1. Voodoo Lab Sparkle Drive MOD OD Pedal Review

    Voodoo Lab Sparkle Drive MOD OD Pedal Review
    [caption id="attachment_2253" align="alignright" width="300"]sparkle_drive_mod VOODOO LAB Sparkle Drive MOD Overdrive Guitar Effects Pedal[/caption] Today we'll be taking a look at the Sparkle Drive from Voodoo Lab! Does it have enough to stand out among the already crowded overdrive effects scene? First off, if you don't know much about the guys behind the Sparkle Drive MOD, they are pretty well-known for their rugged, reliable and handmade professional electronics that go beyond just effects pedals. Touring and recording musicians from around the world have been using Voodoo Lab gear since the company’s inception in 1986. They continue to add to their success by delivering pure, richly detailed tones that can be heard on some of the biggest stages in rock today! Alright, now that we got that out of the way, let’s check out some of the finer points of the Sparkle Drive MOD Overdrive effects pedal.   Continue reading →
  2. What's the Difference between Distortion and Overdrive Pedals?

    What's the Difference between Distortion and Overdrive Pedals?
    [caption id="attachment_2894" align="alignright" width="300"]ts9dxflexi4x2 Keeley modified Ibanez TS-9 Tube Screamer @ $299.00. Four modes of tube amp overdrive in one amazing Tube Screamer!!! It's the Keeley MOD PLUS and Keeley BAKED MOD by way of a single toggle switch in a single Ibanez Tube Screamer![/caption] Q: I've been looking into both distortion and overdrive pedals but I'm not sure which one to get. What's the difference between distortion and overdrive pedals anyway? It’s not surprising that there’s a lot of confusion about these two effects mainly because they’re used so loosely and oftentimes interchangeably, especially in regards to pedals. From the perspective of an amplifier, overdrive is what happens when the input gain exceeds what the amp was made to handle. Distortion is what we actually hear when that happens. The more overdriven an amp gets, the more distortion we hear. Continue reading →
  3. Brand Spotlight: Boss Effects

    Brand Spotlight: Boss Effects
    Boss effects pedals are easily one of the most recognizable and widespread stompboxes in use today, reaching iconic status as a staple of the music industry. With over 10,000,000 guitar and bass effects sold, millions of players around the world have adopted Boss pedals as part of their sonic arsenal including some of music’s biggest names such as Dave Navarro, John Petrucci, Steve Vai, and Joe Satriani. The reason for their success is simple: Boss pedals offer a great tone at a great price, a recipe for success that many have tried to replicate but few have reached. They’re also built to last, encased in tough metal box that is made to take the beating of constant use. Whether you're a seasoned pro or shopping for your first pedal, Boss effects will not disappoint! Continue reading →
  4. BBE G Screamer Gus G Signature OD Review

    BBE G Screamer Overdrive Pedal @ $119.99 Out the several new pedals BBE has released this year, I was admittedly most excited for the G Screamer Overdrive. Seeing as how this jet black pedal is essentially a tweaked version of the Green Screamer – one of my favorite overdrive pedals on the market today – I was very interested in...
  5. MXR Il Torino Overdrive

    MXR  Il Torino Overdrive
    [caption id="attachment_2144" align="alignright" width="300"]Torino The Il Torino Overdrive uses MOSFET technology to recreate the gain structure of classic tube preamps.[/caption] Knob tweakers and tone freaks, your overdrive pedal has arrived. The Il Torino Overdrive, the MXR Custom Shop showroom’s latest addition, gives you smooth, organic grit with the controls you need to adapt its sound to your carefully constructed signal chain. Designed by guest Custom Shop engineer Carlo Sorasio, Italy’s premier boutique amp and pedal builder, the Il Torino Overdrive uses MOSFET technology to recreate the gain structure of classic tube preamps, allowing it to sing with sweet, touch responsive saturation and natural sounding compression. Next, Carlo added a 3-band EQ section so you can finely shape the sound of the overdrive. Finally, Carlo added a BOOST/OD switch to toggle between Boost Mode — a cleaner sound with just the right amount of compression and sustain — and OD Mode — a more aggressive, cranked tube amp sound. Continue reading →

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