Delay is created in many ways, including electronically, using springs, (Bucket Brigade), in addition to tape (like in a cassette tape or audio reel).
Delay is a very common effect that creates an echo of the original signal. Delay can often be set to very short time, creating a “guitar doubling” effect, or it can be set for very long times creating a “Grand Canyon” type echo. It can also usually be set for a single echo or “Slap Back,” or for multiple or even infinitely repeating echos. Take a look at the MXR M169 Carbon Copy Analog Delay, or Boss DD-7 Digital Delay Pedal.
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In the last article we discussed all of the different guitar pickups available to the guitar player. So, we should now have a good idea why we would use each type and we should also have a rough idea of how each type works. And from that last article, we probably also remember that the most popular kind of guitar pickup is the passive type, and that it uses a magnet and the windings of a wire coil to create your sound. Continue reading “Windings and How They Affect Tone & Output – Building Your Own Electric Guitar Pickups – Part 2”
The Line 6 Firehawk features a full range six-speaker system that accurately replicates tones at any volume, and can be used for acoustic and electric guitar. You can even use the amp as a Bluetooth speaker. Continue reading “Line 6 Firehawk 1500 Stereo Guitar Combo Amp”
Skreddy Pedals is a less-talked about company that has been delivering quality pedals since 2004. You can hear Skreddy Pedals by listening to Billy Corgan, Al Di Meola, Joe Perry, and Phillip Orr. Continue reading “Little Miss Sunshine from Skreddy Pedals”
An open G tuning is when we tune the notes of our guitar to the notes of a G Major chord. This means we tune our guitar from low to high – D G D G B D. The G Open tuning is great for slide playing and for Blues playing. Open G is also used in several other Rolling Stones songs.
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Bring On the Night uses lyrics from an earlier song, as well as words from a poem by Ted Hughes titled King of Carrion, Andy Summers used a Fender Telecaster with a Maple neck, and a Gibson bridge humbucker in his neck position at the time of this recording. His amp of choice was a Marshall JMP 1959 Super Lead.
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Preamp Tube FAQ: What is the most common Preamp Tube?
In answer to our first Preamp Tube FAQ, we can say that the 12AX7 is, by far, the most common type of Preamp Tube used in guitar amplifiers. The 12AX7 has the highest gain value, and it is, therefore, the one most preamps are designed to use. You can often substitute lower gain tubes for the 12AX7s without harming your amplifier.
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In Bad Horsie mode the wah tone and Q are set to Steve Vai’s precise specifications. Continue reading “Morley Steve Vai Bad Horsie 2 Electro-Optical Contour Wah Pedal”
The first thing to take notice of with this pedal is that it includes “Toneprint,” a feature introduced by TC Electronics back in 2011 that allows musicians to connect the pedal to the internet and download hundreds of settings and patches that were created by their favorite artists. Continue reading “TC Electronic Helix Phaser Pedal”
The Phaser, or Phase Shifter, is an often overlooked effect that sounds very similar to a Flanger. The Phaser can be heard on many historic recordings by Pink Floyd, Van Halen, Waylon Jennings, Jimi Hendrix, and many others. It is a very useful effect that can sound like an airplane landing, but can also add just a touch of movement to a clean guitar sound, help it blend better with other instruments, or make it stand out depending on how you set it. It is most often associated with the guitar, but it is a very effective tool for keyboards, vocals, and many other instruments.
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