While the Heartbreaker I tested recently is a full-blown British rock amp in a small pedal format, Thermion’s Gasoline is a complete different beast – with the emphasis on beast!
The compact and handmade pedal recreates the sound of American high-gain amps, using high-quality components. Thermion Engineering really took their time to not only find the right parts for the Gasoline, but also make it as versatile as possible. Three modes (Vintage, Raw & Modern) offer different gain & tone shapes in addition to the very effective 3-band EQ plus Deep and Presence controls.
Since the Gasoline also comes with the SE2 technology, I connected it directly with my audio interface and applied to of their cabinet IRs to record all the guitar tracks in the demo song. I was really impressed how good that sounded. I didn’t even have to use a boost oder overdrive pedal in front to tighten it.
If you’re into British rock & blues sounds, you have to check this out!
Thermion Engineering is a Spanish company that started out in 2012 as a local technical service, repairing and modding amps and pedals. After a long time of working with musicians from different genres, Thermion decided to come up with their own designs, based on the years of experience.
The Heartbreaker is a faithful recreation of a classic British-voiced rock & blues amp and can be used in a variety of scenarios. Thanks to the mode switch (Vintage, Raw, Modern) it offers three different voicings, which can be further adjusted with its 3-band EQ. Pre-Amp and Master will recreate the sound and response of a half- or fully-cranked amplifier. Level works as an overall master control.
The fully hand-built Thermion Heartbreaker can be used in front of any amp, but also works pretty well in the FX return as a great sounding preamp. You can listen to the sound of it in the video:
The guitar amplifier industry has definitely experienced some big changes in the past recent years. While tube amps became way more affordable at some point, with companies like Bugera or Blackheart flooding the market with models at entry-level prices, the big companies followed to keep up in order to not loose market share. We also saw small 1 or 2 men companies slowly emerging as they came up with new designs and solutions for touring guitarists who want flexibility without changing into the world of digital solutions. Driftwood Amplifiers from Germany is one of them!
Purple Nightmare Master Section (click to enlarge)
More like “a dream come true” than an actual nightmare
Like many amp builders, Driftwood started out as a service point for amps & electronics in case you needed something fixed by a professional. After many years of experience in this field, they started creating their own designs, while taking into account what their customers would want to have in an amplifier.