Electro-Harmonix Wailer Wah Pedal

electro-harmonix wailerThe Electro-Harmonix Wailer Wah features a circuit that is very similar to the Crying Tone Wah but with a traditional rack and pinion style design.

The traditional style of the Electro-Harmonix Wailer, with movable pedal and a steady base, is much better suited to a pedalboard than the Crying Tone. The pedal is constructed in a light and cost-effective, but still very sturdy, high-impact plastic housing that’s designed to take years of abuse. Continue reading “Electro-Harmonix Wailer Wah Pedal”

Fulltone Clyde Deluxe Wah

fulltone clyde deluxeThe Fulltone Clyde Deluxe Wah uses a very quiet MU-80 (80% nickel alloy) shielded Fulltone 500mH inductor that is hand made and designed to be the same as the inductor in the '60s Vox.

The Fulltone Clyde Deluxe Wah is the Fulltone version of the Vox “Clyde McCoy” Wah, a well known vintage Wah used by Jimi Hendrix. This pedal has one of the largest pedal sweeps of any wah on the market. Continue reading “Fulltone Clyde Deluxe Wah”

Dynamics and Gain – Understanding How Guitar Effects Work

dynamics and gainAs the most basic of guitar effects, Dynamics and Gain deal with Volume, and they’re designed to help control how loud or soft your signal is.

Dynamics-and-gain are the most basic of guitar effects. They deal with Volume, and they’re designed to help control how loud or soft your signal is. The Volume control built into your guitar might not seem like it, but it fits into this category. What might seem like it fits this category even less is your guitar’s Tone control, but believe it or not, it actually adjusts the Volume of your guitar’s high end frequencies. Continue reading “Dynamics and Gain – Understanding How Guitar Effects Work”

Distortion – Understanding How Guitar Effects Work

distortionWhen a signal is sent into a device, such as an amplifier, with too much Gain, the signal begins to 'clip,' producing that characteristic buzzing that we call distortion.

Overdrive

Overdrive is usually a naturally occurring clipping of the signal. It is often created by turning the volume up too loud on the gain stage of the amp, or by using a gain-boosting pedal that makes the signal too hot going into the amp or another pedal. This will oftentimes drive the later stages of the amp too hard and the signal will begin to clip, or chop off the parts of the signal that are too loud. This distorted sound is oftentimes a warm, pleasing tone that also adds a little compression to the signal. Continue reading “Distortion – Understanding How Guitar Effects Work”

Dunlop GCB95 Cry Baby Wah Pedal

dunlop gcb95The original Thomas Organ Cry Baby pedal is an American branded version of the Vox Wah. The Dunlop GCB95 Cry Baby Wah Pedal is the modern version of the Thomas Organ Cry Baby.

This modern interpretation features several technical improvements over its vintage namesake and it was created by Jim Dunlop when he bought the Cry Baby brand from Thomas Organ in 1981. This Cry Baby pedal uses the legendary red Fassel inductor that was used in the vintage wah pedals, and combines it with a more focused high end, and a more aggressive and accentuated wah sound. Continue reading “Dunlop GCB95 Cry Baby Wah Pedal”

Modulation – Understanding How Guitar Effects Work

modulationModulation effects are those that change over time. Parameters of the effect are tied to a Low Frequency Oscillator (LFO).

If you don’t know a Low Frequency Oscillator is, think of a clock and a light bulb . When the hand is on the 12 the light is all the way Off, as the hand moves past 1 the light begins to turn on; when the hand is on the 6 the light is all the way On and starts to turn off again as it moves past 7 back to Off at 12. This cycle repeats indefinitely, and you usually control how fast the clock spins. This is basically what is happening internally with each of these effects.

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Filter – Understanding How Guitar Effects Work

filterFilter effects are a subcategory of Dynamics and they deal with controlling the volume of certain frequencies.

Equalizers are one of the most common effects in this category and you can find an Equalizer almost everywhere that you find a Volume Control. It is built into your amp, your mixing board, almost everywhere you look. EQs work by using different values of Capacitors to target a certain range of frequencies, and a slider or Volume knob to “Turn Down” (filter to ground) those frequencies. Most EQs are passive, meaning they can only turn down the volume of the frequencies that they target.

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