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”

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”

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?”

Review: Vintage Boss CE-1 Chorus Ensemble

Boss CE-1 Chorus EnsembleThe Boss CE-1 Chorus Ensemble was the first chorus pedal that has been put on the market in the 1970s.
Originally, the wiring of this pedal has been integrated into the legendary Roland Jazz Chorus amplifier. Continue reading “Review: Vintage Boss CE-1 Chorus Ensemble”

Tape Echo Emulations: Hughes & Kettner Replex or T-Rex Replica

Which PedalBecause of their very special sound which is less sterile or dull (in comparison to digital or analog delays), tape echo emulation pedals are almost among the most popular delay effects. Continue reading “Tape Echo Emulations: Hughes & Kettner Replex or T-Rex Replica”

Review: Hudson Electronics – Broadcast

BroadcastThe Hudson Electronics Broadcast is an innovative booster and overdrive pedal that has been debuted in different versions. It is based on the classic broadcast consoles of the 1960s. Continue reading “Review: Hudson Electronics – Broadcast”

Fender Tweed Amp Sound Comparison – Princeton vs. Champ

This is a comparison of the sound of a Fender Tweed Champ with the sound of a Fender Tweed Princeton.

In the first part of the comparison I use a Fender Telecaster and in the second part a Gibson Les Paul.

The Amps I am using for this comparison are clones with the original circuit of the respective amp.

Bedroom Level Amp

amp vergleichThe sound of a tube amplifier pushed into saturation is unique. And although sometimes I play clean, my favorite amp-sound is never totally clean. I adjusted the amp in a way that it shows soft colorations and starts to compress when I dig in harder. This is the reason why so many prefer the supposed clean-sound of a tube amp instead of the sound of a transistor amplifier. Continue reading “Bedroom Level Amp”

Effect history (Part 3): die 70er – Revolution der Modulationseffekte

Effect PedalIn den 70ern wurden zahlreiche Effekte entwickelt. Die ersten OP-Amps vereinfachten den Aufbau von Effektgeräten enorm. So konnten auch komplexe Modulationseffekte, wie zum Beispiel Phaser, Chorus, Auto Wah und Flanger Effektpedale umgesetzt werden. Continue reading “Effect history (Part 3): die 70er – Revolution der Modulationseffekte”

Order of effects

PedalboardIf you arrange many pedals on a complex pedalboard the question of the order of the pedals arises. This matter is more complex than one first might think. Therefore one has to note some rules and some exceptions. Continue reading “Order of effects”