very useful Tweak knob.
In Tremolo mode the
Tweak knob functions
as a gain control, adding a cool crunch tone
to your sound. Turning
the Tweak knob down
to zero returns it to a
clean tone. This added
feature proves very useful in adding just a hint
of breakup without using
your amp or a separate
overdrive for some extra
hair and grit.
nation, the Bubble Box was switched to the
Vibrato mode. Again, the Dino delivered. This
time the Leslie-style effect was nice and full,
and the Rate and Depth knobs helped dial
it into a rotary dream come true. After this,
I switched to the middle position for some
crunch. With the Tweak knob around three
o’clock, the mini-humbuckers of the Sheraton
helped to get a great speaker breakup tone
that had me playing blues riffs for the rest of
the eve. This is definitely a cool added feature.
The secret weapon of
the Bubble Box is its
three-way mini toggle
switch. Upon first glance,
you would assume that
it is actually a two-way
toggle, switching from
tremolo to vibrato, but
there’s an added bonus.
The middle position is
a booster/crunch mode
that is very reminiscent of another Dino’s
creation: the Dynabox. While in the middle
position, the Tweak knob becomes a gain, controlling the amount of crunch and the Master
Volume becomes the boost. Like the Dynabox,
the middle position can add a nice hint of
breakup without having to use a separate
overdrive. This works particularly well with an
already dirty amp for a little extra sonic drive.
If you need a good multi-purpose modulation
effect then this may be worth checking out.
The boys from Italy at Dino’s are consistently
making great tone-based products for today’s
players. Now I am craving pasta. Ciao.
you are into a high quality tremolo
pedal with added features.
BY SEAN O’BRYAN SMITH
Throughout the years, it is apparent that the
Italians are continuing their role as master
craftsman. Ferrari and Lamborghini still evoke
awe in the automotive world and musically
speaking, their attention to fine craftsmanship
remains true through companies like Dino’s
Guitars. Dino’s Guitars’ recent guitar, speaker
and pedal offerings show a dedication to detail
as well as the player’s needs. Recent reviews
of the Rust Box and Dynabox have praised the
Savona, Italy company’s dedication to musicians, a dedication epitomized in their latest
offering of the Bubble Box.
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Like all Dino’s pedals, the Bubble Box is a mix
of PCB and point-to-point construction. The
company claims this provides consistency, reliability and great tone. Lucky for us the tester
unit delivered on that statement to its fullest.
The true bypass Bubble Box offers a handful of
options not found in most tremolo or vibrato
pedals. The lightweight aluminum chassis hosts
the classic Rate and Depth knobs found on
most modulation-style effects.
Playing off of Dino’s love for Fender-style
instruments, the Bubble Box was initially tested
with a modified Telecaster into a Fender
Bassman. Starting in Tremolo mode with the
Tweak knob set to clean, and the Rate and
Depth controls set to twelve o’clock, the
Bubble Box was engaged. One word describes
the sound of the Bubble Box: lush. The tremolo effect was nice and full, resulting in a great
fifties-style tone that is nothing short of infectious. Utilizing the Bubble Box’s Tweak knob, I
dialed in a bit of crunch that responded exceptionally well to a vintage Epiphone Sheraton.
The end result was a robust effect perfect for
both lead and rhythm parts.
MSRP $260 STREET $199
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