These videos and audio files are bonus content related to the November 2014 issue of Guitar World. For the full range of interviews, features, tabs and more, pick up the new issue on newsstands now or at the Guitar World Online Store.
A stomp box may seem like an insignificant item in the history of rock and roll, but it’s hard to imagine how some of the greatest songs of the Seventies and Eighties would have sounded without the influential role of MXR pedals.
These videos and audio files are bonus content related to the August 2014 issue of Guitar World. For the full range of interviews, features, tabs and more, pick up the new issue on newsstands now or at the Guitar World Online Store.
It's not often that guitarists wax poetic at the mention of a trumpet player, but Clyde McCoy is the exception. McCoy is known by guitarists not for his prowess blowing into brass tubes but rather for having his name on the very first production wah pedals.
The new Dunlop Clyde McCoy Cry Baby Wah Wah resurrects this esteemed pedal by duplicating the original Cry Baby sound to the nth degree, while improving the design with modern features and performance.
Of all the early fuzz-pedal circuits, the Fuzz Face is by far the sweetest sounding, with smooth and even sustain, harmonic overtones that complement the base note and chords (instead of fighting them), and compressed attack that provides violin-like tones.
Jim Dunlop has introduced its new MXR Custom Shop La Machine pedal. The pedal serves up thick, shaggy retro fuzz that’s tailor made to drive the raw sounds of ’70s-style hard rock and modern garage rock.
Featuring a unique circuit design, the MXR FET Driver captures the rich, creamy sound of an overdriven tube amplifier by cascading an op-amp gain stage into a FET stage. This pedal thickens up lead tones with musical, amp-like distortion and sustain without the fragility and inconsistency associated with tubes.
The Havalina Germanium Fuzz from Way Huge Electronics is a germanium-powered fuzz box inspired by a vintage three-transitor design was a psychedelic shot-heard-round-the-world for guitar players, ushering in the new sound of rock.