065 | MXR Timmy: A Closer Look at this Overdrive Mini Pedal | Transcript


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Scott Schwertly:
Hello, and welcome to episode 65 of the Sonic Renegades podcast. We're exploring Renegade pedals that have changed the music landscape. Up for today's discussion, we have the MXR Timmy. This thing was on headlines all of last year, super popular, so much buzz. And we're excited to bring it to you today. Again, this is the MXR Timmy.

Hi everybody, Scott Schwertly and Eric Wilson of Siren pedals with you today. Hope you are having a great and fantastic start to the new year. And today we're excited to bring the MXR Timmy to the discussion table. I know we were wanting to cover this one all of last year. Just couldn't get to it, so many other pedals to discuss, but finally, we were able to get our hands on one and yeah. Really jazzed about talking about this pedal today.

Eric Wilson:
Yeah, I remember I used to have one of the old, I think it was the V2 Timmy or whatever. And I remember I really liked that as an overdrive, so I'm really excited to see what happened with the whole jump to MXR and the shrinking of the size and see if any changes were made, see if it's still like a viable option, still actually the same circuit. So, excited to talk about this one.

Scott Schwertly:
Yeah. I mean, it's an impressive pedal. I mean, based on what I've seen and heard, I mean, it's been really able to retain all of the great magic from the originals and yeah, excited for you guys to hear this. If you have not yet heard it on let's say, a YouTube demo or something similar.

Now, obviously this pedal has a lot of rich history, has huge fan following, all from the genius in great craftsmanship of a hometown hero here, Paul Cochran. We live here in Nashville, Paul lives here as well. So yeah, just this pedal, the circuit has a special place in our heart, given that it's got some Nashville roots.

Eric Wilson:
Yeah, definitely. And I mean, it really was kind of the first boutique quote unquote transparent overdrive. So, I mean, it was really, I mean, I've seen it referred to as anything from a type of blues breaker to a tube screamer without the mids. And it just really, it kind of broke ground for a lot of what we now know is the pedal industry.

Scott Schwertly:
Agreed. I mean, the fan base that exists, exists for a reason. Because it does feel like its own unique, sort of original circuit, which is awesome. So from that, you do get this really great tone, particularly sort of that uncompressed drive tone, which is really great. And then obviously all the EQ options that are baked in. Yeah. Just make it really solid.

Eric Wilson:
Yeah, definitely. And yeah, like you were saying, having those separate treble and bass controls does make this just a very versatile pedal.

Scott Schwertly:
Yeah. Those EQ options are fantastic. It's a big reason I love this pedal and I think it's a big reason why so many other people love this pedal. So yeah, definitely a solid choice, a solid option really for any pedal board.

So now, if you're not really familiar with the history of Timmy and Paul Cochran, this pedal actually has some really deep roots. I mean, it goes back over 15 years, I believe this pedal came out around 2004. There've been maybe just a few slight iterations to it, not a ton, but the biggest change obviously is the change that we're talking about today. And that is Paul Cochran's collaboration with MXR to create this MXR Timmy pedal in this very, very small size that still is able to retain and capture all the magic of the original. So yeah, just a fantastic tiny pedal that yeah, does so much. It's a great one.

Eric Wilson:
Yeah. Well, and I think people's big question when they see this Timmy is, does it hold up? Does it hold up to the old one? Does it hold up to the hype of the old one? And obviously now, you go on reverb and all of them are selling for like somewhere $200 or more. And I'm pretty sure they were like $130 new. So, which is pretty ridiculous.

But, I don't have like a older Timmy to AB it here at my house, but I was able to just go on YouTube, look up a few demos, and obviously there are a few subtle tonal characteristics, because I mean, I feel like that's just going to happen when you try and shrink a pedal down this small, but I don't think it's noticeable to like the average ear. Or by the time you put it through any kind of compression or anything like that, because in all of the YouTube demos I found, you pretty much couldn't tell a difference. There might be a subtle thing here or there, but for the most part they sounded extremely similar. So MXR did a really great job capturing the original tone.

Scott Schwertly:
Yeah, and I know this whole partnership and collaboration was really special. It had a special place in his heart just for the fact that I believe that his first pedal that he purchased was an MXR phase 90. So, I'm sure doing something like this did kind of pull at his heart strings a little bit.

So yeah, I'm just happy that they were able to collaborate and get this into an affordable price point that really can reach the masses. So, I know I was looking for a Timmy probably during the summer and yeah, I mean, I think they were even as high as like $300, $350. I'm like, this is really steep for what it is when you can grab this thing for $129.

So, but yeah, glad that they were able to do this and yeah, get it to a point where a lot of people can pick it up and have this tonal option available to them.

Eric Wilson:
For sure. So yeah, the controls on this thing are very similar to what was on the older Timmy's and the bigger enclosure Timmy's. So you have volume, gain, bass and treble, and then you have a clipping switch that has three different positions. I believe the older Timmy's only had a two position switch and then there was a toggle on the inside of the pedal, like an additional gain toggle on the inside of the pedal. Not for sure on that, but I believe that's what it was.

But overall super simple controls, really usable gain settings from just a very low, clean boost on the gain to just kind of a gentle crunch and drive when you turn that gain up.

Scott Schwertly:
Yeah, I'm excited for everybody to actually hear this. And if you do own a Timmy right now, and maybe you're just kind of, sort of just perusing or considering what the MXR version has to offer. Yeah. Excited for you guys to hear this and you can kind of make that comparison for yourself.

So I think at the end of the day, before we jump into the demo, I think that the biggest thing I love about this pedal is it really just does preserve your sound, which is great. I mean, that's what a great pedal should be about. So yeah. Excited to jump into this demo.

Eric Wilson:
Yeah definitely. So for the demo, I'm going to go ahead and use my tele into the Timmy and then into the Iridium. So we'll go ahead and get that hooked up and yeah, here's the MXR Timmy.

All right, that is the MXR Timmy, a great overdraft pedal and honestly, a really great space saving overdrive pedal if you don't have one already.

Scott Schwertly:
Yeah. Definitely worth getting. I mean, again, it's only going to set you back just a little bit over a hundred bucks for something that sounds great and got a fantastic and sort of rich history behind it.

So honestly, can't really go wrong with a pedal like this. So, you're kind of guaranteed some good tones for an affordable price, which that's the best combination right there.

Awesome. Well, that's what we wanted to cover today, guys. That is the MXR Timmy. Our apologies that it's taken us over a year to cover this one. I know again, it was all the rage, all the buzz last year, should've covered this pedal a lot sooner, but glad we were able to cover it in today's episode.

Well, join us next time. We're going to cover a pedal by a company that we have yet to cover, which another shocking thing here. I can't believe we haven't covered a pedal from this manufacturer yet, but we're going to be talking about the chemist from Matthew's Effects.

So this is a, what they would call an atomic modulator. So it does a lot. It's kind of a one-stop modulation laboratory. So, it should be a fun one. I know Eric, you've been playing with this pedal for the last a week or two, and I know you've had a lot of fun with it, so should be a fun conversation.

Eric Wilson:
Yeah, I'm definitely excited for that one. I've always loved the stuff that Matthews Effects puts out, even dating back to the old pocket drive. So I'm excited to take a deeper look at this one.

Scott Schwertly:
Nice. Well, we're excited to share it with you guys and until then have a great day, have a great week and we will catch you in the next one.

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