- DESCRIPTIONThe FreeLoader does two main things:
First, the FreeLoader is a variable "load" control for your guitar pickup. This means that it tailors the tonal response of your pickup. It's not a typical "tone control". Every magnetic guitar pickup has a resonant peak in the treble range. With a high value "load" (high impedance) this resonant peak can be very tall and sharp sounding. With a low value "load" this resonant peak can be made flatter, giving a warmer, mellower tone from the pickup. With the range of the knob, you can dial in either extreme or anything in between. Every pickup has it's zone, and the FreeLoader lets you find it.
Second, the FreeLoader lowers the output impedance of your signal using a 9-volt powered, very pure and minimal "discrete transistor" audio circuit to preserve your tone and drive the signal on thru other devices on to your amplifier. We use "boutique" internal components to insure highest quality sound.
An attached leg clip allows the Freeloader to easily snap on and off your right/rear steel guitar leg. This position makes it easy to see and reach while playing. A high quality 9V alkaline battery should last over 300 hours in the Freeloader. You simply plug in your guitar to the top input jack of the Freeloader, and then the bottom jack continues on to your volume pedal or whatever device typically follows in your particular setup.
The FreeLoader is essentially our solid-state, battery-powered version of our vacuum tube driven "Steel Guitar Black Box", and is designed for those who prefer something more compact, lightweight, and affordable.
$135 plus shipping & handling
- FAQsLoading is the amount of resistance or "impedance" that follows a pickup. Since a pickup is a coil of wire (an inductor), that means that the tonal response of the pickup itself with change simply by varying the "load" that the pickup sees. This is a very pure and simple way to take control of the pickup's natural and inherent tonal characteristics without having to use an electronic "tone" circuit. The FreeLoader lets the pickup itself take part in the tone shaping. This allows the FreeLoader's buffer circuitry to be extremely minimal and clean.Yes, the FreeLoader has a 9V battery inside. The circuit inside is run by just one single discrete transistor, no opamps. The nature of this design is extremely power-efficient, so you can expect hundreds of hours of battery life from a single alkaline 9V battery.Yes, the FreeLoader takes the guitar's signal, lets you adjust the "load" on the pickup to perfectly tailor the tonal response you want, and then it actively drives that signal and lowers the impedance so you can easily drive many feet of cable and pedals without tonal loss.Yes, the FreeLoader works perfectly well with any type of volume pedal you prefer to use.
- REVIEWS"Working at the root level of the pickup's own personality, the Freeloader is a great tone-shaper... blend in, or cut through, Freeloader is a great tool.!"Dean Parks"Well, just for grins, I plugged in my Freeloader to see what it sounded like with the single coil pickups. Wow! It gave the sound a very convincing tube like quality. Smoothing the highs and still keeping the punch on the lows. The Freeloader really sounds great with single coil pickups, in case anyone should ask. It is an amazing little device"Tommy White"I love them! I'm gonna need another freeloader for my studio rig. Thanks again for the creating amazing gear!!"Doug Pettibone"I put the freeloader in front of my electric guitar set up and it definitely improved the clarity and reduced the shrillness that sometimes happens when im using lots of overdrive."Carl Broemel"Just wanted to let you know how much I love my new Freeloader and Earth drive pedals. they sound great, i couldn't be happier with my tone"Karen Sarkisian
- ARTISTSAl Brisco
Tommy White... and many more!