Two new pieces of gear from Roland/Boss caught my attention at summer NAMM.
First, the CE-2 Waza craft version, aka CE-2W, is an all analog updated version of the sought after Chorus pedal from the 80s. It sports the regular CE-2 mode but also a CE-1 mode, a vibrato mode, and it has got stereo outputs which the original CE-2 didn’t have. At the time, it prompted Boss to release the CE-3 which did not encounter the same success but was stereo.
Secondly, Robben Ford, who is known for using one of the most elusive and probably expansive amps out there, a Dumble Overdrive Special, has collaborated with Roland to produce a “Tone Capsule” for its Blues Cube series of amps. This capsule gives the Blues Cube a Dumble type of sound which is very accurate according to Robben Ford himself, despite it having no tube at all. I must say the sort demo on this video sounds pretty good, but then it’s Robben Ford playing…
The premierguitar.com rig rundowns have become pretty indispensable to GAS stricken guitarists.
Andy Timmons is one of the “tonemeisters” of the modern era and this rig rundown is full of amazing guitar sounds. For those of you who have a Boss BD-2 modded by Keeley, the little trick of lowering the volume on the guitar (around 20:40 in the video) is priceless.
Ibanez have just announced a trio of mini pedals at NAMM: a chorus, an analog delay and a distortion. They seem to be modelled after the old AD-9, CS-9 and SM-9.
As far as I know, the SM-9 was never reissued and I wonder if this mini incarnation sounds exactly the same. It bears the same EQ settings labeled Punch (bass), Attack (medium) and Edge (treble) on top of the classic Drive and Level. The SM-9 was sometimes called a “Tube Screamer on steroids”, I don’t know about that but there is definitely way more gain on tap, and lots of bass.