In a certain way he was like the doctor of the music scene. Besides his brilliant own inventions, Jim Dunlop brought dead ones back to life. Continue reading “Obituary: Jim Dunlop – more than the Cry-Baby”
In the 1980s, the first digital chips were used to produce delay pedals. The advantage was, that these racks and pedals were able to offer a longer delay time than the analog delays of those days and, at the same time, produced less hiss. Continue reading “Digital delays”
The ZVEX Box of Rock is one of those pedals that every guitarist should have played at least once in his life.
To many this is the reference to all “Marshall in a Box”- pedals. Continue reading “Legendary overdrive pedals 5 – ZVEX Box of Rock”
This episode of the series is dedicated to a modern overdrive pedal which already has become a legend: the Fulltone OCD. Continue reading “Legendary overdrive pedals 4 – Fulltone OCD”
The Colorsound Tone Bender has been invented in the legendary Denmark Street in London. Continue reading “Legendary overdrive pedals 3 – Tone Bender”
The Electro Harmonix Big Muff is one of the most legendary overdrive pedals ever invented.
I guess, almost every guitarist used this pedal at least once in his career.
The most famous are David Gilmour, Billy Corgan, Jack White, J. Mascis and John Frusciante. Continue reading “Legendary overdrive pedals (2) – Big Muff”
The first name, that comes to one’s mind when the “fuzz” is mentioned, is Jimi Hendrix.
But to me, the creator of this pedal’s wiring was not less important for the history of guitar music.
His name war Glenn Snoddy. Continue reading “Obituary: Glenn Snoddy – the creator of the fuzz pedal”
The Proco Rat is one of the most legendary overdrive pedals and has been used by countless guitarists. Continue reading “Effect History: Legendary Overdrive Pedals – Part 1”
In part 1 and 2 I have dedicated myself to the beginnings of multi digital delays and the second generation of this kind of pedals.
Recently there occurred some new developments concerning delays, so I would like to present the latest multi delays. Continue reading “Effect History: Multi Digital Delays – Current developments (Part 3)”
The first part of this series was about the Boss DD-20 and the Line6 DL4.
Both pedals have been the standard for a long time and still they are pretty popular.
But they have been replaced by technically extensive pedals of the next generation. Continue reading “Effect History: Multi Digital Delays (Part 2)”
Almost every guitarist who is addicted to delays is always searching for the perfect delay sound.
Uncountable analog and digital delays are jockeying for space on the pedalboard.
Early 21st century numerous manufacturers recognized this dilemma and started to invent multi digital delays.
Some of them I would like to present in a three-part series. Continue reading “Effect History: The first multi digital delays (Part 1)”
Whenever you read something about amplifiers you will hit terms like “Blackface”, “British sound” and “Tweet sound”. But what is meant by them? Continue reading “Types of amplifiers – Part 1”
There are many good and informative pages for guitarists on the internet. I would like to present you a list of my favourite pages: Continue reading “The 10 most exciting pages for guitarists”
In the 90s there was a recollection. Grunge killed the dreams of the hairspray-metal bands and thus, also of the effect-industry. For cost reasons and also as a commercially statement many guitarists bought second hand pedals and were satisfied with two or three of them. The previous polished sound became rougher. Continue reading “Effect history (Part 5): Retro boom of the 90s”