Mason Austin Green of Greenchild Effects sent over the G777 (or the triple 7) for me to check out. I’m going to get right to it.. this thing is awesome! What we have here are two independent mechanically isolated overdrives in one box AND with channel stacking in mind. When it comes to overdrive, it’s all about tone shaping and how it reacts to the amp. Those are critical to me – more so than the ‘drive’ characteristics. How does it push things? And as you know, if you’ve followed me enough.. I like simple/intuitive pedals. This guy met all of these, which led to me having a lot of fun with the Triple 7!
Greenchild Effects G777
Reading the documentation with the Triple 7, Mason says – “This pedal is a true overdrive preamp with tons of headroom and wide dynamic range, intended to push your amplifier (or other pedals) into saturation while providing flexible EQ options. Do not expect Tube Screamer style compression or heavy fuzzed out distortion; The Triple 7 is intended to bring out the best in your amplifier”.
I could not agree with Mason more on how it effects the amp, and how it pushes pedals. This thing can send a lot of signal and cool things happened because of it. The two sides are very interesting by themselves and insane when combined. It’s important to note, that I only tested this pedal with tube amps (Matchless C30 and Rivera Knucklehead), both love getting a hot signal into the preamp. Not sure how it would react with solidstate or direct to computer, etc.
Channel #1 or the right side has DRIVE, MID and TILT controls. It’s a soft clipping boost. MID is where it’s at. I love drives that have mid control more so than BASS/TREBLE for tone shaping. If you want to stick out in the mix, you need the MIDS. The TILT was more like a classic ‘tone’ knob, but in conjunction with the MID, you get to really dial in the punch for both lead and rhythm. Channel #1 will give you up to 24dB of output.. damn.
Channel #2 or the left side has GAIN, FOCUS and BOOST controls. This side is definitely meatier and loves it when you send something hot into it. That’s one reason I kept punching Channel #1 into it, again and again and again. I’m a sucker with the tone shaping. The FOCUS knob is something I’m always a fan of. I almost describe it as a ‘presence’ but it really makes the low end punch as well as the high end sparkle. BOOST feeds in 18dB of clean signal output.
I played this pedal for about an hour and a half, and I feel like I was just scratching the surface with it. I really want to get some more time with it – especially with different effects pre/post in the line. The shaping ability of this pedal has the biggest appeal for me. The potential is huge. I was able to get some great tones out of this with very little tweaking. Seriously, dial in the MID and TILT on Channel #1 for perfect drive that cuts through the mix.
Where to buy!
Greenchild G777 retails for $199 from their website. To me, if you’re one of those people that are always bouncing around on overdrives, this might be something to seriously look at. Or if you’re in need of something to help dial that lead tone to the next level or to drive a pedal into insanity, again, this guy is your guy. The Triple 7 for the win!
Let me know what you think by commenting below!