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VG APPROVED GEAR

Price: $160
Info: www.duskyamp.com

NUTTY
GOODNESS
The Dusky Mandorla Boost

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TREBLE TOPPER

British Pedal Company Dallas Rangemaster

F

or those not keeping score, the '60s
Dallas Rangemaster Treble Booster
was an unsung fave of some fave guitarists;
Rory Gallagher, Brian May, Marc Bolan,
Ritchie Blackmore, and Tony Iommi all
had them in their employ.
British amps of the day were dark in tone
and low in horsepower; couple that with
the sonic limitations of early PAs and the
heavy sound of many bands, and a boost
was needed to make the high end heard.
Enter John E. Dallas & Sons, of London,
which first offered the Rangemaster circa
1965. Most of us will never get a chance
to twirl the knobs on an original - they're
rare and expensive. Luckily there's British
Pedal Company's replica for those hunting
that classic blues-rock sound.
Like the original, this Rangemaster is
designed to sit atop an amp, and with the
petite on/off slider switch, the boost is
either in effect or not - unless you have
particularly nimble fingers to switch it on
just before your solo (BPC plans to release a
floor-mounted version with a footswitch).

Price: $279
Info: www.britishpedalcompany.com

The heart of the Rangemaster now, as
then, is an OC44 Germanium transistor.
These are less-powerful than the silicon
units that ruled from the late '60s on, but
their sound is more pleasing.
The sole control is the Boost Set pot,
which dials up gain. But the magic of the
Rangemaster isn't quite so linear. While
it may be classified as a treble boost, the
Rangemaster seems to focus tone while
providing a distorted overdrive the farther
north you turn the dial. And it doesn't
thin-out your sound by reducing bass;
instead, it adds luscious harmonics.
At the same time, you can affect the
effect with the controls on your guitar.
Adjust the Tone knobs and the distortion
swells from a glassy, glossy smoothness
to snarling bite. Aural heaven! - Michael

Dregni

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September 2018

n building his amps and effects, Dusky
Electronics founder/builder Chris Rossi is
committed to simplicity and the "imperfect
glory" of classic analog circuits and their
musical potential.
One of Rossi's latest, the Dusky Mandorla,
is a MOSFET transistor-based treble boost
housed in a 4.75" x 2.5" x 1.5" diecast chassis.
It has chassis-mounted Neutrik 1/4" in/out
jacks, a true-bypass footswitch with status
LED, and a 9/18-volt DC power jack. Controls are a More knob for dialing in boost
and a Meat knob for the bass-boost circuit.
Tested between a late-model Les Paul
Custom and a Marshall TSL 100-watt head
paired to a Marshall 4x12 cab, the Mandorla's More control added an adjustable
volume boost and a substantial amount of
upper midrange overtones, fattening up
the tone and boosting pick attack through
the clean channel. Through the overdrive
channel, the pedal ramped up the distortion and sustain while maintaining note
definition and without adding a ton of noise
or washing out the tone. The Meat control
added body to the low-end response, which
nicely rounded out the tone.
The Dusky Mandorla is a quality treble
boost with a rich thick musical tone and a
simple but effective set of controls. It might
just be the ticket for infusing analog goodness to your sound. - Phil Feser


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