Bk butler tube driver page 1 joes guitars, amps and gear joe bonamassa forum the official forum for all things joe bonamassa, guitars and blues music the official forum for all things joe bonamassa, guitars and blues music. Now theres a sporting moniker that just so happens to be the correct one. Bk butler tubeworks blue tube bass driver whos using them. It depends on what tone youre looking for but it has a very narrow clean response and it can be a bit bassy and have that woofy boomy sound as well.
The casing shows the age but as you can see the inners is in excellent condition. Enjoy the videos and music you love, upload original content, and share it all with friends, family, and the world on youtube. I have a 5knob black real tube tube driver from 1988. Butler tube driver blue 2150 owners information pdf download.
Need help, bk butler tube driver discussion in the effect effect started by willeycaster000, jan 31, 2016. Each one is hand made and checked out carefully by bk himself. Butler city firefighters iaff local 114 butler, pennsylvania. I replaced the original 12ax7 tube with a jj electronics 12au7. Need help, bk butler tube driver fender stratocaster. Heres your chance to own this legendary holy grail of overdrive pedals. When i first tried it i thought i remember the pedal. I actually got it used on evilbay should have just bought a new one direct from bk. Tube driver real tube overdrive bk butler chandler the original, classic 4 knob tube driver with the iconic case color and graphics, made circa 1985 to 1987. Bk butlers original signature below certifies that your new tube driver blue has been personally checked for proper performance. At some point butler started using a toroid transformer that runs from 120240vac which works with either mains power.
Jan 26, 2011 hey, i have a butler blue tube pedal similar to the tube driver that runs off ac power. Bk butler tube driver page 2 joes guitars, amps and. Most guitarists find that smaller, tubeless pedals can get them close enough to an amplike sound. Bk butler tube works tube driver early 3 knob modeloriginal yugoslavian 12ax7 tube includednever thought this day would come but i just dont use this pedal at all anymore. One super cool feature of the tube driver is that the level knob acts like a global master volume for the lead sound. Tube driver with bias control original design by bk butler. These questions are all best answered by the butler who would be master. While using a tube to approximate tube distortion might seem like a nobrainer, glass tubes are fragile.
I suspect by the reference legendary that they are hinting at the tube driver by b. The distortion on my first td was a bit too rough at low drive settings for my taste, so i swapped out several different 12au7 tubes. I found this one at guitar resurrection in austin texas. I found this one at guitar resurrection in austin, texas. It is unmarked, other than bk written on it with a sharpie. Its kind of like having a section of your amp right in a pedal. Im hand building only limited production numbers every week. As an allvolunteer staff, the butler fire department has a passion for protecting the people and property in our community. Order here and get a real bk butler handmade tube driver. Page 1 butler audio, inc tube driverd b l u eu 2150 owners information certification. Some overdrive pedals, such as the classic bk butler tube driver used by eric johnson, incorporate an actual tube in their circuitry. Bk butler tube driver page 2 joes guitars, amps and gear joe bonamassa forum the official forum for all things joe bonamassa, guitars and blues music.
If youre wondering how these things sound heres a demo for you. Tube pilot is, according to tc electronic, a legendary tube overdrive modelled, but then further developed by them. Jan 24, 20 bk butler tube overdrive pedal image courtesy of. Guitars and basses come in a variety of colors, wood types, and string types, all of which have an effect on the sound the instrument produces. The bk butler 911 tube driver has been one of those items for me.
Mar 23, 2015 the pedals that i have loved most over the years are the ts808 and its many clones, the fuzz face great overdrive when you back off your volume slightly, the brown sound in a box, the rangemaster clones, the marshall guvnor original circuit, the fulldrive 2 similar to the ts, bk butler tube driver, blackstar htdrive, and of course. Secrets revealedwhats inside this bk butler tube driver real tube overdrive. The tube driver houses a preamp tube and it generates distortion by overdriving the tube rather than conventional pedal methods. Sounds ok, better after i changed the tube to a 12au7. The circuit layout and pathways were very similar to the 1980s circuits, but there. Featuring a diehard metal chassis, intuitive control interface, and highlow eq control, the tube works tube driver overdrive captures magic in a box. Ibanez ts808 tube screamer overdrive pro distortion. I have a 4 knob bk tube driver with bias control that i bought is new condition. Dean markley overlord to b k butler tube driver so, ive got one of these and ive got to admit i agree with the advert its ugly as sin but. Definitely not as good as a tube amp but it adds some nice growl to baselines, though it doesnt do real heavy tube distortion which is fine by me, just a touch of grit is usually enough for me. Shown above left to right the 1985 bk butler tube driver, the revised 198687 bk butler tube driver, the unauthorized 1988 knockoff made by chandler after butler parted ways with them, the 1990s tube works 911 tube driver, and a b. Our fire personnel dedicate countless hourson top of their work and family responsibilitiesto respond to fires and other emergencies, provide fire safety training to local businesses, and participate in fire prevention week with local schools.
I purchased it back in 1994 at guitar center in san bernardino, ca. International association of firefighters local 114 110 north washington st, butler, pa 16001 non emergency. This is a pedal that has been around for over thirty years and has become a longstanding favorite amongst some of the most elite players in the business for its smooth distortion and boost capabilities. Oct 27, 2008 20160419 bk butler tube driver vs pete cornish ss3 by shnobel tone 20160520 tube driver vs real tube by shnobel tone 20170522 tom tone mod distortion vs bk butler tube driver bias mod played by kleber k shima by tom tone effects. The tube driver is a holy grail type pedal, but many people, especially younger players, have never heard of it. Need help, bk butler tube driver fender stratocaster guitar. It is unkown which circuit was inside the 1980s tube driver, as butler stated shipped david four 911 td circuits in 2005, requested to replace the circuits in his old tube drivers. Tube vibe, fire bootle, helios fuzz and tube drive from effectrode and im sure he has most of the other models.
I have a bunch of preamp tubes ive been wanting to swap around in it, but it just sounds so good asis that ive never gotten around to messing with it. I got a bk butler tube driver several weeks ago and either it just doesnt work with my equipment or ive got a bum one, i was wondering if you guys could help me decide. Ive never been impressed with the sound, i tried changing the tube once, didnt help. Due to the continuing requests for my limited production original design tube driver pedal, here are the details. When you want to create your own music or play your favorite tunes, picking up a guitar or a bass can get you started. This is not a reissue of the original 1980s bkbchandler tube driver versions. The original ibanez tube king overdrive was a very different beast than the reissued version in the red diamondshaped box, which seems to be a rather bland, metaloriented high gain distortion. A bk butler tube driver fabbed board would be great handmade ones suck, really hard to get them right. This pedal is legendary, used by eric johnson, kenny wayne shepherd, david gilmour, and many. Bk butler s original hand made tube driver guitar pedal used by. True vacuum tube overdrive pedals thetubestore blog.
There are many schematics out there as well as a wealth of pcb projects. In my experience, any of the bk butler tube designs, even the pedals, all sound phat. I keep wondering what the hype is about, perhaps ebay will find a new home for mine too. Find great deals on ebay for bk butler tube driver and bk butler tube driver bias.
This is the original model, designed by bk butler, built by chandler industries with the power supply built. During its long life the tube driver has appeared in many forms. Anyways i got a bass driver, real tube tube overdrive, and tube enhancer, all the older versionsthe blue boxnot the fancy 80s ones, and i spent a good few days experimenting with settings, and writing down my faves, one thing i noticed is that on all 3 the controls are highly interactive with each other, the bass driver and real tube the. Tube driver original by bk butler with bias control. When i first tried it i thought i remember the pedal behaving like all my other od and boost pedals where i put the output or volume only at around 10 oclock and turning it on boosted the volume of my amp quite significantly. Bk butler tubeworks blue tube bass driver whos using. Ive looked to compile the best and most reliable for this post. Tc electronics tube pilot budget valve overdrive pedal. I personally autograph each tube driver on the bottoms side. Butler has been making since 2005 could be ordered with either voltage, so be sure you are buying a tube driver with the correct voltage for your country. My superlead is so loud that itll probably blow any. Able to organically create the tone of a tube amp at the point of breakup, the tube driver has been loved by guitarists since its inception decades ago for that allnatural tone and feel.
Feb 28, 2012 the b k butler tube driver has been used by several of rock guitars greats david gilmour and eric johnson to name just two. Sep 02, 2014 the tube driver is not an extremely versatile pedal but what it does it does very well. Bk butler tube driver ecc82 siemens sx ecc82 mullard centre ecc83 yugo dx fender stratocaster cs heavy relic 56 wvoodoo 60 1972 hiwatt dr103. This is the original model, designed by bk butler, built by chandler industries with the power supply built in. Diy clone klon centaur overdrive effect pedal kit for sale. Does that transform the bk in designer butler s initials into blue king. Butler also known as built by tube works, chandler. The pedal had already been used by gilmour, satriani, bonamassa, j mascis. I have never seen one dated earlier than 1985, but butler said he first designed this version in 1983. Some used 4knob tube drivers marked chandler are not the original design by bk butler.
This pedal is legendary, used by eric johnson, kenny wayne. The tube driver is not an extremely versatile pedal but what it does it does very well. Are the new reissues from bk butler basically the same, or have they been blessed with magic pixie tonedust. The layout included is for an offboard tube socket not mounted on the pcb.
Bk butler tube driver tube 1 lehle parallel l blackstar htdist. Bk butler tube driver page 2 joes guitars, amps and gear. Pedals with separate ac power supplies or wall warts are not original and do not sound the same. That cool joe, i also prefer a lower gain nos preamp tube in my tube driver. Bk butler tube driver page 1 joes guitars, amps and. The 2006 bk model is delivered with a 12ax7 tube which is a bit too aggressive for my taste. Bk butler real tube blue tube tube driver tube works.
Those who want to reserve a unit, please contact me via email. A hand made reissue of butler s original 911 tube driver tube works design from the 1990s. Apr 06, 2012 dean markley overlord to b k butler tube driver so, ive got one of these and ive got to admit i agree with the advert its ugly as sin but it does sure cook an amp nicely, but it could be better. Tube driver general guitar gadgets is the best diy. Butler tube driver real tube overdrive effects database. Ive been running the 904 as my preamp for 4 years now and i love it. Tube works tube driver bk butler rt 9 early version.1513 978 521 409 59 1471 755 199 11 1487 340 186 797 298 836 1412 704 253 23 587 1394 47 303 1346 1156 395 917 486 484 1377 983 1027 412 323 1353