tc electronic Tube Pilot Overdrive

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Effect Pedal

  • Distortion with 12AX7 tube
  • Controllers: Out Level - Tube Drive
  • True bypass
  • LED: Effect On / Off
  • Foot switch: Effect bypass
  • Connections: (6.3 mm jack), output (6.3 mm jack), power supply connection (coaxial socket 5.5 x 2.1 mm - negative pole inside)
  • Power consumption: 400mA
  • Power supply with a 9 V DC power supply (not included - suitable power supply: Article Nr 409939)
  • Dimensions (W x D x H): 74 x 132 x 58 mm
  • Weight: 500 g

Note: Battery operation not possible.

available since April 2018
Item number 435614
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Overdrive Yes
Distortion No
Fuzz No
Metal No

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mediocre 25.11.2021
This is NOT a copy of the Butler, only based on the design. With that said, it is an amazing sounding heavy overdrive. Just don't expect any clean sounds with soft "on the edge of breakup" from it. Starved plate, like most of the actually tube driven pedals, you can honestly find the same sound in most high gain diode clipping overdrives that don't need 400 mA power supply. I still love it for what it is. Put it in front of a dirty tube amp ;)

P.S.: don't forget to cut the power to it after use, or it's going to keep heating the tube (and the casing). The foot-switch only engages the bypass.
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Definitely a keeper
Dirtnap 22.04.2020
I've been using it for guitar, bass and keys. Sounds like what it is - an overdriven tube preamp. It lacks some bass. Like a TS does too. So if I keep using it for bass, I might try splitting the signal, mixing clean with overdrive.
Big downer for me is how the bypass engages when you release the button instead of pressing, unlike every other stompbox in the world. That will take some getting used to, or I'll have to send it through a loop switcher.
OMG the price! The p r i c e ! !
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an amazing overdrive
Schneidees 13.02.2019
I haven't had that much time with it so far but I already have to say I'm amazed.
considering how much this thing costs, it's a really good pedal.
I have a tubescreamer I use a lot and on their own, the tube pilot sounds much better to me.
definitely depends on the application however, I like using the tubescreamer to gun an already driven amp, but if you just want a simple overdrive in front of a clean amp, buy this and you'll be amazed. even with the gain at around 9 o'clock you get that "power sag" sound that occurs when you run a valve amp really loud
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Probably the best in its price range
frankenchrist 06.04.2020
Of course it may not be as punchy or as dynamic sounding as the original Butler Tube Driver, but still it's a sound that is very, very special and hard to achieve in a bedroom musician's studio (I am one of those guys, yeah). I don't have an amp, all my guitars go through Harley Benton American Sound and then into my cheap Pre-Eq-Comp-Audio Interface. This pedal was crucial in achieving a Dinosaur Jr - type sound (e.g. lazy tubey strum for verses, before the Big Muff comes to blow you away) with such limited means. Awesome! Could've used an EQ for fine tuning, though.
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