A 12AY7-packed bass OD for clean, mean, and points in-between.
Clip 1: Fender P with tone at 2 o’clock, clean 1 o’clock, mean 2 o’clock, and gain at 1 o’clock.
Clip 2: Orange O Bass with tone at 2 o’clock, clean 10 o’clock, mean 4 o’clock, and gain at 4 o’clock.
Warm, pure-sounding overdriven tones. Tube can be swapped for additional flavors.
Coughing up $300 for an OD pedal might sting a bit.
Ease of Use:
Clever marketing terms such as “tube-like” and “tube-sounding” abound while shopping for an overdrive. Rather than clipping diodes, Greece’s Crazy Tube Circuits opted to keep it real for the true-bypass Locomotive: The heart of the purple pedal’s drive circuit is a 12AY7.
The control set includes gain, tone, clean (unaffected signal), and mean (drive level). I plugged in a P bass converted to B-E-A-D stringing/tuning and set all the dials to noon for starters. The pedal expressed a convincingly natural and warm breakup out of the gate, and with a bump of the tone dial to 3 o’clock, I was quickly in a happy place. The Locomotive, however, delivers a wide range of gain flavors, and I found plenty more to like with both its raunchier and subtler sounds. The pedal paired well with my pushed solid-state G-K, and I was impressed with the sensitivity of the tone dial and overall dynamic response and clarity. Though things naturally thinned out when I maneuvered the pedal into “meaner” grind-y territory, it still maintained its natural and warm characteristics to a relative degree.
I didn’t have a different tube on hand to swap in, but a cool thing about the Locomotive is just that. The 12AY7 can be replaced with any standard dual triode (like a 5751) to explore more tube flavors. If your OD tastes lean more classic than modern, the Locomotive is a train journey worth exploring—provided you can afford the ticket.
Test gear: Fender Precision, Gallien-Krueger 800RB, Orange OBC212, Focusrite Scarlett 2i4
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Sporting custom artwork etched onto the covers, the Railhammer Billy Corgan Z-One Humcutters are designed to offer a fat midrange and a smooth top end.
Billy Corgan was looking for something for heavier Smashing Pumpkins songs, so Joe Naylor designed the Railhammer Billy Corgan Z-One pickup. Sporting custom artwork etched onto the covers, the Railhammer Billy Corgan Z-One Humcutters have a fat midrange and a smooth top end. This pickup combines the drive and sustain of a humbucker with the percussive attack and string clarity of a P90. Get beefy P90 tone plus amp-pummeling output with the Railhammer Billy Corgan Z-One.
Patented Railhammer Pickups take passive guitar pickups to a new level with rails under the wound strings lead to tighter lows, and poles under the plain strings offer fatter heights. With increased clarity, the passive pickup’s tone is never sterile.
Railhammer Billy Corgan Signature Z-One Pickup Demo
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Designed for utmost comfort and performance, the Vertigo Ultra Bass is Mono’s answer to those who seek the ultimate gigging experience.
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Mojotone will manufacture and market over 60 of their speaker cabinets and amp kits as “Licensed by Fender.”
This partnership marks Fender's recognition of Mojotone’s dedication to its craft, quality of products, and dependability of knowledge. Beginning November 29th and ranging from $327 - $1,016.
Amplifiers were among the first products to wear the official Fender seal. A qualified electronics technician by trade, Leo Fender developed his iconic amplifiers during the mid-1940s putting innovation at the forefront. To this day, Leo’s influence and innovative spirit can still be heard in today’s amps, as that same iconic, clean Fender tone continues to color new music around the world. As a result, the process for completing the exclusive licensing deal required Fender to carefully audit Mojotone’s amplifier kits, wiring diagrams, electronics, hardware, construction methods, and more to ensure this innovation carried on through the partnership. Mojotone’s many years of intense research, quality production, and favorable reputation solidified the deal.
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