This is no one-trick stomp box. With three modes, four stages of all-tube preamp circuitry and dedicated outputs for host amps, power amps and recording consoles, this fortress of a pedal is a fully evolved footswitching preamp. Though its layout...
At 40:14 in this Rig Rundown for Ben Shepherd of [Sound Garden](http://equipboard.com/band/soundgarden), [Wellwater Conspiracy](http://equipboard.com/band/wellwater-conspiracy), [Hater](http://equipboard.com/band/hater), and [The Desert Sessions](http://equipboard.com/band/the-desert-sessions), his gear is displayed, showing his Mesa Boogie V-Twin.more
"As you can see there are three tube Pre-amps. In the rig itself you will see the Zen Drive which is what I recorded with recently, but above you will see the Seymour Duncan Twin Tube which I also like very much, and to the right one of my oldest favorites, the Mesa-Boogie V-Twin. I like them all and it really depends on what mood I’m in which one I use.In the middle of those two, you will see a prototype of the new wireless midi for guitar that was invented by Andras Szalay, and is distributed by Fishman Associates.The rig itself is self evident and needs no commentary from me other than it stays the same whichever pre-amp I use." - via John's personal [website](http://www.johnmclaughlin.com/equipment/)more
This is no one-trick stomp box. With three modes, four stages of all-tube preamp circuitry and dedicated outputs for host amps, power amps and recording consoles, this fortress of a pedal is a fully evolved footswitching preamp. Though its layout is simple, V-Twin™ is supremely capable of producing pristine clean sounds and delivering purring blues tones and truly outrageous high-gain rock or metal sounds. Two out of three of these dedicated modes are footswitchable, leaving us room to include the Bypass for use with host amps. It even has headphone capability that will embarrass the effects-laden digital wanna be's. Or can be plugged into any power amp - including the PA. In the studio, either V-Twin is a child prodigy. Engineers and producers alike are shocked when they push up the faders and hear how well it goes direct-to-tape. Carry V-Twin with you at all times, as backup insurance or for sit-in situations and always get your tone.
A great bit of kit for high and moderate gain tones, you can run it (as I do) in like with other pedals into the front for your amp or use it as you main preamp connected to a power amp of straight to a mixer or head phones. The V-Twin has the channels as well as a bypass option, these are Clean, Blues and Solo. The clean option allowing you to add valve warmth to your clean tone, the Blues and Solo setting deal with the dirty stuff. for the most part the Blues channel could probably cover most situations as it produces a fair amount of gain on it's own, click into Solo mode and the gain level goes up quite a few notches, combined with the very powerful EQ can add classic mesa tone to any amp.
The main disadvantage is that all three sound rely on the same EQ controls meaning if you want ti utilise all the tones, some compromise is called for, however I believe the rack version allows more flexibility. I use it in line with other pedals as my main overdrive using either the blues of solo setting as the situation requires. the sound of this pedal is huge and puts many other pedals to shame.