Scandal is rare in the world of effect pedals. It's probably because no major network has given a pedal builder his or her own reality-TV show. Pedal Wars. Or how about Effect Stars? OK, it probably wouldn’t take off. Regardless, I keep reading passionate arguments concerning the Ultimate Drive by Joyo. It’s supposed to cop the tone of a much pricier overdrive, for only $35.
As its name suggests, the Renegade challenges the reasons you hate gig bags. The zipper is fool-proof, there’s an interior headstock and bridge guard to prevent hardware or strings from chewing up the corrosion-resistant interior, and the outside is made of water-resistant leather.
This week, we're checking out the new Route 66 Modern model by Monoprice guitars. You might remember my review — posted last summer — of one of the company's California Series models. You’ll instantly notice similarities between the Route 66 Modern and another iconic guitar design, but Monoprice found a way to offer the sound, look and feel of that model for less than $150.
I recently found out about ClearClick's Cassette2USB, a portable USB-powered tape player that can be used to listen to cassettes or transfer them to digital or CD. The package showed up with the cassette player, a USB cable, a driver CD and an additional CD of helpful software so you can splice your tracks, label them and burn them onto a CD.
The Australia-based company is comprised of musicians who build headphones with other musicians in mind. The AF78 earbuds feature a dual-driver design. Usually you don’t see more than a single driver in earbuds, unless you’re talking about high-end in-ear monitors. But Audiofly has broken the mold.
I’m guilty of having committed a serious crime: I've leaned my guitar against my amp or in a corner when playing out. Why do I do this? I’m a minimalist when it comes to the gear I bring to a gig. D&A Guitar Gear has released the IceStand. It’s touted as a guitar or bass stand that can fit in a gigbag and be set up in two simple steps, all while weighing less than your average 20-foot guitar cable.
Circus Freak builds its pedals in the US. Grand Rapids, Michigan, to be exact. Before I go any further, I have to point out the crafty circus-themed names and artwork on all the Circus Freak pedals. I mean, there’s a fuzz pedal called The Bearded Lady!
Growing up as a '90s kid, I remember Tim Allen’s character on Home Improvement being obsessed with giving his power tools one thing — more power! Ernie Ball did just that when it revamped its popular Power Peg String Winder and created the Power Peg Pro. If you’re unfamiliar with the product, it's a battery-powered string winder built into a compact drill.
The Tapo by Editors Keys takes two common accessories — a capo and a clip-on tuner — and puts them together in one handy piece. The capo end of the Tapo is indeed a sturdy metal capo. It has appropriate rubber padding so it doesn't scratch your instrument. There's a visible spring that keeps tension in order.
For the past few weeks, I’ve been checking out the Drum Thing, a passive, battery-free, output-only percussion box. Think of it as a sound-hole pickup in a metal box that you can stomp on, brush, tap on, sing into or all-out scream at it. I found two distinct uses for it: tapping on it to build metronome-like practice loops, and placing a ton of effects pedals after it and creating maddening noise loops.