– Your shipwrecked on a island in the south pacific, you some how manage to take a Marshall Stack, and a Gibson Les Paul with you. A cooler of Corona Beer floats by to your tone paradise but your faced with one problem. You can only take one guitar pedal ONE ! What is it a Wah Wah, Analog Delay, Chorus, Overdrive, Fuzz which guitar pedal will keep you happy for a VERY long time !Read More
FoxRox Electronics Paradox Flanger and The Festival Overdrive Guitar pedal – Foxrox has shipped us more Paradox TZF2 flangers which are a update on the legendary Paradox TZF pedal which was just very hard to get but so tone full. But now TZF2 is even better and available ! More feature than any flanger on the market that will provide you will all the classic Flanger sounds and even more tones for your arsenal. As always FoxRox construction is the best, these are audiofile boxs for guitar. Built like a brick shit house, designed with every detail, KILLER TONE !
The Festival Overdrive is a dual-mode OD pedal meaning it has it’s overdrive section that is off and on, and also a boost section. Sert up like a amplifier with Master and Drive knobs for control. The Festival Overdrive is a dual-mode overdrive. It features a master volume control and a boost channel with both gain and volume controls. There is a selectable clipping/compression circuit and two tone shaping controls – body and bright. One foot switch bypasses the effect and another foot switch selects between the green and red channels (low gain and high gain). Goto PedalsRead More
Why are some guitar pedals more expensive ? - We get this question a lot of why is brand A $99 and brand B $199. Well there a lot of things that are different the first one is the features take a tremolo pedal a basic pedal with rate and depth, or do you want a pedal with 7 knobs to adjust the tone, different wave forms, fast and slow etc. The more adjustment the more money it costs to build. Then we need to look at the construction of it, is it mass produced with surface mounted components built on a assembly line or a robot, or is it hand made with old school components right there is a huge up swing in the price based on materials. Next we go to the builder is a warehouse of women soldering away in a foreign land or is it a guy in Florida in his basement working 18 hours a day alone. Labor costs have a lot to do with the costs of the pedal, a single worker in the USA needs to make a lot more to live than workers in the Far East. Say what you want but its just economics. Lastly is the scale, the guy building 500 pedals in the USA can buy parts at a certain price, company building 10000 units can everything cheaper.
But let’s also throw in the coolness factor, the hipster in ALL of us want the pedal that is a bit off the beaten track. We want the pedal no one has, it make’s us feel better and special. Don’t laugh it’s important, gear is your ID of who you are and how much you love this stuff. Now factor all these items in and take the last one into account how do they sound ? I will bet you anything the more $ the better the tone, you just seem to always get what you pay for ! BUT if you can’t hear it or your doing one Pink Floyd song and need a cheap ring modulator go cheap.
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Happy Birthday Les Paul – Lester William Polsfuss AKA Les Paul, born 1915, would have been 101 today June 9th. What a career, what an influence, what an inventor this man was. His electric guitar contributions of the solid body are all around us with the guitar that holds his name the Gibson Les Paul. Emanating from his first electric guitar creation “The Log” he worked with all the early builder’s to redefine guitar as we know it to the define the “electric” guitar. He finally worked with Gibson to produce his acclaimed “Les Paul” model as early as 1952 with the P90 model. It wasn’t till 1958 that his model would finally receive the new “Humbucker” pickups his buddy Seth Lover was working on.
Les was tremendous musician in his day having countless hits with Mary Ford his wife of the time. His speed up guitar parts and solo’s confonded players with his speed, most did not know of his inventions to speed up time. His engineering works of multi-tap tape echo’s, multi-track recording, on and on prove his musical genius and how far he was ahead of the curve. But at the end of the day Les was a musician, playing at Fat Tuesday’s Jazz club in NYC almost till his death at 94 in 2006.
Les you have impacted anyone and everyone’s life who is reading this tiny article. We thank you for your music, your work, and the baddest ass guitars ever made.Read More
Catalinbread CSIDMAN Guitar Pedal – To say the new CSIDMAN guitar pedal from Catalinbread is interesting would be putting it mildly. It’s not a pedal for for the weak of heart, it’s deeply experimental in sound and one of those pedals you don’t leave on all night. But if you want something interesting in the “the edge” and radiohead family of guitar sounds tones and palletes this is a very interesting pedal for you. It’s a delay pedal that has extreme randomness of stuttering the delays so you will be playing and the phrasing just goes a bit nuts. Like I said not everyone will like it or even understand it but for some they will flip. GOTO ProductRead More
The History of Flanging….. – How did the classic airplane whooshing sound begin, it has been around since Sgt Peppers so it wasn’t like some made scientist was sitting around and cranked out a guitar pedal that made the Flanger effect. Things where much more simple, and creativity was at an all time high, so it was created in the studio by some some VERY experimental hippie engineers.
Technically the audio effect is by having two identical tracks or sounds that are played or played back and delaying one of the signals somewhere around 20 milliseconds. Varying the the time delay gives it the whoooshing sound. We then take part of the output and feed it back into the input which is called a re-circulating delay line. This intensives the flanging sound, you can invert the phase here and you get more sounds. Delaying, flipping, re-circulating your really playing with time. Mmmm pretty trippy. Classic flanging tones and panning in stereo and your in business.
So no pedals, no rack gear, it’s 1969 how did they get the sound. A lot of work that’s how, you would record a spoken word phrase, guitar track, drum toms on one mono track reel to reel recorder. You then record the exact passage to ANOTHER reel to reel deck so now you have TWO decks ready to play with the same passage. You set them to play exactly at the same time, and as they play you drag your fingers on the “FLANGE” of the reel of tape. That’s the delay the drag of your fingers delayed it mmm 20 mS – more and less you got whoosh. Pretty much that’s how Flanging was invented !
So the audio effect is invented, and now guy smoke some weed and dissect what is exactly going on in the time realm. Then some smart electronic stoners (David Tarnowski at ADA) sit down and work it out in electronics. Here comes the ADA, MXR, Eventide, Boss, Ibanez flangers in the 70s and rest is Police guitar pedal history !
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Tubescreamer History TS808 and TS9 Guitar Pedals – You have probably read, seen, heard, talked about this many times but it’s always fun to chat quickly about Tubescreamer history and lore ! The real reason these pedals are so important is because up till now most guitar pedals that where produced where fuzz typle pedals. The overdrive pedal was pretty slim, yes you had the Colorsound Overdriver but reallllly that’s a fuzz pedal with a lot of output that overdrived your amp. Around the mid-70s we start to see the influx of overdrive and distortion pedals from Ibanez, MXR, and Boss as they first appeared on the scene. The first Ibanez models ODII and OD505 where a bit more distorted and fuzzier than the OD808 to come that’s why it became a classic. Players really wanted a pedal that simulated a cranked up amp and that’s what the 808s did. In their lime green paint job and square chrome on off switch these Japanese produced OD pedals with the JRC4558 opamp chip was just what guitar players wanted ! Dependable, cheap, overdrive sound in a box. You could take a clean amp and make it dirty, remember there is no channel switching amps yet, Boogie was still on the drawing board. Or you could take a mild overdriven amp and make it a monster with basic overdrive stacking. Players loved it, Stone’s sound, SRV sound, Beck sound all in a little box ! They sold the hell out of the TS808 from 1978 to mm about 1982 when the new model appeared.
The TS9 series Overdrive pedal was same lime green paint, the on/off switch was now bigger and more pronounced. The layout was pretty much the same, the circuit was the same EXCEPT the output section was beefed up to give a wee bit more output and treble. This gave it a slightly heavier sound than the early 808 and the times changed players loved the heavier raspy sound sound. They still used JRC4558 chip, it was VERY similiar. Now in both models there are exeptions in the chips, they put in different chips every so often, but NONE sound better than the JRC4558.
What’s the best, well you gotta try them. And then you can debate them as the guitar population has for 35 years !Read More