Dumbloid Standard and Special
Plexi Marshalls, Vox AC’s and Tweed Fenders are all wonderful amps that helped define Rock ‘n Roll. And it’s a really great time for guitarists of all stripes because for mere money, one can buy a bunch of boutique amps and pedals that pretty much nail those sounds. One amp that has never quite been tamed into a clone is the mythical Dumble. Some have tried to decipher its circuit and tones but all have fallen short—until now.
Shin Suzuki has taken all his Dumble wisdom and experience and created the Dumbloid Series of pedals. This is no easy feat, since there are about eight different models of Dumbles and they are usually custom voiced for the specific player who ordered it. Suzuki has taken the essence of all these different Dumble models and Judo chopped them into two Dumbloid pedals—the Standard and the Special. Both models sport identical knobs; Drive, Accent, Tone and Volume
The Dumbloid Standard has more gain in the midrange and sharper highs, while the Special has an additional toggle switch—the famed Jazz/Rock voicing switch from the legendary Overdrive Special. In the “Jazz” position the switch gives an overall “rounder” sound, while the “Rock” position provides a softer characteristic for the mids, especially in overdrive. All levels of gain sound fantastic in each model. Uncompressed clean for the ultimate in chickin’ pickin’, and so many shades of overdrive—from medium gain to psycho distortion. After 45 minutes with a Dumbloid and his favorite ’52 Blackguard, Brad Paisley proclaimed the Dumbloid “The most responsive and amp-like pedal I’ve ever played”, and as you probably know, he’s played ‘em all.
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