Pigtronix designs acoustic preamp for Bob Weir

The Real Deal provides a volume boost while maintaining clarity and ‘woody’ tone of acoustic guitars.

Pigtronix Bob Weir's Real Deal
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Unveiled earlier this year at Winter NAMM, Bob Weir’s Real Deal is now available for sale. Pigtronix designed the acoustic guitar preamp in collaboration with the Grateful Dead founding member to provide a clear, feedback-free volume boost.

The Real Deal splits your acoustic signal into low and high frequency bands, then applies individual gain stages to each signal path. You can adjust the cutoff point between both bands, between 300Hz and 3kHz, via the “Crossover” knob, and dial in the required amount of gain with the “Microphone” and “Piezo” controls. The signals are then sent to a mastering stage before they’re combined into a single mono output.

Flick the “Source” toggle to tailor how the pedal tracks the high and low frequency bands to your instrument—whether it has a single pickup or a combination of a microphone and piezo. Additionally, the slim stompbox can send 48 volts of phantom power to external microphones.

The Bob Weir’s Real Deal retails for $279. More information at pigtronix.com.

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