Previously on "DIY 3-channel preamp" journey:
- DIY 3-channel guitar preamp, part 1
- DIY 3-channel guitar preamp, part 2
- DIY 3-channel guitar preamp, part 3
OK, I confess that I dropped this project for good. The main question is: why?
I recently discovered 2 products that completely changed my sound paradigm : The JHS Clover and the Flamma FS07 IR loader.
During a rehearsal, a friend of mine, Sacha, brought his JHS Clover, plugged his Strat in and he got the most beautiful bare clean sound I have ever heard.
Meanwhile, I also discovered a brand new area in the guitar world: the Impulse Response ! I decided to go for a budget solution with stereo capabilities, the Flamma FS07.
I chained both pedals with the goal to get the best chime-ish clean sound ever. And I was... disappointed. The sound was good, the settings of both pedals super efficient, but it was just OK. Not wow. Just for the try, I inserted my home-made (and modded) Jack Orman's Mini-booster before the FS07, and I placed my stereo RunOffGoove Crondor cab sim at the end of the chain.
|There is also a Golden Plexi V2. Let's talk about it later
Yes, I know: a stereo cab sim after a stereo cab sim, isn't this too much? Well who cares? There's only one rule: try anything for the sake of sound. And it worked! The sound was vivid, full, chime-ish. But somehow, I knew that it could go a little further.
As I am a complete beginner in the IR world, I learned how to load IR files in my FS07. And it changed everything! Indeed, the basic IRs that come with the pedal are OK but rather flat and sometime dull. I took some time to browse sites such as Overdriven (excellent work!!). I tried many configurations, one IR one the left channel, another one on the right, a few ms of delay on the left channel to create a pseudo stereo image.
Then I got it! MY SOUND! The best clean sound I have ever heard! I tried with my 5 guitars and I discovered them again, one by one! I was amazed.
The lessons of all this?
- Always look for the best clean sound (I suppose some metalheads will disagree on this point)
- DIY is great, but sometimes it has its limitations. I imagined my 3-channel preamp with an old and closed mindset. Discovering new solutions, new ways to get a sound changed my paradigm. Furthermore, I think that I got a little bit lost in the delusion of DIABY: Do It ALL by Yourself. I believe now that I fantasized to master my whole sound chain from A to Z. Nope, this is not a good idea. And I suppose I would have ended up with a 'just OK' sound after hours and hours of work.
I reached one goal: I have now an ANALOG, full and chime-ish clean sound that totally respects the personality of any guitar plugged in!