Since 2008, ToneConcepts Inc. has tested gear with some of the world’s leading guitar players on the stage and in the studio. We’ve put new and vintage tones into their hands, under their feet and through their amps. In early-2013, we approached several artists with a few simple questions: What’s missing? What haven’t you found? What problem needs to be solved?
Pro guitarists wanted a pedal that would help them shape their tone through their own rigs or rented backlines.
The Distillery is the result.
The ToneConcepts Distillery gives players up to 20dB of pure flexible power that sounds completely transparent. Whatever cables and pedals you run though, The Distillery will make you sound as if you’re playing your guitar straight into your amp. We’ve also developed a sophisticated tone-shaping circuit that can give your humbuckers a single-coil edge and your single-coils some humbucker body and punch.
The Distillery has been tested and approved by some of the world’s best tone-wranglers:
- Jim Campilongo
- Nels Cline (Wilco)
- Billy Gibbons (ZZ Top)
- Vince Gill
- Buddy Guy
- Los Lobos (David Hidalgo, Cesar Rosas, Louie Perez)
- Steve Lukather
- Robert Randolph
- Kenny Wayne Shepherd
- Alex Skolnick (AST, Testament)
- Dweezil Zappa
Here’s what they had to say:
“The Distillery makes my amp sound like it was on legal steroids! Thank you ToneConcepts, you’ve done it again!” - Jim Campilongo
“Strong Tones! Excellent Sustain! The sounds achievable are great! “Guts” is killer! It really IS like an amp in a box that produces a lot of varied and appealing tones and that it has OOMPH, too. I’m seriously excited about the thing!” - Nels Cline (Wilco)
“Don’t change a thing! I love it just he way it is! I have it on all the time. It is my favorite pedal!” - David Hidalgo (Los Lobos)
“Great tone starts in the hands and with a great guitar and amp. As guitarists, we search our whole lives for something to make things sound better. The Distillery enhances my sound while still allowing the true character of my guitar to shine. It is the best I’ve ever heard or played.” - Vince Gill
“Love it! The sound is killer! It makes my amps sound even better!” - Steve Lukather
“The Distillery allows me to get a smooth overdrive and great tone without ripping people’s heads off !!!” - Robert Randolph
“This is one of my new go-to pedals. If you have an amp that just sounds OK, this pedal can make it sound great!” - Kenny Wayne Shepherd
“It makes things sound better. It’s like moving to heavier strings, the sound becomes fuller and more responsive. And the overdrive is very tasteful. The Distillery works GREAT with Testament!!” - Alex Skolnick (AST, Testament)
“I like to think of The Distillery as having volume knobs for the feel and character of sound. As the name suggests, The Distillery will help extract the purest fundamental elements of your guitar and amp tone and allow you to musically enhance them.” - Dweezil Zappa
The press has been equally impressed:
“ToneConcepts’ The Distillery seems to be home to a billion different shades of OD with crazy-precise tone control.” - Premier Guitar (Nashville NAMM)
“The Distillery is a powerful and sophisticated tone-sculpting tool. Chances are it will help you draw new shadings from your guitar, nudging tones in various directions as the musical setting demands. It’s a great resource for recording guitarists who must often shape tones to fit into a mix, or for players hoping to differentiate their tones within a multi-guitar band. Best of all, it won’t downgrade the sound of a great guitar/amp pairing.” - Premier Guitar (November 2013)