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12 Degrees of Saturation - Key Guitar Overdrive, Fuzz and Distortion Sounds

Electric Guitar Guitar Ownership Guitar Pedals Guitar Effects Guitar Stompboxes Guitar Fuzz Guitar Overdrive Guitar Distortion 12 Degrees of Saturation + -
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So another chapter of the Tone Quest is nearing its momentary end-point. In the ongoing efforts to arrive at the perfect Tone, I’ve been spending an inordinate amount of time experimenting with and researching overdrives, fuzzes and distortions. Being somewhat eclectic in my tastes, there are a number of the deemed key / core sounds I like. Some players sit squarely within ’Blues’, ’Rock’ or ’Metal’ or just one or two main niches as such - while I like ...


12 of the Best Analogue Delay Pedals for Your Consideration

Electric Guitar Guitar Ownership Guitar Pedals Effects Pedals Analog Delay Analogue Delay + -
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There’s a lot of players out there who are big fans of ’analogue’ delays (analog in USA). These were originally developed back in 1969 using a new type of Capacitor known as a Bucket-Brigade Device (BBD). Each BBD capacitor can store approximately 200 to 300 milliseconds of signal - and most of these Analogue Delays use a pair of BBDs for a maximum of around 600ms of delay. Deluxe versions of analogue delays typically use 4 or more - as in the case with the EHX Deluxe Memory ...


18 of the Best Overdrive Pedals for Your Consideration

Electric Guitar Guitar Ownership Guitar Pedals Effects Pedals Overdrive Pedals OD Pedals Overdrives + -
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This is probably the most hotly contested area of guitar pedalology - which is the ’best’ overdrive pedal you should get - should it be a mid-bump Tube Screamer type, or a more neutral so-called ’Transparent’ version, and should you go with something closer to the original inspiration or something which evens out and tackles its inherent flaws and weaknesses. The guitar world is a strange place - full of staunch traditionalists who persists with ancient tropes despite ...


9 of the Best Guitar Synth Pedals for Your Consideration

Electric Guitar Guitar Ownership Guitar Pedals Effects Pedals Guitar Synth Pedals + -
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Following on from the Summer NAMM highlights post and the standout Pigtronix Mothership 2 pedal, I decided to compile a top 9 list of guitar synth pedals. Some of these are a little highfalutin and over-large for my own pedal chain, but all have merit. There are a few pedal makers who dominate the ’Synth’ category of pedals - historically it has been Electro-Harmonix, and they still have the most offerings in this sector, more recently they’ve had to fight off a mini assault ...


9 of the Best Pitch-Shifter and Harmonizer Pedals for Your Consideration

Electric Guitar Guitar Ownership Guitar Pedals Effects Pedals Pitch-Shifter Pitch-Shifting Harmonizer Harmonizing Pedal + -
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It’s really cool that Eventide in its PitchFactor workstation pedal - has a big box equivalent to the usual modulation, delay and reverb types. Yet Eventide is alone in compiling / combining such a full range of pitch-shifting and harmonizing effects into one pedal - there really is no other equivalent to that collection of 10 modes - Diatonic | Quadravox | Harmonic Modulator | MicroPitch | H910 / H949 Harmonizer | PitchFlex | Octaver | Crystals | HarPeggiator | Synhonizer. Everyone else ...


9 of the Best Ambient Delay + Reverb Pedals for Your Consideration

Electric Guitar Guitar Ownership Guitar Pedals Effects Pedals Delay Reverb Pedals Ambient Pedals + -
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All-in-one ambient pedals are a relatively new thing. I had toyed with including ones like the Mooer Ocean Machine and the Boss RV-500, but I ended up leaning more towards slightly simpler pedals which give you those lovely ambient washes when you crank up the reverb - and fill in the spaces between with elegant musical repeats generated by simultaneous delays.

 

The first of these I experienced were the EQD Avalanche Run and Foxpedal The Wave - which are at the more feature-rich end of ...


12 of the Best Tape Delay Pedals for your Consideration

Electric Guitar Guitar Ownership Guitar Pedals Effects Pedals Delay Pedals Tape Delay Tape Delay Pedals + -
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There have been 3 legendary analogue tape-style delay engines that everyone agrees on:

  • Binson Echorec 2 (1961-79)
  • Maestro Echoplex EP-3 (1970 - 1991)
  • Roland RE-201 Space Echo (1974 - 1990)

All those 3 have a significant influence and impact on many if not most of those featured here - which are either direct simulations of those former classics, or pay some sort of lip-service to them. T-Rex have a full-size faithful modern reproduction of the Echorec in the works which is imminent for ...


9 of the Best Modulation Workstation Pedals for Your Consideration

Electric Guitar Guitar Ownership Guitar Pedals Effects Pedals Modulation Pedals All-in-one Modulation + -
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When I got back into guitar, Modulation was not an area I was overly familiar with initially. I understood overdrives, distortion and fuzz, and had a good handle on delay and reverb, as well as a touch of tremolo. For the longest time I thought tremolo was my favourite modulation effect, but I was often confusing that with vibrato, high oscillation chorus or stuttery phaser even. It’s only been relatively recently that I’ve fully got to grips with all the different flavours of ...


16 of the Best Mooer Micro pedals worth having

Electric Guitar Guitar Ownership Guitar Pedals Guitar Effects Effects Pedals Mooer Micro Pedals Mini Pedals + -
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If you are a pedal fan like myself, you will know by now what there are 4 universal full-range pedal makers - i.e. have a pedal for every occasion, we are of course talking of Boss, Electro-Harmonix, MXR and TC Electronic. And while the latter two have a number of mini pedals out, those are very far from being representative of all the pedals available in regular or medium-sized enclosures. In fact the only company that really has a mini pedal for every purpose is Mooer with its Micro Series. ...


10 Versatile Multi-Channel Guitar Amps for Your Consideration

Electric Guitar Guitar Ownership Multi-Channel Guitar Amps Versatile Guitar Amps Guitar Amp Heads Guitar Amp Combos Guitar Amps + -
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I have so far acquired 3 amps along this tone quest. I rather naively though I could get by with purely solid state - with largely onboard effects - i.e. moddelling. My first acquisition was the 150W Fender Mustang IV V2 - which excels at reproducing Fender’s classic amp tones, but does not quite have the full throttle grunt for harder styles of playing - it’s generally a very good amp with some excellent effects, and very even tone - most will be able to dial in something pretty ...

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