Several times I found in guitar forums the comment that some guitarists can`t deal with the mix pot of the MXR Carbon Copy Deluxe. It is true: you have to turn the pot into full clockwise direction to get a delay signal which is a bit louder than the clean guitar signal. Continue reading “Tips & Tricks: MXR Carbon Copy Deluxe”
Once found, every guitarist is willing to save the perfect settings of his pedals. There are various possibilities to protect the pots from unintentional adjustment. Here you will find an article about this topic.
But what if you want to alternate between two or three different settings? How can you save or mark the respective settings without fixing the pots? Continue reading “Tips & Tricks: Effect pedals – Mark your settings”
Even on small stages it is pretty comfortable, not to get entangled in guitar cables and to avoid the knotting of the cables of all band members.
The alternative to the usual stereo cables is a wireless sound system.
But is this kind of signal transmission suitable for every guitarist?
And, are there any disadvantages? Continue reading “Tips & Tricks: Wireless?”
Almost since musicians used tape recording, there are also reverse delays. Very early artists like the Rolling Stones or Jimi Hendrix experimented with this type of delay sounds. At those days, creating reverse delays was pretty complicated because the recording tapes had to be cut and played backwards. Continue reading “Reverse delays”
The first part of this two-part series was about how to get closer to the sound you long for on the one hand and grant the right of abode to the pickups of your guitar on the other.
This part is dedicated to the possibilities, alterations of the pots and capacitors do present. Continue reading “Simple guitar mods – Part 2”
The first part of this two-part series is about how little adjustments of the pickups can cause an improvement of the sound.
The second part will focus on the pots. Continue reading “Simple guitar mods – Part 1”
Midi is a way to make instruments communicate with each other and has been developed in the 1980s.
Unfortunately, there is no midi standard yet, which sometimes causes a lot of problems. Continue reading “Midi- a musicians boon and bane”
Commonly, you arrange the pedals in a way that the guitar signal first passes the overdrive pedal and is then send to modulation effects like delays or reverb pedals.
But in my honest opinion, it is worth it to change this accustomed layout. Continue reading “An overdrive pedal after a delay”
Stacking booster or overdrives pedals is pretty common.
But it can also be worth it to stack delay pedals. Stacking can be used in different ways to create special rhythmical delays or to produce ambient sounds. Continue reading “Stacking delays”
The first part of this series was focused on ways to attach the pedals to the pedalboard without any special benefits.
Now I would like to present the solutions of some clever manufacturers that promise to keep all pedals in place. Continue reading “Tips & Tricks: Attaching pedals to the pedalboard Part 2”
Who hasn’t experienced the following: after a lot of work, you finally finished the composition of your pedalboard but when the pedalboard has to be transported, the question arises how to attach the small treasures to the board.
Here I would like to introduce diverse ways how to solve this problem.
Drilling and bolting
To drill holes into the bottom of the pedal and bolt them to the pedalboard is a cheap way to attach a stompbox to the board.
But this method makes it pretty cumbersome to change the pedals and, furthermore, the pedal will be destroyed.
Everyone who ever found a popular vintage pedal with a bottom that looked like swiss cheese knows what I am talking about.
Bike chain links
Another possibility to attach your pedals to the pedalboard is, to disassemble a bike chain and use the bottom cover screws to fix one part of a chain link to the pedal. The other side of the link can be bolt to the pedalboard.
This method is quite low-priced, space-saving and lasting.
But you will always need a screwdriver to change a pedal on the board.
And those, who are not willing to disassemble their bike, can also buy the small links which are offered by various manufacturers (f. e. Harley Benton Mounties).
If you use a pedalboard with holes you can also attach the pedals with cable ties to the pedalboard.
This solution is also offered by different manufacturers (Chemistry Design Werks).
But in my honest opinion, the visual appearance is somehow strange and you will always need a side cutter and new cable ties to change a pedal.
Velcro has become the standard for the attachment of pedals to a pedalboard.
For this technique you have to remove the rubber feet and fix one side of the Velcro to the bottom of your stompbox.
The counterpart of the Velcro has to be fixed to the pedalboard.
Velcro is quite inexpensive, easily obtainable and you will find different sizes.
Although the pedals can be removed/ changed pretty easily, this kind of attachment is relatively solid.
The great disadvantage is, that it is almost impossible to remove the Velcro residue-free and sometimes you also tear off labels or the coating of a pedal.
The second part of this series will be about special items which promise to keep every pedal in place.
Maybe an overdrive pedal is not the best choice for you. Continue reading “Tips & Tricks: Stacking Boost Pedals”
For sonwriting it is extremely important to have a good working pedalboard with inspiring sounds.
Today I would like to introduce some ideas that might worth it to be taken into consideration if you are willing to create such a songwriting pedalboard. Continue reading “Tips & Tricks: Songwriting Pedalboard”
Frequently, guitarists search for a better compressor because their actual ones produce too much hiss. Continue reading “Tips & Tricks : Compressor hiss”