Electro-Harmonix Screaming Tree
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Electro-Harmonix Screaming Tree

Screaming Tree, Guitar/Bass booster from Electro-Harmonix.

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mooseherman 29/03/2010

Electro-Harmonix Screaming Tree : la opinión de mooseherman (content in English)

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This is a pretty solid treble-booster, made by one of the premier pedal manufacturers in the USA. This is an old-school, analog pedal. This pedal is not rackable, nor is it capable of being edited with a Mac or PC. There are no MIDI connections either. There is simply a 1/4" input and ouput. The unit is powered with a power supply that comes with it, and also runs on 9V batteries.

UTILIZATION

This pedal couldn't be much easier to edit. There is simply one knob for boost and a footswitch to turn it on or off. There is absolutely no need for a manual with this pedal, it's too simple to even consider needing one.

SOUND QUALITY

This is a pretty amazing piece of gear right here. I have used this pedal with both my Telecaster and my Les Paul. Both of those guitars are great, especially with distortion, but the only problem that I've occasionally found is that the high ends of my tone, especially when distorted, tend to get lost in the shuffle. This pedal is great in that it restores that high end, which makes it really nice for solos. This is great, because trying to get the nice high end for leads is difficult to do with just a pedal, as the feedback almost inevitably becomes an issue. The only issue I've ever had is that when I've tried to really boost the pedal too far I get really grating, piercing feedback. This kind of feedback is destructive to both amplifiers and eardrums, and there's no Sonic Youth-esque practical application of that type of feedback.
Beyond the feedback, though, I've found that getting a great rocking rhythm sound is now all I need, because I simply need to kick in the compression and this boost pedal, and I've got all I need for a great lead tone (perhaps I might need some volume but I can handle that).

OVERALL OPINION

I was really happy with this pedal, it didn't disappoint me in any way at all. I was expecting something to kick my lead tones up a notch for my less-bright guitars, and this pedal certainly did the trick. It's not that expensive for a pedal of its quality, and it's built to last, so I'd highly recommend it to just about anybody. I've played treble boosters before and none of them were as specific and satisfying as this one.