the guitar and a little roll off of the guitar’s
volume, which creates a whole lot of territory for expression.
Since the DB7 is intended to be an excellent platform for effects, I plugged in a DLS
Versa-Vibe and a NerFuzz by The Tone God.
(See a review of the latter on page 189.) The
amp did not disappoint in this capacity. The
Versa-Vibe’s swirling chorus and vibrato
effects took on an especially vivid character
through the amp. Some of the sicker presets
on the NerFuzz sounded even more dementedly detailed through the DB7 than they did
with other tube amps. Played side-by-side
on clean settings, with effects or without, it’s likely that the Schroeder would make a lot of similarly powered tube amps sound comparatively effete.
The staggeringly rich tone of the Schroeder
DB7 is sure to be inspiring to players of all
stripes. It’s super-easy to operate and it has
got a huge ceiling for an amp of 40 watts
that’s tailor-made for stompboxes. The DB7
isn’t cheap. But particularly when paired with
the Weber-loaded Sidecar cabinet, the DB7
is an instant classic—regardless of price.
you’re in the market for a valve amp
that is clean, warm, and loud, and
will interact well with your effects.
ultra-high-gain is your game, or
you’re strapped for cash.
Street $3250 as reviewed
or use a mobile device to download
audio examples of the amp at