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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New MXR Il Torino Overdrive
Feb09

New MXR Il Torino Overdrive

Carlo Sorasio is a legend in the boutique amp and pedal world of Italy. He’s also a frequent guest engineer at the MXR Custom Shop. From what I can find on the internet this Sorasio fellow is a true custom builder, putting together custom tones for Italy’s top music acts. However, I can’t really find out much more about him. Maybe it’s because I’m stuck in the US and don’t speak a ton of Italian,...

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EarthQuaker Devices Fuzz Master General
Jan26

EarthQuaker Devices Fuzz Master General

Ladies and gentlemen step right up and feast your eyes on the latest fuzz to come out of EarthQuaker Devices: the Fuzz Master General. This box is EQD’s take on the vintage Ace Tone Fuzz Master FM-2 Professional fuzz machine. The Master FM-2 was a variant of the Superfuzz created by Ace Tone out of Japan between 1968-1970. Basically, EQD took all the best parts of the Ace Tone and modernized it by making the controls simpler and...

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New Boss BB-1X Bass Driver
Jan23

New Boss BB-1X Bass Driver

You know what the world needs more of? Bass pedals. I haven’t actually counted or anything, but I have been working around pedals for some time now and I’m going to hazard a guess that there are way more guitar pedals then there are bass pedals. I’m talking bass specific pedals here folks. Or Basspecifc for short. I understand all the holes are the same and that there’s nothing holding those with 4 from...

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New Seymour Duncan Vice Grip Compressor
Jan22

New Seymour Duncan Vice Grip Compressor

Another day and another report of new pedals coming out in the lead up to NAMM. In fact, at the time of this writing, NAMM 2015 was 30 minutes from going live. Things are going to get crazy and we’ll do our best to stay on top of it all. Today we have a fun announcement from Seymour Duncan. They have a new compressor coming out called the Vice Grip. They describe it as, “a studio-grade compressor designed for guitarists...

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