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… Continue reading Little Looper Shootout

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… Continue reading Wisconsin Pride: Monarch Pedalboards say Goodbye to Velcro

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.… Continue reading Boost, Distortion and Fuzz – What’s the Difference

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

New Gear – EHX Deluxe Big Muff Pi

While plenty of people have built clones of the Big Muff Pi with various bells and whistles, Electro-Harmonix keeps things pretty traditional.  That ends now. The Deluxe Pi looks and sounds pretty slick.  It gives you the sound you’re used to, but with a lot more options that can add character and make it a… Continue reading New Gear – EHX Deluxe Big Muff Pi