Classic gear: Paul Cochrane Timmy

Paul Cochrane Timmy overdrive pedal
(Image credit: Paul Cochrane)

Paul Cochrane’s Tim overdrive was one of the original boutique overdrive pedals, generating a dedicated following based on its open, un-compressed drive tone and good EQ options.

The larger enclosure size put some off, however, and the boost wasn’t necessary for those who were using other pedals to stack with the Tim - one of its main strengths. As a result, Paul also offered the smaller, four-knob Timmy, which became possibly the first ‘transparent’ boutique overdrive.

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Alex Lynham

Alex Lynham is a gear obsessive who's been collecting and building modern and vintage equipment since he got his first Saturday job. Besides reviewing countless pedals for Total Guitar, he's written guides on how to build your first pedal, how to build a tube amp from a kit, and briefly went viral when he released a glitch delay pedal, the Atom Smasher.