BSM HS-C Treble Booster s/n 5282 Germanium Transistor, Handmade in Germany, Billy Gibbons - ZZ Top

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BSM HS-C Treble Booster 2016 Handmade in Germany as featured in video with Billy Gibbons - ZZ Top.

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Billy Gibbons, which has been my guitar hero for decades.
Our monks at BEP only get one evening off a week to watch the
TV-series Bones where he is acting as the  father of the multi talented and very beautiful Angela Montenegro ,  and Billy Gibbons is a " father in law ......   from hell " according to
the Professor Jack Hodgins aka The Bug man ( very rich nerdy husband of Angela ).

The band at our monastery, " Beverly Hills Dildo Cleaners ( check it out on FaceBook ) "
play a few covers like " Sharp dressed man " and " La Grange "
and after an intense study of his gear I noticed that he focuses
on the mids with strings as thin as 0.6 mm for the highest
1st E-string, a Bixonic `Expandora Distortion Fuzz and
an EQ upside down scooped with a boost in the mids.

So why should my guitar God show any interest in a Treble Booster ??

I guess we'll never know but wtf he touched one of these
and therefor I must have one as well, even if I had to share my bed
with the devilish Vampirella from hell.
Everything he touches should have our highest keen interest,
so this pedal made by Bernd C Meiser,
specific model HS-Custom with germanium transistor was a easy catch,  
since BEP is closely located live to Germany and at BEP we have a monk who
speaks and writes fluently  Rudi Carrell Deutsch ...  :)

Bernd C Meiser from BSM ( Bernd and Steffi Meiser ) and
your Kappell Meis(t)er .... ;)          at BEP are closely related.

The BSM HS-C model is based on the British HORNBY-SKEWES unit produced between 1967 and 1969, as used by Ritchie Blackmore, the brilliant and impulsive guitarist of Deep Purple. The unit produces a powerful and biting sound that was used to help create the epochal masterpieces e.g. "Deep Purple In Rock" and "Fireball". The long yearned for new edition, now issued under the name HS from BSM, includes the same germanium transistors as the the original 1967 version. The HS-Custom model includes a volume control (like Blackmore's modification). When dialed about halfway, you will achieve Blackmore's sound on the Deep Purple album e.g. "Machine Head", "Burn" and early Rainbow records.

Almost all British rock guitarists using single coil pickup guitars used a germanium Treble Booster from the late 60's to the mid 70's. By the end of the seventies, the Treble Booster was replaced by a new circuit from Japan, the so called Tube Screamer and other similar overdrive circuits. These were based on the old Treble Boosters and therefore had a very similar frequency response. The germanium boosters on the other hand, sadly fell into oblivion despite their unique and inimitable sound. The HS Treble Booster has been specifically designed for single coil pickups with a relatively low coil inductance, such as pickups in Fender, Rickenbacker, Burns or Vox guitars. On these pickups, the HS produces (with the volume control of the guitar turned up to the max) a fat, biting and penetrating lead sound, minus any shrill characteristics. By lowering the guitar's volume control, many shades of crunch can be easily dialed in. Another thing to consider is that when a guitar amp's volume is turned up (reaching saturation), the power amp normally begins to mute the highs, which results in a duller sound. At an amp's full tilt, the HS Treble Booster allows a more transparent tone (covering the entire frequency range) to shine through. The presence control on the amp need only be minimally used (if at all). When vintage amps are used (such as the Fender Deluxe, Fender Bassman, Vox AC30, plexi Marshall 100w or Marshall Major) it is amazing what effect the use of a good treble booster has. It is also of interest to note that Ritchie Blackmore used modded Marshall Major 200 heads and played on "Made In Japan" with the following settings: Presence 0; Bass4; Middle 5; Treble 6-7; Volume 7-8.

The Treble Booster is inserted between guitar and amplifier, not into the FX loop. The magical tone is achieved by the interaction between guitar pickup, treble booster and amplifier. The unit is powered by a 9V battery with a current consumption of approx. 250 uA. The average output level is 10dBm, the maximum output voltage when the strings are struck really hard is 7V max. Note: The positive pole of the battery is ground.

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ConditionMint (Used)
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