Guitar effects

  1. Tech Tips: Effects Pedal Signal Chain

    Tech Tips: Effects Pedal Signal Chain
    [caption id="attachment_1439" align="alignright" width="215"]Mad Professor Ruby Red Booster Effects Pedal Mad Professor Ruby Red Booster Effects Pedal[/caption] An effects pedal signal chain is simply the order in which a series of pedals are connected. If you have ever seen a player use a pedal board, the order of his pedals make up his signal chain. And if by some chance you thought that you can simply place these pedals in any sort of order and still get the same results – think again! Even if you’re just working with two pedals, you will get a different sound depending on the order.   Let’s suppose we are using two very common effects pedals – a wah-wah and distortion. Distortion followed by wah will give you an overstated, thick, duck-like quacking sound while placing the wah before the distortion will give you a much more subtle (more importantly, musical) tone. Now, for most players, deciding what should go where on a signal chain simply came through trial and error along with a good dose of common knowledge. And while a player’s signal chain should be his or her own, those of you out there new to creating a solid signal chain can benefit from some of the general 'rule of thumb' type of advice that can get you started in the right direction. First of all, a good way to begin figuring out the best possible setup for creating an effects chain is by understanding the relationship between a guitar’s signal, the way effects  are applied, and the amp that will decipher the sound. Continue reading →
  2. Distortion and Overdrive Discussed

    Distortion and Overdrive Discussed
    Looking for top quality tone? Look no further than the Keeley Red Dirt Overdrive!  If you were to ask ten different musicians about distortion vs overdrive chances are you’ll get ten different answers but a common theme they will all share is what each sounds like. In other words, they will be describing the effect’s sound qualities rather than...
  3. “Turn your guitar into a string synth and Irish tin whistle”

    Happy St. Paddy’s Day 2011 Top of the morning to ya! Here's a little St. Patrick's Day Cheer from the Electro-Harmonix Guitar Effects Company. Don't forget to sport some green out there and have a Jolly Good Day! Cheers! Bill Ruppert breathes in the dew of a fine morning in old Eire. With a sly wink and a nod, Bill...
  4. TECH TIPS: Pedal Troubleshooting & Maintenance 101

    Most guitarists spend the majority of their time learning, practicing and performing with their instrument. This is as it should be. But if you play an electric, then a certain amount of time and attention is required to optimize your gear. Working all the knobs and switches is one thing, but occasionally more than basic operation will be required, especially...
  5. Way Huge Green Rhino MkII Overdrive Pedal Review

    Review By Jordan Wagner Jeorge Tripps' take on the classic green overdrive is back with two additional controls—100Hz level and Curve—to give vintage-style overdrives a run for their money. In its original incarnation, the famed Green Rhino Overdrive II is nearly as rare as its animal namesake. Originally introduced in 1994, the Green Rhino helped set the standard for what...

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