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Band Auditions: Rarely Done Right, Usually Hilarious

I once auditioned a singer, and it didn’t go well at all. He needed to be picked up from a bus stop, which is fine but I don’t live near a bus stop. That should’ve been a sign1 that holding regular practices would be rough, especially since the busses don’t run late by us. We […]


Happy Birthday to the Modular Synth from Moog

Just watch, this is amazing.

Guitar Store Gospel Passion & Self Hate

Gear Selfies Gotta Go

I belong to several busy guitar forums, guitar facebook groups and guitar subreddits.  They’re generally great, but increasingly I’m seeing the annoying trend of people over-sharing gear photos. If you do a Google Image Search for “my pedalboard” the results will scroll for about six weeks.  And it’s impossible to really distinguish any of them. […]


My Champion 600 Modded with EQ & More

Shortly after Fender released the Champion 600 around five years ago, folks quickly realized it was a great little amp to mod.  The circuit on this 1×6″ 5 watt tube amp is quite similar to a silverface Champ.  But to hit a $200 price range, it was made in China with a whole bunch of […]

Gear Gear Guides

Little Looper Shootout

In the past year, and especially very recently, we’ve seen several new loop pedals hit the scene.  All of them boast a very small footprint and super simple operation.  Oh, and low prices!  With each pedal seemingly so stripped down you might wonder what the difference there is between them.  We’re here to help sort […]

Guitar Store Gospel

Help the Family of ZVEX’s Andy Richardson

There was a buzz this week in the effects world, and not a good one.  On Memorial Day, Andrew Richardson of ZVEX went missing.  Zachary Vex put out an alert on social media and it spread across a lot of the industry outlets and forums.  Things immediately did not look good. Sadly, he was found […]

Gear News

Wisconsin Pride: Monarch Pedalboards say Goodbye to Velcro

It’s really hard to get excited about pedalboards.  You’re paying $300+ for some plastic/wood with carpet on it.  Then you’re going to velcro your pedals to it, destroying the resale value of your effects in the process 1.  That velcro will lose its grab over time.  It will infuriate you when you remember how much […]

Pedals Reviews

The Strymon Mobius Rabbit Hole

Technology is great, but we can easily become trapped in an endless maze of possibilities that it creates.  This is bad when it gets in the way of just creating new stuff.  That’s exactly my fear when it comes to putting the Strymon Mobius on a pedal board.

Good Finds Music

Justin Adams Explains Why We Love Distortion

Justin Adams has played with Robert Plant, Juldeh Camara and many others.  He’s spent a lot of his career studying African and Arab music along with all sorts of western blues.  He seems to know what he’s talking about and has some nice history to share that helps explain the origins of distortion. This story starts […]

Reviews Stores & Services

PedalGenie – Finally, a Modern Take on the Gear Shop

This is how you buy pedals: Way #1 – Go to the local guitar store, where they have 30-50 pedals from a handful of manufacturers, if you’re lucky.  You try one out using not-your-guitar into not-your-amp.  This combo sounds terrible, but the pedal improves it, so you get excited and buy.  When you get home, […]