TC Electronic VPD1 Overdrive Guitar Effects Pedal  

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The VPD1 vintage pre-drive guitar pedal is a lot more than just an overdrive. With the additional boost section, top and mid boost, remote control, and a vintage-type speaker simulation, VPD1 is a gen... Read More

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The VPD1 vintage pre-drive guitar pedal is a lot more than just an overdrive. With the additional boost section, top and mid boost, remote control, and a vintage-type speaker simulation, VPD1 is a genuinely versatile guitar pedal. TC Electronics scientists designed the VPD1 to reproduce warm driven vintage tones that you would normally only get from a tube amp with the master volume turned all the way up.

Simplicity, great sound, and timeless design make up the holy trinity of the VPD1 vintage pre-drive pedal. This overdrive pedal is all about bringing out the best in your favorite guitar/amp setup without any unwanted coloring of tone or quality-compromising add-ons. VPD1 would therefore serve as an excellent companion for the G-System from TC Electronic. The basic drive section delivers a distinguished vintage overdrive allowing every characteristic of your instrument to shine through. When you kick in the boost section, you get a saturated lead sound with plenty of gain and sustain. Additional features on the boost section are the Top and Mid boost emphasis filters that let your tone really cut through.

VPD1 features a unique circuit, which accurately replicates every group of components in an original vintage tube amp combo, including the dynamic interaction that occurs between the components. In addition to the drive functionality, VPD1 overdrive pedal actually serves as a small preamp, ranging sonically from barely audible overdrive to snarling leads ” and beyond.

In the VPD1 signal path, the boost section is placed before the drive, which means that the boosted guitar signal not only sounds louder but also sounds more overdriven. This makes it ideal for switching from rhythm to lead guitar. The remote function even allows you to switch the VPD1 boost on and off with the new G-System from TC Electronic, or any other external relay switching device. Top and mid boost switches are also included for a more flexible sonic exploitation of the VPD1 guitar pedal.

The VPD1 sports an integrated speaker filter that makes it very useful for studio sessions and home practice. The speaker filter, which can be bypassed at a flick of a switch, is based on the same research as the VPD1 Drive, and underlines the vintage qualities of the new TC Electronic pedal.

Features
  • Remote Control Connection ” seamless integration with G-System.
  • Boost ” when activated the drive channel is driven harder giving more overdrive.
  • Flat / Top Boost / Mid Boost ” selector.
  • Boost Channel switch.
  • Drive ” sets amount of drive on the drive channel.
  • Level ” Sets the Output level of the pedal when active.
  • Bass ” Bass attenuation for the Boost channel.
  • SPK SIM ” Speaker Simulation ” The filter simulates the frequency response of a vintage-style guitar speaker.
  • Tone ” Use the Tone control to attenuate high-end frequencies. The Tone control operates on both channels.
  • Boost LED ” Indicates when VPD1 is in Boost mode.
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TC ElectronicVPD1 Overdrive Guitar Effects Pedal
 
3.0

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3.0

good features, mediocre tone

By Tim

from Fredericksburg, VA

Comments about TC Electronic VPD1 Overdrive Guitar Effects Pedal:

i just purchased this pedal in hopes to replace my vox ice9, but it didn't live up to expectations. it has great features, but a very limited range of tones. the drive knob makes no difference until it's almost all the way on, and the overall tone wasn't as clear as i hoped. tested it side by side with the ice9 for a half hour, and decided to return it. played through a boogie mark I original and a fender deville on multiple settings with a prs mccarty and a jazzmaster.

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1.0

Tone sucker!!!

By Big Fish

from Madison Il.

Comments about TC Electronic VPD1 Overdrive Guitar Effects Pedal:

While Im sure this pedal sounds fine by itself with a super clean amp, it does not play well with tubes. The tone is dull, muddy, lifeless, and there is a noticeable volume drop when the unit is engaged. Be very careful if you plan on investing in this pedal. Thank goodness for the 30 day return policy!

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5.0

A permenantly hired pedal.

By Joe Anthony

from Washington

Comments about TC Electronic VPD1 Overdrive Guitar Effects Pedal:

I got this stomp as part of a Christmas gift when I started out. I know play regularly in a church setting and rock bands. This works really well as a light distortion and boost. (Gain makes a difference only after about 1 o clock on the dial. The eqs are great will get you versatile tones. The VPD1 is sturdily built including the footswitch. The only con is that it does not have a battery compartment. I recommend this as a first stage in a gain stack.

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