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Island Guitar Pedal Choices !

island8 – 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 !

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FoxRox Electronics Paradox Flanger and The Festival Overdrive Guitar pedal

FoxRox Electronics Paradox Flanger and The Festival Overdrive Guitar pedalfoxrox4 – 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 Pedals

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Why are some guitar pedals more expensive ?

fx3Why 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.

The tone is your’s to choose !

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Tubescreamer History TS808 and TS9 Guitar Pedals


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 !

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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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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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