Interview: Reeves Gabrels
Mar04

Interview: Reeves Gabrels

Since the 1980s, Reeves Gabrels has paved a musical career that has included stints as a guitarist, songwriter, singer and music producer. He’s composed musical scores for both video games and movies and his versatility and virtuosity has put him in collaboration with well known musicians around the globe including David Bowie and Robert Smith. Currently he fronts Reeves Gabrels and His Imaginary Friends based out of East...

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Consider the Raven Reverb Revamped
Feb27

Consider the Raven Reverb Revamped

UPDATE: Presale for Consider the Raven Reverb ‘Flock’ edition going on now! Mercy Seat Effects is a boutique builder with a really impressive line of pedals to date. The shop is operated in Germany by Americans. Which Americans, I’m not quite sure yet, but I promise to find that out in the days to come. This is a shop that builds one pedal at a time, by hand. On their website they tout that each pedal contains the...

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TC Electronics Helix Phaser
Feb23

TC Electronics Helix Phaser

The phaser is one of those pedals that can make or ruin your tone. When used incorrectly, this box of wavering echo and zing can drive even the most ardent fans to hit the kill switch on a band. Used correctly though, it can be used in just about any genre of music from rock, to psychedelic to country. Eddie Van Halen and Jimmy Hendrix used copious amounts of phase in their various tone incarnations and they seemed to do pretty well....

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Sub Octave Bass | Red Witch Factotum
Feb19

Sub Octave Bass | Red Witch Factotum

Some of the best things come out of New Zealand. The inventor of Bungy Jumping – Alan John Hackett – hails from New Zealand as does Sir Edmund Hillary, the guy who was the first to summit Mount Everest. NZ produces a seemingly infinite number of ‘please sir, may I have another’ wines and it is the stomping grounds for the fictional characters from the Lord of the Rings novels. In fact, without New Zealand,...

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New Matthews Effects Conductor
Feb17

New Matthews Effects Conductor

Out in Eastern-Washington is a boutique builder who’s been carving his own path in the world of guitar effects. Rick Matthews of Matthews Effects started out with an interest in switches that led to a deeper interest in pedal board circuits. Eventually, he found himself being mentored by Keith Vondurhulls of buildyourownclone.com. He has taken what he’s learned and created a nice line of pedals that are meant to inspire...

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Walrus Audio: Bellwether, Vanguard, Luminary
Feb13

Walrus Audio: Bellwether, Vanguard, Luminary

I think builders should always release their new wares in trios. It just adds a great touch of class to rattle off three new items in a time of the year when everyone has something new to offer. Not only that, but Walrus Audios new offerings sounds like a small super-hero team and it’s not hard to decide what their power would be by their names: Bellwether, Vanguard and Luminary. The Bellwether is the master of the delay, with...

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