A cranked British-style amplifier has always been the core of Andy Timmons's sound. But Andy found himself sometimes having to play through unfamiliar amplifiers and struggling to get his tone. That's why he bonded so quickly with JHS's British amp-in-a-box Angry Charlie pedal. By adding a couple of options to this design, his signature AT Drive V2 is able to get his identifiable singing tone through any clean amplifier. And its wide range of gain helps Andy keep all the nuance that his sound is famous for.
The biggest tonal difference from the Angry Charlie is the AT Drive V2's 3-way headroom switch. JHS describes this feature as a way to get real 25-, 50-, and 100-watt tube amp performance from a pedal. The 100-watt mode has the most headroom and clarity. The 50-watt position gives you a touch of compression to simulate a cranked amp's power section. And the 25-watt setting is the most compressed and overdriven. Sweetwater players love this setting for a boutique low-watt amp sound.
No matter how you get your dirt, all guitarists run into moments when we need more. And thanks to the variable boost circuit found in the AT Drive V2, more is only a tap of your toe away. Situated before the gain circuit in the pedal, you're able to push the onboard grit into more harmonically rich sustain. It is also completely independent, making it a great tool for slamming the front end of your amplifier or the other dirt pedals in your chain.
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