Inspired by Tim’s love of Teenage Fanclub and guitarist Norman Blake’s quest for a road worthy boost & treble booster.
As a fellow Teenage Fanclub fan and being familiar with the quality of Tym Guitars I very much wanted to try this one out. It pairs so well with various guitar pick-ups and amp combinations. The effect is quite subtle but you still get all the volume you need plus a little extra.
From Tym’s website:
I fine tuned the Tatanka boost I make for Brett Netson from Built to Spill and then added a FREQ knob that is a 6 way switch with frequency selectors, not unlike the FAC on an Orange/Matamp design on the input and output of the circuit. This basically goes from a full linear boost to a treble boost with other options in between. This FREQ switch, along with the active tone control gives a lot of different options depending on what amp you’re using.
You can set the FREQ control to suit the bottom end of your amp, and then fine tune it with the tone control. The boost is of course, the amount of volume/boost you send to the amp going from zero to a considerable amount of boost that stays fairly clean depending on the headroom of your amp.
“ I spoke with Tim about the possibility of him designing a pedal for me just over a year ago. I mentioned that I had been on the lookout for a boost pedal that would compliment the AC30 that I’ve been playing through forever. In the past I’ve used an MXR micro amp and more recently a Keeley Catana Clean Boost, which are both great one knob (the Keeley also has a switch) pedals. Both Tim and I wondered what could be done to give the Teenage Fanboost it’s own personality and character. Tim suggested that we add a knob for the selection of six stepped, fixed frequencies, specifically chosen to help cut through the mix when the boost alone wasn’t doing it. With the further addition of a gentle tone control for tweakage, the pedal design was complete. Tim made a prototype. I’ve been using it for months now and it is everything I could have hoped for. Extremely versatile. A very sweet and musical boost and I can always dial in the right frequency for whatever song I’m playing.” Norman Blake
Hand made in Brisbane, Australia using locally sourced components where possible and custom made enclosures.
Manufacturer: Tym Guitars
Color: Red, White, Silver