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"My signal path looks like this right now (but will probably be different in 2 days...you know how that goes...ha): Boss TU-3, Paul Cochrane Timmy Overdrive, T. Rex Mudhoney Distortion, Diamond Cornerstone Distortion, Morgan Shadow Fuzz, JHS Pulp N' Peel Compressor, Ernie Ball VP Jr, MXR Carbon Copy, T. Rex Tremster Tremolo, Boss DD-20 Delay, Strymon BlueSky Reverberator, JHS Little Black Buffer."more
"This Week in Pedalboards: THE PAUL COCHRANE “Timmy Pedal”. I am a MASSIVE fan of transparent, low-gain drives. They are indispensable for me to slightly color my amps, and more often than not, to feed into fuzzes and higher gain devices. I like to think of them as preamps for my pedal circuit. The Timmy’s been in my rig for a few years, and when I’m recording, its much easier as a smooth guitar EQ than so many of the outboard hardware devices that fill up studios or the actual knobs on many amps. The range of gain is, as i said, fairly low, and that makes it a great “fine-tuning” tone shaper, as well as a great box for playing rhythm parts which would suffer from being either too clean or too distorted. It has a great deal of output gain comparatively, and allows you to really accentuate highs or lows (sorry mids, you’re not part of this one.) You can really drive a tube amp hard with it. This isn’t a drive pedal to use across the board; it’s very specific, and i use it surgically; but thats not to say i dont use it frequently. Think of it as something in the “Klon universe” of sounds (that doesn’t quite do it justice, but it’s a reference point.) Highly recommended."more
In the description for this ambient song, Andy has listed the pedal that he has used as follows: Diamond Compressor EHX Micro Pog Timmy Overdrive Goodrich L-120 Volume EHX Deluxe Memory Man w/ Tap Tempo Strymon El Capistan Line 6 Echo Park Boss RV-5 Strymon Blue Sky Boomerang III Loopermore
This is the holy grail of overdrive, you can use it from a Clean Boost or TS9 and beyond amazing blues, rock sounds, even nice Metal sound when you push an Tube Amp, Highly recommend
Summary: A great overdrive that can compliment many rigs and amps. It also stands up on it's own well as a primary overdrive.
Tone: The word "transparent" is getting a lot of hype lately. I love the sound of my guitar and I don't want to put and OD in place that just masks that so I get it. However, I'm not an expert to argue the validity of "transparency" so I'll skip that. The fact is, this pedal sounds like my guitar running my amp into breakup and not like a pedal. I noticed the 'Transparency' the most when I upgraded from a PRS SE Customer 24 to a PRS S2 Standard 24. This pedal took a huge leap in tone quality versus others OD/Distortions as my new guitar sounded much better.
Gain: Gain can really go up on this little guy and it can be very fun. I know a lot of guys use it as a clean boost and I do as well at times but I mainly keep the gain around 11. The pedal itself is very responsive so you can clean up the tone based on your picking power. There is also a 3 way gain clipping switch which allows you to dial in the right type of gain you have set. I've found this to make some major differences in the overall tone I'm going for.
Treble / Bass: The two knobs are actually cut knobs. Thus, as you move the knob clockwise, you are decreasing that tonal property. IE: If I turn the the bass knob clockwise, it decreases the amount of bass coming through. Same thing for the treble. Paul C states that it reduces clipping. I'm no electrical engineer but I can attest to that the changes in the EQ are very smooth and make all the difference in the tone you're going for.
Needless to say, I'm a huge fan of the Timmy.