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Site News

Short blog break

Howdy.  One thing I hate seeing is company blogs that haven’t been updated in a while.  Well, that’s exactly what you’re going to see here – for a short bit.  I’m moving to a new house (first house!) in September and am scrambling to pack, paint, find a lawn mower, etc., etc..  So things like […]

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Pedals Reviews

Catalinbread Montavillian Echo Review

Does this sound like you? You’re excited by the thought of a vintage analog delay. You dream of owning a unit made in the 70′s, wired by a guy named Frank or Gus.  He held his soldering iron with cigarette-stained fingers.  There’s a can of Old Style dripping sweat on the corner of his workstation. […]

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Guitar Store Gospel Passion & Self Hate

Internet sales tax – Is this really happening?

When you sign up for any trade organization, you’re bound to get hammered with tons of news, press releases, and even politics.  So, I expect to see that stuff from the folks at NAMM – and it happens daily.  Usually it doesn’t impact me directly and I don’t really care.  However, yesterday I got something […]

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Guitar Store Gospel Passion & Self Hate

Scientific proof: Modern music stinks

The internet is booming with a study from Scientific Reports saying that modern music all sounds the same.  They looked at pitch distribution, timbre distribution, and dynamic range.  The conclusion was that there is less variance in each area over time.  Basically, everything in the last 10 or so years is really loud, is loud […]

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Pedals Reviews

Catalinbread RAH Overdrive Pedal Overview

This covers the features and knobs of the Catalinbread Royal Albert Hall (RAH) WIIO Overdrive.  Contrary to popular belief, you do not need to play a Les Paul into this thing to get good sounds.

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Gear

Effects: A wild indulgence or part of your sound?

One thing people come to me with regularly is a desire to get a really crazy effect.  They want their guitar to sound like a light saber or something.  I can understand the desire, as maybe you really hate your tone or you feel uninspired lately.  The thought is that some wild noises will get you excited […]

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Gear

What is the new Catalinbread mystery pedal?

Recently on their Facebook page, Catalinbread has been dropping hints of a new pedal release.  This coincided with a poll about color preference for a pedal called the Sorcerer of Exmoor (apparently an overdrive pedal of sorts, based on the knobs).  However, they’ve made some posts to indicate the new mystery pedal is something other than the Sorcerer […]

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Effects 101

Effects 101: Analog(ue) Delay – What's what and what matters?

If any of your buddies wear flannel and smoke American Spirits, you’re well aware that analog is superior in every possible application, including delay.  But there’s a lot more to it than that.  There are several flavors of analog delay available, each with its own characteristics, quirks and limitations.  So before diving in, how about […]

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Guitar Store Gospel Passion & Self Hate

Nobody cares how you sound or play

This gets thrown out all the time, whenever somebody is fretting too much over the details of their guitar playing/tone.  Your audience cannot tell the difference, or they do not care.  Unless you are in the “guitar god rock” genre, chances are it’s absolutely true.  Not only do most people not know the difference between […]

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Silly

Catalinbread Effects Decision Model