The Electro-Harmonix Satisfaction Fuzz was designed with Keith Richards’ tone from the Rolling Stones song: “Satisfaction.” The pedal has two controls, so it’s very easy to dial in the tone that you want and return to it later when needed. The pedal’s Volume allows you to control the level of sound going into the amp, thereby letting you find your sweet spot. The Attack control adjusts the amount of fuzz applied to the signal. Continue reading “Electro-Harmonix Satisfaction Fuzz”
Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page popularized the Colorsound and Vox Series III ToneBenders in the late ’60s. These units were manufactured by Sola-Sound/England, and the Fulltone SB-2 Soul-Bender Distortion is a pedal that is based on these products. The Soul Bender is equipped with three gain-matched Germanium transistors for analogue distortion, it’s designed to be responsive to your guitar, and the sound will clean up when you lower the volume. Continue reading “Fulltone SB-2 Soul-Bender Distortion”
The Dunlop Silicon Fuzz Face Mini Blue is a modern design of the legendary Fuzz Face. As the name suggests, this pedal is housed in a much smaller package than its vintage bigger brother. This is a bright and aggressive pedal built with vintage spec matched BC108 silicon transistors. There are two knobs: Volume and Fuzz, which is where you’ll dial in your sound. Continue reading “Dunlop Silicon Fuzz Face Mini Blue”
As the name suggests, the Radial Engineering Tonebone TriMode Distortion has three modes of operation: True Bypass, which is designed to keep your signal clean and uncompromised on its way to the amplifier; Rhythm, where you can adjust the distortion, mid range, and output levels; and Solo, which optimizes your sound with increased control and sustain. Both overdrive modes make use of the built-in 12AX7 tube for that British overdrive tone, blending solid state gain stages for modern levels of saturation with the 12AX7 for vintage warmth. Each section has its own Level and Drive control as well as its own three-position Mid Boost switch. Continue reading “Radial Engineering Tonebone TriMode Distortion”
Reverb is one of the most important tools available to a musician. It allows you to actually change the landscape and the size of the environment that you are in. You can set it to sound as if you are close to a wall, far away from it, or without any walls at all. Reverb got its start with the plate reverb, which is a large metal plate with microphones attached to it, to create and pick up reverberations. The next type was the spring reverb that was built into many amplifiers, making it very popular and well known to guitar players.
Today, digital reverb is growing in use, as technology expands in the areas of analog-to-digital converters, resolution, sample rate, bit rate, etc. Modern digital reverbs can be significantly hi-tech and meticulously crafted, to sound like any type of reverb, natural or unnatural. They can make use of convolution reverb, which is impulse response models of actual rooms. Throughout countless hours of practice I was always grateful for spring reverb. Now we’ll look at a few of these digital pedals and see if any stand out.
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The RV-6 is BOSS’s first new compact reverb pedal since 2002. The RV-6 offers eight different reverb effects and uses four control knobs to dial in your sound. The first control knob is the Effect Level and this allows you to adjust how much reverb is mixed with the dry signal. The Tone knob adjusts the brightness of the reverb, and the Time knobs adjust how long the reverb trails off. The last knob allows you to choose among the available reverbs. Continue reading “Boss RV-6”
So, what we’re covering today are some selected budget chorus pedals, any one of which could be an asset to your collection. We’ll list some of the classic pedals that have proven themselves over time, as well as some modern products. Chorus is one of the oldest guitar effects that’s used to create a richer, thicker sound and add subtle movement to guitars, keyboards and bass. Continue reading “What are the Best Budget Guitar Chorus Pedals?”
The M234 Analog Chorus is another very popular stomp-box created by MXR, a company that’s been making effects pedals since 1972. It’s a 100% pure analogue, and it uses a Bucket Brigade chip to delay the signal and create the warm, classic, chorus effect. This straightforward product gives you five control knobs to generate your own personal sound. Level sets the volume of the pedal and acts as the wet/dry mix. Continue reading “MXR M234 Analog Chorus Guitar Effects Pedal”
The Electro-Harmonix Holy Grail Nano has the same prized sounds of the legendary Holy Grail reverb pedal, in a rugged, performance-friendly nano die-cast chassis that’s just a little over two inches wide. It’s designed to be very easy to use with only one switch and one control knob needed to dial in your reverb settings. Continue reading “Electro-Harmonix Holy Grail Nano”
The Electro-Harmonix Classics Small Clone Analog Chorus is a re-issue of the classic chorus pedal made popular by Kurt Cobain and J. Mascis. It’s a 100% analogue pedal with that vintage tone we all know and love, and containing only a Depth switch and a Rate Knob, it’s very easy to use. Depth lets you toggle between the standard signal modulation, for a softer and more subtle effect, and a boosted signal modulation, for a more swirly chorus experience. You can adjust the speed of the chorus using the Rate knob. This can range from a very slow and hardly noticeable pulse, to the doubling of the signal, to an almost vibrato-like cycle speed, sounding similar to the old Leslie Rotary Speakers. With the variable controls you can easily set it to the tempo of your song. The On/Off footswitch makes use of a red LED indicator and it’s 100% true bypass for maintaining an uncorrupted signal when the effect is disabled. The Electro-Harmonix Classics Small Clone Analog Chorus is housed in a solid nickel steel box, and run on a 9-volt battery or an external 9-volt power supply (the optional 9DC-100 is recommended.)
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