Jim Dunlop http://www.guitarworld.com/taxonomy/term/2725/all en Review: Dunlop Fuzz Face Mini Pedals http://www.guitarworld.com/review-dunlop-fuzz-face-mini-pedals <!--paging_filter--><p>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. </p> <p>This has made the Fuzz Face the choice of discriminating tone connoisseurs throughout the ages, including Jimi Hendrix, Eric Johnson, Joe Bonamassa and many other guitarists of note. </p> <p>Now Dunlop has updated the legendary Fuzz Face with its Fuzz Face Mini pedals, which provide the same timeless circuits in a much smaller round housing along with features modern players demand. </p> <p>Dunlop has even lowered the price to match the reduced, pedal board–friendly size.</p> <p><strong>Features</strong></p> <p>Dunlop offers three different flavors of the Fuzz Face Mini: Germanium, Silicon and Jimi Hendrix, which come in red, blue and turquoise cases, respectively. All three feature volume and fuzz controls, true-bypass switching, a laser-bright status LED, AC power jack and easy-access battery door while they retain the classic round shape and skip-pad “nose” of the original, albeit at less than one-third the overall size. In fact, using right-angle plugs, one can fit all three Fuzz Face Minis into a space a little larger than the footprint of an original Fuzz Face. </p> <p>The Germanium Fuzz Face Mini uses slightly mismatched germanium transistors just like the first version of the Fuzz Face featured in the Sixties. The Silicon Fuzz Face Mini offers the same specs as an original 1970 Fuzz Face and features a matched pair of BC108 silicon transistors. The Jimi Hendrix Fuzz Face Mini offers a circuit identical to that of Dunlop’s JHF1 Jimi Hendrix Fuzz Face, based on Hendrix’s own Dallas-Arbiter Fuzz Face from 1969–’70 and featuring BC108 silicon transistors.</p> <p><strong>Performance</strong> </p> <p>The magic of a Fuzz Face is how well it integrates into the signal chain, becoming an active, dynamic part of it instead of just a component to switch in or out at will. The square-wave distortion it produces is undeniably over the top, but it’s warm, smooth and one of only a rare few true fuzz effects that sounds good with chords. </p> <p>The distortion cleans up nicely when the guitar’s volume control is backed down just slightly, allowing players to easily dial in the desired fuzz effect, from just a touch of hair to full-on fuzz assault at will. The Silicon and Jimi Hendrix versions deliver the most gain, with the Hendrix being the less aggressive of the two, while the Germanium version sounds sweeter and darker. </p> <p><strong>List Price</strong> $170.61 (each)</p> <p><strong>Manufacturer</strong> Dunlop Manufacturing, <a href="http://www.jimdunlop.com/">jimdunlop.com</a></p> <p><strong>Cheat Sheet</strong></p> <p>The pedals have circuits identical to full-size Fuzz Face pedals, true-bypass switching, status LEDs, AC adapter jacks, and easy-access battery compartments.</p> <p>The Silicon and Jimi Hendrix versions feature BC108 silicon transistors while the Germanium version has a mismatched pair of germanium transistors</p> <p><strong>The Bottom Line</strong></p> <p>Reducing both the size and price of the legendary Fuzz Face, the three Fuzz Face Mini pedals provide three distinct classic fuzz flavors that deserve spots on your pedal board.</p> <!-- Start of Brightcove Player --><!-- Start of Brightcove Player --><div style="display:none"> </div> <!-- By use of this code snippet, I agree to the Brightcove Publisher T and C found at https://accounts.brightcove.com/en/terms-and-conditions/. --><!-- By use of this code snippet, I agree to the Brightcove Publisher T and C found at https://accounts.brightcove.com/en/terms-and-conditions/. --><script language="JavaScript" type="text/javascript" src="http://admin.brightcove.com/js/BrightcoveExperiences.js"></script><object id="myExperience2888630536001" class="BrightcoveExperience"> <param name="bgcolor" value="#FFFFFF" /> <param name="width" value="620" /> <param name="height" value="348" /> <param name="playerID" value="798983031001" /> <param name="playerKey" value="AQ~~,AAAAj36EdAk~,0qwz1H1Ey92wZ6vLZcchClKTXdFbuP3P" /> <param name="isVid" value="true" /> <param name="isUI" value="true" /> <param name="dynamicStreaming" value="true" /> <param name="@videoPlayer" value="2888630536001" /> </object><!-- This script tag will cause the Brightcove Players defined above it to be created as soon as the line is read by the browser. 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Use the simple Output, Tone, Distortion control interface to shape the sound of your fuzz signal.</p> <p>• Thick, shaggy retro fuzz<br /> • Tailor-made for raw ’70s-style hard rock and modern garage rock<br /> • Octave switch adds searing octave up fuzz voice<br /> • True bypass switching</p> <p>MSRP: $199.99</p> <p>For more information, visit <a href="http://www.jimdunlop.com/product/la-machine">jimdunlop.com</a>.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/tags/namm-2014">[[ <em>Guitar World</em> at NAMM 2014: Gear updates, photo galleries, videos and more! ]]</a></strong></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/tn4ew9Y9p9c" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/namm-2014-jim-dunlop-introduces-mxr-custom-shop-la-machine-fuzz-pedal-demo-video#comments Jim Dunlop MXR NAMM 2014 Effects News Gear Tue, 04 Feb 2014 21:18:35 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/20416 NAMM 2014 Video: Jim Dunlop Pedals — MXR Phase 99, Micro Amp Plus, La Machine, Way Huge Swollen Pickle, Fuzz Face Mini and More http://www.guitarworld.com/namm-2014-video-jim-dunlop-pedals-mxr-phase-99-micro-amp-plus-la-machine-way-huge-swollen-pickle-fuzz-face-mini-and-more <!--paging_filter--><p>During the 2014 Winter NAMM Show in Anaheim, California, the <em>Guitar World</em> crew visited the Jim Dunlop booth to check out — and hear — several new pedals from the company.</p> <p>In the video below, Jim Dunlop Manufacturing's Bob Cedro and Bryan Kehoe provide a guided tour of one of the loaded Dunlop pedal boards at the NAMM Show. You can hear several pedals in action, including the MXR Phase 99, the MXR Micro Amp Plus, the MXR La Machine, the MXR Super Badass Distortion, the Way Huge Swollen Pickle, a Fuzz Face Mini and more.</p> <p>For more about Jim Dunlop, visit <a href="http://www.jimdunlop.com/">jimdunlop.com</a>.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/tags/namm-2014">[[ <em>Guitar World</em> at NAMM 2014: Gear updates, photo galleries, videos and more! ]]</a></strong></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/r3Y8Llympko?list=PLagcgzXkwROjMu6mYIQOmp4eU-uvzhBGj" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/namm-2014-video-jim-dunlop-pedals-mxr-phase-99-micro-amp-plus-la-machine-way-huge-swollen-pickle-fuzz-face-mini-and-more#comments Jim Dunlop MXR NAMM 2014 NAMM 2014 Video Videos Effects News Gear Mon, 03 Feb 2014 23:04:04 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/20404 NAMM 2014: Jim Dunlop Introduces MXR FET Driver Pedal — with Demo Video http://www.guitarworld.com/namm-2014-jim-dunlop-introduces-mxr-fet-driver-pedal-demo-video <!--paging_filter--><p>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. </p> <p>This pedal thickens up lead tones with musical, amp-like distortion and sustain without the fragility and inconsistency associated with tubes. </p> <p>The FET Driver features a simple but responsive set of controls. Set your volume level with the Output control, and then use the Drive control to dial in the grit, from subtle soft-clipping to early stage distortion. Fine tune the FET Driver’s sound by tweaking Hi and Lo boost/cut controls, and push the Hi Cut switch to roll off high end frequencies for a rounder sound or when playing in high volume situations where excess noise is apparent. </p> <p>• Organic, amp-like overdrive and distortion<br /> • Two-band EQ section for detailed shaping of distorted signal<br /> • Hi Cut switch rolls off high end for rounder, warmer sound<br /> • True bypass switching</p> <p>MSRP: $214.27</p> <p>SHIPPING FEBRUARY 2014</p> <p>Check out Jim Dunlop's "New Gear for 2014" page <a href="http://www.jimdunlop.com/products/new">HERE.</a></p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/tags/namm-2014">[[ <em>Guitar World</em> at NAMM 2014: Gear updates, photo galleries, videos and more! ]]</a></strong></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/uevmJ8AYujA" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/namm-2014-jim-dunlop-introduces-mxr-fet-driver-pedal-demo-video#comments Jim Dunlop MXR NAMM 2014 Videos Effects News Gear Tue, 28 Jan 2014 17:05:51 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/20310 NAMM 2014: Jim Dunlop Introduces Way Huge Havalina Germanium Fuzz Pedal http://www.guitarworld.com/namm-2014-jim-dunlop-introduces-way-huge-havalina-germanium-fuzz-pedal <!--paging_filter--><p>The Havalina Germanium Fuzz from Way Huge Electronics is a germanium-powered fuzz box inspired by a vintage three-transitor design that was a psychedelic shot-heard-round-the-world for guitar players, ushering in the new sound of rock. </p> <p>Designed around hand-selected Russian germanium transistors and a passive tone circuit, this peccary of a pedal can go from a soft, mellow crunch for meaty chords to a maelstrom of sonic fur that will make every note feel like a summer of love. Prepare to have your mind bent when you ride the Havalina!</p> <p>• Based on a ’60s UK germanium fuzz circuit<br /> • Simple three-knob layout<br /> • Features hand-selected Russian germanium transistors and a passive tone circuit<br /> • Go from soft, mellow crunch to gnarly sonic fur</p> <p>MSRP: $171.41 | SHIPPING MARCH 2014</p> <p>Check out Jim Dunlop's "New Gear for 2014" page <a href="http://www.jimdunlop.com/products/new">HERE.</a></p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/tags/namm-2014">[[ <em>Guitar World</em> at NAMM 2014: Gear updates, photo galleries, videos and more! ]]</a></strong></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/namm-2014-jim-dunlop-introduces-way-huge-havalina-germanium-fuzz-pedal#comments Jim Dunlop NAMM 2014 Way Huge Effects News Gear Tue, 28 Jan 2014 16:59:38 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/20309 NAMM 2014: Jim Dunlop Introduces EP101 Echoplex Preamp — with Demo Video http://www.guitarworld.com/namm-2014-jim-dunlop-introduces-ep101-echoplex-preamp-demo-video <!--paging_filter--><p>When the Echoplex EP-3 came out, guitar players were hooked by the way its preamp sweetened up their sound. </p> <p>Soon, the EP-3 made its way onto the records of top guitar players—from Jimmy Page to Eric Johnson—as much for its tone conditioning ability as its tape echo effect. Now, you can put the EP-3’s legendary secret sauce right on your pedalboard.</p> <p>Dunlop’s EP101 Echoplex Preamp recreates the magic of the EP-3’s front end, featuring a Field-effect Transistor (FET) just like the original and following the exact same signal path. The Gain control allows you to boost your signal by up to +11dB, with light asymmetrical clipping at higher settings for a bit of nice organic grit. </p> <p>The Echoplex Preamp runs on standard 9-volt power and contains power management circuitry to guarantee constant headroom performance throughout the normal life of a 9-volt battery. </p> <p>With a heavy-duty Phase 90-sized housing, a replica EP-3 knob, true bypass switching and a status LED, the Echoplex Preamp is built to take a beating on the road so you can leave your fragile vintage piece at home.</p> <p>MSRP: $171.41</p> <p>SHIPPING FEBRUARY 2014</p> <p>• The EP-3’s legendary tone conditioning mojo in a Phase 90-sized box<br /> • Adds up to +11dB of gain<br /> • Light overdrive at higher levels<br /> • True Bypass</p> <p>Check out Jim Dunlop's "New Gear for 2014" page <a href="http://www.jimdunlop.com/products/new">HERE.</a></p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/tags/namm-2014">[[ <em>Guitar World</em> at NAMM 2014: Gear updates, photo galleries, videos and more! ]]</a></strong></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/OAcaC-7dt8M" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/namm-2014-jim-dunlop-introduces-ep101-echoplex-preamp-demo-video#comments Jim Dunlop NAMM 2014 Videos Effects News Gear Tue, 28 Jan 2014 16:41:00 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/20308 Guitar World Staff Picks: The 10 Best Gear Stocking Stuffers for 2013 http://www.guitarworld.com/guitar-world-staff-picks-10-best-gear-stocking-stuffers-2013 <!--paging_filter--><p>If you look toward your mantle this holiday season and notice that your stocking overfloweth, you can thank me next year for maybe half the items you’ll find in it. </p> <p>It took me some time to compile a list of gear that I believe will delight many guitarists but that <em>also</em> includes essential tools they’ll need or could use the most. </p> <p>I’ve done all the heavy lifting. All you have to do is just hand this list over to your girlfriend or boyfriend (maybe your parents), and it’ll be the best stocking you’ve ever had!</p> <p>10. <strong>Gamma Go The Shredder Cheese Grater</strong>, <a href="http://www.amazon.com/">amazon.com</a>; $9</p> <p>It’s a Flying V-shaped cheese grater. Give that cheeseball guitarist in your life a chore in the kitchen that’s more useful than just grating on your nerves.</p> <p><img src="/files/imce-images/img_0472_-_450.jpg" width="450" height="748" alt="img_0472_-_450.jpg" /></p> <hr /> <p>09. <strong>IK Multimedia iRig HD</strong>, <a href="http://www.ikmultimedia.com/teaser_20131107_iloud.php">ikmultimedia.com</a>; $99.99</p> <p>The IK Multimedia iRig HD is a 24-bit high-quality audio interface that connects directly into your iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad or Mac so you can plug in your guitar and launch IK’s Amplitube FREE app to rock anywhere, anytime. </p> <p>There are additional Amplitube apps (Slash, Hendrix and Fender) that include more amp models and features for recording or jamming along. </p> <p>The iRig HD has a gain control to dial in a proper signal level and is powered from your Apple device. You can use iRig HD for various other guitar-related apps. </p> <p><img src="/files/imce-images/358ik070_2.jpg" width="620" height="369" alt="358ik070_2.jpg" /></p> <hr /> <p>08. <strong>Ernie Ball Power Peg Pro</strong>, <a href="http://www.ernieball.com/">ernieball.com</a>; $54.99</p> <p>I use this to quickly change strings before every gig. </p> <p>The Power Peg Pro is the latest version with an ion-rechargeable battery. It will work with just about every guitar and bass tuner. </p> <p>Just be mindful when whirling up the high E because you’ll snap that string if you’re not paying close enough attention.</p> <p><img src="/files/imce-images/1377557749P04117.jpg" width="400" height="400" alt="1377557749P04117.jpg" /></p> <hr /> <p>07. <strong>Planet Waves NS Micro Tuner</strong>, <a href="http://planetwaves.com/PWHome.Page?ActiveID=1193&amp;sid=74b8c107-cf99-4b2c-9a3f-33d1649e8e43">planetwaves.com</a>; $32.99</p> <p>The Planet Waves NS Micro Tuner clamps stealthily behind the guitar headstock or in front of it to provide spot-on tuning accuracy for those times when you are too far away from your tuning pedal. </p> <p>The multi-color display is easy to read, and the unit has a built-in metronome in case you need to warm up before hitting the stage. </p> <p>The micro tuner also works well for tuning other instruments like banjo, mandolin and ukulele. </p> <p><img src="/files/imce-images/NS-Micro-Tuner-on-guitar.jpg" width="450" height="299" alt="NS-Micro-Tuner-on-guitar.jpg" /></p> <hr /> <p>06. <strong>MXR Super Bad Ass Distortion</strong>, <a href="http://www.jimdunlop.com/">jimdunlop.com</a>; $169.99 </p> <p>The MXR Super Bad Ass Distortion is a Marshall-in-a-box and everything in between. </p> <p>The controls for output, distortion, bass, mid and treble allow you to dial in everything from AC/DC- to Pantera-type gain, and it works incredibly well as a boost. It’s the best affordable distortion pedal out there, and I’m not trying to be biased; it’s just a fact. </p> <p>Try it out. You’ll thank me later. </p> <p><img src="/files/imce-images/SuperBadassBlogCROP.jpg" width="620" height="541" alt="SuperBadassBlogCROP.jpg" /></p> <hr /> <p>05. <strong>Orange Micro Terror</strong>, <a href="http://orangeamps.com/">orangeamps.com</a>; $199</p> <p>Can you fit an amplifier in a stocking? Yes, you can. And the Orange Micro Terror is the one to pick. </p> <p>Why? It’s terrifyingly loud at 20 watts, can drive a 4x12 speaker cabinet and sounds outrageously crunchy. </p> <p>Pick up the matching PPC108 cabinet ($139) if you can get over the steep price for both.</p> <p><img src="/files/imce-images/MT-H_0285-675x450.jpg" width="620" height="413" alt="MT-H_0285-675x450.jpg" /></p> <hr /> <p>04. <strong>Guitar strings, various</strong>.</p> <p>Wanna try something fun and educational? Try out five different guitar string sets. </p> <p>I’m not kidding. Just wrap these five unique string sets together in a bow, stuff it in the stocking and let the guitarist you’re gifting to become a convert to a new brand: </p> <p><strong>Ernie Ball Phosphor Bronze Everlast Coated Acoustic Guitar Strings (Medium-Light)</strong>. These coated strings repel moisture and oils from your fingers and offer longer string life with warm tone. Ernie Balls have a tendency to feel slinky, and if you bend a lot on your acoustic, these are ideal. </p> <p><strong>D’Addario EHR310 Half-Rounds Electric set (10-46)</strong>. These stainless steel strings have a flatter feel than typical strings, bend easily and sound twangy. It’s a nice in-between sound if you don’t want to commit to using flatwound strings. </p> <p><strong>DR Strings K3 Neon Hi-Def White electric guitar strings</strong>. DR Strings Neon Hi-Def White strings glow under UV and stage lighting and just look cool on your favorite axe. They feature DR’s proprietary K3 coating that makes them last four times longer than an uncoated string. </p> <p><strong>Cleartone Nickel-Plated Electric set with “No Feel Coating.”</strong> These are for players who have yet to warm up to coated electric guitar strings. Cleartone’s coated string feels transparent (it’s the lightest coating in the industry) and lasts three to five times longer. But the key here is the strings sound louder. </p> <p><strong>Dunlop Heavy Core Nickel Plated Steel</strong>. Dunlop Heavy Core is designed for guys tuning lower than standard and is also great for slide guitar. The increased tension and stability from its thicker core provides a stiffer feel without having to modify the nut of your guitar for a thicker gauge. </p> <p><img src="/files/imce-images/side_0.jpg" width="620" height="136" alt="side_0.jpg" /></p> <hr /> <p>03. <strong>GrooveTech Guitar/Bass Multi-Tool</strong>; <a href="http://cruztools.com/">cruztools.com</a>; $19.95</p> <p>If you can’t swing the Cruz Tools Tech kit I mentioned in my previous blog, this all-in-one pocket tool is a must-have to chuck in your gig bag when you need to make some quick adjustments. </p> <p>It features four metric and three fractional hex keys, two Phillips screwdrivers, a 2.5mm slotted screwdriver and many more necessary tools that unfold with ease. </p> <p>I never leave home without it.</p> <p><img src="/files/imce-images/eopb7an2zeo7bsivwvrv.jpg" width="620" height="678" alt="eopb7an2zeo7bsivwvrv.jpg" /></p> <hr /> <p>02. <strong>TC Electronic HOF Mini Reverb</strong>, <a href="http://www.tcelectronic.com/">tcelectronic.com</a>; $109.99</p> <p>Everyone needs a splash or dollop of reverb, and this mini pedal does the trick by keeping it simple with a single knob and a small footprint. </p> <p>It’s TonePrint enabled using TC’s proprietary technology that allows you to download your favorite reverbs from TC Electronic’s extensive TonePrint library of artist and user sounds or create your own by using their TonePrint editor appliction. </p> <p>You can even check out my very own TonePrint I created for the HOF <a href="http://www.tcelectronic.com/hall-of-fame-reverb-paul-riario-church-of-st-paul/">here.</a></p> <p><img src="/files/imce-images/tc-electronic-hall-of-fame-mini-630-80.jpg" width="620" height="368" alt="tc-electronic-hall-of-fame-mini-630-80.jpg" /></p> <hr /> <p>01. <strong>Dunlop Ultex Jazz III and Ultex Jazz III 2.0 pick</strong>, <a href="http://www.jimdunlop.com/">jimdunlop.com</a>; 6-pack, $4.38</p> <p>I’ve been preaching the virtues of this pick for years. It’s the fastest and most tone-filled plectrum out there. </p> <p>Don’t believe me? Match it up against another pick unplugged and you’ll find the notes just jump out at you. It’s louder and brighter, and you can shred your face off with its precision sharp tip. </p> <p>The newer all-black 2.0 has a slightly more oval feel when gripped but is just as crisp in attack as the original.</p> <p><img src="/files/imce-images/UltexJazzIII20-11.png" width="620" height="439" alt="UltexJazzIII20-11.png" /></p> <p><img src="/files/imce-images/427r.jpg" width="620" height="620" alt="427r.jpg" /></p> <p><em>I try very hard to remain under the radar despite being on camera as gear editor, but in this age of social media it was only a matter of time before it had to come to this. So with that, I will make my blog painless and a quick and easy read so you can get on to more important things like sweep picking, or if you’re like me, obsessing how to race the Tour De France and trying to be Kristen Stewart’s next mistake. I will use this blog to inform you of things I find cool; like new gear I’m playing through and what I’m watching, reading or listening to at any given moment. So feel free to ask me anything that’s gear related—or if you have a problem with your girlfriend, you know, life lesson stuff, I’m pretty good at that too—and I’ll do my best to answer or address it here.</em></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/guitar-world-staff-picks-10-best-gear-stocking-stuffers-2013#comments Ask Paul Jim Dunlop Paul Riario TC Electronic Year End 2013 Accessories Blogs News Features Gear Thu, 19 Dec 2013 15:46:43 +0000 Paul Riario http://www.guitarworld.com/article/20035 Say Wah? Five Essential Signature Wah Pedals http://www.guitarworld.com/say-wah-five-essential-signature-wah-pedals <!--paging_filter--><p>For all the audio wizardry made possible by effect pedals, nothing quite rivals the expression allowed by a great wah pedal.</p> <p>Originally intended to mimic the sound of a muted trumpet, it didn't take long for guitarists like Jimi Hendrix and Frank Zappa to make that sweet, sweeping "wah-wah" sound an integral part of the rock and roll lexicon. Whether conjuring a voodoo child or a bad horsie, the human element of the active manipulation of the pedal and its voice-like qualities are what give the wah a special place on the pedalboards — in and in the hearts — of countless musicians.</p> <p>This week, we look at five essential pedals tailored especially for players who really took the wah and made it an integral part of their signature sound.</p> <p>As always, this list was compiled by a group of <em>Guitar World</em> staffers, including technical editor Paul Riario.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.jimdunlop.com/product/jc95-jerry-cantrell-wah">Jim Dunlop Jerry Cantrell Wah</a></strong></p> <p>Outside of the realm of fretboard dramatics, few guitarists have used the wah quite so effectively as a tone control than Alice In Chains' Jerry Cantrell. The wah makes a subtle appearance on countless AIC classics, including "Them Bones" and "Down in a Hole," helping one of grunge's greatest players to home in on that tonal "sweet spot" for his ripping leads.</p> <p>With a darker tonal spectrum than your stock Cry Baby, the JC95 gives you maximum control of your range by way of an adjustable Fine Tune knob. Thanks to Cantrell's predilection for cutting mids, you won't get bogged down with muddy bottom-end tones or shrill highs, instead getting a clear, throaty effect ideal for the careful tone-master and the stomp-happy guitarist.</p> <p><strong>What does it sound like?</strong> </p> <p>Our own Paul Riario tries out the Jerry Cantrell Wah:</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="360" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/0J6PNqV1EpI?rel=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><em>MSRP: $264.99 | <a href="http://www.jimdunlop.com/product/jc95-jerry-cantrell-wah">Learn more about this pedal.</a></em></p> <hr /> <p><strong><a href="http://www.voxamps.com/us/pedals/bigbadwah/">Vox Joe Satriani Big Bad Wah</a></strong></p> <p>The Vox Joe Satriani Big Bad Wah dual-mode wah pedal is the result of a collaboration between Vox and Joe Satriani (one of three such collaborations). </p> <p>In the context of wah pedals, the Vox BBW is unique because it truly is two wah pedals in one. Wah 1 is pretty much a classic VOX, complete with the expected vintage UK tones; Wah 2 captures Satriani's original drive and voice controls. The result is a wide range of new sounds — not exactly the kind of sounds you'd expect from your average wah pedal.</p> <p>The pedal has a Drive knob that mimics the Wah 1 gain at its lowest setting; it also delivers a 10-dB boost at the maximum settings for growling overtones. Wah 2 mode incorporates the Voice switch, which lets you choose everything from trad wah voicings to dark, resonant tones reminiscent of a vintage talk-box.</p> <p><strong>What does it sound like?</strong> </p> <p>Here's the official Big Bad Wah demo video, featuring Satriani in action, direct from <a href="http://www.voxamps.com/us/pedals/bigbadwah/">Vox's website</a>:</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="360" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/6Jx60tLXxdA" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><em> MSRP: $280 | <a href="http://www.voxamps.com/us/pedals/bigbadwah/">Learn more about this pedal.</a></em></p> <hr /> <p><strong><a href="http://www.morleypedals.com/dvai-1.html">Morley Steve Vai Bad Horsie Wah</a></strong></p> <p>By now, you’ve probably guessed that this pedal was "designed according to the artist’s specifications," much like everything else on this list. And that is indeed the case for this pedal, Morley’s Steve Vai Bad Horsie Wah. </p> <p>Vai has a close relationship with Morley Pedals, and the company makes three Vai signature models: the Bad Horsie, Bad Horsie 2 and the Little Alligator volume pedal.</p> <p>As any Vai fan knows, this pedal is named after "Bad Horsie," the wah-heavy opening track from Vai’s 1995 album, <em>Alien Love Secrets.</em> (<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h5BrE1Pi5cU">Check out a video of the song here.</a>)</p> <p>The pedal features Morley's electro-optical design, so there are no pots (which tend to get scratchy and wear out over time). Another cool feature is that you simply step on the pedal -- as in, touch it with your foot -- to engage it, and then just step off the pedal for true bypass.</p> <p><strong>What does it sound like?</strong> </p> <p>Check out the two audio samples below, both of which are from <a href="http://www.morleypedals.com/dvai-1.html">Morley Pedals’ official website</a>:</p> <p>• <a href="http://www.morleypedals.com/vai-11.mp3">Morley Bad Horsie Sample 1</a></p> <p>• <a href="http://www.morleypedals.com/vai-12.mp3">Morley Bad Horsie Sample 2</a></p> <p>You also can check out Morley’s official demo video for this pedal, featuring Tommy Bolan, below. (And feel free to watch <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yNj_gTEzCQk">this additional video by Gearmanndude</a>, who reviews countless pedals from all makers, large and small.)</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="360" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/RcUXKOZcLB8" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><em>MSRP: $204 | <a href="http://www.morleypedals.com/dvai-1.html">Learn more about this pedal.</a></em></p> <hr /> <p><strong><a href="http://www.realmccoycustom.com/JWSW.htm">Real McCoy Custom Joe Walsh Signature Wah</a></strong></p> <p>The Joe Walsh Signature Wah by Real McCoy Custom has been on Walsh’s pedal board (<a href="http://www.realmccoycustom.com/JWSW.htm">which you can see here</a>) since late 2007, when the company, also known as RMC, began producing the pedal. </p> <p>The pedal — which happens to be the company’s first signature model — was designed according to Walsh’s specs and aims to reproduce the wah sounds heard on Walsh’s early recordings.</p> <p>The Walsh model features true bypass, an exclusive RMC ROC-POT potentiometer and easily adjustable rocker tension. As a visual bonus, the flame graphics on the chassis were created by artist Perry Hall according to — once again — Walsh’s specs.</p> <p><strong>What does it sound like?</strong></p> <p>This pedal doesn’t leave much of a footprint on YouTube (no foot/pedal pun intended). Hopefully, RMC will create and post an official demo video. Until then, you’ll find only one or two poor-quality videos on YouTube, plus <a href="http://proguitarshop.com/video-reviews/real-mccoy-custom-joe-walsh-wah-pedal/P224">this helpful video from ProGuitarShop.com</a>.</p> <p><img src="/files/imce-images/JoeWahlsh620.jpg" width="620" height="484" alt="JoeWahlsh620.jpg" /></p> <p><em>MSRP: $235 | <a href="http://www.realmccoycustom.com/JWSW.htm">For more info about this pedal, visit realmccoycustom.com.</a></em></p> <hr /> <p><strong><a href="http://www.jimdunlop.com/product/zw45-zakk-wylde-signature-wah">Jim Dunlop Z-45 Zakk Wylde Signature Wah</a></strong></p> <p>You know any wah made for Zakk Wylde is going to be rough, tough and road-ready, and this metal-cased behemoth of a pedal is all of that and more.</p> <p>Used by Wylde with both Ozzy and Black Label Society, the Z-45 from Dunlop is a wah pedal that, in the words <em>Guitar World</em> gear reviewer Eric Kirkland, will make "each note cry with a deep and evil-sounding moan that resolved into an emotional peak."</p> <p>The secret to the Z-45's warm, cutting tones is the Fasel inductor, which was responsible for some of the most iconic wah sounds of the late '60s. A longtime user of the Jimi Hendrix Cry Baby, Wylde made sure his signature medal had both a "classic" feel as well as more than enough thickness cut through loads of gain.</p> <p><strong>What does it sound like?</strong></p> <p>Here's a video from Dunlop — featuring Wylde — that introduces and demos the Jim Dunlop Z-45 Zakk Wylde Signature Wah: </p> <p><iframe width="620" height="360" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/2mVohobg2Hs?rel=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><em>MSRP: $200.55 | <a href="http://www.jimdunlop.com/product/zw45-zakk-wylde-signature-wah">Learn more about this pedal.</a></em></p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-additional-content"><legend>Additional Content</legend><div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-artist"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Related Artist:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/joe-satriani">Joe Satriani</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/zakk-wylde">Zakk Wylde</a> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/jerry-cantrell">Jerry Cantrell</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/steve-vai">Steve Vai</a> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/joe-walsh">Joe Walsh</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/say-wah-five-essential-signature-wah-pedals#comments Alice in Chains Chickenfoot Dunlop Jerry Cantrell Jim Dunlop Joe Satriani Joe Walsh Real McCoy RMC Steve Vai VOX Zakk Wylde Guitar World Lists Effects News Features Gear Thu, 21 Nov 2013 14:51:31 +0000 Damian Fanelli, Josh Hart http://www.guitarworld.com/article/16877 Review: MXR Super Badass Distortion Pedal http://www.guitarworld.com/review-mxr-super-badass-distortion-pedal <!--paging_filter--><p>It’s one thing to describe a pedal as super badass, but to actually name it Super Badass takes <em>cojones muy grandes</em>. </p> <p>However, after guitarists play MXR’s new Super Badass Distortion, they’ll find it hard to think of any other words to describe this phenomenal pedal. It may be the best distortion pedal ever in the company’s long and illustrious history. </p> <p><strong>Features</strong> </p> <p>The first hint that the Super Badass is going to live up to its name is its totally classy silver metal-flake finish, which glitters but isn’t gaudy. But the most important feature—and one that takes the Super Badass into a league of its own—is its active EQ section, which provides separate bass, mid and treble controls that are tuned to frequency ranges ideal for almost any style of music. The distortion and output knobs let you dial in any tonal texture, from clean boost to super-saturated dirt. </p> <p>The Super Badass also offers true-bypass switching, a jack for a center negative nine-volt DC adapter or power source, and mono 1/4-inch input and output jacks.</p> <p><strong>Performance</strong> </p> <p>While most distortion and overdrive pedals provide only one or two really good sounds, the MXR Super Badass delivers an encyclopedia of incredible tones that are perfect for rock, blues, metal, punk and much more. With the distortion control all the way down and the output control at 12 o’clock and higher, the pedal produces a bold, beefy clean boost. The tone gets more crunchy as the distortion control is turned up to about 10 o’clock, and from there it proceeds into the glory and roar of harmonically rich, saturated distortion.</p> <p>The EQ section is brilliantly voiced, providing an impressively vast range of tones with nary a bad sound to be found. Boosting the bass control makes the tone bigger but never flabby or farty, and when it’s turned down it never gets wimpy or too thin. The treble control covers a palette from dark (but not muddy) to razor sharp (but not piercing). </p> <p>The mid control is where the magic resides, providing wonderfully boxy, vocal-like tones without annoying nasal overtones (think Brian May’s classic treble booster solo tones). With the distortion and mid controls all the way up and the bass and treble at noon, the pedal nails classic Boston tones, while maxing the bass and treble and minimizing the mid delivers Dimebag dementia. Even maximum distortion settings clean up as the guitar’s volume is backed down, and extraneous noise is nonexistent.</p> <p><strong>List Price</strong> $169.99<br /> <strong>Manufacturer</strong> MXR, <a href="http://www.jimdunlop.com/">jimdunlop.com</a></p> <p><strong>Cheat Sheet</strong></p> <p>The EQ controls deliver an impressively wide range of tones, from classic-rock midrange crunch to scooped-mid metal roar.</p> <p>The output control provides significant amounts of boost, while the distortion control offers a range of textures, including clean boost, tubey blues-style overdrive and sizzling saturation.</p> <p><strong>The Bottom Line</strong></p> <p>With its versatile EQ section and responsive, dynamic gain circuit, the MXR Super Badass is possibly the best distortion pedal that MXR has ever offered.</p> <!-- Start of Brightcove Player --><!-- Start of Brightcove Player --><div style="display:none"> </div> <!-- By use of this code snippet, I agree to the Brightcove Publisher T and C found at https://accounts.brightcove.com/en/terms-and-conditions/. --><!-- By use of this code snippet, I agree to the Brightcove Publisher T and C found at https://accounts.brightcove.com/en/terms-and-conditions/. --><script language="JavaScript" type="text/javascript" src="http://admin.brightcove.com/js/BrightcoveExperiences.js"></script><object id="myExperience2652132405001" class="BrightcoveExperience"> <param name="bgcolor" value="#FFFFFF" /> <param name="width" value="620" /> <param name="height" value="348" /> <param name="playerID" value="798983031001" /> <param name="playerKey" value="AQ~~,AAAAj36EdAk~,0qwz1H1Ey92wZ6vLZcchClKTXdFbuP3P" /> <param name="isVid" value="true" /> <param name="isUI" value="true" /> <param name="dynamicStreaming" value="true" /> <param name="@videoPlayer" value="2652132405001" /> </object><!-- This script tag will cause the Brightcove Players defined above it to be created as soon as the line is read by the browser. 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With its classic Output, Tone and Distortion control setup, this pedal’s huge, articulate sound is easy to dial in. The Prime Distortion packs a huge punch when you dig in, but it also cleans up when you pull back. </p> <p>This 100-percent analog distortion uses low-noise op amps, so you don’t get any extra noise when the gain levels soar.</p> <p><strong>Features:</strong></p> <p>• Responsive to attack<br /> • Output, Tone and Distortion controls<br /> • Low noise op amps<br /> • 100 percent analog<br /> • Street price: $49.99.</p> <p>For more about Dunlop's MXR pedals, head to <a href="http://www.jimdunlop.com/products/electronics/mxr">jimdunlop.com/products/electronics/mxr</a>.</p> <p>Here are two new videos that demo the MXR Prime Distortion pedal:</p> <p><strong>TAL</strong><br /> <em>Jackson Guitar w/ EMG active humbuckers + M69 Prime Distortion + LAVA Vintage Coil cables + Marshall Super Lead (100w) and 4-12 slant cabinet. Recorded with Heil PR30 and Royer 101 microphones. Performance: Tal Morris. Executive Producer: Jimmy Dunlop.</em></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="360" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/iuiy88QA8S4" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><strong>JAMES</strong><br /> <em>Fender Telecaster + M69 Prime Distortion + LAVA Vintage Tweed cables + Carr "Impala" amplifier (6L6, 40w); Recorded with Heil PR30 and Royer 101 microphones. Performance: James Deprato. Executive Producer: Jimmy Dunlop</em>.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="360" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/-i8ypMD5A1E" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/jim-dunlop-introduces-mxr-prime-distortion-pedal#comments Dunlop Manufacturing Guitar Center Jim Dunlop MXR Videos Effects News Gear Fri, 12 Jul 2013 20:05:06 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/18389 Totally Gnarly: Five Modern Effect Pedals That Recreate Gritty '80s Sounds http://www.guitarworld.com/totally-gnarly-five-modern-effect-pedals-recreate-gritty-80s-sounds <!--paging_filter--><p>To music fans, the 1980s will always represent the pinnacle of rock and roll decadence.</p> <p>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. </p> <p>But don't think thrash and glam is all there was to the '80s. While metal ruled the airwaves, a Texan named Stevie Ray Vaughan was busy reinventing the blues with his Tube Screamer and his trusty No. 1 Strat. </p> <p>The '80s was truly a great time to be a great guitarist, and this list — compiled by a group of <em>Guitar World</em> staffers including Gear Editor Paul Riario — will help you recapture some of the era's totally awesome tones using modern effect pedals.</p> <p><strong>Ibanez TS808 Vintage Tube Screamer Reissue</strong></p> <p>Here's a pedal that's arguably as legendary as the guys who stomped on it back in the day — guys like George Lynch and, oh yes, Stevie Ray Vaughan.</p> <p>Since Ibanez (with some help from Maxon) introduced the first Tube Screamer in the '70s, they've come up with a few variations, including the equally popular and slicker-looking TS9. But the TS808 — with its distinctive pale-green color and funny little square footswitch — is considered the real classic of the bunch. (Feel free to argue in the comments below!)</p> <p>Serious gearheads used to search long and hard for this pedal before Ibanez reissued it a few years ago, complete with the sound of the original JRC4558 chip. Control-wise, they keep it as simple and self-explanatory as always; there's Overdrive, Tone and Level. </p> <p>The Tube Screamer dishes out some truly warm overdrive, sounding very much like a gloriously overdriven tube amp, even when you're not playing at eardrum-splitting volumes, providing strong sustain and mids along the way. Bear in mind the TS808 isn't an all-out distortion pedal; just check out any live SRV performance to hear it in action.</p> <p><em>MSRP: $257.13 | <a href="http://www.ibanez.co.jp/products/u_effect_page13.php?effect_id=3&amp;year=2013&amp;cat_id=6&amp;series_id=100">Head here for more info.</a></em></p> <p><img src="/files/imce-images/tube.jpg" width="620" height="600" alt="tube.jpg" /></p> <hr /> <p><strong>Blackstar HT-DISTX</strong></p> <p>The HT-DISTX is described simply as an "ultra high gain, filth machine," which should be all you need to hear to know this pedal is exactly what you need to nail those gnarly '80s distortion sounds.</p> <p>Whether you're looking to add some glam-metal sleaze to your sound or want to go on a full-on thrash attack, the HT-DISTX from Blackstar is a solid, reliable pedal that will give you top-notch distortion sounds every time.</p> <p>Featuring genuine valve design, the HT-DISTX also responds like a valve amp, giving you some of the best speaker-emulated output on the market. Along with controls for Gain, Bass, Middle, Treble and Drive, the HT-DISTX features the patented Infinite Shape Feature, which lets you cover tones ranging from classic British tube amps to hefty, modern solid states.</p> <p><em>MRSP: $249.99 | <a href="http://www.blackstaramps.com/products/ht-effects/">Head here for more info.</a></em></p> <p><img src="http://dl.guitarworld.com/distx.jpg" width="620" /></p> <hr /> <p><strong>Dunlop GCB95F Crybaby Classic</strong></p> <p>Of all the Crybaby variations Dunlop manufactures in 2012, only one is called "Classic." </p> <p>After all, this model, which, like Ibanez's Tube Screamer (See above), was recently reissued, features the much-sought-after Italian-made Fasel inductor. The Fasel was produced in the '60s — then went bye-bye for a few decades — but it's back, and the GCB95F Crybaby Classic has it under the hood.</p> <p>What does this mean to you? You get the same tone that guitar heroes of past decades (including Slash, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Michael Schenker and countless '80s icons) put to good use, namely that hard-to-put-into-words old-school "quack." </p> <p>The unit also features heavy die-cast construction; a 100K ohm Hot Potz potentiometer that allows for a quick, abrupt wah sound; and true-bypass switching. </p> <p><em>MSRP: $210.30 | <a href="http://www.jimdunlop.com/product/gcb95f-cry-baby-classic">Head here for more info.</a></em></p> <p><img src="/files/imce-images/wah.jpg" width="620" height="608" alt="wah.jpg" /></p> <hr /> <p><strong>MXR EVH Eddie Van Halen Phase 90</strong></p> <p>Van Halen may have burst onto the scene in 1978, but make no mistake, Eddie Van Halen defined the sound of '80s rock guitar. King Edward was perhaps as influential for his choice of gear as he was for his playing, inspiring countless guitarists to throw a phaser in their rig right next to that extra can of hairspray. </p> <p>As for getting that classic phase tone, it's always best to go straight to the source. The EVH Phase 90 from MXR is the result of a collaboration between Dunlop and Eddie Van Halen and is tailored by the man himself to be able to handle everything from "Ain't Talkin' 'Bout Love" to "Eruption."</p> <p>On top of its single knob for speed, the Phase 90 also features a discreet little button that lets you switch from between "Script Logo" and "Block Logo" phase tones, the latter being perfect for putting a harder edge on your phase sounds.</p> <p><em>MRSP: $247.95 | <a href="http://www.jimdunlop.com/product/evh90-phase-90">Head here for more info.</a></em></p> <p><img src="http://dl.guitarworld.com/EVH90.png" /></p> <hr /> <p><strong>Boss Super Chorus CH-1</strong></p> <p>Outside of Max Headroom and <em>The Breakfast Club</em>, it just doesn't get more '80s than chorus.</p> <p>And if you're looking for an outstanding, reliable, long-lasting chorus pedal (whether you're a guitarist or a keyboard player), look no further than Boss' Super Chorus CH-1. </p> <p>It delivers exactly what a chrous pedal should deliver: a swirling, clean, classic chorus sound with crystal-clear highs and an engaging stereo effect, variable between left and right speakers. Its Effect Level, EQ, Rate and Depth knobs let you dial in the exact sound "shape" you're after (from subtle vibe to lush wetness), and there are Mono input and Stereo outputs for connection to two amps.</p> <p>The Boss even enables you to cut through during overdrive or distorted lead parts, and it sounds great regardless of where you have it lined up on your board. </p> <p><em>MSRP: $154.50 | <a href="http://www.bossus.com/gear/productdetails.php?ProductId=137">Head here for more info.</a></em></p> <p><img src="/files/imce-images/boss.jpg" width="620" height="612" alt="boss.jpg" /></p> <p><strong>Right now, with more than 40 years of design experience and musical experimentation to draw on, we're in the midst of a golden age for guitar effect pedal users and makers. You can choose the original, pioneering vintage models or souped-up clones from more contemporary designers. In his guide, <em>Guitar Effects Pedals - The Practical Handbook,</em> Dave Hunter spells out the pros and cons of both. The book includes interviews revealing eight top pedal makers' diverse approaches to building effects. <a href="http://store.guitarworld.com/collections/mix-books/products/guitar-effects-pedals-the-practical-handbook/?&amp;utm_source=gw_homepage&amp;utm_medium=daily_scroller&amp;utm_campaign=80sPedals">It's available now at the Guitar World Online Store for $24.99</a>.</strong></p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-additional-content"><legend>Additional Content</legend><div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-artist"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Related Artist:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/stevie-ray-vaughan">Stevie Ray Vaughan</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/eddie-van-halen">Eddie Van Halen</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/totally-gnarly-five-modern-effect-pedals-recreate-gritty-80s-sounds#comments Blackstar Boss Dunlop Eddie Van Halen Ibanez Jim Dunlop MXR Roland Stevie Ray Vaughan Effects News Features Gear Wed, 13 Feb 2013 19:29:51 +0000 Josh Hart, Damian Fanelli http://www.guitarworld.com/article/16628 Guitar World Staff Picks: Paul Riario’s Top Five Effect Pedals of 2012 http://www.guitarworld.com/guitar-world-staff-picks-paul-riario-s-top-five-effect-pedals-2012 <!--paging_filter--><p>Effects are like jellybeans. You can’t have just one — and is there really a flavor you don’t like? </p> <p>They’re all good. But since I must, I have to give you a list of the best flavors of effects this year. Keep in mind, if I could, I’d give you a top 20 list of my favorite stomp boxes of 2012, but I’ll limit it to five because I need to hold your attention and honestly, I’d be splitting hairs with some because there were so many good ones to pick from. </p> <p>I’ve chosen five different types of effects, in essence, the type of stomp boxes every guitarist uses and ones that typically claim real estate on your pedal board. So with that, I have my favorite delay, wah, gain, modulation and … well, just see for yourself.</p> <p><strong>05. DigiTech iStomp</strong></p> <p>The DigiTech iStomp ($229.95) is a revolutionary pedal. If you own an iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch, you can turn this black “blank canvas” stomp box into any type of singular guitar effect at any time, simply by downloading the desired effect from DigiTech’s Stomp Shop at the iTunes store and quickly upload it into the iStomp. </p> <p>The iStomp includes 10 free ePedals, power supply and a SmartCable to download the effect from your iOS device. Once you connect to the Stomp Shop, you can try out any pedal without purchasing it, and if allotted five minutes time isn’t enough for you to make a decision on whether or not you like it, you can download it all over again. </p> <p>The pedals range in price from 99 cents to $19.99, and there are more than 40 different guitar effects of every flavor available for you to store on your iOS device to upload into the iStomp when the gig calls for it. </p> <p><strong>More info:</strong> <a href="http://www.digitech.com/en-US/products/istomp">digitech.com</a></p> <p><img src="/files/imce-images/DigiTech%20iStomp%20Box.png" width="620" height="451" alt="DigiTech iStomp Box.png" /></p> <p><img src="/files/imce-images/DigiTech%20iStomp.png" width="620" height="655" alt="DigiTech iStomp.png" /></p> <hr /> <p><strong>04. Wampler Pedals Brent Mason V2 Hot Wired </strong></p> <p>Last year I picked Wampler Pedals' Brent Mason Hot Wired as one of my favorite pedals, and just when I thought this two-in-one overdrive/distortion pedal is about as good as it gets, they release the V2. </p> <p>The V2 Hot Wired ($259.97) adds more flexibility with a blend control to mix in your clean signal with the overdrive and a slightly more organic, warmer overdrive on its overdrive channel. The pedal can be used as an overdrive or a distortion pedal with its two separate foot switches, or both channels can be cascaded together to get both gain stages “stacked” for more gain. </p> <p><strong>More info:</strong> <a href="http://www.wamplerpedals.com/">wamplerpedals.com</a></p> <p><img src="/files/imce-images/wampler-hot-wired-v2-3.jpg" width="620" height="620" alt="wampler-hot-wired-v2-3.jpg" /></p> <hr /> <p><strong>03. Dunlop Joe Bonamassa CryBaby Wah </strong></p> <p>Every guitarist I know has a wah on his/her pedal board, and you can’t have a top effects list without including this essential effect in it. </p> <p>The Joe Bonamassa CryBaby Wah ($298.68) is the latest signature wah pedal from Dunlop — which happens to make 10 signature wahs — and this new wah has such a wide and lively sweep that it sounds almost vintage in character. </p> <p>The Bonamassa wah looks elegant with its shiny copper top (Is it just me to think that all wahs should have this look?) and glossy black body. The wah has a Halo inductor (a “haloed” component that adds the vocal-like quality found in the very desirable vintage VOX Clyde McCoy wahs) and a switch for true-bypass or non-true-bypass operation (Joe likes to set it for non-true bypass to smooth the top end). </p> <p>The Bonamassa wah is an articulate wah that captures many of the desirable “White Room” and “Tales Of Brave Ulysses” tones most guitar players love from Eric Clapton’s Cream era.</p> <p><strong>More info:</strong> <a href="http://www.jimdunlop.com/">jimdunlop.com</a></p> <p><img src="/files/imce-images/dunlop-joe-bonamassa-cry-baby-640-80.jpg" width="620" height="465" alt="dunlop-joe-bonamassa-cry-baby-640-80.jpg" /></p> <p><img src="/files/imce-images/MDU-JB95.png.jpeg" width="620" height="473" alt="MDU-JB95.png.jpeg" /></p> <hr /> <p><strong>02. Z.Vex Effects Sonar</strong></p> <p>Z.Vex has always been one of my favorite effects manufacturers because they always seem to have an innovative spin on every new stomp box they introduce. </p> <p>The Sonar ($329, hand-painted; $219, Vexter Series, not hand-painted) is not just an ordinary tremolo pedal but one that slices and dices and chops up your signal in a multitude of ways. </p> <p>It can be made to sound somewhat traditional but who wants just that? The Sonar can get very machine-like and quirky in its tremolo sounds — kind of like if Kraftwerk decided to cover Creedence Clearwater Revival’s “Born On The Bayou.” </p> <p>All the knobs and mini toggles play with the idea of when and where you wish to hit peak volume of the tremolo and when it ramps up or down to the end of the signal. It excels when using a high-gain amplifier to create helicopter sounds or very quick stutters. Get the hand-painted version because each Z.Vex pedal is a work of art. Trust me.</p> <p><strong>More info:</strong> <a href="http://zvex.com/">zvex.com</a></p> <p><img src="/files/imce-images/p1_u2ftvgteh_so.jpg" width="620" height="327" alt="p1_u2ftvgteh_so.jpg" /></p> <p><img src="/files/imce-images/p1_uvbyka4gk_so.jpg" width="620" height="347" alt="p1_uvbyka4gk_so.jpg" /></p> <hr /> <p><strong>01. TC Electronic Flashback X4 Delay</strong></p> <p>Not too long ago, TC Electronic introduced their compact pedal series with their pioneering TonePrint technology in some of them, which enables you to beam (from your iPhone) custom settings created by famous guitarists directly into your TonePrint-enabled stompbox. </p> <p>The new X4 Flashback ($369) has the same TonePrint technology found in their compact pedals but it’s clearly the tractor trailer of their series hauling in 16 delay types, three presets to store your favorite settings, tap tempo switch and a 40-second looper. </p> <p>One of the best settings happens to be the 2290 Dynamic Digital Delay, which was the preeminent rack delay made by TC before it was discontinued. I find the X4 to be the new workingman’s delay pedal because of its crystal clear sounds and intuitive operation that makes dialing in and storing your favorite delays a breeze, not to mention, the ability to store an additional four TonePrint delay settings.</p> <p><strong>More info:</strong> <a href="http://www.tcelectronic.com/">tcelectronic.com</a></p> <p><img src="/files/imce-images/flashback-x4-front.jpg" width="620" height="384" alt="flashback-x4-front.jpg" /></p> <p><img src="/files/imce-images/flashback-x4-rear.jpg" width="620" height="162" alt="flashback-x4-rear.jpg" /></p> <p><em>I try very hard to remain under the radar despite being on camera as gear editor, but in this age of social media it was only a matter of time before it had to come to this. So with that, I will make my blog painless and a quick and easy read so you can get on to more important things like practicing guitar and sweep picking, or if you’re like me, obsessing how to race the Tour De France and trying to be Kristen Stewart’s next mistake. I will use this blog to inform you of things I find cool; like new gear I’m playing through and what I’m watching, reading or listening to at any given moment. So feel free to ask me anything that’s gear related — or if you have a problem with your girlfriend, you know, life lesson stuff, I’m pretty good at that too — and I’ll do my best to answer or address it here.</em></p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-additional-content"><legend>Additional Content</legend><div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-artist"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Related Artist:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/joe-bonamassa">Joe Bonamassa</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/guitar-world-staff-picks-paul-riario-s-top-five-effect-pedals-2012#comments Brent Mason DigiTech Dunlop Jim Dunlop Joe Bonamassa Paul Riario TC Electronic Wampler Pedals Z.Vex Blogs News Features Mon, 17 Dec 2012 17:03:01 +0000 Paul Riario http://www.guitarworld.com/article/17412 Dunlop Introduces Limited-Edition Jimi Hendrix 70th Anniversary Tribute Series Pedals http://www.guitarworld.com/dunlop-introduces-limited-edition-jimi-hendrix-70th-anniversary-tribute-series-pedals <!--paging_filter--><p>Jim Dunlop is celebrating Jimi Hendrix's 70th birthday (November 27) by releasing a limited-edition series of pedals, the Jimi Hendrix 70th Anniversary Tribute Series. </p> <p>It includes four effects that were a major part of Hendrix’s signal chain: the Fuzz Face, Cry Baby, Octavio and Univibe. </p> <p>The Hendrix Series Fuzz Face, Octavio and Univibe, which were designed by the MXR team, come in Phase 90-sized housings with modern upgrades such as true bypass switching, bright LEDs and 9-volt power jacks. </p> <p>The Jimi Hendrix Signature Cry Baby comes in a slick gloss black finish and, along with the other three pedals, is covered in artwork inspired by John Van Hamersveld’s poster from Hendrix’s 1968 Shrine Auditorium gig.</p> <p>Dunlop is offering one lucky player the chance to win a prize package containing one of each of these effects. <a href="http://www.jimdunlop.com/contest/hendrix-2012-giveaway">You can enter the giveaway here</a>.</p> <p>For more information about these pedals, visit <a href="http://www.jimdunlop.com/">jimdunlop.com</a>. You also can click the individual links below:</p> <p>• <a href="http://www.jimdunlop.com/product/hendrix-70-fuzz-face">Hendrix 70th Anniversary Tribute Series Fuzz Face</a></p> <p>• <a href="http://www.jimdunlop.com/product/hendrix-70-univibe">Hendrix 70th Anniversary Tribute Series Univibe</a></p> <p>• <a href="http://www.jimdunlop.com/product/hendrix-70-octavio">Hendrix 70th Anniversary Tribute Series Octavio</a></p> <p>• <a href="http://www.jimdunlop.com/product/hendrix-70-crybaby">Hendrix 70th Anniversary Tribute Series Cry Baby</a>.</p> <p>Check out this new intro/demo video of the pedals featuring guitarist Eric Gales:</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="349" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/Ct_M32OVMM0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-additional-content"><legend>Additional Content</legend><div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-artist"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Related Artist:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/jimi-hendrix">Jimi Hendrix</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/dunlop-introduces-limited-edition-jimi-hendrix-70th-anniversary-tribute-series-pedals#comments Dunlop Eric Gales Jim Dunlop Jimi Hendrix MXR Effects News Gear Wed, 21 Nov 2012 00:46:17 +0000 Damian Fanelli http://www.guitarworld.com/article/17203 Dunlop Introduces Way Huge Echo-Puss Analog Delay Pedal http://www.guitarworld.com/dunlop-introduces-way-huge-echo-puss-analog-delay-pedal <!--paging_filter--><p>Jim Dunlop has introduced the Way Huge Echo-Puss Analog Delay, which was designed by Way Huge founder and delay expert Jeorge Tripps.</p> <p>The pedal was designed for players who want an organic analog delay pedal that lets fine-tune their delay sound with a simple user interface. It serves up 600ms of delay with a pair of gravelly voiced bucket-brigade chips. </p> <p>A fully tweakable LFO modulation circuit allows you to add a liquid texture to the sound of the repeats. This edition is graced with custom artwork from artist Alan Forbes and is limited to 500 pieces.</p> <p>For more information on the Way Huge Echo-Puss, plus audio samples and an interview with Tripps, head to <a href="http://www.jimdunlop.com/product/echo-puss-limited">jimdunlop.com</a>.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="349" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/Qm0-cpqlZqw?list=UUgqWioTaKqlXpWw25jmHEVg&amp;hl=en_US" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/dunlop-introduces-way-huge-echo-puss-analog-delay-pedal#comments Jim Dunlop Effects News Gear Wed, 17 Oct 2012 20:54:01 +0000 Lukasz Bielawski http://www.guitarworld.com/article/16981