BY KENNY RARDIN There are a lot of pedals on the market these days that promise
to boost your sound without changing the
tone of your rig. The TwinStomp is a unique
take on this idea. Adam Betts, the pedal’s
designer, was seeking a way to boost his
volume for solos. Using a Les Paul and a
100-watt Marshall JCM800 with various
EQ, compression and overdrive pedals, the
resulting tonal changes were discouraging. He tried a boutique clean boost pedal
which worked well, but he preferred it to
be always on, still lacking a solo boost. This
led to the development of the TwinStomp,
essentially a two-channel clean boost.
a thoughtful feature for those
using batteries to run the unit.
Two dual-brightness LEDs indicate status. This is a remarkably
well built pedal, easily capable
of surviving a bomb blast.
Like other popular clean boosts, the
TwinStomp uses a MOSFET circuit. The two
channels share identical boost capabilities while offering separate adjustments.
The well constructed unit uses a Soviet-approved stainless steel case with removable rubber feet, providing screw tabs for
secure pedalboard mounting. Controls
include an on/off footswitch, channel selector footswitch and level knobs. There is
also a small on/off toggle switch which is
As far as boost duties, when
used with an overdriven amp,
the hotter signal into the front of
the amp simply adds more grit; if
the amp is set clean, the volume
boost becomes more apparent.
Of course, there’s little change
in the tone – the traditional
object of overdrives and treble
booster designs, which add sustain and a general singing quality.
The TwinStomp accentuates all frequencies
equally, and I’m not certain that boosting
lows, which can cause a bloated sound, or
highs, which can result in feedback and brittle tone, is the best idea. That said, if you’re
just trying to make your sound louder, try
the TwinStomp after the overdrive or in your
amp’s effects loop – it works perfectly in
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