REVIEWS

Pigtronix Bob Weir's Real Deal

Published 4 years ago on December 1, 2018

By Guitar Interactive Magazine

 

Thanks to some very clever engineering, Pigtronix have managed to shrink the whole process down to fit into a standard size pedal enclosure.

Nick Jennison

PROS:

Very powerful acoustic tone shaping tool.

Accepts a wide range of pickup and microphone configurations.

CONS:

Pretty specialist - may seem superfluous to some, especially considering the cost.

Guitar Interactive star rating: 4 stars

MSRP (UK) £349 (US) $279


Pigtronix Bob Weir's Real Deal

In an effort to crank Bob Weir's acoustic guitar loud enough in the live mix while retaining the natural, unplugged sound of the instrument, the Real Deal acoustic preamp by Pigtronix was born. Nick Jennison explores the pedal designed to provide crystal-clear, super-loud acoustic tones while faithfully maintaining the organic wooden sound of the guitar like no other.

The Grateful Dead are probably as well known for their legendary sound system, the “Wall Of Sound” as they are for their groundbreaking music. Set up behind the band on stage, the “Wall” delivered absolutely crushing volume with devastating clarity and power. As I’m sure you can imagine, this presented some serious engineering challenges - not least of which being amplifying Bob Weir’s acoustic guitar.

I’m sure you can relate if you’ve ever tried to amplify your acoustic beyond “cafe” volumes. Imagine, then, having to achieve the kind of cosmic volumes found at a Dead gig while simultaneously being absolutely uncompromising on tone. It has to be studio grade, and it has to be capable of leveling buildings.

Mike McGinn (Weir’s personal front of house engineer) achieved this with a complex multiband rig that applies preamp gain to the low and high-frequency bands separately, with a mastering stage to combine the two bands into a single mono output. Thanks to some very clever engineering, Pigtronix have managed to shrink the whole process down to fit into a standard size pedal enclosure.


YOU MAY LIKE

ADVERTISEMENT

LATEST

Soundsation Rider Pro | REVIEW

Eventide MicroPitch Delay | REVIEW

EMG PX, PCSX, and PAX Pickups | REVIEW

Cordoba Fusion 5 Limited Bocote | REVIEW

Black Country Customs/Laney Secret Path Reverb Pedal | REVIEW

Cort KX300 Etched | REVIEW

VOX Valvenergy Cutting Edge & Copperhead Drive | REVIEW

Kustom KG100FX 212 | REVIEW

Darkglass Harmonic Booster | REVIEW

Martin X Series D-X1E & 00-X2E | REVIEW

Steve Lukather: Stop, Luke & Listen | INTERVIEW

BOSS OC-5 Octave Pedal | REVIEW

Is Rammstein Calling Time with 'Zeit' | Album Review

Cort Core OC Spruce | REVIEW

Vox VH-Q1 Headphones | REVIEW

Vintage 25th Anniversary V75SVB | REVIEW

Aria Pro II DM-206 | REVIEW

BOSS OC-5 Octave Pedal | REVIEW

Tech 21 SansAmp Bass Driver DI V2 | REVIEW

Manson META Series MBM-1 Matthew Bellamy Signature Guitar | REVIEW

Laney/Black Country Customs Spiral Array Chorus | REVIEW

Victory V4 Copper Preamp | REVIEW

Aria Pro II JET-B'tone | REVIEW

Black Country Customs/Laney Secret Path Reverb Pedal | REVIEW

Kustom KG100FX 212 | REVIEW

Top magnifiercross linkedin facebook pinterest youtube rss twitter instagram facebook-blank rss-blank linkedin-blank pinterest youtube twitter instagram