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Boost, Distortion and Fuzz – What’s the Difference

To the ears, it’s quite easy to hear the difference between boost, distortion and fuzz.  Boost adds to the volume, generally makes your tone a bit brighter.  We’ll often use a boost during those times when the rest of the band is loud, and you need the high end of the guitar to cut through. […]

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Electro-Harmonix Schools us on Modulation (well… some of us)

The folks at EHX have a vested interest in teaching people about modulation, so they can sell more pedals.  I’m cool with that, because they did a pretty good job with these videos. These are not for effects junkies.  Their audience is people who don’t use pedals and haven’t in the past.  If you can’t […]

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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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Effects 101 – Tremolo: What the hell is it and how does it work?

Tremolo, sure you know what it is and what it does (it makes that “whoa whoa whoa whoa whoa” sound), but do you know HOW it does this?  Somebody just figured out how to take the sound a Floyd Rose makes and put it into a circuit, right?  Simple!  Errr… no.  I suppose another research project […]