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WHAT DO WE WANT IN AN OVERDRIVE PEDAL ?

pedals5fbWHAT DO WE WANT IN AN OVERDRIVE PEDAL ? – You could actually put this argument or discussion to any guitar pedal in which we find ourselves searching for. What is it we want and what are the factors in determining the one for us, you, the player, the person making the tone ! We could get to the gain, and the clarity, and the tone sculpting, but let’s get even deeper. What are we trying to do with it ? Are we trying to sound like one of our hero’s if so that’s easy to do some research and find what they used and evolved to throughout their careers. You can look on the old internet and find what Jimmy Page used almost to the pedal through the years, or maybe it’s Gary Clark that wah wah sound, or Joe Bonamassa that fuzz when you saw him at the Casino last year. Just do some research, you would be shocked what you can learn and not learn. Also DO NOT GO by the John Doe model 9 out of 10 times that’s not what your favorite guitar player use on stage OR not on the album 10 years ago you love.

Next you can go to the genre of the music you play or what to play or want to master. If your a Metalica fan you want a high gain distortion pedal, if you like Robin Ford your not gonna want this pedal. Your gonna want a low gain boost transparent type pedal to get tone. After that maybe which I LOVE maybe you have a sound in your head, or want to be inspired this will take more work, and maybe some unfruitful purchases of guitar pedals. But man will this pay off in spades, you are on a journey to be YOU to be ORIGINAL ! So many times we are sent to buy product because we read it on some forum that everyone was buying Pedal 123, it’s the best, I sound like Guru X now.

You know what I love is the guy who doesn’t want to be Guru X, doesn’t want to follow the mass’s, he hears something or read something and wants the smokey, mid-rangey, saggy, slightly heavy gain pedal. Boom your down to 5 to 10…and now look at features, builders, price and your ready to Guru Y.

Always in Search of Tone, Play Music – Don’t Talk Play !

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Analog and Digital Delay Guitar Pedals What’s the Echo ?

ad5Analog and Digital Delay Guitar Pedals What’s the Echo ? – For many years, ok decades we have heard the words it’s a digital delay that sounds like an analog delay, or sounds like a tape delay. Why can’t they just sound like a digital delay ? Because we have been brow beaten into this thought that digital delays are harsh or cold or lack tone, but the fact is in the past 25 years digital delays have matured into something much different. Pristine exact tones,with LONG delay times of 10 mins or looping involved is more like it. There so pristine we kind of still crave that analog sound, but what is that ?

Analog delay in a guitar pedal or old rack unit was done with a Bucket Brigade Chip that split your signal manipulated it and delayed it and then feed it back with the original guitar note. So you had a the original note, then the delayed note and that repeated how many times you wanted and at a level you wanted. It was a old chip technology, it was very SHORT echo times usually .33 of second and they where warm sounding? Where they ? The classic AD-80 Ibanez analog delay was warm, but actually it wasn’t warm it was dark. It was not quiet it was noisey and tone was kinda dirty. They rolled off the high end on the echo too cut down on noise and the sound of the clock in the background. All this mumba jumba I don’t I love that pedal, it just sounds FAT to me. I have had that guitar pedal since I was 15 and that was a long time ago.

Digital echo in a rack or guitar pedal the note is split and then sent to a A/D converter that converts it to a digital bit stream, then manipulating the time, the through a D/A converter back to analog then mix’s it back to your signal. WOW that’s a lot of chips and technology. Now you know why 25 years it sounded harsh, the technology wasn’t there yet, but man in the past 20 years everything is digital and they have figured it out. Delay times went from 2 secs to 2 hours, the conversion of AD and DA (analog to digital and back) is incredible and cost 10 cents. So our delay guitar tone is better than ever, 95% of all delays are digital and players love the looping function and long delay times and the pristine tone. But for basic echo, give me that warm, fat, dirty, analog delay sound any day !

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Young Pedal Pusher Henry Kohen

my2?Young Pedal Pusher Henry Kohen – Hey quick shout out to a young pedal pusher who is just a killer modern musician. Watch the video on the bottom the young lad plays crazy modern guitar with tons of pedals, also sings, hits looping machines just very talented young musician. It’s about time the guitar community starts to salute young guns, or otherwise will just a be a terrible old club of old farts waiting for Jimi to reappear. Embrace new music, support new guitar players, think out of the British Blues era gone by ! Yes you have your guitar hero’s but let’s get some new one’s for the new generation ! Henry immediately reminds me of The Edge, lot’s of echo. You can also hear Matt Bellamy as he throws in sparse fuzz tone’s from his guitar pedal army on the floor, but the guy is original, innovative and raw. LOT’s of energy breaking barriers and boxs of what is guitar music ! Henry we salute you and fuzz on ! His site is ?HERE !

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Dunlop MXR M76 Studio Compressor Guitar Effect Pedal

m762Dunlop MXR M76 Studio Compressor Guitar Effect Pedal – What’s the biggest studio compressor used on every great rock record of the 20th century U-1176 PERIOD ! That’s what this is a 1176 rack vintage compressor in a pedal! The MXR design team took a classic recording studio fixture and stuffed it into a pedalboard-friendly box. The MXR Studio Compressor features Attack, Release, Ratio, Input, and Output controls so you can fine-tune your compression level—from subtle to squashing—right on stage with visual feedback from a bright LED gain-reduction status meter. Constant Headroom Technology™ provides tons of headroom for clear, transparent performance that’s as dynamic as you need it to be. It’s all packed into a durable, lightweight aluminum-housing that’s the size of a Phase 90. GOTO PRODUCT

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JHS Andy Timmons Overdrive/Distortion guitar pedal

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JHS Andy Timmons Overdrive/Distortion guitar pedal – Andy Timmons, just a killer player with high gain to die for and chops to match. Listen to any of his recording’s and the guy can just play, the most underrated guitar player in the world. NOW you can have a piece of Andy’s tone to creat your own high gain distortion overdrive gain guitar sound. The JHS AT Drive is Andy Timmons’s signature overdrive and is his take on the JHS Pedals Angry Charlie. With the AT Drive, Andy stayed very close tonally to his inspiration, but he added a couple options to make his pedal more versatile. The 3-way headroom switch gives you the gain and response of 25-, 50-, and 100-watt amplifiers. And the Air control fine tunes the high frequencies to help the pedal work well through any amp. So if you’re looking to nail Andy Timmons’s lead guitar tone, the AT Drive is the pedal that will get you there. – GOTO Pedal

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JangleBox 50th Ann Compressor Guitar Pedal

jangle503JangleBox 50th Ann Compressor Guitar Pedal -To honor the 50th Anniversary of The Byrds’ debut 1965 albums, Mr. Tambourine Man and Turn! Turn! Turn! — as well as Byrds’ founder and long-time JangleBox endorser Roger McGuinn — we created this distinctive limited edition model.The Byrds 50th Anniversary Tribute This is the award-winning, flagship JangleBox compressor with a beautiful gold powder coating and special graphic appointments. What is it about the 1965 compressed jangle of the Beatles, Byrds, and so many others that continues to captivate guitar players everywhere? It seems as if every band, regardless of musical genre, employs that sound for at least a few tunes in their repertoire. Who doesn’t love jamming on “So You Want to be A Rock ‘N Roll Star?” The sound is timeless. Compact and powerful, the Byrds 50th Anniversary Tribute JangleBox is ruggedly constructed for demanding pros and inspired amateurs alike. No other stompbox compressor will give you the Byrds/McGuinn chime, sustain, and jangle like this one. Just ask any of our thousands of satisfied customers. Or, ask Roger himself. – GOTO BUY SHIPPING

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