Has any piece of musical equipment proliferated more, or more rapidly, than the humble electric guitar effect unit? Though there is no official tally, suffice it to say that thousands of stomp boxes, effect devices and processors have been created for the electric guitar over the past 60 years (and that’s not including rackmount effects). Conceivably, more than half of those devices are distortion, fuzz and overdrive effects.
As always, several members of the Guitar World crew were on hand at the 2015 Summer NAMM Show in lovely and talented Nashville, Tennessee, taking pics, getting the latest gear news and shooting plenty of videos.
Boss has announced the DD-500 digital delay pedal. Filled with newly developed Boss technology, this stompbox offers 12 distinctive delay modes and superior audio quality, along with editing controls, a graphic display, patch memories and MIDI.
The origin of guitar distortion goes back to the earliest electrified blues guitarists. They didn’t care that their primitive tube amps were breaking up and distorting, as long as they were loud. Soon, blues guitarists grew quite fond of those nasty, gnarly distorted tones, and they sought to replicate them by any means necessary.
Boss is apparently offering a five-year warranty on all their compact pedals. Ergo, several employees of Sheehans Music in the U.K. grabbed their coats and shovels and came up with a series of tests to see just how likely it is that you’ll ever need said warranty.
Ever since being discontinued way back in 1984, the Boss DM-2 Delay pedal has remained highly sought after by players everywhere for its warm, “bucket brigade” analog delay tone. Now, the DM is back! With the Waza Craft DM-2W, the coveted stomp has been reborn with switchable sound modes and greater versatility for today’s music styles.
A celebration of everything gear-related, NAMM is a large convention in Anaheim, CA, where 100,000 industry folks gather to check out new gear and connect. The week is spent checking out one cool piece of gear after another. Check out this gallery for some of my favorite gear picks, events and more!