Effect pedals interacting with the whole setup

Ask the DudeOne loves the Tubescreamer, the other hates it. It is impossible to keep everyone happy. While to one guitarist the overdrive pedal sounds perfect, stresses the mids in an optimal way and creates the ultimate range of distortion, the same pedal seems hollow with the bass cut quite too much to another guitar player. Continue reading “Effect pedals interacting with the whole setup”

Tube amp, transistor, NuTube

Vox Lil' Night TrainGuitarists are known to be pretty traditional and therefore love tube amps.
Tube amps (mostly) sound quite well but at the same time they are (typically) pretty loud.
And especially in this day and age the use of PA systems is standard everywhere, a guitarist who plays just for fun or maybe even semi-professional will not be able to use a 100 Watts amp head. Continue reading “Tube amp, transistor, NuTube”

Bedroom Level Amp

amp vergleichThe sound of a tube amplifier pushed into saturation is unique. And although sometimes I play clean, my favorite amp-sound is never totally clean. I adjusted the amp in a way that it shows soft colorations and starts to compress when I dig in harder. This is the reason why so many prefer the supposed clean-sound of a tube amp instead of the sound of a transistor amplifier. Continue reading “Bedroom Level Amp”

Effect history (Part 2): The 60s – transistor pedals

Effect PedalThe new transistor-technique

The first fuzz-pedals have been invented in the early 60s. One of the first pedals using the new transistor-technique was the Maestro Fuzz Tone Pedal which became famous by the Song “Satisfaction” of the Rolling Stones. Continue reading “Effect history (Part 2): The 60s – transistor pedals”

Transparent Overdrives- The perfect Low Gain Sound

In many forums all over the world guitarist are searching for the “transparent overdrive”. But what is meant by this and does a transparent overdrive make sense?

Ibanez TS-9 TubescreamerTubescreamer

Tubscreamer and similar overdrives place great emphasis on the mids. This kind of overdrive is appropriate as an additional booster to an amplifier that is already overdriven. By creating haunting mids the sound of the guitar becomes more assertive and will be perceived much more in the context of the band as a whole. Continue reading “Transparent Overdrives- The perfect Low Gain Sound”