Posted by Teddy Rasch - Musictoyz.com on 28th Apr 2016
What 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 !
Black Cat Guitar Pedals are BACK ! - Founded in 1993 by the original Fred Bonte, who I would call orders into old school back in the 90s ! I mean old school his mother would answer the phone while she made dinner ! Black Cat going on 25 years of making GREAT guitar pedals in [...]
Single Coil or Humbucker Guitar Pickups ? - So which is it ? Well all pickups work off the same basic principle, you wind a magnet with wire 100s or 1000s of times and when you pluck the string the vibration is "picked up" by the magnetic field and sent down the wire to the [...]
Guitarist Lonnie Mack Dead at 74- Lonnie Mack the first guy I saw use a Gibson Flying V with a Bigbsy with some crazy hardware store way of bracing the wings so they didn't break. Great Player, Old Bluesman a dying breed, he played a lot of cool late 50s and early 60s guitar style [...]
Prince a Modern Jimi ? - We mourn the passing of the legendary Prince, who I am embaressed to say I was not a fan of for all his pop darling songs. But as his career got more concrete he did emerge with a Jimi vibe, the look, the clothing, etc. But to my [...]
Analog 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 [...]
Jimi had so many classics in the guitar world, but what's your favorite. The Wah Wah Voodoo Chile ? Has to be up there or the Fuzz Face guitar pedal stoner guitar riffs of Foxy Lady ?
Univibe or Chorus which is it ? - As we discussed last week the difference between Vibrato and Tremolo when it comes to guitar pedals or amps there is a difference and also a lot of confusion. Lets look at Univibes and Chorus pedals, the original Univibe from the Jimi era it actually says on [...]
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 [...]