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What is the difference between Vibrato and Tremolo ?

What is the difference between Vibrato and Tremolo ? – These two get mixed up constantly and how can’t they when Fender mixed them up on their own amps since the 60s ! They would put Vibrato on their amps when actually it was Tremolo ! Vibrato is pitch modulation in the waveform, such as using a Bigsby, whammy bar, or just pushing the string up and down while you hold the note. Hence the fingering term Vibrato ! It’s very musical, if you watch a BB King video watch his fingers in his phrasing he always ends with a wicked finger vibrato ! Watch the youtube link at the bottom Johnny A uses the Bigsby subtly but adds a haunting vibrato to the song with his semi-hollow body electric Gibson guitar. There are not many TRUE vibrato pedals, and they are not that popular which is sad because their so musical. Boss is releasing the VB-2 Waza Effect guitar pedal in a few weeks, can’t wait to see that. Diamond pedals makes a really nice one.

So what is tremolo ? It is the modulation of the volume of a note, if you wanted to just turn the volume knob up and down fast you get a tremolo effect. It’s a beautiful guitar effect in it’s own right, but more dramatic and also let’s say abrupt. But don’t get me wrong it has it’s place in the guitar world. HEAVILY used in the 60s in surf music with reverb, James Bond theme, the Smith’s Johnny Marr loved his tremolo and used it VERY creatively. Their are tons of great tremolo guitar pedals, Fulltone Tremolo or stereo Tremolo are wonderful, and many many others. Which is better ? Hmm none, their each unique, in how they are produced and what they do. But either or both can produce haunting and odd guitar musical tones ! Goto Site

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It’s JUST a Volume Pedal !

ernie2It’s JUST a Volume Pedal ! - Yeah it is just that big pedal that you leave in the corner, how useful is it ? I mean it is cool to do swells with a ton of echo in the loop, you hit a note and slowly rock it down bringing up level and you get a cello sound out of the guitar amp. COOL ! Then you can use it to tweak stage volume real quick, but you have a volume knob on your guitar so mmm.

But here is two very cool way’s to use this very powerful guitar pedal and it has to do with your distortion and overdrive pedal. If you put the guitar volume pedal before your gain pedals, if you lower the volume you in fact lower the input to the pedal thereby cleaning up the tone of gain. Very much like lowering your guitar volume, less output, less input to the gain pedals, they should clean up a bit for the mellower tone’s of jamming or the song. Very useful !

If you put the volume pedal AFTER the gain pedals, now this becomes a very powerful way to LOWER stage volume but keep the guitar tone the same. Your still flat out into the gain guitar pedals, but your trimming the volume post gain and therefore just lowering volume. Say you got the right tone your just right, but for some reason the drummer is looking at you “your too loud dude” you just rock that pedal back and down comes the volume, but not the tone you love. If you did this in the beginning of the chain, your overdrive or distortion would thin, you would get pissed and back the volume wars we go.

They both are useful ways to use the sleepy volume pedal, it almost makes you want to have TWO !

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Nash Strats are Back!

nashblogNash S-63 in Sonic Blue - One would think that after 4+ years of selling these axe’s, we would eventually become somewhat numb to their existence. Yet we are always thrilled when we receive a new batch of Nash’s. They don’t tend to hang around Musictoyz for very long, thats for sure. NASH GUITARS SELL FAST! Players who buy them sing the praises of their new Nash to us on a daily basis. Jump on the bandwagon and get one for yourself.

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ToneConcepts The Distillery

disblogToneConcepts The Distillery is here! – The Distillery gives players up to 20dB of pure flexible power that sounds completely transparent. Whatever cables and pedals you run though, The Distillery will make you sound as if you’re playing your guitar straight into your amp. We’ve also developed a sophisticated tone-shaping circuit that can give your humbuckers a single coil edge and your single coils some humbucker body & punch. Click To Shop

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Angry Angus Guitars PRICE REDUCTION

Angry Angus Guitars – Killer Tele, killer strat, KILLER PRICES! Classic styling with updated electronics and workmanship. All guitars are finished with 100% nitro cellulose lacquer. All Angry Angus Guitars aree aged in the following manner: Hardware will have a faded patina, with small amounts of tarnish and wear. All guitar bodies will have nitro lacquer “checking”. All lacquer on necks and headstocks will be tinted to varying degrees with amber nitro. The back of the necks will be flat to simulate wear.

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