The EVH 5150 III 50-Watt EL34 head is the smaller version of its 100 watt big brother. This smaller, more compact amplifier, has many of the same features, and the same tube-driven sound as the bigger model, at half the price. This 50 watt amp uses seven JJ ECC83/12AX7 tubes in the preamp and effects loop section and two JJ EL34 tubes in the power section. The EVH 5150 III features a three-channel design that features a “small box,” compact control knob design. Each channel has its own Volume and Gain control, Channels 1 and 2 feature stacked concentric Volume and Gain controls. Channels 1 and 2 both share Low, Mid, and High EQ controls, Channel 3 has its own EQ controls. All three channels share a Presence control for high frequency, shelving EQ and Resonance controls for low frequency shaping. Channel 1 provides British-flavored clean tones with plenty of headroom. Channel 2 delivers crunch and distortion tones similar to Eddie Van Halen’s legendary Marshall Super Lead. Channel 3 is a heavy distortion for modern Metal tones and leads.
The amp also features a 1/4 inch headphone jack for bedroom practice and a MIDI input jack. There is also a four-switch foot controller that allows users to select individual channels and the effects loop.
Distortion is such a personal choice. If you are in search of the best guitar distortion pedals, this list offers some solid options.
Distortion is a type of overdrive, or more accurately, overdrive is a type of distortion. Usually, when we talk about distortion, we’re talking about overdrive with a very high gain that’s very fuzzy and compressed. It’s a different, more controlled sound than FUZZ though, and it’s created in a different way as well. Continue reading “What are the Best Guitar Distortion Pedals?”
The Empress Effects Heavy Dual-Channel Distortion pedal is designed for Heavy Metal and beyond. This is a two-channel overdrive capable of delivering very heavy distortion. Using transistors, the Empress Distortion features a completely analogue distortion. The Gain controls adjust the amount of gain applied to the signal, the Weight control adjusts the character of your low end, and the Mid control allows you to adjust the midrange tone on each channel. You can set the tone center of the Mid control knob with the three-position Mid Frequency switch, which allows you to choose between 250hz, 500hz, or 2000hz. The Output control knob adjusts the volume of the effect. Both channels share the same Hi and Low EQ controls, and each has its own three-position Gate switch to allow you to choose between None, Natural, or Aggressive to control the noise between notes. The Heavy Dual-Channel uses soft touch relay switches for noiseless operation, and it also features true bypass for an uncorrupted signal when the pedal is not in use. It’s powered via external 9-volt adapter, and housed in a die-cast aluminum case.
As the name suggests, the MXR M134 Stereo Chorus Pedal can put out a mono or a stereo effect, featuring two output jacks to accommodate this feature. The chorus effect is adjusted with an Intensity control that adapts the level of the chorus effect added to the signal. A Width control adjusts the depth of the effect, from barely there, to big swirly waves. Continue reading “MXR M134 Stereo Chorus”
The Laney L50H 50W Tube Guitar Amp Head is the world’s first 50 watt RMS Single Ended true Class A all valve amplifier. It is also the first amp to use five EL34 tubes in the output section, to create a warm and progressive distortion that responds to a player’s touch and playing style. Besides the EL34 tubes in the power section the amp also uses three 12AX7 tubes in the preamp section. Continue reading “Laney L50H 50W Tube Guitar Amp Head”
The latest iteration of the line of Ibanez Tube Screamer pedals is the TS808DX. This modern version has some cool features not seen before. The TS808DX is actually two pedals in one, the Tube Screamer and a clean signal boost. It features the same three control knobs you probably know from earlier versions: Overdrive adjusts the amount of overdrive added to the signal; Tone adjusts the level of high end frequencies present in the signal; and Level adjusts the volume of the pedal to match it with the signal when the effect is disengaged. Continue reading “Ibanez Tube Screamer TS808DX”
The fifth version of a classic product line, the Boss CE-5 Stereo Chorus Ensemble is the first version to go digital. The Boss CE-2 Chorus Ensemble is a classic pedal that has graced hundreds of recordings and can be heard in almost any 80s rock ballad. Continue reading “Boss CE-5 Stereo Chorus Ensemble”
Bugera T50 Infinium 50W Tube Guitar Amplifier Head
The Bugera T50 Infinium 50W Tube Guitar Amplifier Head is a 50-Watt Cage-Style 2-Channel Tube Amplifier. This head is hand-built and uses four 12AX7 tubes in the preamp section and two EL34 tubes in the power section. It is housed in a cage style metallic mirror finish with a suitcase-type handle. Continue reading “Bugera T50 Infinium 50W Tube Guitar Amplifier Head”
The Seymour Duncan Catalina Dynamic Chorus is another 100% pure analogue chorus pedal that uses the “Bucket Brigade Devices” chip to delay the signal. The Catalina has a lot of controls that are designed to help you get your sound just right. The Delay control allows you to set delay times from 6ms to 60ms. The Depth knob modulates the delay time from no modulation for just a slightly thicker sound, to 50% for a swirly chorus sound. The Rate control adjusts the speed of the effect from 0.33 cycles per second to 10 cycles per second. Continue reading “Seymour Duncan Catalina Dynamic Chorus”
If you want to learn how to play “Roxanne,” by The Police, this is a great place to get started.
This time we take a look at the song “Roxanne” by The Police. This song was written by Sting in 1978 for their debut album “Outlandos d’Amour.” This was the first single and it helped make The Police a household name. You can hear Sting accidentally sit on a Piano and laugh in the very beginning. With only two main sections to learn, this is a very easy song to play.