Soft clipping and hard clipping in pedal effects and how they affect your sound.
Many times in guitar shops, especially when talking about distortion or overdrive effects, we hear the terms hard clipping and soft clipping used to describe the different sound effects pedals create. It can be confusing if you don’t understand these terms or how they affect your sound. Continue reading “Soft Clipping vs Hard Clipping – What is the Difference?”
A second generation of the highly regarded overdrive Wampler Pinnacle Standard, the Pinnacle Deluxe v2 features the same sound as the first version but adds a ton of versatility and convenient attributes. Continue reading “Pinnacle Deluxe v2 Overdrive from Wampler Pedals”
As 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”
The creative Hot Wax Multi-Overdrive, which sounds good on bass as well as electric guitar, combines a full-range Crayon side and a classic 1970s reissue Hot Tubes side.
The Electro-Harmonix Hot Wax Multi-Overdrive is a combination of two other pedals that the company created, and it is also one of the few that is designed to sound good on bass as well as electric guitar. The right side of the pedal is the Crayon, which is a full range overdrive, different than most overdrives that emphasize the mids. Continue reading “Electro-Harmonix Hot Wax Multi-Overdrive”
The Pigtronix Fat Drive creates a pure analogue overdrive by using multiple gain stages that more closely resemble the way tubes operate, thus producing a more tube-like sound.
The Pigtronix Fat Drive pedal is designed to have a tube-like overdrive. It creates a modern, 100% analog style overdrive by using multiple gain stages that round and compress a signal in each stage, as it begins to clip. As a result, it more closely resembles the way that tubes operate, thus giving this pedal a more tube-like sound. Continue reading “Pigtronix Fat Drive”
The Full-Drive2 Mosfet features Overdrive and Boost channels, Volume and Tone controls, toggle switches for modes and overdrive types, and LED-lit foot buttons.
The Fulltone Full-Drive2 MOSFET is a two-channel overdrive pedal housed in a very sturdy, powder-coated Blue 16-gauge steel enclosure. The first channel is Overdrive, giving the player a clean boost, or light to medium overdrives while retaining your guitar’s tone. The second channel is the Boost, with its own separate distortion control and delivering medium to higher gains, and adding sustain to the signal. Continue reading “Fulltone Full-Drive2 Mosfet Overdrive Pedal”
This legendary pedal is used by hundreds of the greatest guitar players out there, including Metallica, Stevie Ray Vaughan, John Mayer, Trey Anastasio, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, and The Edge
The original Ibanez Tube Screamer is one of the most popular and imitated overdrive pedals of all time. Note that the Ibanez TS9 Tube Screamer reissue is made in the same factory, with the same parts, to get the same tone. This pedal has three controls to help get the tone you need. Continue reading “Ibanez TS9 Tube Screamer”
The Soul Food Overdrive is sensitive to your playing and you can control the amount of overdrive by using a softer attack or with your volume control.
The Soul Food Overdrive is yet another great effect pedal from the people at Electro-Harmonix. This is their representation of the KLON CENTAUR overdrive pedal, one that can cost thousands of dollars. This pedal features boosted power rails to give the guitar signal more headroom and definition. Continue reading “Electro-Harmonix Soul Food Overdrive”
A very expressive overdrive, the MojoMojo is very responsive to the way you play, as many great players, such as Vernon Reid, Larry Mitchell, Johnny Hiland, and Boz Boorer have found.
The TC Electronic MojoMojo Overdrive is designed with extra headroom and precise control in mind. Made in Denmark the pedal features an inner circuit that boosts the voltage three to four times the amount of most overdrive pedals. This extra voltage is what adds the headroom, similar to some other pedals where you can swap out a 9-volt adapter for an 18-volt adapter, to gain more headroom. Continue reading “TC Electronic MojoMojo Overdrive”
The Crayon does clean up quite a bit, with Volume and Gain, a two-band EQ with two independent controls, and Bass and Treble controls designed for a wide range of usable tones.
The Electro-Harmonix Crayon Full Range pedal is designed to overdrive the full frequency range of the signal, unlike most overdrives which concentrate on the midrange frequencies. Continue reading “Electro-Harmonix Crayon Full Range Overdrive Pedal”