To get that bluesy edge, Vaughan plugged into a small green box – an Ibanez TS-808 Tube Screamer Overdrive Pro.SRV used the Tube Screamer to drive his amplifier – either a Fender Vibroverb or a Dumble Steel String Singer, depending on accounts.to deliver an assortment of Hendrix-inspired effects in a single dual foot-switch guitar pedal.As if the name and artwork wasn't enough to give away this hat tip to Jimi's legendary 1967 performance at the Monterey Pop Festival, the ... Maybe some particularly toxic societal memes that make me too mad to want to think about right now.And speaking of Andy Timmons, he even had a signature BB Preamp model made by Xotic.Update Feb 2012: there is an interesting piece of info that came out following the release of the BB Preamp-comp by the Xotic custom shop.The boost gain of the TS-808 pushed the amp to new levels of creamy distortion, adding a grit, a bite, a scream. It was a unique tone, one that SRV cooked up, tasted, added a bit more spice, then adjusted again to create what became his trademark sound on his trademark solo on his trademark song.
It may sound like a cliché but you need to be at one with the guitar for the inspiration to flow.Interestingly enough, the limited Andy Timmons edition of the BB Preamp featured the extra compression of the early BB Preamp. The BB Preamp addresses these issues and adds some welcomed improvements such as a massive volume boost capacity and a very effective two band EQ instead of the single tone control of the Tube Screamer.In order to please everybody, The BB Preamp-comp features a toggle switch to go from no compression at all, to a bit compressed (current BB Preamp) and to more compressed (early BB Preamp and Andy Timmons models). Also, the BB Preamp is built with excellent components and is quite silent.This also means it is a bit pricey (MSRP US$ 200) as this really is a boutique pedal, not a cheapo knock-off.From the first notes of Stevie Ray Vaughan’s “Texas Flood,” you can hear it loud and clear; that snarly tone is not just pure Stratocaster and amplifier!