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”
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”
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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Delay is created in many ways, including electronically, using springs, (Bucket Brigade), in addition to tape (like in a cassette tape or audio reel).
Delay is a very common effect that creates an echo of the original signal. Delay can often be set to very short time, creating a “guitar doubling” effect, or it can be set for very long times creating a “Grand Canyon” type echo. It can also usually be set for a single echo or “Slap Back,” or for multiple or even infinitely repeating echos. Take a look at the MXR M169 Carbon Copy Analog Delay, or Boss DD-7 Digital Delay Pedal.
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Skreddy Pedals is a less-talked about company that has been delivering quality pedals since 2004. You can hear Skreddy Pedals by listening to Billy Corgan, Al Di Meola, Joe Perry, and Phillip Orr. Continue reading “Little Miss Sunshine from Skreddy Pedals”
The Vox V846-HW Hand Wired Wah Pedal, as the name suggests, is hand wired on a turret style board. Continue reading “Vox V846-HW Hand Wired Wah Pedal”
The Boss PH-3 features the very solid construction that Boss is known for, and it has been designed to recreate all of the vintage phaser sounds you might be looking for, while still being able to create new, modern phase tones. Continue reading “Boss PH-3 Phase Shifter Pedal”
In Bad Horsie mode the wah tone and Q are set to Steve Vai’s precise specifications. Continue reading “Morley Steve Vai Bad Horsie 2 Electro-Optical Contour Wah Pedal”
Grand Orbiter V3
Rate 1 is a slow sweep mode, Rate 2 turns off the LFO and lets you use the Grand Orbiter as a fixed resonant filter, and Rate 3 is a fast sweep mode. Continue reading “EarthQuaker Devices Grand Orbiter V3 Phaser Pedal”
The 535Q has been designed to allow you to customize your sound and get the wah tones that you’re looking for. This wah pedal features a six-position switch that allows you to select from different frequency ranges of operation.
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