Henretta Engineering has released a line of handmade pedals that won’t break the bank or hog up unnecessary real estate. Out of the seven pedals in the series, I checked out the Green Zapper Auto Filter, which, like its kin, sizes up at 2 inches by 2 inches.
If you consider yourself a staunch traditionalist, play only the blues or neoclassical shred, and think The Edge’s playing sounds weird, turn the page now. On the other hand, if Radiohead, Sonic Youth and David Torn are on your iPod’s playlist, read on. The Electro-Harmonix Superego is a category-defying effect pedal that falls into a foggy region between reverb, sustainer and synth engine and generates some of the most mysterious and ethereal textures ever to emanate from a guitar. Offering simple but powerful controls and an effect loop, the Superego delivers a seemingly endless variety of textures, keyboard-like tones and soundscapes that will inspire adventurous players for a lifetime.
DigiTech has introduced several new generations of the Whammy pedal since the first version was discontinued, in 1993. Despite the new features and improvements introduced with each new model, Whammy connoisseurs still consider the original the one to own.
Power outage, foot cramp, too afraid to lick that 9-volt you found in the bottom of your cable bag? Sometimes you just need to step away from the world of electronics altogether and express yourself with just an acoustic guitar. The Aspri Acero is a compact reverb tank that can be added to your acoustic guitar without any modifications or use of batteries.
T-Rex Effects, the Danish effects pedal manufacturer, will introduce two “next generation” pedals to North America at the 2013 Winter NAMM Show this coming January in Anaheim, California: the Møller 2 and Sweeper 2.
Fargen Amplification has announced a new line of John Lennon signature guitar amplifiers. This is the first time Lennon's name has been associated with any amp or effect. The company's new Artist series features white components throughout, plus an acoustically transparent, UV-protected grill cloth that serves as the canvas for Lennon’s artwork. Five of the late former Beatle's designs are available in limited numbered editions of 11 each.
If I’m explaining to you what tremolo is for the first time, I might play you CCR’s intro to “Born on the Bayou” or The Black Keys’ “Howlin For You," but hands down, a song you never want to hear while riding that spinning teacup ride at Disney World is “Crimson and Clover” by Tommy James and The Shondells. Tremolo shows up on the guitar, bass and vocals tracks.
MOD Kits DIY has introduced a new effect-pedal kit, the Verb Deluxe. The Verb Deluxe kit, literally a DIY reverb pedal, is built around the Belton Digi-Log Mini Module. Features include Dwell and Mix controls, allowing the dry signal to be blended with the processed signal from just a hint of reverb to deep echoes. The Dwell control adds extra flexibility, providing a full palette of reverb.