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The Windmiller Preamp
A Preamp Booster based on the Grampian Reverberation Unit
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The Windmiller pedal is an amazing tool to get a vintage gritty tone, both clean and overdriven, due to its unique circuit. Use this versatile preamp to boost the guitar signal and push your amp or overdrive pedals to the limit, or just with a light touch of gain to add a bit of salt and pepper to your tone. Attain the distinctive tone that has not lost relevance over the years and no one else has tried to recreate! Learn Pete Townshend’s trick to get his legendary raw and powerful crunch.
If you want to know the story behind this preamp, check out Marc & Marcel's interview!
We’ve been lucky enough to find an original unit from the 60’s in great shape so we used it as a reference to make the most accurate replica of its preamp yet. We traced the original circuit and made our own schematic to stay true to the original..
As part of the circuit’s adaptation to a pedal unit we have put an extra effort to make The Windmiller Preamp as quiet as possible, so you barely notice its inherent hiss when it’s on. In addition, we have made the circuit a bit brighter, so you have a greater frequency spectrum on higher frequencies.
To make The Windmiller Preamp more versatile we have included tone cut controls for high and low frequencies. They are extremely useful for use on different amps and any kind of guitar. It’s going to be so easy to match it with different kinds of pickups for live use!
Our pedals use a custom enclosure designed to match perfectly our Smart Track® pedalboards. Using the side thumb screws you will attach and lock the pedal into the pedalboard, with no risk to loose it or to get robbed easily.
It also comes with a high quality Velcro® pad so you can use it on any other pedalboard in the market.
Due to its low input impedance The Windmiller Preamp will react in different ways depending on the signal source you connect to it. Plug it straight to your guitar before any other device and you’ll be delighted by its unique coloring. Put it after a buffer and you’ll get a super clean and linear booster with the addition of the Lo Cut and Hi Cut controls!
We couldn’t resist this cool feature of the original Grampian 636 thus it will be very useful as a signal monitor!
The second best pedal I have.
The best pedal I have is the Dr. Roberts. This is almost as good. Both are absolutely fantastic and do exactly what they promise. I saw one comment that said it was not good at bedroom level but I had no problem at bedroom level through my Princeton reverb
I was playing Pete Townsend who songs immediately. Bravo toaclam
For those of you thinking this is a distortion or overdrive, it is neither. It is rather a unique approach to saturating your amp. It's the type of pedal that I just leave on all the time. I've played through my Rickenbacker 330, Tele, and Strat. The pedal fills up the room you're in. It's very touch sensitive and I found the controls to be very interactive. So far, my favorite setting is when the low and high cut is set to zero. For some reason the pedal has more girth this way I also played it with my LP. I enjoyed this, but certainly not as much as the single coil guitars. It's important to set your amp so that it has some good volume. This pedal is not going to be helpful for those who want to keep it at "bedroom levels".
There are fantastic Youtube videos highlighting this pedal. My favorite is: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=izVT_S6Nmfw
Listen, this pedal gives you the growl to devour all these phony baloney guitarist. I cant tell you how much i love this thing. Buy it, you wont regret it
i was excited to receive my windmill Preamp! so i plugged it into my pedal board directly after my guitar as the fist pedal followed by a compressor and then my various pedals. i'm experiencing some clipping when the pedal is in the 'off' setting. is this happening to anyone else?