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Pigtronix Bob Weir's Real Deal Acoustic Guitar Preamp

Bob Weir’s Real Deal acoustic preamp by Pigtronix provides crystal-clear, super-loud acoustic guitar tone that faithfully conveys the sound of the instrument you’re playing.

 
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Bob Weir’s Real Deal acoustic preamp by Pigtronix provides crystal-clear, super-loud acoustic guitar tone while faithfully maintaining the organic wooden sound of the instrument like no other pedal has ever done.
Bob Weir and long-time Grateful Dead tech guru and Weir’s personal Front of House engineer, Mike McGinn, developed the principle behind the Real Deal in an effort to crank Bob’s acoustic guitar loud enough in the live mix while retaining the natural, unplugged sound of the instrument. The technology they developed to achieve this goal involves using  a pair of complimentary filters to split the acoustic guitar signal into low and high frequency bands, with independent preamp gain applied to each signal path. A mastering stage then combines the various inputs into a single mono output, resulting in a powerful world-class acoustic guitar tone.

Single (TS) or Dual-Source (TRS) input with 48v Phantom Power
Bob Weir challenged Pigtronix to design a pedal to perform this unique type of processing using a low-noise, all-analog circuit, to deliver the ultimate live acoustic guitar sound. The engineering challenge involved with developing this pedal to create a realistic and amplified acoustic guitar sound in this way is no joke! First, the cutoff points of the two filters would need to be precisely matched and calibrated to avoid undesirable dips or bumps in the frequency response at the pedal’s output. Second, in order to optimize the acoustic sound from venue to venue and for each different guitar, the cutoff point where the two filters overlap also would need to be variable across a huge frequency range.

Feedback killing crossover that sweeps from 300Hz to 3kHz
As a solution, Pigtronix  created a totally unique tracking filter. It allows the musician to adjust the cutoff point of both filters with a single knob, sweeping over a full decade of frequency range from 300 Hz to 3 kHz. This analog filter array—at the heart of the Bob Weir’s Real Deal acoustic preamp—uses Pigtronix custom-made optical components and 18VDC power to achieve the ultra-low noise and high headroom required when processing acoustic guitar.

60db of clean gain on Mic channel
Bob Weir’s Real Deal acoustic preamp is universally compatible with any type of acoustic guitar pickup—from a simple, passive piezo element to complex active systems that use internal microphones, contact elements and/or magnetic pickups. A source switch determines whether the high and low bands are fed by independent sound elements (such as a mic and piezo installed in one guitar) or a single pickup that is then split and sent through both filters. Single-source mode has the additional benefit of allowing the Real Deal to be used to process the sound of an electric guitar or any other instrument. An additional TRS balanced input, equipped with switchable 48V phantom power, allows external microphones of all types to be incorporated as well.
In presenting Bob Weir’s Real Deal acoustic preamp, Pigtronix is honored to make a contribution to Bob’s continuing legacy of sonic innovation. This legacy dates back to the late 1960s, when the Grateful Dead and their associates revolutionized the technology of live sound—re-defining the rock & roll concert experience. Over 50 years later, and in partnership with Pigtronix, Bob Weir is still innovating.

  • Single (TS) or Dual-Source (TRS) input
  • Balanced (TRS) Input for External Mic
  • Low-noise 24db / octave optical filters
  • Crossover sweeps from 300Hz to 3kHz
  • 60db Gain on Microphone channel
  • Phantom Power & Phase Inversion
  • 18VDC Power Supply Included

Get your Pigtronix Bob Weir's Real Deal Acoustic Guitar Preamp today at the guaranteed lowest price from Sam Ash  with our 45-day return and 60-day price protection policy.

Things You Will Get:

  • Guitar Effect Pedal
  • AC Adapter
  • Manual

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Effect Type N/A
Inputs 1 x 1/4" TS, 1x 1/4" TRS
Outputs 1 x 1/4" TS
True Bypass Yes
Control Layout Volume,Pickup,Microphone,Crossover,Phantom,Phase,Dual Source
Casing Type/Chassis Aluminum
Battery Power No
Power Supply Type 18 vdc, Center Negative
Power Supply Included Yes
Other Features .
Weight 1 lb.
Dimensions 2.5 x 1.5 x 4.5 inches (WxHxD)
Series Pigtronix
Model Bob Weir's Real Deal Acoustic Guitar Preamp
Warranty Info:

Your Pigtronix effect pedal comes with a 1 year limited warranty on parts and workmanship. During the warranty period we will repair or replace, at our option, defective parts or pedals free of charge, and return them to the owner. Warranty service does not include damaged, modified, or misused pedals, and such will be subject to a standard repair charge.