Downsizing Part 2

PedalboardLarge pedalboards with uncountable pedals on them might weaken the signal or at least change the sound in a certain way. In this case, it is secondary whether you use true bypass pedals or buffered ones. Even the length of the cables on your pedalboard will influence the sound. Continue reading “Downsizing Part 2”

Tips & Tricks: Be brave – use the pots

PotisLooking at the pedalboards of other guitarists, I frequently find the effect pedal pots at 12 o’clock position or even varying marginal from that standard position.
Although even overdrive pedals with only three knobs offer various options – if you are willing to use them. Continue reading “Tips & Tricks: Be brave – use the pots”

Obituary: Glenn Snoddy – the creator of the fuzz pedal

NewsThe 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”

How to find the right overdrive pedal?

Ask the DudeTo many guitarists the chase for the perfect overdrive pedal is a never ending story.
And not only because of different ideas of sound, have other guitarist’s recommendations leaded to disappointment as not every overdrive pedal is suitable for all kind of sounds. Continue reading “How to find the right overdrive pedal?”

Effect history (Part 5): Retro boom of the 90s

Effect Pedal 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”

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”