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Thursday, 9 February 2012

Nick Greer - Ghetto Stomp

Nick Greer is better known for his amplifiers than he is for his FX, he has produced a few that do interest people though. Luckily the forum folk over at freestompboxes have taken them apart and had a little look. Firstly here's a description of the Ghetto Stomp from the Nick Greer site:

"Three knobs sit atop this beautiful pedal. Imagine a pedal that actually sounds and feels like natural amp breakup! If it's Tweed, or old Valco tones you seek look no further. Classic tones, very responsive to the guitar's volume knob. Can also work very well to tame a loud amp. This pedal goes in the range of fuzz and distortion, while retaining the feel of natural tube amp breakup and sag. Gain, Tone, and Level knobs allow the player a great amount of flexibility. This pedal is wonderful in meshing with one's current overdrive sound and can even be used as a rhythm distortion. Fat and lovely, this is the player's pedal."

And here's a quick demo video of the Ghetto in action:


Well soniciv took his Ghetto stomp apart and traced the schematic:


And here's a gut shot (Don't get me started on that black tape!):


As you can see from the schematic it's another Electra Distortion derivative. What can I say? They do produce some good tones when used in conjunction with a decent amp!

IVIark from tagboardeffects.blogspot.com has produced this vero layout for the Ghetto Stomp:


Here's the freestompboxes.org forum thread for reference: http://freestompboxes.org/viewtopic.php?f=7&t=3984

4 comments:

  1. Could you, please, make a video demo after setting the amp in use to provide totally pure clean tone without any additional color!?! Because in this demo the pedal runs into already overdriven amp and you can't recognize what the stomp box does - more amount of overdrive can be resulting just from the "Vol" pot which lies about the effect! Set the amp REALLY CLEAN, adjust the pedal volume so the apparent loudness doesn't change when you turn the pedal on and off, and only then you play with the other controls - this is THE ONLY FAIR WAY to demonstrate what and how a pedal does!!!

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  2. Again, I agree - it's the only demo I could find on youtube though....

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  3. said video didn't exist but my 2cents ...these Electra variants sound great in front of already over driven amp. They complete the sound, or 'push over the edge' an amp. A buddy calls 'em Tabasco for that reason. they help get to that feedback O'th Top feel/sound...same as a lot of fuzzes....sound like crap by themselves,(or as an effect) but in front of dirt, whether an amp or even another dirt box,.....could be that right spice to bring it together.

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  4. said video didn't exist but my 2cents ...these Electra variants sound great in front of already over driven amp. They complete the sound, or 'push over the edge' an amp. A buddy calls 'em Tabasco for that reason. they help get to that feedback O'th Top feel/sound...same as a lot of fuzzes....sound like crap by themselves,(or as an effect) but in front of dirt, whether an amp or even another dirt box,.....could be that right spice to bring it together.

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