Compact Burn Unit
The Compact Burn Unit is a very wide range overdrive which uses a simple control-set meant to quickly guide you between sounds. There are 2 three-way toggles, one for midrange and another for dynamics. The dynamics control sets the point where the distortion starts to compress and breaks up. You can dial in anything from barely there edge of breakup, to vintage tweed, 60s-70s rock, and a very serious mega dollar fusion amp sound. The midrange control gives you levels between neutral to mid-forward. Made in USA.
All hand made in the US with bold and beautiful thru-hole components , and only $189.95, we have a wait-list for the CBU, please email and ask to be on the wait-list if you would like to be informed if one is available to purchase.
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David’s take: The Burn Unit has been a 27-year project to design and manufacture an analog circuit that can closely replicate the sounds of amplifiers producing different levels and textures of distortion, while keeping a simple, easy to understand control-set. The one amp that set the journey off more than any other was a Dumble ODS, which was in my studio for an extended stay. When the amp was at low volume levels the overdrive was not terribly inspiring, or distinct from other master volume amps, but when the amp could be played at loud club levels, it was fantastic. Since I had been able to spend time inside the chassis, I could see that the power amp was somewhat like Fender amps I had worked on, although it had some tweaks in the phase inverter and power supply. I also had the chance to look inside and play two other Dumble ODS amps that belonged to another friend, they were a little older and had Fender transformers. So, the average guitar player using a nice tube amp, might have something reasonably close to the output stage of the little known, but rather expensive ($5,000 at the time) Dumble. The preamp on the Dumble had some neat features like a “jazz/rock switch, I preferred “rock of course”, it seemed a lot of other ODS users did too when I saw them play live. This setting was most like a Fender blackface, although again with some tweaks. To sum it up, a Dumble is still a tube amp with lots in common with classic tube amps, the main thing being the difference between the distortion, voicing and texture that can be created in the overdrive section of the preamp. A pedal, when thoughtfully designed, can go a long way to reproducing this sound.