Review in the Gitarre & Bass Magazine
JCA (Jahn Custom Audio) has launched the Texas Flood Booster, a pedal designed to recreate the sound of Stevie Ray Vaughan. The pedal is absolutely well made, the board makes a very robust impression, there are only high quality components used. The four controls are pretty stiff and under the Knobs there are hided small silicone rings, which ensure that the pots can not easily deadjusted by accident. If this is too tight, the rings can be easily removed of course. The controls are a gain pot (SUS), a dual band tone control (BODY and SWEET), and a volume knob (VOL). For the test, I've set the amplifier perfectly clean and start with the SUS-pot at about nine o'clock. The sound remains almost completely clean, only the compression increases quite discreetly, whereby one can tickle the amplifier with the volume reserves of the pedal real strong. The two tone controls for the bass and treble content of the signal prove to be extremely effective. Above all, the sweet poti I find very useful - here, the sound is given a silky touch and humbuckers get a nice, crisp bite. If you then carefully increase the SUS pot, the sound gets a little more hairy, until then - from the twelve o'clock position of the SUS control - the first real overdrive is heard. The sound character remains very pleasing over the entire control zone, but still has the necessary twang to get close to the SRV sound. I also like the fact that the pedal responds very dynamically to the picking attack and the volume pot of the guitar. All in all, the Texas Flood Booster is definitely a must for all fans of the US blues legend - given the build quality, there is a great-sounding pedal at a fair price.
"SRV in a box"
The TEXAS FLOOD pedal offers authentic SRV tone, so to speak a "Stevie in a box". The following control options are available: Sustain, Volume, Body and Sweet. All knobs work evenly and allow a very wide spectrum of sounds. The plug sockets and the stable footswitch are handwired. This makes the pedal very robust and guarantees a safe and trouble-free operation over many years. The electronic components are of the highest quality and selected for best sound quality.
What does the TEXAS FLOOD sound like? Reference for the sound is Stevie's first album "Texas Flood", which offers the ultimate blues sound for me and for most fans. The magic in Stevie Ray Vaughan's sound is that he has a good sustain in spite of his (relatively) clean sound. This quality also offers the TEXAS FLOOD. Distortion as such is not perceived superficially. It creates this sweet, singing tone that gets every guitarist and listener into ecstasy. At least as important is the play feeling. The player does not have to fight for good sound. The response of the pedal supports the player in a pleasant manner. It is inspiring. The only requirement is to connect the pedal in front of a clean set amp. The TEXAS FLOOD never sounds and feels like a pedal. It reacts always like a good tube amp. Without loss of any heights and dynamics, the volume control on the guitar get a powerful tool to shape the guitar's tone.
The TEXAS FLOOD is not only interesting for SRV fans, it's also great for other styles, such as blues, rock, country, etc...
Sounds on YouTube
I love this pedal! I do not sound like Stevie and I don't want to - I am Mitch. I use a bit more distortion. When I heard the pedal on YouTube, it sounded like the type of treble booster I was looking for, plus enough controls to tweak as I please. I rarely take it off. It is just part of MY sound. Love it. Thank you!
Hi Stefan, thanks again for the fast
shipping of the Texas Flood pedal. I have to say, I am absolutely overwhelmed.
The pedal is made absolutely first-class and plays quite easy in the league of
much larger manufacturers, such as Fulltone or Elektro Harmonix. You can hear
and feel immediately that you worked here with a lot of passion and know-how.
Absolutely genius are the controls. Everything feels high quality and durable.
Also, the graphic design is amazing and with it's "Custom" sticker the Texas
Flood is real cult. The pedal is Made in Germany, the sound is Made in Texas.
Played in front of a Fender Deluxe Reverb, with Fender Strat, Texas Specials, I
get the three-dimensional, clean but slightly overdriven Strat sound, for which
SRV has become so famous. The fundamental tone of the Fender amp is not changed
at all. You have more attack and pressure, it smacks, sings and rings, the low E
string responses, as if you have turned up the amp fully. At the same time the
amp greatly reacts to the attack. Softly hit, clean and hard hit, with clear
overdrive. You always have the feeling that you are not using a pedal, but an
amp that moves in the absolute sweetspot - without your ears falling off. I
always thought volume was the only way to the SRV sound. Apparently did not
quite agree. If you turn back the guitar's volume pot, it will be pretty clear.
There's nothing muddy, so it's really big fun. The Texas Flood harmonies
perfectly with other pedals. I've got the Texas Flood stuck on my pedalboard
with a Fulltone OCD, a Maxon 808 and I have to say, that's really the Stratsound
I always wanted. I can hardly believe that I had to wait so long. I do not give
away the Texas Flood anymore.
Hi Stefan, I've tried your Texas Flood pedal yesterday night during a show. First impression, very cool sound !!! Immediatly great tone on my amp with a Strat. I#m very impressed! I will try it on my twin quickly. I've switched off all my other pedals. Only the Texas Flood, with a Fulltone wah and a univibe...top! Thanks a lot. Your pedal is great ! Merry christmas.
You're the only one who managed to get the
sound to the point. The S.R.V.isioniser isn't bad either, but the Texas Flood
tops all of the boutique parts I have ...