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While the effects market is intensely saturated with new products being released constantly, a few manufucutures stand out, and one of those is JAM pedals. And the proof is in their artist roster which includes: John Scofield, Julian Lage, Bill Frisell, Nels Cline, Kirk Fletcher, Steve Lukather, Greg Koch, Daniel Lanois, Dweezil Zappa, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Andy Timmons and many more. Now let's get down to Dreaming.
The TubeDreamer 72 is their most transparent overdrive and while we think of it as the "boost" circuit it, really adds a lot of wonderful vintage color to your sound. JAM is a company that is proud of their NOS obsession and often tells you exactly what chip or component is making the magic, but the 72 contains their proclaimed "secret chip" so you'll have to settle for our word on this one. We do know that it uses carbon comp resistors and an asymmetrical clipping circuit to produce hot tube tone with an unparalleled level of clarity and dynamic response. Like an old amp you hear your signal get a little of that organic compression in the midrange, while your low end blooms and the highs sing with sweet sustain.
For those who need a little more, there is also a boost toggle which increases the gain, saturation, and sustain. In this mode it's still transparent relative to the sound of you guitar, but pushes it towards more distortion pedal and less pure overdrive. But it's pure JAM: Balanced, touch sensitive and musical. It's very easy to imagine just leaving it in boost mode all the time and working the guitar volume to clean it up.
In the mad world of pedals it's a known fact that pretty much everybody makes a tubescreamer. However not everybody has perfected it, which in a physical and auditory sense, seems to be the feat that JAM has pulled off with the TubeDreamer 72. If you think you like tubescreamers and especially if you think you don't like tubescreamers, you need to try the TubeDreamer 72.