Green Screamer review by BBE

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  • Sound: 10
  • Overall Impression: 10
  • Reliability & Durability: 10
  • Ease of Use: 10
  • Reviewer's score: 10 Gem
  • Users' score: 8.3 (63 votes)
BBE: Green Screamer
10

Purchased from: Guitar Center

Sound — 10
I'm using this pedal through a strat and a Fender amp. It is not noisy unless you take your distortion out of context. It always sounds great for the music I play. You can pretty much get the sound of Eric Clapton, Stevie Ray Vaughan. John Mayer, Robert Cray, B.B. King. etc. with the pedal alone. If you have a good distortion to use this pedal as a boost with, you can get sounds like Coheed And Cambria, Metallica, EVH, and Megadeth. When using effects pedals with this pedal, you can get rather unique sounds out of your amp. I seem to like the Flange, Phaser mix through my Green Screamer when I'm feeling experimental.

Overall Impression — 10
I play blues, classic rock, and sometimes alternative/hardcore. This pedal suites my needs for a good overdrive to kick in a solo/riff with feeling and great tone. I've been playing for 3.5 years and I own 4 electric guitars. I preferrably like the green Screamer out of a Strat-type guitar, but it also sounds good out of a les paul/double humbucker type guitars. I love it's unique retro design, and of course, it's very portable. I personally like it better than the Ibanez Tube Screamer, because of the punch it gives in a boost. Also the qualities of the Blues Overdrive are better in my case. The only thing I can think of that I would would would be a cover for the button to match the pedal. In other words, the pedal is perfect the way it is. It is a great choice for all the Stevie Ray guitar fans out their. Buy it!

Reliability & Durability — 10
This prodect is simple to keep up with. You can take it to any level, and it still probably wouldn't break on you. Unless you absolutely know this pedal is going to break, there's no reason to have a backup pedal. It would work well on stage on a pedal board since it takes the shape of a rectangular prism. It could fit right in the corner or something of that nature.

Ease of Use — 10
This overdrive pedal has great sound as soon as you plug it in. The manual makes the pedal very simple to understand. It only has a level, tone, and gain knob. It has that overdrive tone that you would want in a blues/classic rock song. It is also a great boost if you need the extra distortion for soloing.

43 comments sorted by best / new / date

    highxhopes
    The red Strat. wrote: this isn't true bypass, is it ? damn...
    it is true bypass actually. great pedal.
    ibanezfreak301
    it looks good, but it doesnt sound that great whenu hear it (i play progressive and electronica)
    metallifan3091
    out of curiousity, how does this pedal work as a boost over really heavy distortion? i know bands like killswitch engage use maxon od808's to provide clarity in their distortion. does this pedal work well for that purpose also?
    HeartInACage
    It is not noisy unless you take your distortion out of context.
    \ What exactly does that mean?
    phillyguitar
    Degorath wrote: Not ALL products can get 10 out of 10. How can anyone find these reviews useful if everyone rates the product at 10/10?
    Who cares, the reviewer was very pleased with it so he rated it a 10/10. If you don't like his review buy the product and make your own review. If you want everyone to scale down their reviews to please synics, then we wouldn't have any honesty in reviews.
    thedavidproject
    BBE pedals are NOT true bypass. They are "true hard bypass" which basically means that there is a mechanical disconnect. Once again NOT true bypass
    berysLTD_h-50
    i wish i could find one, it was between the ts9 and this, but i like my tubescreamer anyway. this thing looks good tho
    chaskelly29
    metallifan3091 wrote: out of curiousity, how does this pedal work as a boost over really heavy distortion? i know bands like killswitch engage use maxon od808's to provide clarity in their distortion. does this pedal work well for that purpose also?
    yes it does..many people asked that. im playing out of a randall..which always has good distortion...and i boost it with this product. i believe its pretty good.
    Ace Frehley
    Gus G. from firewind uses it.But I don't know if he is using it only for a boost or a normal OD.It sounds great though.
    Resistance19
    owned it for close to a year. Super solid, great sounding, true bypass, and easy to use. If you need an OD check it out.
    rockindaddy5150
    thedavidproject : BBE pedals are NOT true bypass. They are "true hard bypass" which basically means that there is a mechanical disconnect. Once again NOT true bypass
    This is totally spliting hairs. Why would "true hard bypass" not be considered true bypass? If turning the effect off removes all resistance added by the pedal to your signal, it's true bypass. If you've ever had pedals that aren't true bypass, even when they are off, you can hear a hiss and some noize, especially when there are more than one hooked up. BBE advertises that all their pedals are true bypass.
    bronxbomber2828
    I have heard that this can be used as a clean boost(increase volume, gain at 0, tone at 12 o clock) or even as a compressor(with similar tone dials), is this true and does it work well?
    saintjimmy924
    i bought this pedal for 30 bucks from guitar center what a waste...i hate it it makes my tone sound like shit no matter what settings i use
    shtuff
    saintjimmy924 wrote: i bought this pedal for 30 bucks from guitar center what a waste...i hate it it makes my tone sound like shit no matter what settings i use
    I dont know how you are using it or what amp/guitar you own but i cant get it to sound bad! Even through a solid state peavey this thing is great sounding i suggest everyone atleast try one out its a good deal!
    theonlymoog
    rockindaddy5150 wrote: thedavidproject : BBE pedals are NOT true bypass. They are "true hard bypass" which basically means that there is a mechanical disconnect. Once again NOT true bypass This is totally spliting hairs. Why would "true hard bypass" not be considered true bypass? If turning the effect off removes all resistance added by the pedal to your signal, it's true bypass. If you've ever had pedals that aren't true bypass, even when they are off, you can hear a hiss and some noize, especially when there are more than one hooked up. BBE advertises that all their pedals are true bypass.
    And what's more: in a true bypass or true hard bypass pedal, a mechanical switch can only operate in one manner - to route the signal one way or the other, either through the effect circuitry, or through itself into the output jack. In buffered pedals, such as Boss, for example, switching controls the effect circuitry itself, by turning the effect on or off, but the signal is still buffered. Therefore, you get the noise of the chain, plus a loss of tone from the circuit resistance. I have this pedal - it is true bypass, as the circuit is not buffered, and the pedal does not need to be plugged in or have batteries to work, when the switch is turned off. When it is turned on, with no power source, the chain is killed, as there is nothing to drive the effect circuit. The "hard" in the description refers to the switch itself, and could have also read "mechanical".
    chaskelly29
    @st. jimmy - by the look of your UG name..why dont you just buy a DS-1? XD
    deancbradley
    I've owned this pedal for 5 years and continues to impress me with its "subtle" tone as the tone freak I am. The Symetrical clipping is beautiful, rounded edges on the highs and a near spot on mid-hump. It's not "flashy" and in there lies te beauty of this tone, just as an 808. It's to ally where it "won't" go to that is it's allure for me. Less is more idea. But everyone's hearing actually is different and as a former ear testing technician I can attest after reading how some hear say a 10k frequency accurately others are harder hearing such a frequency, which is why I could never argue with what someone else hears because truly if it sounds right to your eardrums than it is right for them. Tones are like colors.
    Bloodshed
    well, for this player it rates 10/10. For me, I give it an 8.5 out of 10. Its definitely a great pedal, but I don't like it as much for a boost. It seems like it colors the tone a bit more than I prefer in a boost. But, as an overdrive it sounds great
    oh poe poe
    milhouse56 wrote: Degorath : Not ALL products can get 10 out of 10. How can anyone find these reviews useful if everyone rates the product at 10/10? amen to that!
    exactly, man idk how many reviews ive looked at that were all 10/10...
    chaskelly29
    Itz_Relyt wrote: Yeah how much does this thing cost
    well i put 99.99 when i posted.. but it didnt show up
    the.spine.surfs
    fretsonfire74 wrote: is this like a tubescreamer?
    Based on it, with a touch more bite and true bypass.
    chaskelly29
    yeah this pedal is pretty much great. it is a true bypass. it gives a nice crunchy overdrive. and is a great boost to your distortion level if you like to play metal type stuff. i say everyone that reads this get one. lol
    ECistheBest
    how do u know if its true bypass? did u open the back and see a 3PDT switch? or does the pedal's bypass work without a battery?
    chaskelly29
    ECistheBest wrote: how do u know if its true bypass? did u open the back and see a 3PDT switch? or does the pedal's bypass work without a battery?
    it says in the manual its a true bypass.
    Degorath
    Not ALL products can get 10 out of 10. How can anyone find these reviews useful if everyone rates the product at 10/10?
    PhantomNote
    I prefer the AMT Tube Platinum. How come no one has ever heard of AMT, I've heard some artists play great with pedals from them, and I own both the Fatal Tube and the Tube Platinum pedal and they beat by far any other pedals I've tried.
    milhouse56
    Degorath : Not ALL products can get 10 out of 10. How can anyone find these reviews useful if everyone rates the product at 10/10?
    amen to that!
    GuitarPlayer716
    I find it hard to believe that this pedal is so perfect it can get all 10's- all 10's means anyone playing any guitar and any style will think it's amazing...and I doubt every guitar player in the world will love this thing the way this dude seems to. That being said, I would like to play around with one sometime to see what it sounds like, I have a bunch of hard rock/metal distortion and effect pedals, but I've been in the market for something a bit lighter.
    ibanezguitars44
    like 100 i think and it does work good for just about anything. although it doesnt have enough gain for metal, it could push an overdriven amp into metal territory. by itself its good for blues/classic rock.