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...
"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
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!I mainly play in stereo, as I like ambient sounds, using a lot of delay for atmospheres or doubling guitars. If I go heavy I don’t use an amp. I use a Mesa Boogie Valve Twin pedal and its speaker emulator, or a Meteoro Doctor Drive or a Yerasov Pterodrive. All these preamps are tube powered. Yerasov is a small Russian company that does cheap preamps and effects but they really blast and have a raw sound. If I need to reamp things I go to external studios.!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 three 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 to 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.
I bought one of these new in 1995 for about $300 US. It gives you a (True) bypass, then a choice of clean/Blues or Blues/Solo; the Blues being a subtly grindy overdrive and the Solo a full on high gain sound. All of it coming from 2 12ax7's which you can switch out for tonal color more to your taste if you like-I put in NOS Sylvania 12au7's. Every sound coming from this pedal is sparkly and shines with rich harmonics and sweet topend, and the distortion is always rich and musical. Life choices wound up with me quitting guitar-and eventually a ton of other things- and so I didn't use it for awhile. When I picked up the guitar again I went through a ton of different OD/Preamps- Tube Screamers, MXR, a Chandler, and settled on an AMT SS-20. I had loaned my V-Twin to a pal, and when I got it back and plugged it in : Effin MAGIC !!! So I bought one off eBay in 2009 for $300...
The Mesa Boogie V-Twin is an all-tube preamp pedal that takes queues from the famed Dual Rectifier heads, with dedicated outputs for power amps, host amps, recording or live sound consoles, even headphones for silent practice. This hand-crafted pedal sits in a heavy, sturdy metal casing and delivers tones that range from sparkling clean to light bluesy drive to a searing blaze of high-gain madness. Pop this puppy in front of your amp for an extra kick and shaping of the sound, or take it straight to tape in the studio for a wildly real-life direct sound.
These are now discontinued & other than a similarly styled Hughes & Kettner tube pedal was I believe the only tube-based pedal that I was at least aware of for awhile. It sure cost a lot a the time & it weighs a ton. It's a got green, red & blue LED's for clean, solo & blues settings respectively.
I'm not a metal guy, so I wasn't after a MESA tone, but I do value it as a pre-amp to warm & help sculpt my clean tone as it has some cool knobs for dialling in bass, middle & treble. Obviously it offers some pretty scorching high-gain sound if that's what I'm after too.
I'm not sure that i'm getting as much out of this pedal as other's might & I have strongly considered selling it several times but have held off from doing so for some reason. It's unique & I figured i regret it so while may not be a permanent fixture in my chain at the moment it could easily work it's way back in in the not too distant future. After all it has been called one of the most indispensable pedals of all time so... ;)