Fulltone SB-2 Soul-Bender Distortion

Fulltone SB-2 Soul-Bender DistortionBased on the Colorsound and Vox Series III ToneBenders from the late '60s, the Soul-Bender is equipped with three germanium transistors.

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”

Marshall Plexi 1959SLP 100W Tube Guitar Amp Head

Marshall Plexi 1959SLP 100W Tube Guitar Amp HeadThe Marshall Plexi 1959SLP 100W Tube Guitar Amp Head is designed to sound like the 1965 original that set the standard for Rock amps.

The Marshall Plexi 1959SLP 100W Tube Guitar Amp Head is a reissue of the Marshall Super Lead Model 1959 that was first introduced in 1965. This is the amp head that Pete Townshend, Eric Clapton, and Jimi Hendrix used, and we now recognize it as the one that set the standard for how amplifiers should sound and look in Rock music.

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Dunlop Silicon Fuzz Face Mini Blue

Dunlop Silicon Fuzz Face Mini BlueWith a bright, contemporary look, silicon transistors, and Volume and Fuzz knobs, the Silicon Fuzz Face Mini Blue is a smaller, yet aggressive version of its vintage big brother.

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”

Radial Engineering Tonebone TriMode Distortion Pedal

Radial Engineering Tonebone TriMode DistortionThe Radial Engineering Tonebone TriMode Distortion Pedal has three distinct modes of operation: True Bypass, Rhythm, and Solo.

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. Continue reading “Radial Engineering Tonebone TriMode Distortion Pedal”

Evil Ways, by Santana — How to Play

evil waysEvil Ways is played in the key of G Minor Dorian, a mode of F Major, and both of these scales share the very same notes.

This time, we are going to learn how to play Evil Ways, as performed by Santana on their self-titled debut album in 1969. The song was written by Clarence Henry and was originally recorded by Willy Bobo in 1967. It has been said that Carlos Santana detuned his guitar one whole step to play the chords in an open position for the recording.

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What Are the Best Guitar Digital Reverb Pedals?

best guitar digital reverbAs one of a musician's most important tools, Reverb allows a change in the whole musical landscape and today, digital reverb significantly expands on that environment.

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 reverb pedals and see if any stand out.
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Boss RV-6 Digital Reverb Pedal

Boss RV-6As Boss’s first new compact reverb pedal since 2002, the RV-6 provides eight different effects and four control knobs to make your sound choices.

The RV-6 is Boss’s first new compact reverb pedal since 2002. The Boss 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 Digital Reverb Pedal”

Best Budget Digital Modeling Combo Guitar Amps

Budget Digital Modeling Combo Guitar AmpsDigital modeling combo guitar amps now have tones that are very usable, affordable, and compact.

Digital modeling combo guitar amps have come a long way since the early days, when they were known for over-promising and under-delivering. The tones that they create today are very usable for live and recording purposes. Two advantages of digital amplifiers are their affordability and their ability to be quite compact. Modern technology has also helped by creating full range speaker systems that deliver a room-filling stereo sound from a very small package.

So, now we’ll take a look at a few of the best of the small and inexpensive digital modeling combo guitar amps. They should all be great for beginners because they won’t require too much of an up-front investment, but they will produce tones that inspire more practice. They’ll be helpful for people who don’t need too much power but also don’t want to compromise on tone.

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Blackstar ID:Core 10 V2 10W Combo Amp

Blackstar ID:Core 10 V2 10W Digital Stereo Guitar Combo Amp BlackA 2x5W ultra compact digital modeling guitar amplifier, the ID:Core 10 V2 features unique Super Wide Stereo technology, providing a truly in-depth sound experience.

The Blackstar ID:Core 10 V2 is a 2x5W ultra compact digital modeling guitar amplifier that features Blackstar’s unique Super Wide Stereo technology, which is intended to give you a more immersive sound experience. The amplifier features six different channels: Clean Warm, Clean Bright, Crunch, Super Crunch, OD 1, and OD 2. There are also 12 vintage style studio-quality effects which include four modulation effects, four delays, and four reverb effects. Continue reading “Blackstar ID:Core 10 V2 10W Combo Amp”

Budget Guitar Chorus Pedals – What are the Best?

budget guitar chorusIf you're in the market for a budget guitar chorus pedal, here's a look at some of the classics, any one of which might provide you with the tone that you’re looking for.

Any one of these selected budget guitar chorus pedals could be a certain asset to your collection. We’ve listed 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 “Budget Guitar Chorus Pedals – What are the Best?”