AM 64 review by BBE

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  • Sound: 9
  • Overall Impression: 9
  • Reliability & Durability: 10
  • Ease of Use: 10
  • Reviewer's score: 9.5 Superb
  • Users' score: 9 (3 votes)
BBE: AM 64

Price paid: $ 29.99

Purchased from: Guitar Center

Sound — 9
It sounded great for a little a little taste of overdrive. Once you add more gain it gets to sounding a bit meaner. It is not noisy at all. Please note that I don't think that this pedal is supposed to be run out front of a Vintage Marshall. I hooked it to a solid state head on the clean channel. The pedal then woke me up! Adds a great sounding distortion/overdrive to the clean channel. Very authentic sounding, not "Digital" sounding. Very impressed!

Overall Impression — 9
I am getting older now and have kind of settled into a Blues-Rock type thing. I have been playing about 25 years and am funny about trying new effects/tools... I plug into my Marshall w/ my Pauls and let it rip. Pretty straight forward. This pedal sound great to get a nice distortion out of a clean channel. I will continue to tinker with it enjoy it. The AM 64 will not replace my Boss SD-1, but I really think this pedal has its place with many tone freaks.

Reliability & Durability — 10
BBE has always built tough ass equipment in my opinion. The AM 64 is no exception. Yes, you could gig with this thing with no worries! The pedal has a bright ass blue light when you step on it. It will blind you but that's OK. This pedal straight up looks cool!

Ease of Use — 10
Saw a stack of the pedals on the sale shelf at GC. Picked up the box, opened it, and looked at the pedal. Love at first sight. I didn't need this pedal, it just looked cool and the price was too cheap to worry about it. Got it home and checked it out. It has three knobs: Level, Tone, and Gain. It is straight up easy. The knobs are very responsive. I plugged it into my 1978 Marshall JMP MKII. It sounded great for a little overdrive.

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    I have a DS-1 because it was cheap, but I recently got a Bad Monkey overdrive ($49) and have been using that as my main dirt box since then. I also recently ordered an MXR M78 distortion pedal ($79)and will get it this week. The trouble with the Boss unit is that the distortion is a bit shrill on the back side with a little gravel on the front end of the note while I wanted a little cleaner, fatter and less digital sounding tone. I auditioned a shitload of distortion boxes, including BBE stuff, and the M78 came out on top. I think it will be a good companion with the Monkey.