Made by one of the original amp creators, the Vox VXII 30W 1×8 Digital Modeling Guitar Combo Amp features VET (Virtual Element Technology), a unique approach that models the circuits inside the amp, instead of just modeling the sound itself. The amp also features the newly designed power amp stage that employs an FET-equipped analog circuit and also models the sag and compression of classic amplifiers. Continue reading “Vox VXII 30W 1×8 Digital Modeling Guitar Combo Amp”
The DigiTech Nautila Digital Chorus and Flanger is a two-in-one pedal, designed for guitar, bass, or keyboard. The Chorus can have up to eight voices and the Flanger can have up to four. The sound is dialed in by using two standard control knobs, two dual-purpose control knobs, and a center-mounted switch that selects the Chorus or Flanger mode. Continue reading “DigiTech Nautila Digital Chorus and Flanger Pedal”
“Under My Thumb” was written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards for the 1966 record “Aftermath.” This record was the first to be recorded in the United States and is notable for the instruments not usually associated with the Rolling Stones, such as the Marimba. BIll Wyman uses (most likely) a Maestro Fuzz pedal on the Bass guitar for this song.
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The MXR M300 Digital Reverb is another great one in a long line of MXR pedals. The M300 Digital Reverb contains six different styles and each is fine-tuned using three control knobs. Decay adjusts the length of the reverberation, Blend adjusts how much reverb is added to the dry signal, and Tone, which adjusts the brightness of the reverb, also doubles as a push-button to cycle through the six reverb types: Plate, Spring, Epic, Mod, Room, and Pad. The Plate reverb, as you might expect, is a plate reverb emulator while Spring emulates a spring reverb. Mod adds pitch and phase modulation to the plate reverb sound. Epic combines the reflections of multiple modulated reverbs. Room is a room emulator. Pad is a unique combination of sub-octave + octave-up with echoes + shimmer + synth/organ modulation + reverb.
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The CODE50 1×12 Guitar Combo Amp is Marshall’s introduction to digital modeling amps. The CODE50 is a 50-watt combo amp with a single custom 12-inch speaker, and it’s designed to emulate the legendary amplifiers that Marshall is known for. It contains 14 preamp models designed to give you all of your favorite Marshall tones, including the 1962 Bluesbreaker, the 1959SLP Plexi, the JCM800 2203, and the JCM2555 Silver Jubilee. The amp includes four power amp models: EL34, 5881, EL84 and 6L6 MST. There are 8 speaker cabinet models: 1960, 1960V, 1960AX, 1960HW, 1936, 1936V, 1912 & 1974X. The Code50 also features 24 high quality effects, including Compressor, Distortion, Auto Wah, Pitch Shifter, Chorus, Phaser, Flanger and Delay. The CODE50 lets you string up to five effects at once.
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The TC Electronic Corona Mini Chorus is one of the more modern pedals on this list, with TonePrint, a truly interesting feature in the world of effects. This new technology allows you to download signature tones using a free app on your phone and a USB connector (or your guitar pickup).
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This time we are going to look at the song “Layla” by Derek and the Dominoes. Released in 1970, Layla was written by Eric Clapton and Jim Gordon separately, with Clapton composing the guitar heavy first half, followed by Gordon’s composition of the piano heavy second half. Duane Allman is also featured in this song, playing slide guitar. The final recording of Layla was sped up a small amount, so if you try to play along with the recording your guitar will be (almost but not quite) ½ step flat.
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The Electro-Harmonix Hot Wax Multi-Overdrive is a combination of two other pedals created by Electro-Harmonix and it is also one of the few that is designed to sound good on bass guitar as well as electric guitar. The right side of the pedal is the Crayon, which is a full range overdrive, different than most overdrives that emphasize the mids. Continue reading “Electro-Harmonix Hot Wax Multi-Overdrive”
The Pigtronix Fat Drive pedal is designed to have a tube-like overdrive. It creates a modern, 100% analogue style overdrive by using multiple gain stages that round and compress a signal in each stage as it begins to clip. This more closely resembles the way that tubes operate, giving this pedal a more tube-like sound. The Tone Control is a variable low pass filter, and turning it all the way clockwise removes it from the circuit completely, leaving uncolored, pure tone. Continue reading “Pigtronix Fat Drive”
The Fulltone Full-Drive2 MOSFET is a two-channel overdrive pedal housed in a very sturdy, powder-coated Blue 16-gauge steel enclosure. The first channel is Overdrive, giving the player a clean boost, or light to medium overdrives while retaining your guitar’s tone. Continue reading “Fulltone Fulldrive2”