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… Continue reading I’m Sick of Picks
Just watch, this is amazing.
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… Continue reading My Champion 600 Modded with EQ & More
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
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
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.
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
Video courtesy of TheGigRig on YouTube.
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… Continue reading This Excites Me: Fractal Audio FX8
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)