Guitar Gain Boost Part 1 – Getting the Parts

guitar gain boost part 1Now we finally begin our amazing journey into the magical world of building our own effects boxes.

Let’s take a look at the first actual pedal that we are going to create. It’s called the Piledriver, and it is a Gain Boost pedal that I got from modkitsdiy.com (https://www.modkitsdiy.com/pedal/piledriver). This is listed as a “beginner” pedal and that is one of the reasons why I chose it. Gain Boost is also one of the most common processes that take place in every pedal and understanding it will put you well on the road to building great sounding pedals.

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Getting Started Building Your Own Guitar Effects Pedals

best guitar phase shifterLet’s talk about how and where to get started building your own guitar effects pedals from scratch.

To build your own pedal you will usually need to buy a kit for the project and the price of it will vary, based on the kind of pedal that you want to build. If you are building the project from just a schematic, you will need to buy all of the parts individually on your own. Continue reading “Getting Started Building Your Own Guitar Effects Pedals”

Best 50 Watt Guitar Heads

best 50 watt guitar headsLet’s take a look at the best 50 watt guitar heads and see if we can find an amp that gives us 100 watt tones in a smaller package.

Everyone wants the 100 watt amplifier, but many times a 50 watt head is not only practical but also a more affordable and satisfactory substitute. There are cases in which they can even be preferable to the 100 watt head. For many people who do not have the luxury of playing large clubs every night, a 100 watt head can be just too much power for the bedroom or small apartment. Continue reading “Best 50 Watt Guitar Heads”

Best Guitar Chorus Pedals – Where to start ?

best guitar chorusWe’ll take a look at the classic chorus pedals, focusing on the best ones around, to see if we can find the one that’s just right for you.

What is the best guitar chorus pedal? Much like overdrive and spring reverb, chorus is a classic guitar effect that every guitarist is familiar with. Chorus is essential for thickening up clean sounds and giving sustaining notes a swirly watery type of movement. This effect also works very well with overdrive, giving it a doubled, more polished sound. While chorus can be very subtle (just thickening the sound a bit or adding some shimmer) it is also capable of some exaggerated effects reminiscent of science fiction movies. You can probably hear the chorus effect on three out of every four 80s songs. In fact, a perfect example is the beginning of Nirvana’s “Come As You Are”. Since we’re discussing the best chorus pedals available, this list will focus on staples in the industry, as well as some new arrivals to the scene. We want solid tone without too many side effects (for example that background “air swirling sound”). We also want dependability, solid construction, and perhaps some new features.

Best guitar chorus pedals

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What are the Best Guitar Distortion Pedals?

best guitar distortionDistortion 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?”

How to play Gimme Shelter by the Rolling Stones

gimme shelterIf you want to learn how to play “Gimme Shelter,” by The Rolling Stones, this is a great place to get started

This time, we are going to take a look at the song “Gimme Shelter,” by The Rolling Stones. It was written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards for the 1969 record “Let It Bleed” and it is the opening song on that record. This song features an Open Tuning on the Guitar, meaning that the strings are tuned to an open chord, instead of the standard tuning.

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What are the Best 100 Watt Guitar Heads?

blues telecaster pickupsThe Heavyweight division of guitar amplification is the 100 watt head. This list offers a starting point in your search for the one that’s right for you.

The 100 watt head is pretty much the standard for guitar players of any genre when it comes to live performance. Right now we are going to look at a few of the greatest amps available to see if we can find the best one for you. These amps are all modern designs but some of them might be reissues of older vintage amps. These amps will be designed for heavy overdrive, maybe even leaning towards modern Metal type tones. Continue reading “What are the Best 100 Watt Guitar Heads?”

What are the Best Budget Guitar Fuzz Pedals?

budget guitar fuzzGuitar fuzz pedals with great tone, but without putting too much of a dent in our wallets.

Fuzz pedals are a great addition to any guitar player’s pedal board. They have a distinctive sound that’s different from overdrive and distortion. Everyone from Black Sabbath to The White Stripes use them, and after more than 50 years, even non-guitar players are pretty familiar with their sound, and have come to expect it. Today, we go over a list of fuzz pedals that just might give you that perfect fuzz tone that you’ve been looking for, without forcing you to set aside too much of your paycheck.

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How to play You Shook Me All Night Long by AC/DC

You Shook Me All Night Long by AC/DCIf you want to learn how to play “You Shook Me All Night Long,” by AC/DC, this is a great place to get started

This time, we are going to have a look at the song “You Shook Me All Night Long,” from the Australian Rock & Roll band AC/DC. This song was released in 1980 for the album “Back In Black” and as their first single, which featured Brian Johnson as lead singer, replacing Bon Scott, who had passed away earlier. This is a very well known song that is pretty straightforward and easy to play, making it great for beginners.

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Sunshine Of Your Love by Cream – How to Play

Sunshine Of Your Love by CreamIf you want to learn how to play Sunshine Of Your Love, by Cream, this is a great place to get started.

This time we are taking a look at the song Sunshine Of Your Love, by Cream. This song was released in 1967 and was written by the bass player Jack Bruce after seeing a Jimi Hendrix concert and there were later contributions by Eric Clapton and Pete Brown. This song features a noticeable distortion on the bass, more likely to have been created by having pushed his Marshall amp too hard rather than by using a Fuzz pedal, though several types were available.

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