– 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
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
MXR E300 Digital Reverb Guitar Pedal - The MXR E300 is a new reverb guitar pedal from MXR that is just so impressive in it’s true studio and guitar amp spring reverb sounds its pure guitar tone. So you have the old fashion spring reverbs which can make any dry amp sound like a vintage blackface Fender twin or deluxe reverb. But you also get these modern and vintage studio sounds to give your guitar tone this polished album sounding tone. You want caverns, you want vintage club hall sound, you want a HUGE plate sounds. It’s all included in this MXR E300 guitar pedal, watch the video ! The MXR Reverb delivers six distinct high end reverb styles, each exquisitely crafted and tuned by the award-winning MXR design team. It all comes in a standard-sized MXR box with a simple three-knob setup and a hi-fi analog dry path with a massive 20 volts of headroom thanks to Constant Headroom Technology. Each reverb style is as richly detailed as any found in the highest-end rack units and plug-ins, and all you have to do to step through them is push the Tone knob. Goto ProductRead More
ADA PBF Flanger Guitar Pedal – PBF what the heck does that stand for ? Pedal Board Friendly ! The classic flanger was probably the finest flanger ever made by the insane and talented David Tarnowski but it was size of a small child and had no LED. The PBF is a modern take on this pedal but much smaller for your pedal board ! So now there are no excuses get one today, maybe 2 ! It would still be smaller than the old classic ! Click To GoRead More