Darkglass launches Vintage Ultra V2 and Vintage Deluxe V3 pre-amp/distortion pedals

Darkglass Electronics has launched two new pre-amp/distortion pedals. The Vintage Ultra V2 and the Vintage Deluxe V3 will be shipping soon to the UK from Audio Distribution Group.

Both pedals have been tweaked to give players who desire classic bass tones even more flexibility.

The upgraded Vintage Ultra V2 (pictured above) features all the versatility and sonic possibilities of the immensely popular original version, but adds a dedicated headphone output and balanced direct output with switchable digital impulse-response cabinet emulation.

This can be loaded and changed via USB with the free Darkglass suite software.With the same Darkglass classic overdriven tone from the Vintage Microtubes and Vintage Deluxe, the Ultra version adds a four-band equalizer and a dedicated foot switch to engage the drive section independently. Master volume controls the overall unit level, while a three-way toggle switch gives even more control for each mid-range section.With a total of 6 different mid frequencies at your disposal, the pedal allows you to create and tailor your tone to perfection – from a warm, punchy clean preamp to the fuzzier bass tones of yesteryear and everything in between.

The Vintage Ultra V2 has a UK ERP £389 and will be available early May 2018.

Also available is the Vintage Deluxe V3 (pictured below), which takes the same sought-after tone circuit from the Vintage Microtubes pedal, then adds a 4-band active EQ, parallel output and a balanced line driver (DI), while the additional Grunt and Attack switches sit right before the clipping stage and boosts the low and high end respectively, right before your signal heads into the drive section. This adds additional levels of saturation and/or emphasis for even more tonal variation.

The new V3 version, features a couple of useful extras for tone shaping. The “Lo Mid” control now has a dedicated switch to shift its corner frequency one octave. So, in addition to the standard 1kHz, users now get 12dB of cut/boost at 500Hz.

Also, the “Hi Mid” control now has a dedicated switch to shift its corner frequency one octave. So, in addition to the standard 3kHz, users now get 12dB of cut/boost at 1.5kHz.

The Vintage Deluxe V3 has a UK ERP £389 and will be available early May 2018.

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