Speedster Turbo Charger Machined from a solid billet of aircraft-grade aluminum, the Turbo Charger ($240 retail/street price N/A) is finished with scratch-resistant swirly-blue anodizing and sports a separate 1/8 "-thick top that's secured by six large chrome hex-head screws. The chunky casing (which resembles a dragster's magneto) is also conveniently angled to make the switch easier to step on, and the logo and In/Out markings are beautifully laser etched.
The 9-volt battery is accessed by removing two screws on the bottom. The controls include Boost, Tone, and a combination Volume knob/on-off switch, which is a great idea for those who don't want to yank their cords out every time they stop playing. Thoughtfully, the Turbo comes with a rubber non-skid pad for floor use and Velcro for pedalboard mounting. Compared with an Ibanez TS5 Soundtank (a damn good TS9 alternative), the Turbo sounded a little more luxurious. The lows were lower, the highs more sweet and refined, and the overdrive was a little more natural sounding. The Turbo Charger also cleaned up nicely as my guitar's volume was decreased, and it sounded equally cool with humbuckers or single-coils. As with the original Ibanez TS9 Tube Screamer, the Turbo features a JRC 4558 chip. However, its true-bypass switching means that the guitar's signal isn't colored by the circuitry when the effect is off. A lovely piece of performance art, the Turbo Charger scores highly for its stout construction, high-performance styling, and neutral and transparent tones that allow your guitar's character to shine through. -Mark Watson Ulbrick Megalodon Super Solo Hailing from Australia, the land of big beers and baby-munching dingos, the Megalodon Super Solo (price t.b.d.) offers up decidedly old-school boost and distortion. Housed in a seriously durable brushed-aluminum enclosure, the Megalodon sports Gain and Volume controls as well as an on/off LED.
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