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Pigtronix Bob Weir's Real Deal

Published 3 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.


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