TightMetal Review

manufacturer: Amptweaker date: 06/06/2012 category: Guitar Effects
Amptweaker: TightMetal
A brand new product from legendary amp designer James Brown. The thing I love the most about this pedal the most is the "tight" control, its amazing and was definitely a key selling point!
 Sound: 9.5
 Overall Impression: 9.5
 Reliability & Durability: 9.5
 Ease of Use: 10
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overall: 10
TightMetal Reviewed by: Vampire_Prince, on july 19, 2011
2 of 2 people found this review helpful

Price paid: £ 150

Purchased from: Soundsgreat Music

Ease of Use: A brand new product from legendary amp designer James Brown (designer of the Peavey 6505, JSX, XXX, Delta Blues, Classic 50 etc). I bought this pedal because I needed to Switch from clean to a really high-gain distortion and was tired of half-a-sed weak and digital pedals. And I don't regret it! As soon as I took it out of the box, stuck my amp on bypass, had everything set to the middle and turned it on, it already sounded crushing! All the controls do exactly what they say and work amazingly! (volume, tone, gain, tight, gate, mid, battery) the manual it comes with tells you all you need to know about the pedal and how to get it working) no pages and pages of "safe operating" nonsense). // 10

Sound: I'm running my Warlock NT through this, a Behringer EQ and a Peavey Vypyr 120 valve head on the clean XXX channel, this pedal produces NO unwanted noise what-so-ever due to the in-built noise gate (appropriately named "chomp" when on) its designed to track the gain control, so the more gain you have, the more aggressive the noise gate is, but its not a bad thing! It makes all your chugging riffs tight and perfect! It stops when you want (completely silent) and lets the solos ring true! The main thing though, (obviously) is the distortion, ABSOLUTELY CRUSHING! You can go from iron maiden to cannibal corpse with this beast, all with the turning of a few knobs, nothing fancy or unusable about it! Everything is practical and works amazingly, if you don't like the amount of mids (as its a single-EQ unit) you can Switch the "mid" control to "thrash" which scoops the mids a bit, for more of a thrashy sound! Other amazing innovations are the "tight" control which adjusts the pedals response to the attack of your picking, basically making it "tighter!" the in-built effects loop (has a Switch on the under-side for setting the loop to pre (before pedal dist) or post (after pedal dist)), a magnetic battery door (no need for tools), a battery on/off Switch (so you don't need to take out the input lead) and LEDs that come on when running off mains power (lights up the controls for when on dark stages). the closest band you'll probably sound like is Misery Index (as guitarist Mark Kloppel helped with the pedals design) but anyway, I've found I can go from anything like Metallica, to Bullet, or even Suicide Silence! Sometimes even AC/DC! No word of a lie, this pedal delivers! Oh, and it features tru-bypass! // 10

Reliability & Durability: I haven't gigged with it yet unfortunately, but me and my band have had a lot of relentless practice, and this thing seems indestructible, its casing is galvanized steel, so don't expect it to just fall apart! I would easily and happily use it without a backup, but as far as I'm concerned, if you can use your gear properly, you shouldn't need backups! // 10

Overall Impression: I play a wide range of music, from Secondhand Serenade and Fall Out Boy to Bullet and Bring Me The Horizon (I bet you guys don't like any of those bands!) but anyway, I've been playing for around 8 years, so at least I know what I'm on about. I'm running this into my Vypyr half-stack using a Behringer EQ as a solo and clean boost and this beast works great in the mix! I compared it a EHX Metal Muff, Boss Metal Zone, Metal-Core, and DigiTech Hardwire Metal, and this thing tore them all apart! The thing I love the most about this pedal the most is the "tight" control, its amazing and was definitely a key selling point! If this thing were stolen I think I'd actually cry! Its that special to me now! The only thing I wish it had was the new amptweaker "side-track" system, which is a 2nd effects loop which activates when the pedal is bypassed but that's a tiny price to pay for ULTIMATE METAL TONE! I know I've given this pedal all 10s, but I really feel it deserves them! Unlike the most disto pedals. Peace! // 10

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overall: 9.3
TightMetal Reviewed by: DrShredder97, on june 06, 2012
1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Price paid: $ 180

Purchased from: ebay

Ease of Use: I bought this brand new on ebay. The Amptweaker TightMetal is honestly the best distortion pedal I've used. It is designed by James Brown, designer of the Peavey 5150. When I first opened it, I noticed all of the great features that came with it. It has a magnetic battery slot, so you don't have to flip the whole thing over to get to the battery. It also has an EFX Loop which is just an awesome feature. Amptweaker is the only brand with the "Tight" control. With this knob you can tweak the amount of attack and aggressiveness. It has a switchable on/off noise gate which is really tough. It works in conjunction with the gain: more gain, the more aggressive the gate is. Then I plugged it in and changed the settings, it is very easy to get a good sound out of. The manual that came with it explains the functions of each knob. It features a mid switch. On the left it is Normal and on the right is scooped for thrash. The manual that came with it explains the functions of each knob and switch. It has tips on the back of the manual on how to get the best sound possible. It can be powered by 9V OR 18V DC adapters. Depending on which you use, the tone will change. 18V is more dynamic and full. Oh, and if you're using a battery, there is switch on the top to cut the battery out, so you won't have to unplug after you play. James thought of everything on these pedals. // 10

Sound: I am running it with a Dean ML XF to a Peavey Rage 158 combo amp (I need a new amp). Because of the gate, this pedal makes little to no excess noise. I have also owned an MXR Fullbore Metal, and this has a WAY better gate in terms of aggressiveness and timing. This pedal has sounded great to me so far. No downside to this pedal in my opinion, James totally nailed it. With this pedal I can get the tones of alot of thrash bands, namingly Metallica, Slayer, and Megadeth. It really matches those tones. My favorite band is Pantera, but it can't quite get the right tone of Dime. But here's the thing: I contacted James, and he said that I can run an Overdrive through the effects loop to get even more distortion, gain, and tonal options. I haven't tried it yet, but I will. The sound is outstanding in my opinion. // 9

Reliability & Durability: Amptweaker pedals have a very solid build and are high quality. I would definitely use it at a gig with no backup. It is very reliable, and I'm sure it will last. The knobs and switches don't seem faulty or like they're gonna break. The jacks are solid. Under the logo, it says "Handmade In The USA", so its built really well. // 9

Overall Impression: I play metal (obviously). This pedal is absolutely what metal should sound like, heavy, chunky, etc. I have been playing for 5 years. I own a B.C. Rich Warlock, Dean ML XF, Epiphone SG Special, Washburn Taurus bass, and alot of effect pedals. Wah, Whammy, Flanger, and volume. If this was stolen or lost, I would Immediately get a replacement. I love the sound of this pedal, It is so versatile in many different ways. I don't hate anything about it, I love it. My favorite feature is either the Tight control or the EFX loop. The Tight lets me dial in the exact attack and tone that I want, and the EFX Loop lets me take my tone further, or have another added sound (such as Flanger) on only when this is on. I compared it with an MXR Fullbore Metal that I used to have. This destroys that pedal. The Fullbore had a certain aggressive crunch that sounded weird to me. Plus, this pedal has more special features than kids' action figures. I'm trying not to be too superficial of this pedal, but it's hard not be. Amptweaker needs to get noticed, and fast! I guarantee it will please any metal player. // 9

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