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Item Reviews for: ISP Technologies Theta Guitar Pre Amp Pedal  -  ISP THETAPEDAL LIST

Extensive tone shaping, distortion, noise supression for a tone fiend!
By: E.J.Todd from Granite Falls, WA      Submitted: 9/10/2013

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General Your general opinion of this product. Outstanding! Quality Would you consider this product to be made well? How dependable? Made VERY well, VERY dependable. Playability and Feel How does it feel, Heavy, Fast, Chunky? How was the neck? Are the controls easy to get to while playing? The feel of the knobs and switches are (for lack of a better term) High end. Tone Bright and snappy? Dark and smooth? Were the pickups hot, mellow, thick, thin? The tone shaping (and molding) ability of this device is extreme and indeed multi faceted, multi layered yet surprisingly intuitive...and I've owned and used MANY such pedals (Keely, Bogner, TC, Boss, EH etc.) all high end, this one takes top honors. The multiple gain stages are perfectly integrated with the multiple tone stages. It doesn't matter what genre you're into, this thing literally does it all. Work with it a bit and you'll find EXACTLY what you're looking for...and then some! Action How was the action out of the box? N/A Finish How did the stain or paint job look? Sexy. Reliability How has it stood up over time? I've had it a couple of weeks now but (with power conditioning and surge pro) I for see this unit being fully functional for decades at the least. It's built like a tank.
A real actual Preamp in a pedal more than a mere distortion...
By: Paul from N of Dallas TX      Submitted: 8/28/2013

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General Your general opinion of this product. ISP has shocked me in the higher end gear they make. I just thought they did NR pedals. I had never heard of the Theta preamp or amp rig. Now this new pedal format Theta preamp. Quality Would you consider this product to be made well? How dependable? Superior quality here. The pedal is expensive but this is no basic distortion pedal or mere overdrive of standard fair. Control pots have a good firm but smooth quality component feel. Jacks are reversed on the in and out which makes for a little different patch cable issue. Maybe to emphasize this pedal is not your basic guitar pedal. It runs of VAC "not DC" and the supplied wart is a 9VAC 2000mA reverse pin positive jack, pretty substantial current. No real tubes inside but a much higher voltage pump circuit. Playability and Feel How does it feel, Heavy, Fast, Chunky? How was the neck? Are the controls easy to get to while playing? Unit has great response and feel, a wide range of gain structures and EQ ability and the built in Decimator II circuit kill the noise on uber gained tones. The Decimator itself is a marvel. Not your basic noise gate clamper, feels the music and adjusts its release and downward expansion to fit the signal coming in. Tone Bright and snappy? Dark and smooth? Were the pickups hot, mellow, thick, thin? There are many options here on tone, the stand alone preamp channel which is the reason I got this unit can be used as a primary preamping stage with minimal gain or also used into the 2 gain level distortion channel. This unit is capable of massive heavy voiced gain which remaining note articulate and a gain structure that feels great under your hands. Finish How did the stain or paint job look? Red is fine. Personally I get fatigued by the pedal rainbow look all the time. I wish all my pedals were just black with gold knobs that would be very cool and more professional looking. Red on black is OK, could be much worse. Reliability How has it stood up over time? ISP makes quality high end gear. See no reason why this unit should not hold up well.
Best Pedal Style Preamp and Distortion!
By: Kronosa from Tacoma, WA, USA      Submitted: 6/13/2013

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General Your general opinion of this product. OMG THE best money I have ever spent on a Distortion pedal and worth every penny! Quality Would you consider this product to be made well? How dependable? Solid! Silent Switching! Playability and Feel How does it feel, Heavy, Fast, Chunky? How was the neck? Are the controls easy to get to while playing? Easy intuitive controls. The only thing I could possibly complain about is that the Input and Send ports are switched so it was a little weird to chain with standard pedals but I was able to modify my pedal board no problem. Tone Bright and snappy? Dark and smooth? Were the pickups hot, mellow, thick, thin? Buttery Overdrive in the Preamp Overdrive and ultimate saturation on the Distortion Channel. Sounds sweet when you combine the two as well. Sounds sooooo damn GOOD! Built in Noise Suppressor kills! Finish How did the stain or paint job look? Love the Red! Reliability How has it stood up over time? Only had it a month but I think it will stand the test of time no problem.
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