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What’s With the Pedalboard These Days?

It’s been a minute, so I may as well share what’s going on at the moment. Everything below is in order of signal path. Arrows on the photo help make sense of which way it’s moving. Basically a backwards “Z”. Snark Tuner. It tunes. It’s fine. JHS Pulp N Peel. V4 I believe. I don’t […]

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The Unabridged History of the Daveycaster

I’m in this band with my daft paragon cohort George. An internet band. That doesn’t make or play any music. It’s a fake band. A fake internet band. This began when George and IG friend @goats_and_motorcycles were chatting about the RigsOfDad account and it auto-corrected to RodsOfDad. As one does in these situations, “new band […]

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I Got This Guitar for $200

I’ve been looking for a telecaster-ish guitar forever, just not very seriously. I didn’t want a Fender because there are too many options and I always convince myself the most expensive one is the best. Surprisingly, I found one on Craigslist, for $200. That’s not that big a deal, but it’s a Charvel Model 7. […]

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Chase Bliss Audio – Visually Stunning

Chase Bliss pedals are no secret in the high end effects world, but they get most of their credit for the tweakability and sound. Their motto of “digital brain. analog heart” (referring to an analog signal path with digital controls) is not entirely unique, but the degree to which they exploit the possibilities sure is. […]

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Weight Loss

[tm_pb_section admin_label=”section”][tm_pb_row admin_label=”row”][tm_pb_column type=”4_4″][tm_pb_text admin_label=”Text”] When this week started, the photo above was my pedalboard. Plenty of folks have way more elaborate boards, but mine was hardly on the minimalist end of things. It was fun though. And heavy. It weighed more than a couple of my amps. If I only played at home, that’s […]

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Fender Mod Shop: Exactly What We Wanted… Sort of.

Not too long ago, we wished for mass-customization options from guitar makers. Basically the same thing you get when you build a car online rather than buy what is on the lot. And with the launch of the Mod Shop, Fender is doing just that. So is it everything we wanted? I attempted to build […]

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2016 Gibson Line – High Performance vs… Low Performance?

Almost two years ago, we talked about how Gibson was going pretty high tech with their new models. I’m not sure if people rejected this change (probably), it made the lineup too confusing (probably) or it made it too difficult to keep making the same guitar they’ve made for 70 years at crazy high margins (bingo!), […]

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Electric Guitar Body Wood – Does it Matter?

Acoustic guitar builders love wood. They can’t get enough of it. Not just the right species of wood, but the perfect tree or cut or assembly all make huge differences in the sound of the finished product. That’s why folks like Collings, whose wood stockpile is pictured above, will talk at great length about the wood […]

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Source Audio Releases “Vertigo Tremolo”

At camp Daft Paragon, we’re fans of Source Audio (and any manufacturer doing something different from the norm), so we definitely took note when an email from them hit our inbox and announced a new pedal. Check out the Vertigo Tremolo, which combines three tremolos in one familiar stomp box format. Here’s what they say […]

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I’m Sick of Picks

I’ve bought a greater variety of picks than I could ever hope to document. That’s nothing special. I think we’ve all grabbed some expensive tortoiseshell wonders or wacky polymers that promise to stick better or help us pick faster. Many people get jazz iii’s and think their life has changed, that they are the first […]