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Boss Evolves and Expands Wireless Technology first seen on Katana Air Amp

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Following on from the launch of the wireless transmitter for the Katana Air Amp, Boss now makes that same technology available to everyone via 3 different offerings. I myself have long been a wireless user, and have been using a Line 6 Relay G10 for these last few years.

 

Boss’s innovation here is two-fold really, compared to my G10 - they have introduced the base-station receiver half in compact pedal format - for the WL-50 version. The second innovation is something called &...


6 of the Best Butler Tube Driver Style Pedals

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The 1983-designed B.K. Butler Tube Driver famously used by David Gilmour, Eric Johnson, Billy Gibbons and Joe Satriani to name a few. The core of the pedal is a hand-selected 12AX7 tube - which gives you a lovely sort of fuzz-drive sound than can sound amazingly smooth and textured in the hands of masters like David Gilmour - who still features 2 of these within his rig.

 

These were off the market for a while, then manufactured under licence as Chandler Tube Drivers - but they are now ...


Old Blood Noise Endeavors Launch Expanded Version Alpha Haunt Fuzz

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Just yesterday, and with an excellent accompanying Andy Martin launch demo, Old Blood Noise Endeavours introduced the new sort of ’Deluxe’ version of their already super-versatile Haunt Gated Silicon Transistor Fuzz Pedal. It is somewhat opportune, that the original Haunt is one of only two fuzzes remaining on my current ’Year of Fuzz’ pedal acquisition list. And this new feature-richer version has somewhat thrown a spanner into those considerations.

 

I’m ...


New Stone Deaf Syncopy Modulated Analogue Delay in stock at the end of this month

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We’ve known about the new Syncopy Delay Pedal from Stone Deaf for quite a while now - it’s been about a year or so since it was first announced, and it evidently took a while to refine production models to the high fidelity level desired. The new pedal uses the exact same form factor and control topology as the amazing Tremotron Tremolo which I have and love, as do many.

 

The coolest thing about these pedals is how the various LEDs light up the main functions, they both come...


ThorpyFX Multi Award Winning Trifecta of Pedals - Fuzz, Overdrive and Distortion

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I had meant to write this piece a while later, but I was somewhat prompted by the really awkward recent Crimson Guitars ThorpyFX YouTube Session / Workshop ’thing’ - which really did not do sufficient credit to explaining or demonstrating just how beautifully tuned and high quality Adrian Thorpe’s pedals really are.

 

As an ex-army major, everything about these pedals has a sort of military grade precision engineering finesse about them - and indeed they are machined in...


9 Cool Phase Locked Loop Synth Harmonizing Oscillating Fuzz Pedals!

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When the EarthQuaker Devices Data Corrupter came out last year I thought it was a really cool and unusual type of pedal. Turns out though that it was a simplified clone of a pedal introduced by John Schumann back in 2003. In its original incarnation it had two larger dials - ’Multiplier’ and ’Divider’ which allowed you to harmonize the frequencies of a guitar input signal - where that signal was first transposed into a square wave. Various dials allowed you to modulate ...


9 of the Best Spaceman Effects Pedals

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I have mentioned the Spaceman Gemini III Fuzz several times on this blog, and have even done a specific post about switchable Germanium and Silicon fuzzes in similar territory. I feel though that I may never possess one of those - I was just too late to the party, and that offer has just long gone at anything approaching a reasonable price. Gemini IIIs appearing on Reverb.com are creeping ever nearer the £1,000 mark which is just silly money and ’unobtanium’ really as far as I...


7 Great Compact Multi-Mode Delay and Reverb Pedal Duos

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Most of these were included in my Comparative Compact Pedal Acquisition overview - I’ve just added the OBNE Mondegreen and brand new EHX Oceans 11 into the mix. I had expected there to be more pairs here - and while for instance we have the excellent Mad Professor Kosmos, MXR M300, Neunaber Immerse and Shift Line A+ Astronaut Reverbs, those companies don’t have an equivalent Multi-Function Delay. The same can be said of the Chase Bliss Thermae and Tonal Recall, Montreal Assembly ...


Electro-Harmonix releases Oceans 11 Reverb companion pedal to the Canyon Delay & Looper

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As I will endeavour to describe in a separate blog post, several pedal-makers have duo offerings of multi-function delay and reverb pedals - most notably Boss and TC Electronic. And now Electro-Harmonix has joined the fray as it were. A little over one year after the release of the Canyon we now get the same sort of format for a Reverb pedal. The central alt function button is now a Mode selector rather than a Tap Divide selector - but the layout and topology of the two pedals is identical with...


6 Cool Germanium and Silicon Switchable Fuzz Pedals

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This article has come about really because of one single fuzz pedal that I’ve coveted for a while now - the Spaceman Effects Gemini III which was released back in 2012 in limited batches as follows:

  • 50 x Black Edition - $359
  • 15 x Blue Edition - $359
  • 20 x Copper Edition - $389
  • 90 x Silver Edition - $349
  • 40 x White Edition - $359

So 5 limited runs of a total of 215 pedals. Of course all those pedals were sold within a matter of weeks I understand, and the way Spaceman Zak Martin ...

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