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?”

Laney L50H 50W Tube Guitar Amp Head

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The Laney L50H 50W Tube Guitar Amp Head is the world’s first 50 watt RMS Single Ended true Class A all valve amplifier. It is also the first amp to use five EL34 tubes in the output section, to create a warm and progressive distortion that responds to a player’s touch and playing style. Besides the EL34 tubes in the power section the amp also uses three 12AX7 tubes in the preamp section. Continue reading “Laney L50H 50W Tube Guitar Amp Head”

Ibanez Tube Screamer TS808DX

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The latest iteration of the line of Ibanez Tube Screamer pedals is the TS808DX. This modern version has some cool features not seen before. The TS808DX is actually two pedals in one, the Tube Screamer and a clean signal boost. It features the same three control knobs you probably know from earlier versions: Overdrive adjusts the amount of overdrive added to the signal; Tone adjusts the level of high end frequencies present in the signal; and Level adjusts the volume of the pedal to match it with the signal when the effect is disengaged. Continue reading “Ibanez Tube Screamer TS808DX”

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 scales share the 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 reverbLet’s take a look at a popular effect — reverb — and see if we can find a pedal that is a perfect fit for your style.

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-6Boss RV-6 Digital Reverb Pedal

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”

Budget Guitar Chorus Pedals – What are the Best?

budget guitar chorusBudget guitar chorus pedals — let’s talk about them, take a look at the classics, and see which one might provide you with the tone that you’re looking for.

So, what we’re covering today are some selected budget guitar 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 “Budget Guitar Chorus Pedals – What are the Best?”

MXR M234 Analog Chorus Guitar Effects Pedal

MXR M234 Analog Chorus Guitar Effects PedalMXR M234 Analog Chorus Guitar Effects Pedal

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. The MXR M234 is a straightforward product that 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”

Black Magic Woman by Santana – How to Play

black magic womanIf you want to learn how to play Black Magic Woman by Santana, this is a great place to get started.

Now we are going to take a look at, and try to learn how to play, a song called Black Magic Woman, as performed by Carlos Santana in 1970 for the record Abraxas. The song was originally written by Peter Green in 1968 for his band at the time, Fleetwood Mac. The Santana version also blends in a song from 1966 called Gypsy Queen, by Gabor Szabo which adds much of the polyphony rhythm to the song. Black Magic Woman is one of Santana’s most popular songs.

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