Tips & Tricks: How to protect the pots from unintentional maladjustment

Tips & tricksIt is so annoying: you have spent hours to find the perfect tuning for a pedal while the minutes of the transport to wherever or even the seconds of a single touch are enough to lead to a maladjustment of the pots. Continue reading “Tips & Tricks: How to protect the pots from unintentional maladjustment”

Legendary overdrive pedals 5 – ZVEX Box of Rock

Box of RockThe 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”

Legendary overdrive pedals 4 – Fulltone OCD

Fulltone OCDThis 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”

Legendary overdrive pedals 3 – Tone Bender

Tone benderHistory

The Colorsound Tone Bender has been invented in the legendary Denmark Street in London. Continue reading “Legendary overdrive pedals 3 – Tone Bender”

Tips & Tricks: The best power supply

Tips & tricksThe majority of pedals run on 9V and many of them can be used with a 9V battery.
But insatiable digital effects suck out the batteries at top speed or it is impossible to run them on battery.
This is when the question arises, which power supply is the most suitable one. Continue reading “Tips & Tricks: The best power supply”

Effect pedal switching noise

Tips & tricksMany effect pedal manufacturers offer pedals with true bypass.
This kind of pedals prevail a lot of advantages but also the disadvantage of the switching noise.
But where does this “plop” or “click” come from and how can it be eliminated? Continue reading “Effect pedal switching noise”

Things, mini pedal manufacturers should take into account

The times of dish-sized Fuzz Face pedals are over – the trend is towards even smaller mini effect pedals.
But with regard to this mini pedals there are some things, the manufacturers should consider. Continue reading “Things, mini pedal manufacturers should take into account”

Pedalboards

PedalboardTo every guitarist, who use more than three effect pedals, it makes sense to think about how to transport and store the pedals in a rational way.
The need for a re-arrangement of the pedals before each gig or rehearsal is, on the one hand, pretty time consuming and, on the other hand, the permanent movement may cause a serious damage of cables or jacks.
But which pedalboard is the right one? Continue reading “Pedalboards”

„Always on“ pedals

Ask the DudeOn many pedalboards you can find pedals that stay on all the time and occasionally the question comes to your mind, if you might have chosen the wrong equipment to create the sound you actually long for. Continue reading “„Always on“ pedals”

„Analog dry thru“ – the new “true bypass”?

Ask the DudeFor a long time, the question if a pedal has true bypass or not, was a decisive aspect concerning the decision to get it or not.
At the moment you can find many discussions about the question if a pedal has got analog dry thru and, if it lacks analog dry thru, if this fact influences the sound and the way you interact with your equipment. Continue reading “„Analog dry thru“ – the new “true bypass”?”

Tips & Tricks: EQing Delay Pedals

Tips & tricksOverdrive pedals mostly provide a tone control to adapt the frequencies of the distortion to the amp and the guitar.
Unfortunately, many delays lack this feature or you will at best get a low pass or low cut filter.
Although for delays in particular, it is important to fit into the mix quite well. Continue reading “Tips & Tricks: EQing Delay Pedals”

Which pedal should I get: DOD Rubberneck vs. MXR Carbon Copy Deluxe?

The DOD Rubberneck and the MXR Carbon Copy Deluxe are two terrific analog delays with numerous features which have been put on the market recently. Continue reading “Which pedal should I get: DOD Rubberneck vs. MXR Carbon Copy Deluxe?”

Tremolo effects

Effect PedalTo modulate sound signals by rhythmical amplitude fluctuations was a technique that has already been used in the 1950s and became famous again through grunge music.
Besides the first DeArmond tremolo effect, about which I already wrote in this article, there are many other possibilities to produce a tremolo effect. Continue reading “Tremolo effects”

Flanger

Effect PedalAt the moment flanger pedals are rather unpopular- maybe because they have been used far too often in the 80s or maybe because of their distinctive sound.
But not all flange effects are equal and depending on the way of use a flange effect can sound quite interesting. Continue reading “Flanger”