Firm modes, and innovative Body and Attack parameters. New to the market, the Empire gives musicians unprecedented tonal control and flexibility, turns any boring single channel amp into a 4-channel beast that roars with clarity.

The Empire pedal is a small footprint design pedal with two selectable preamp sections that can be used independently or combined together in either direction: A/B or B/A. The Adjustable Buffer/Line Driver compensates for pedal board signal loss and also doubles as +15db clean boost.

The Empire pedal also introduces a unique Sponge/Firm function that allows you to customize touch-sensitivity for the tube amp-like sag, response, and feel. Body and Attack parameters provide additional shaping options of the overall tonal girth and pick-dynamics for limitless sound explorations. The Empire gives musicians a much wider and highly customized selection of useable overdrive tones. The days of being at the mercy of uninspiring backline and rental amps have been conquered by the Empire.

“We’re extremely excited with the development of the Empire,” said Paul Christian, co-founder of Big Joe Stomp Box Company. “You get so many different sounds from this one box, and can customize the tone shape in so many ways; musicians are going to love it. It will allow all kinds of players – from jazz to pop and all the way out to rock and metal – to develop their own sounds and travel with less gear as a result!”

The Empire enables guitarists to travel to performances and recording sessions with less gear, and still customize a tone that’s appropriate for the studio or concert venue. The pedal runs on batteries or a line-in power supply. Empire is 100% analog with true bypass circuitry and will debut at the 2015 NAMM show in Anaheim, California in January and will be available in February 2015.

$299 MSRP

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