Whether you’re performing on street corners with a 30 watt practice amp, wanting to integrate the encompassing power of the average tube amplifier into a vintage speaker setup, or the expensive price tag that’s often slapped alongside those never-in-a-million-years boutique amp heads, ‘The Valve Job’ from Plush Pedals serves as a fine method of channeling that very same character. Vast sights, admitted, yet ‘The Valve Job’ actually performs as well as one would anticipate.
Obviously this compact package doesn’t provide the very same warmth that a full blown tube amp will, however ‘The Valve Job’ succeeds at presenting a tone, response and overall feel that many of the great tube amps are renowned for offering. Not only that, but one press of the switch and a bright blue aura emanates from the core of this pedal, delivering bold first impressions from the forefront.
‘The Valve Job’ is centered around a 4-knob circuit that allows the attentive guitarist to fine tune their touch, gain, tone and level. Various settings allow for a compilation of different distortion and pick response rates; again, much of this sound depends upon the individual’s playing style and instrument of choice, however the ability is present for even those players with B-grade pawn shop equipment to obtain an enhanced tone to compliment their progressing skills on the six (or seven, or eight…) strings.
The construction of ‘The Valve Job’ was purposely designed in an attempt to match the feel of a 12AX7 vacuum tube amplifier, and as such there are some vintage tones present throughout each individualized preset; there’s no escaping the warm vibes, whether you’re aiming for a Santana-esque distortion or a more vigorous sound, which plays to the strong suit of this piece of electric contrivance.
Although it’s far from a one-size-fits-all tube amp pedal, the impulse buy power of ‘The Valve Job’ pedal is present right in it’s initial description: it’s a pedal that taps into the sounds of a vacuum tube amp. What’s really there to nitpick?