DI'ed Fuzzy Guitar Tones: Neve Preamp & Hudson Broadcast

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I was watching a video the other day of somebody comparing their guitar plugged directly into a vintage Neve console to the same guitar running through a guitar pedal designed to emulate that sound: the wonderful Hudson Broadcast. In that video though, they had the Broadcast running through a guitar amp, which of course fattens up the sound...so it wasn't really a particularly useful comparison.

So I decided to do the test myself: comparing my guitar plugged directly into a Neve-style preamp (my Warm Audio WA73-EQ) to the same guitar running through the Broadcast, but then directly into my squeaky-clean interface. Can we achieve similar results?

When I was experimenting with this, I found that the WA Preamp on its own wouldn't gain up too much...it would crunch, but it wouldn't "Revolution". So I decided to add a vintage EHX LBP-1 clean boost in-line before both units to boost the signal for more gain.

What do you think? Which do you prefer? Why do you think they sound & behave different? Comment below!

Guitar is a 1992 Gibson Les Paul Standard w/ OX4 Beanos.

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