Ziffer Overdrive – Jordan Ziff Signature MINI Pedal
Inspired by Jordan Ziff’s minimalist approach to guitar tone, we crafted an exceptional tool for shaping sound. The Ziffer Overdrive seamlessly blends the classic elements of vintage tubescreamer with a sophisticated and innovative design, resulting in a powerful and versatile pedal.
Crafted with durability in mind, the Ziffer Overdrive is a reliable and road-ready device that delivers outstanding performance in any setting. Whether you’re playing live or in the studio, the Ziffer Overdrive is a top choice for musicians looking to take their sound to the next level.
Most players will love the responsive slice of the Asymmetric setting, with its perfect blend of bumped-up articulation and sweetened compression.
In classic Becos style, this is a mini-format stomper but with more controls than the average-sized unit. It enhances the classic Tube Screamer formula in ways that are clever and useful.
For a small unit, the Ziffer Overdrive has plenty of features. The Becos box wants to rock and will provide lots of organic, vintage 808 sounds to do the job – and more.
The Ziffer Overdrive – Jordan Ziff Signature MINI Pedal
The TS8-JZ Ziffer Overdrive pedal was developed for Jordan Ziff, the lead guitarist of Hot Crazy, RATT, and a member of Marty Friedman’s band. Based on his preference for our TS8-MS Overdrive/MIDI Switcher pedal, we have designed a new version with additional features and functionality.
The new circuit eliminates the MIDI switching capabilities while incorporating several new controls, which enable subtle tone-shaping and expand the pedal’s versatility. The result is the TS8-JZ Ziffer Overdrive, a powerful and versatile pedal in a mini format designed to meet the needs of the most discerning guitarists.
When it comes to cramming a whole rack unit into a stompbox, few companies are more adept than Becos. Now, they’re back with a tweakable mini overdrive – a signature pedal for hard-shredding Ratt guitarist Jordan Ziff. In classic Becos style, this is a mini-format stomper but with more controls than the average-sized unit.
The Ziffer Overdrive is primarily based on the vintage 808 sound and feel. However, we have made extensive modifications to it. In addition to the tri-option CLIPPING switch, which modifies the overall gain structure to suit a wide range of applications, we have also incorporated a few additional features.
Plugged in, the Ziffer Overdrive is a fat, warm box that delivered big power chords and dirt for tones in the Aerosmith, Black Crowes, and AC/DC camp. When it’s time to get “dirty” in your search for cool, organic 808 sounds, the Becos Ziffer Overdrive is ready to rock.
The Ziffer Overdrive differentiates itself from the TS8-MS by offering a DEEP switch that adds low-end frequencies, a DRY/WET MIX trimmer that allows for blending of the clean and overdriven signals, and a DRY EQ trimmer that affects the dry signal only. This provides the ability to mix back either flat clean or tilted frequencies on either the low or high audio spectrum. The dryline processing of the Ziffer is inspired by our Solo Boost, resulting in a versatile and powerful blend of drive and clean tones. Additionally, the Ziffer can function as a clean boost or a tilting equalizer with a boost pedal. It is also compatible with bass instruments.
The Mini Ziffer is just an amazingly versatile overdrive full stop! – the gain-range is not quoted, but it goes from barely there to really quite immense! This unique combination is really incredibly powerful and capable of so many great in-between sounds that you could otherwise not access. There is such an incredible amount of range onboard here that I can’t see how anyone would be disappointed.
For the Ziffer Overdrive, we have opted to substitute the mundane one-transistor buffers with audio-grade op-amps, which provide superior “transparency” and a reduced noise floor, particularly useful at high gain levels. Additionally, we utilize thick metal film resistors of very low tolerance and multi-layer plastic metalized film capacitors of high quality in the audio pathway. For prolonged durability, we construct the Ziffer in a compact and robust yet tiny package, using Gold-plated circuit boards without interconnecting wires.
Before you dismiss the Becos TS8-JZ Ziffer Overdrive as yet another TS twin, you should know Becos specializes in cramming multiple tone-sculpting controls onto mini-pedals. This time, its efforts have resulted in an adjustable overdrive that can scream with a larger-than-life tone or sweeten with enhanced warmth and clarity.
To ensure optimal performance, it is recommended that the Ziffer Overdrive be powered by a reliable, regulated external power source (not included), with a voltage range of 9VDC to 18VDC. This provides enhanced transparency and ample headroom. The pedal can also be operated at a lower voltage of 4 to 7VDC for a unique tonal character.
- True analog bypass
- Gain, Tone, and Level controls
- Classic/Asymmetric/LED clipping options
- Classic/Deep frequency response
- Dry/Wet Mix
- Dry EQ frequency trimming
- Dry boost/cut variability
- Hi-quality audio ICs, low tolerance parts, Panasonic Polyester capacitors
- Black powder-coated MINI-size genuine Hammond aluminum enclosure
- 9-18 VDC external power supply (not included), center negative, 12mm long barrel plug
- Current Consumption: < 11mAh @ 9VDC; 13mAh @ 12VDC; 15mAh @ 18VDC
- 3-year premium warranty (direct to manufacturer, international, transferable)
|Dimensions||3,9 × 9,2 × 5,1 cm|
Input impedance: 550KΩ