Re: Jemini Pedal
Hello, new here and i have been reading this thread ith interest recently.
Well i got a jemini last week and i love it!
Using a Parker Fly (mahogany neck + body - therfore quite a 'dark' guitar) into a Legacy 2x12 combo.
Green channel is a great classic rock type sound, ACDC, blues crunch, light rock'n'roll sort of sound.
Red channel is definitely a higher gain thicker, more modern sounding distortion.
With the gain set really low, the green channel makes a nice compressed+boost sound for dire straits solo (you know the one!).
A major advantage of this pedal over separates is that although there are 2 distinct pedals, turning one on turns the other off, halving the amount of stomping.
This is a very versatile disto box. Tone control requires careful tweaking, admittedly or it can get a bit fizzy. It won't do scooped metal but then neither does the legacy. The people creaming themselves over the Damage Control pedal are missing the point somewhat and should listen to more Vai stuff to see where he is coming from! The soundclips linked-to above are all for thrash metal by the sounds of it.
As for the question - why don't you just use the Legacy gain?
Legacy gain is lovely. But adding a jemini means i no longer have a 2 channel amp, but a 6 channel amp.
Clean + green
Clean + red
Lead + green
Lead + red
Vai designed the legacy to be used with a stomp box.
I borrowed a vox satchurator before trying a jemini. The vox satchurator had a *great* tone. It really did. But only one. The other settings started getting too saturated (obviously!), fizzy and overcooked. Just like Surfing with the alien tone. But to me that sound is very 80's, very dated and i don't like it. The boost button did relatively little on high gain settings. It just made it fizzier and fatter rather than much louder for solos. I was going to get one but was disappointed.
*maybe my setup is not right* i accept this.
/my 2p worth