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Bricks - Electric guitar pedal - David Gilmour style Distortion, Boost, Fuzz, EQ

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All audio clips, inspired by David Gilmour works, have been recorded with a Marshall head and a 2×12 Celestion Creamback 75 equipped cabinet. The amp is set extremely clean.

The guitar used in the following clips is a Fender Stratocaster (equipped with 3 single coil Fender pickups).

Clean sound with no effects used:


Clip 1
Sorrow-style

Pre-boost: 7/10
Distortion: 7/10
Tone: 4/10
Volume: 5/10

Gain: 7/10
Treble: 4/10
Bass: 7/10
Output: 5/10


Clip 2
Shine on-style

Pre-boost: not active
Distortion: not active
Tone: not active
Volume: not active

Gain: 7/10
Treble: 7/10
Bass: 8/10
Output: 5/10


Clip 3
The worms-style

Pre-boost: 4/10
Distortion: 8/10
Tone: 4/10
Volume: 5/10

Gain: 7/10
Treble: 5/10
Bass: 7/10
Output: 5/10


Clip 4
Time-style

Pre-boost: 8/10
Distortion: 0/10
Tone: 5/10
Volume: 6/10

Gain: 10/10
Treble: 5/10
Bass: 5/10
Output: 5/10


Clip 5
Castellorizon-style

Pre-boost: not active
Distortion: not active
Tone: not active
Volume: not active

Gain: 9,5/10
Treble: 2/10
Bass: 8/10
Output: 5/10


Bricks is a double pedal designed and built with the aim of obtaining the sounds of the iconic guitarist David Gilmour. Thanks to his unique style, has given to the world some inestimable artistic value works. Visionary, eclectic, elegant and intelligible are just some of the attributes of the guitarist from Cambridge, the Bricks wants to be our tribute to this great artist.

David Gilmour’s equipment has undergone hundreds of changes throughout his career, yet the heart of the pedalboard hasn’t been all that different over the years: distortions, except for the early days when a Fuzz Face was used, are always been fundamentally entrusted to Big Muff-style circuitry (often original Ram’s Head units, but also Civil War and boutique reproductions); overdrives, on the other hand, had a more varied use as, for most of his career with Pink Floyd, Gilmour used a Colorsound Power Boost as equalizer after distortion, and as overdrive unit, thanks to a modification with an additional potentiometer. Gilmour later adopted another solution for overdrives by inserting 2 Tube Driver units, one set as boost / eq and the other set as a full-fledged overdrive. Other experiments were carried out in the 80s, first with the Ibanez Series 10, then with particular Boss pedals such as the Digital Metalizer.

It is important to specify that other effects also play a fundamental role in David Gilmour’s pedalboard: starting from compressions, modulations (chorus, vibe, etc.) and ambient effects (delays, reverbs, etc.). In addition, Gilmour has often adopted rotary speaker solutions, often by boutique manufacturer; all this helps to generate the tone that has made millions of fans to fall in love, in addition to the most important thing: his touch.

The Bricks wants to devote itself to the distortion/overdrive sector, objectively recreating as many solutions as possible adopted by Gilmour over the years. The circuits are all original, although strongly inspired by the reference units used by the English guitarist.

The pedal is divided into 2 blocks called Distortion and Boost and can be used individually or in series at the same time.

Distortion
The block called Distortion basically includes 2 effects: a pre-boost with characteristics similar to the Tube Screamer of the 10 Series (used by Gilmour exclusively to push the Big Muff), and a strong Big Muff distortion characterized by components straddling the main 3 models used by Gilmour in his career, the Ram’s Head, the Civil War and the Cornish P-2. The choice of components has been carefully studied in order to generate a tone that is always usable regardless of one’s preferences.

Boost
The Boost block, initially designed to replicate the modified Gilmour Power Boost, has undergone important upgrades allowing itself to be contaminated by some features of the Tube Driver and by the possibilities offered by the Fuzz Face, all controllable with the gain potentiometer. Below are the recommended methods of use:

  • Boost / EQ for clean and distorted sounds: gain up to 8/10. The unit behaves like the original Power Boost, a great setting for coloring your distorted sound or beefing up clean sounds by adjusting the bass and treble equalization.
  • Gilmour-style overdrive: gain from 8/10 onwards, and very low treble. In this way you get the typical break-up of a Tube Driver pedal; with the addition of a compressor, the warm lead lines of the great ’90s concerts are served!
  • Fuzz in the style of “The dark side of the moon”: gain at full! Also it can be interesting to turn on the distortion block with the “distortion” control very low and a good amount of “pre-boost”.

The controls

Distortion Block:

  • Pre-boost: at 0/10 the distortion pre-boost is disabled, turning the control clockwise increases the signal driving the distortion;
  • Distortion: determines the amount of distortion;
  • Tone: determines the cut and edge of the distortion;
  • Volume: Determines the distortion output level.

Boost block:

  • Gain: works on the first stage of the circuit offering various sounds thanks to the interaction between the components, clean up to 8/10, distorted beyond;
  • Treble: determines the amount of high frequencies;
  • Bass: determines the amount of low frequencies;
  • Output: Determines the output level of the boost block.

Note: Some of technical information regarding David Gilmour’s career was taken from www.gilmourish.com