Fredric Effects: Deeply Unpleasant Companion
Dec07

Fredric Effects: Deeply Unpleasant Companion

Lot’s of folks will argue that bass effects are in essence, just guitar effects. As in, why bother creating unique circuits for the guitars lower-register sister? I think good arguments can be made on both sides of the isle, because ultimately tone is tone – regardless of how you get it. But, no one can deny that the bass is it’s own beast – lower register, different frequencies, bleed offs, and such. So...

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How Would You Use The Harmonic Decoder?
Nov19

How Would You Use The Harmonic Decoder?

We are getting lots of great new reviews during our Sunsine Audio Limited Edition Gold Harmonic Decoder giveaway. If you haven’t heard about it yet, the Harmonic Decoder “can sound like a fuzz, an octave/harmony pedal, a filter/wah, a complex waveshaper or some crazy bent 8 bit glitch box.” Three knobs, one toggle, one switch and tons of control allowing you to paint a plethora of tonal landscapes. A nice addition for the ‘board that...

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JHS Crayon
Nov18

JHS Crayon

There is a tone that folks refer to as ‘Direct in Distortion’. It’s the kind of crazy that happens when you plug an electric guitar straight into a mixing board with little regard for the controls. The resulting distortion is unique in many ways and is the tone most attributed to the raucous guitar on “Revolution 1” by the Beatles. It’s a tight wound, crackly sound that expertly cradles itself somewhere between...

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Reaper Pedals: Shroomblade Fuzz
Nov13

Reaper Pedals: Shroomblade Fuzz

Tooling around on Instagram today and ran across a pedal with some extreme graphics on the outside. The pedal was the Shroomblade Fuzz from a builder called Reaper Pedals. The name and the graphics on this pedal had me reminiscing about my youthful obsession with Dungeon and Dragons. You see there’s another company out there that goes by the name of Reaper, only they make miniatures for RPG/tabletop gaming. And the graphic on...

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Electro-Harmonix Cock Fight
Nov12

Electro-Harmonix Cock Fight

Reading the comment section on the EHX YouTube video for the Cock Fight is enlightening. Typically the YouTube comment section of any video is reserved for the type of vitriol that can only take shape under the cover of anonymity and boredom. But, the comments trailing the scorched earth demo of the Cock Fight sounds more like the home bleachers of a high-school football game on Friday night. “Didn’t think I’d ever...

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LO/rez Mona Lisa Overdrive
Nov10

LO/rez Mona Lisa Overdrive

Coming up with a good pedal name can’t be easy. With so many pedals, puns and play on words your bound to end up with fuzz pedals that reference bears, beards and lint (I wonder if anyone makes a ‘Peach Fuzz’?) or overdrives that reference cars, speed and gears. It’s natural for the brain to want to draw commonalities between words and function. That’s why when I ran across a pedal named ‘Cement...

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