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Happy Birthday to the Modular Synth from Moog

Just watch, this is amazing.

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Gear

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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Building Gear Good Finds Lessons Music

Tim Sway Has Perspective

Whenever guitar players go on a gear rant I usually pull out a line about how guitar players are dumb and bass players will play a bass made out of a2x4 plugged into a speaker from a 1986 Camaro Berlinetta. That’s a thing.

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Effects 101 Gear

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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Gear

Ed from Radiohead is Getting a New Pedalboard – Watch it Happen

Video courtesy of TheGigRig on YouTube.

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Gear News

This Excites Me: Fractal Audio FX8

As always, I’m a week late and probably $2500 short, but that’s how it goes when you’re busy being king of the world1.  I just noticed that Fractal Audio is teasing a multi-effects unit.  No amp modeling, it sits on your floor, you turn it on with your feet.  You might even be able to […]

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Effects 101 Gear

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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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 […]