„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”

Marshall JCM900 HiGain Dual Reverb

Marshall JCM900Today I would like to tell you something about the legendary Marshall JCM900 HiGain Dual Reverb amplifier that, in my opinion, is absolutely underrated. Continue reading “Marshall JCM900 HiGain Dual Reverb”

How a tube amp works – Part 2

RöhreIn the first part we have learned that the flow of electrons can be controlled by striking the strings.

This flow of electrons inside of the tube can now be controlled by selected resistors. Continue reading “How a tube amp works – Part 2”

Tips & Tricks: How to improve your guitar sound

Tips & tricksI guess almost every guitarist has got his very own place in the rehearsal room. Next to him his amplifier. For a long time you have been adjusting the setting of your amp to get the sound you have longed for Continue reading “Tips & Tricks: How to improve your guitar sound”

How a tube-amp works – Part 1

RöhreTo me as a layperson the functionality of a tube-amp is a phenomenon and because of this fascination I decided to deal a bit more intensively with it.

Here I would like to explain (maybe some kind of inexpertly) try to explain how a tube-amplifier with cathode-bias works: Continue reading “How a tube-amp works – Part 1”

Overdrive – Distortion – Fuzz

I guess every guitarist knows the three types of overdriven guitar-sounds: overdrive, distortion and fuzz.

But what is the difference between them? Continue reading “Overdrive – Distortion – Fuzz”

The history of effect pedals: The first pedals

Effect PedalThere are numerous pedals in different versions an especially these days there seem to be two trends: on the one hand there is a progress in the development of digital effects one the other hand one can see the revival of analog pedals in combination with innovative features. But how did all this began? Continue reading “The history of effect pedals: The first pedals”

Fender Reverb Amp: Hum-elimination

My Silverface Fender Princeton Reverb was humming as soon as I turned on the Reverb. I could exclude numerous sources of error. Then I found out, that the mass-copperplate did not have sufficient contact to the chassis. By tightening the nut of the input I could eliminate this fault. This is the video:

Ask the Dude: True Bypass vs. Buffer

Ask the Dude“True bypass” – I guess, there is no term that is mentioned more frequently relating to the presentation of a new pedal. What does “true bypass” mean and does it have any advantages? Continue reading “Ask the Dude: True Bypass vs. Buffer”