GUITAR PLAYER MAGAZINE
T. C. Jauernig Electronics
Diabolical Gristle Tone Manipulator By Matt Blackett.
behind the cheddar curtain of Wisconsin comes a cool little overdrive
with a funny name. The Diabolical Gristle
Tone Manipulator, the latest offering from T.C.
Jauernig Electronics, was inspired by the “savage auditory pummeling” of
the ever-wacky Greg Koch. Similar in design to the venerable Tube Screamer,
the DGTM features Gristle (distortion), Tone (tone), and Gravy (output)
controls. It also sports a two-position toggle that allows the user to
change one diode in the clipping section—a germanium diode for
an overall smoother sound (left) or an LED for more output and a slightly
crunchier response (right).
From a construction standpoint, everything about the DGTM exudes quality.
The switch feels stompably sturdy, the knobs are silky smooth, and the
jacks feel perfectly snug. To hear what sonic havoc it could wreak,
I stuck it
in front of a Fender Deluxe Reverb, set all the controls at one o’ clock
with the toggle to the left, and had at it. These settings produced a tone
that was loud, fat, and mean with a very detailed overdrive character. Switching
the toggle to the right increased the crunch factor and made for an edgier,
more aggressive sound. The Tone control is voiced very musically, taking
you from a sexy, dark Woman tone to a bright, but not ice-picky, voice. Cranking
the Gristle and pouring on the Gravy made the Deluxe sing and scream — this
pedal has plenty of output. Lower Gristle settings with maximum Gravy were
loud, throaty, and barky. Very cool. Notes really seem to bloom through this
pedal. They don’t squash out, and the string-to-string definition is
top-notch at any setting. To paraphrase the always-quotable Mr. Koch, “Goodbye
vintage distortion boxes, goodbye boutique overdrives. You were delish, but
now the DGTM is in town.”
Kudos : Rich, dynamic
overdrive textures with tons of output.
Concerns : None.
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