Big Joe B-502 Empire - Dual Stage Overdrive

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Big Joe Stomp Box Company

BIG JOE STOMP BOX COMPANY Announces EMPIRE, A New Dual Stage Overdrive Pedal

-- New design and technology allows multiple tone and drive option combinations

Shelton, CT. – December 1, 2014 – Big Joe Stomp Box Company, in collaboration with Paul "TFO" Allen, announces the release of their dual-preamp EMPIRE overdrive pedal, complete with an Adjustable Buffer/Line Driver, unique Sponge/Firm modes, and innovative Body and Attack parameters. New to the market, the EMPIRE gives musicians unprecedented tonal control and flexibility, turns any boring single channel amp into a 4-channel beast that roars with clarity.   

The EMPIRE pedal is a small footprint design pedal with two selectable preamp sections that can be used independently or combined together in either direction: A/B or B/A. The Adjustable Buffer/Line Driver compensates for pedal board signal loss and also doubles as +15db clean boost.  

The EMPIRE pedal also introduces a unique Sponge/Firm function that allows you to customize touch-sensitivity for the tube amp-like sag, response, and feel. Body and Attack parameters provide additional shaping options of the overall tonal girth and pick-dynamics for limitless sound explorations. The EMPIRE gives musicians a much wider and highly customized selection of useable overdrive tones.  The days of being at the mercy of uninspiring backline and rental amps have been conquered by the EMPIRE.

“We’re extremely excited with the development of the EMPIRE,” said Paul Christian, co-founder of Big Joe Stomp Box Company.  “You get so many different sounds from this one box, and can customize the tone shape in so many ways; musicians are going to love it.  It will allow all kinds of players – from jazz to pop and all the way out to rock and metal – to develop their own sounds and travel with less gear as a result!”

The EMPIRE enables guitarists to travel to performances and recording sessions with less gear, and still customize a tone that’s appropriate for the studio or concert venue.  The pedal runs on batteries or a line-in power supply.  EMPIRE is 100% analog with true bypass circuitry and will debut at the 2015 NAMM show in Anaheim, California in January.  The MSRP is $299.99.  In addition to online ordering from bigjoestompboxcompany.com, the EMPIRE will be available in music retailers across the country by February 2015.

Big Joe Stomp Box Company

Big Joe Stomp Box Company, in collaboration with Paul “TFO” Allen, announces the release of their dual-preamp EMPIRE overdrive pedal, complete with an Adjustable Buffer/Line Driver, unique Sponge/Firm modes, and innovative Body and Attack parameters. Preamps A and B can be used independently or combined to turn any boring single channel amp into a 4-channel beast that roars with clarity. The days of being at the mercy of uninspiring backline and rental amps have been conquered by the EMPIRE. But that’s not all...

The Adjustable Buffer/Line Driver compensates for pedalboard signal loss and also doubles as +15db clean boost to create more lively and exciting clean tones, or give you that perfect “on the edge of breakup” sound. The pedal also includes a unique Sponge/Firm function that allows you to customize touch-sensitivity for the tube-like sag, response, and feel you’d get from an amp. The Body and Attack knobs provide additional shaping options of the overall tonal girth and pick-dynamics for limitless sound explorations. The EMPIRE’s all-analog true bypass circuitry runs on a battery, or a 9v, 12v, or 18v power supply.

Feature highlights:

  • Extraordinary tube-like feel, sag, and response can be adjusted with the Sponge/Firm function.
  • Add support and thickness to notes without “woof” using the Body function, and let just the right amount of pick attack through your tone with the Attack knob.
  • Correct pedalboard signal loss with the Adjustable Buffer/Line Driver’s +15db clean boost for that “straight into the amp” feel.
  • Switchable A/B or B/A function to change signal flow order.

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