|Plexi Drive for classic plexi tones|
Again, not directly related to the world of fuzz but definitely a cornerstone on the quest. Fuzz, as always, is just fingernails on a chalkboard without the right amp to smooth it out. Marshalls with treble boosters, Fuzz Faces, Octave fuzzes and more.
|The real deal JTM 45 head MKII|
|Number One - The Original 1962 model which the JTM 45 was based upon. 23 units sold and changed history. Today resides in the Marshall museum.|
|Hendrix, Page, Yardbirds, The Who, Blackmore and Angus Young.|
All of them used a lot of Marshalls and at some point during their early life and their better days played a JTM 45.
|Gut shot of the Plexi Drive based on the TagboardFX layout with biasing trimmers for the JFETs|
Now Brian Wampler indicated that this pedal is somewhere between the lower gain 18W tone and the mid gain JTM 45. I really couldn't tell the difference never having played any of the real deal amps but I can tell you for sure that this is the pedal that I was looking for when I started this Marshall quest. I wanted clean sparkly tones at lower GAIN settings and strong crunch at high GAIN settings with the TONE control compensating where needed. Usually this means that lower GAIN demands higher TONE. The LEVEL control gives you plenty of boost way way above unity and the extra switches give you some more versatility. Different pickups and different boosters really give you a lot of options here.
|Mug shot of the modded DIY Wampler Plexi-Drive|
It sounds great with other pedals in the chain. A treble booster or an overdrive are great to drive it harder and it takes up fuzz pedals very good and probably best with single coils.
You can find the layout I used here:
The schematic is shown on the Revolution Deux page: