J Rockett Audio Designs: .45 Caliber Overdrive
Jun20

J Rockett Audio Designs: .45 Caliber Overdrive

Angus Young of the 70’s, power-chord, testosterone drenched rock group AC/DC draws from a number of sources to attain his unique guitar sound according to “Gear Secrets of the Guitar Legends: How to Sound Like Your Favorite Players by Pete Prown and Lisa Sharken. In the book they describe Young’s signature traits, “massive finger vibrato, edge-of-pick-harmonics,  and sublime blues feel” as well as the gear Young works with to get his...

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Cheap Pedals, Good Sounds
Jun17

Cheap Pedals, Good Sounds

Price isn’t everything, but it’s something when it comes to effects pedals. After all, we can’t put something on our board unless we can afford it. In the world of boutique pedals prices can often be outside the range of the common 9 to 5’er who has other obligations and bills to pay. Building a board can take years for even the most dedicated gear hound – you know the one. They eat only Ramen and ketchup for a month,...

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New Builder: Cog Effects
Jun15

New Builder: Cog Effects

When poking around the Cog Effects website I came across a comment by an enthusiastic supporter who issued this statement,”Killer stomp boxes made by a Star Wars fan!” I’m assuming this comment was made in reaction to the Cog Effects very own Grand Tarkin Bass Fuzz. Willhuff Tarkin was the fellow in control of the Death Star and one of the few non-Jedi/Sith who we ever saw order Vader around. He was a skinny,...

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Walrus Audio Julia Analog/Chorus
Jun14

Walrus Audio Julia Analog/Chorus

I’m going to be honest with you, I don’t think Julia is human. Not that I know that much about her. Really, not too many people do. Somewhat new to the scene she seems to lay low, keeping to herself. Sometimes, late at night, you can see her dart across the back yards of the subdivision out to the frog ponds on the boundaries of the city lights. There under the moonlight, from under the water you can hear her warbling a...

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Dr. No Motherbrain
Jun13

Dr. No Motherbrain

Remember when Delays and Reverbs were all the rage? Oh wait, they still are! That must be why we keep seeing various iterations of both spilling out into the market on a daily basis. The previous statement just nearly meets the definition of hyperbole as new effects come into the market on a daily basis. One the major hurdles for new and old builders alike is to distinguish themselves from the pack. There are two basic ways to do...

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