Tone Tipp – Stratocaster Springs

Tips & tricksIn the world of guitars, the Fender Stratocaster is still a classic.
No guitar model has been built and copied more often.
To change the sound of a Strat, guitarists mostly think of changing the pickups. But today, I would like to make you learn more about the “sonic” function of the vibrato springs. Continue reading “Tone Tipp – Stratocaster Springs”

Obituary: Jim Dunlop – more than the Cry-Baby

Plektren In a certain way he was like the doctor of the music scene. Besides his brilliant own inventions, Jim Dunlop brought dead ones back to life. Continue reading “Obituary: Jim Dunlop – more than the Cry-Baby”

Other history = other ideas of a good sound?

Was wäreThe sounds you already know will shape your acoustic habits and expectations and every new impression of sound will be measured by these aspects.

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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”

100 watts amplifiers – still up to date?

Full stackIn the beginning, tube amps had a maximum power of 30 watts.
Those days musicians mostly got no PA system and the sound of their guitars came from the amplifier directly. Continue reading “100 watts amplifiers – still up to date?”

Why do I not sound like my idol?

Ask the DudeSome guitarists might think “Stevie Ray Vaughan uses an Ibanez Tubescreamer – when I get myself a Tubescreamer too, I will sound like him.” Or “Eric Johnson is using a BK Butler Tube Drive for his lead tone, by using the same pedal I will also create exactly this sound.” Continue reading “Why do I not sound like my idol?”

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”