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.
The guys at Boss pedals have launched an online survey. When you fill it out, you automatically enter for a chance to win a TE-2 Tera Echo, the company's 100th pedal! If you get a chance, take a moment to tell the company about your history with Boss pedals.
You don't have to be surf-rock legend Dick Dale to appreciate a touch of reverb on your guitar's signal. Even a smattering of reverb adds character and generally makes things sound warmer, friendlier and twangier, all while fooling your poor brain into thinking you're rocking out in a fan-packed stadium.
From bank-breaking record advances and extravagant arena tours to non-stop parties and girls dancing on cars, a guitarist's gear in the '80s had to be just as over-the-top as his look, whether he was sporting spandex or a nail-spiked armband.
Be sure to hang with GuitarWorld.com this coming Friday, January 25, for a live stream of the Boss Loop Station 3 World Championship. The live stream will kick off 6:45 p.m. PST (9:45 p.m. EST), direct from the House of Blues in Anaheim, California, during Winter NAMM 2013 weekend.
This week at the 2013 Winter NAMM Show, Boss announced three new "next-generation" compact pedals featuring the company's Multi-Dimensional Processing (MDP): the TE-2 Tera Echo, DA-2 Adaptive Distortion. and MO-2 Multi Overtone.
BOSS is hosting the 3rd Annual BOSS Loop Station U.S. Finals, which will be broadcast live from Musicians Institute in Hollywood, California, on GuitarTV.com. A roster of musicians and music industry leaders will crown the best looper in America as contestants compete for their spot on the world stage of looping.