Heart & Soul
OC44 Transistor (Glass)
The legendary Dallas Rangemaster with
all its history and accolades was actually not a pedal at all, but a stand-alone
box that one could plug into. You would see them on the amp or in the studio.
The effect's box was made famous by none other than Eric Clapton and a host
of others -even Queen's early sound was attributed here. If talking about
the Rangemaster, one has to mention the vintage OC44, a germanium p-n-p transistor,
and the key device to retaining this excellent tone with boost. This version
of the OC44 is the preferred "glass" version. The design of this
piece gives the pedal a boost that is far less "transistory" in
nature, souding more round and tube-like; this is no small feat with a so-called
the nature of the beast. It is really in the mids and treble region where
so much of the problem lies with transistor components as the tone is lost,
replaced with leached harmonics and lack of dimension. All to often, transistor
devices that bring boost or more distortion come at a sacrifice of this tone
which is why tube amplification has always been at the high end of the amplification
chain. This is what makes the Swart Atomic Boost with its integral, gain matched,
vintage NOS OC44 so important; it brings the boost WITH tone and soul.
Swart Amplifier Co ONLY uses the original vintage NOS OC44 in all their Atomic
Boost pedals. And just like the original, it's a hand wired, point to point
component. Unlike the original, the Atomic Boost has better quality control
and parts selection.