Vintage-Accurate, 1970s solid-state Maestro Echoplex Preamp!
In the 1960s and 1970s, Echoplex tape echo delay units evolved from tube based designs into solid-state designs.
Notably, the EP3 model was a solid-state model and had a few variations and revisions to the circuit.
A select number of EP-3 models are highly sought-after by musicians for their unique musical tone.
Famous musicians of the era realized having the EP-3 in their signal altered their tone, even when the echo was bypassed.
An internal secret preamp was at work here, fattening the signal, along with a slight phase shift that altered mid and high frequency harmonic content.
A truly secret preamp boost in the arsenal of the great guitarists of yesteryear!
But not all vintage EP-3s boosted, some dropped in signal, and some were mediocre in tone.
So, over a decade ago Kyle Chase did something about it!
The Chase Tone Secret Preamp uses fine-tuned circuit components to ensure proper results.
It is an authentic replica of the most sought-after, musically transparent signal-boosting Echoplex units.
Chase Tone Secret Preamp applications:
1. The Secret Preamp can provide a slight boost to a tube amp. You're in complete control of the EQ!
2. The Secret Preamp can be used as a ‘BIG 3D TONE’ : enhancing your “normal tone”.
3. Can be placed before of after an analog delay to bring vintage Echoplex tones to your chain: no need to lug a big and unreliable / noisy Echoplex!
4. Engaging the Secret Preamp after a vintage Fuzz will replicate the “cranked tube amp combined with Fuzz” tones.
Chase Tone Secret Preamp features:
• Vintage-Accurate, 1970s Solid State Maestro Echoplex Preamp.
• ‘Bright’ early EP3, ‘Dark’ later EP3 and ‘MID’ hybrid-capture EQ.
• Ideal at unity gain or as a slight boost for increased harmonic complexity and touch sensitivity.
• Vintage 1970s JFET cherry-picked to cream-of-the-crop specs.
• New production, accurate vintage spec resistors and capacitors.
• True Bypass.
• Power: 9V DC.
• Current Draw: 150mA.
• Dimensions: 4.5" X 2.5" X 1.5".
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