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guitar TONE OVERLOAD http://www.guitartoneoverload.com Guitar effects and news Wed, 15 May 2019 10:46:09 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.3.3 MUNDY BLUZE EP http://www.guitartoneoverload.com/2019/05/15/mundy-bluze-ep/ http://www.guitartoneoverload.com/2019/05/15/mundy-bluze-ep/#comments Wed, 15 May 2019 10:45:25 +0000 http://www.guitartoneoverload.com/?p=7839 A little EP that we recorded a few months ago in mostly live conditions at the SAE studio in Sydney, with yours truly on the guitar.

It features some Blues classics with a Gary Moore vibe and two originals (Expectations and Good Judgement).

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Kirk Fletcher in That Pedal Show http://www.guitartoneoverload.com/2018/01/14/kirk-fletcher-in-that-pedal-show/ http://www.guitartoneoverload.com/2018/01/14/kirk-fletcher-in-that-pedal-show/#comments Sun, 14 Jan 2018 03:56:30 +0000 http://www.guitartoneoverload.com/?p=7827/ IF you only watch one guitar video this year, watch this one! It’s full of tone geekery and awesome blues and funk licks. I didn’t know Kirk Fletcher before watching, what a player!

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Codtone Big Muff Civil War Era Clone http://www.guitartoneoverload.com/2017/08/07/codtone-big-muff-civil-war-era-clone/ http://www.guitartoneoverload.com/2017/08/07/codtone-big-muff-civil-war-era-clone/#respond Mon, 07 Aug 2017 04:13:37 +0000 http://www.guitartoneoverload.com/?p=7820/ Continue reading Codtone Big Muff Civil War Era Clone ]]> Codtone is a very cool one man boutique manufacturer based out of northern New South Wales in Australia.

Not only does he craft killer pedals often based on well known circuits, he also offers something quite unique: custom etchings on his pedals.

I was after a compact Muff after selling my (too) large Big Muff Pi reissue so after trading some gear I custom ordered a Big Muff clone from Codtone. Here is a little demo of the beast which sports a Civil war era circuit and is etched with the coat of arms of my native region in France:

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Quick Test: Tech 21 British V2 for Direct Recording http://www.guitartoneoverload.com/2017/06/25/quick-test-tech-21-british-v2-for-direct-recording/ http://www.guitartoneoverload.com/2017/06/25/quick-test-tech-21-british-v2-for-direct-recording/#comments Sun, 25 Jun 2017 03:33:49 +0000 http://www.guitartoneoverload.com/?p=7814/ Continue reading Quick Test: Tech 21 British V2 for Direct Recording ]]> I have recently acquired a Tech 21 British V2 Sansamp from the Character series. for the purpose of recording direct.

Here is a quick test where I have set the British V2 quite clean and a Wampler Pinnacle is used for dirt. There is also a delay courtesy of an Eventide H9 and some reverb from Cubase.

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Pedal Power Video Series Hosted by Dweezil Zappa http://www.guitartoneoverload.com/2017/06/16/pedal-power-video-series-hosted-by-dweezil-zappa/ http://www.guitartoneoverload.com/2017/06/16/pedal-power-video-series-hosted-by-dweezil-zappa/#respond Fri, 16 Jun 2017 04:58:44 +0000 http://www.guitartoneoverload.com/?p=7809/ Here is a pretty good youtube series. “Pedal Power” by D’addario strings has been around for a while but Dweezil Zappa has stepped forward to host the show, and it’s pretty cool.

Here is Episode 3 with Zane Carney, a pretty innovative guitarist with a huge theoretical knowledge (I must work on this!):

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Legendary Pedals: Videos in French http://www.guitartoneoverload.com/2016/12/07/legendary-pedals-videos-in-french/ http://www.guitartoneoverload.com/2016/12/07/legendary-pedals-videos-in-french/#comments Wed, 07 Dec 2016 00:01:28 +0000 http://www.guitartoneoverload.com/?p=7793 Continue reading Legendary Pedals: Videos in French ]]> Guitar slinger friends, I have just launched a separate Youtube channel dedicated to videos in French!

The reason for it: there is a large offering of demos or general guitar and effects talk in the English speaking world, but not much so in the French speaking world.

To kickstart this new channel, I have released three videos in a new series dedicated to what I call “Legendary Pedals”: the Proco RAT, the Boss DS-1 and the Ibanez Tube Screamer.

In a departure from all my other videos, there is some talking before the demo bits. I recount the history behind the pedals and their famous users and I give some tips as well. If you don’t speak or understand French, jump to about half way on each video to hear some tones!

ProCo RAT:

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Tube Screamer:

 

 

 

 

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Wampler Pinnacle http://www.guitartoneoverload.com/2016/11/07/wampler-pinnacle/ http://www.guitartoneoverload.com/2016/11/07/wampler-pinnacle/#respond Mon, 07 Nov 2016 05:01:21 +0000 http://www.guitartoneoverload.com/?p=7772 Continue reading Wampler Pinnacle ]]> After hearing so much about Wampler, I bought a Pinnacle a few months back. Wampler’s offering is of course not limited to drive pedals and it carries the whole gamut of effects. The Pinnacle is a “brown sound” pedal meaning it aims at reproducing Eddie Van Halen’s tone.

It’s capable of much more though as I am trying to show in this video. I especially like its amp like compression, it even gets Clapton-esque in position 2 or 4 on a Strat. I go through all the settings in this demo and give an example of how well the pedal stacks with some tasty delays or reverbs coming from my also newly acquired Eventide H9 (more about this amazing piece of gear in another post).

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Onslaught of Affordable TC Electronic Pedals http://www.guitartoneoverload.com/2016/10/21/onslaught-of-affordable-tc-electronic-pedals/ http://www.guitartoneoverload.com/2016/10/21/onslaught-of-affordable-tc-electronic-pedals/#respond Fri, 21 Oct 2016 10:12:37 +0000 http://www.guitartoneoverload.com/?p=7761 Continue reading Onslaught of Affordable TC Electronic Pedals ]]> TC Electronic has been announcing new pedals all day. They are no frills, toneprint-less, mostly analog (save for a reverb and a delay) models. Pretty much every effect is covered: chorus, phaser, flanger, compressor, overdrive, distortion, metal distortion, delay, reverb…

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I haven’t seen any retail prices yet but according to TC, these will be priced very competitively.

Here is the Grand Magnus distortion in action, it sounds pretty good!

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Coda Effects Crowdfunding Project: the Dolmen Fuzz and the Montagne Tremolo http://www.guitartoneoverload.com/2016/09/28/coda-effects-crowdfunding-project-the-dolmen-fuzz-and-the-montagne-tremolo/ http://www.guitartoneoverload.com/2016/09/28/coda-effects-crowdfunding-project-the-dolmen-fuzz-and-the-montagne-tremolo/#respond Wed, 28 Sep 2016 06:23:48 +0000 http://www.guitartoneoverload.com/?p=7746 Continue reading Coda Effects Crowdfunding Project: the Dolmen Fuzz and the Montagne Tremolo ]]> Benoît from Coda Effects started tinkering with pedal circuits a while back and his passion has led him to develop two original circuits. The financing of the production of the kits or assembled pedals is the subject of a crowdfunding project on ulule: https://www.ulule.com/codaeffects/.

The Dolmen Fuzz is a Big Muff inspired pedal with tons of sonic options such as a mid control and a clipping switch to alter the compression:

The Montagne tremolo is an analog Tremolo driven by digital technology which allows for things like a Tap Tempo or six waveforms including a random one!

 

 

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Gerry Leonard and the Boss ME-80 http://www.guitartoneoverload.com/2016/09/21/gerry-leonard-and-the-boss-me-80/ http://www.guitartoneoverload.com/2016/09/21/gerry-leonard-and-the-boss-me-80/#respond Wed, 21 Sep 2016 05:22:59 +0000 http://www.guitartoneoverload.com/?p=7737 While researching about Tremolo pedals, I stumbled upon this video where Gerry Leonard (David Bowie, Suzanne Vega) demonstrates how he uses a multi-effect units. He is a very atmospheric guitarist and I think this is an inspiring use of effects:

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Boss CE-2W and Robben Ford Blues Cube Tone Capsule http://www.guitartoneoverload.com/2016/06/23/boss-ce-2w-and-robben-ford-blues-cube-tone-capsule/ http://www.guitartoneoverload.com/2016/06/23/boss-ce-2w-and-robben-ford-blues-cube-tone-capsule/#respond Thu, 23 Jun 2016 10:02:26 +0000 http://www.guitartoneoverload.com/?p=7700 Continue reading Boss CE-2W and Robben Ford Blues Cube Tone Capsule ]]> 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…

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Andy Timmons Premier Guitar Rundown http://www.guitartoneoverload.com/2016/04/02/andy-timmons-premier-guitar-rundown/ http://www.guitartoneoverload.com/2016/04/02/andy-timmons-premier-guitar-rundown/#respond Sat, 02 Apr 2016 03:46:37 +0000 http://www.guitartoneoverload.com/?p=7685 Continue reading Andy Timmons Premier Guitar Rundown ]]> 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.

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Satriani playing on Cheap Gear http://www.guitartoneoverload.com/2016/02/03/satriani-playing-on-cheap-gear/ http://www.guitartoneoverload.com/2016/02/03/satriani-playing-on-cheap-gear/#comments Wed, 03 Feb 2016 00:37:15 +0000 http://www.guitartoneoverload.com/?p=7669 Continue reading Satriani playing on Cheap Gear ]]> Here is a video going around that shows Joe Satriani playing “Surfing with the Alien” on a cheap Strat copy, a Peavey Backstage 30 practice amp and a Digitech RP200 multi-effect unit.

This will obviously re-ignite the “tone is in the fingers” debate, it definitely sounds like Satch and apart for the lack of whammy bar action, it sounds spot on:

First seen on Guitar World!

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Ibanez Mini Pedals – SM9 Reissue? http://www.guitartoneoverload.com/2016/01/23/ibanez-mini-pedals-sm9-reissue/ http://www.guitartoneoverload.com/2016/01/23/ibanez-mini-pedals-sm9-reissue/#respond Sat, 23 Jan 2016 01:00:16 +0000 http://www.guitartoneoverload.com/?p=7656 Continue reading Ibanez Mini Pedals – SM9 Reissue? ]]> 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.

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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.

For reference, here is my battered SM-9:IMG_4276

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Hologram Electronics Dream Sequence http://www.guitartoneoverload.com/2016/01/20/hologram-electronics-dream-sequence/ http://www.guitartoneoverload.com/2016/01/20/hologram-electronics-dream-sequence/#respond Wed, 20 Jan 2016 04:15:18 +0000 http://www.guitartoneoverload.com/?p=7640 Continue reading Hologram Electronics Dream Sequence ]]> Novelty is rare in the world of effects if I judge by the number of “Fuzz Face Clones” that seem to be released every day.

Hologram Electronics is a new company which is off to a ripping start with a pretty interesting pedal, allowing guitarists to create “sequences”. There is a handful of pedals exploring the concept but the Dream Sequence seems very polished, to say the least.

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As Ryan Schaefer from Hologram Electronics puts it: “It’s based around a pattern sequencer and ADSR that does octave up/down pitch shifts. It comes with 24 pattern presets, and you can create your own via MIDI or on the pedal itself when put into pattern recorder mode. It also has a digitally controlled analog drive and tone section at the output, so those settings (as well as all the others) can be saved as part of a preset. It also has a “hold” section, that’s similar to a “freeze” type effect, sampling a note and sustaining it indefinitely. You can feed that into the pattern sequencer and create all kinds of drones in addition to arpeggiator style effects. You can also record/play back the knob movements of the shape (ADSR), drive, and tone controls.”

Demo right here (but be warned, you’ll want one after seeing this):

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Boss VB-2W http://www.guitartoneoverload.com/2016/01/20/boss-vb-2w-2/ http://www.guitartoneoverload.com/2016/01/20/boss-vb-2w-2/#respond Wed, 20 Jan 2016 04:03:31 +0000 http://www.guitartoneoverload.com/?p=7634 Like clockwork, new Roland/Boss products are out for NAMM. Among them is a Waza craft version of the VB-2 vibrato, a legendary pedal that Boss produced over 30 years ago for a short while. It is still on Prince’s pedalboard, for instance. This new Waza craft version is all analog:

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Fractal Audio AX8 http://www.guitartoneoverload.com/2015/10/07/fractal-audio-ax8/ http://www.guitartoneoverload.com/2015/10/07/fractal-audio-ax8/#respond Wed, 07 Oct 2015 08:35:58 +0000 http://www.guitartoneoverload.com/?p=7600 Continue reading Fractal Audio AX8 ]]> Back in February, Fractal Audio, maker of the Axe-Fx modelling guitar processors, discretely announced the AX8. A pedalboard version, the AX8 features more or less half the DSP power of the rack version, but it has the same amp and effect models, just less of them at the same time (and no two amps at once).

Anyway, there was no release date for it but it looks like things are moving along and it might hit the streets at USD 1399, give or take half the price of the Axe FX II! Something tells me that a lot of gear is about to hit the second hand market.

Fractal audio has just released a teaser, a Toto cover performed by the staff at Fractal Audio, featuring the Axe AX8 for the guitar tones, sounds pretty good to me!

 

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Source Audio Lunar Phaser http://www.guitartoneoverload.com/2015/09/08/source-audio-lunar-phaser/ http://www.guitartoneoverload.com/2015/09/08/source-audio-lunar-phaser/#respond Tue, 08 Sep 2015 10:05:14 +0000 http://www.guitartoneoverload.com/?p=7592 Continue reading Source Audio Lunar Phaser ]]> There is a lot of boutique pedal manufacturers nowadays but not that many explore the digital side of things, I mean how many Fuzz Face clones do we need?

Source Audio have been releasing a steady flow of digital pedals over the past few years and the Lunar Phaser caught my ear. It has a pretty interesting stereo sound that seems to magnify the guitar tone. Also, it can be loaded with Flanger and Chorus tones through the Neuro Mobile App, making it a 3 in 1 pedal really:

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Jennifer Batten Rig Rundown http://www.guitartoneoverload.com/2015/09/08/jennifer-battern-rig-rundown/ http://www.guitartoneoverload.com/2015/09/08/jennifer-battern-rig-rundown/#respond Tue, 08 Sep 2015 09:39:30 +0000 http://www.guitartoneoverload.com/?p=7582 Continue reading Jennifer Batten Rig Rundown ]]> Premier Guitar’s rig rundowns are usually highly enjoyable but I must say Jennifer Batten’s really caught my attention. She is an amazing guitarist but also her rig is very efficient and versatile.

Her amp is a new marvel from Germany, the Amp 1 by Bluguitar, weighing only 1 kilo and delivering 100 Watts of Tube Amp like tone. For effects, she uses a Digitech RP 1000 and the video below shows some of the tones she gets. Kudos to John Bohlinger for hosting those.

 

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Tone Building with Classic Boss Pedals http://www.guitartoneoverload.com/2015/04/26/tone-building-with-classic-boss-pedals/ http://www.guitartoneoverload.com/2015/04/26/tone-building-with-classic-boss-pedals/#respond Sun, 26 Apr 2015 09:13:50 +0000 http://www.guitartoneoverload.com/?p=7559 Continue reading Tone Building with Classic Boss Pedals ]]> Hi all, it’s been quiet lately on Guitar Tone Overload, day job, family, you know the drill!

Here is a little experiment captured on video. There is so much “Boss bashing” by the experts lurking in forums, experts being ironic here of course, that I thought a little demo of an “All Boss” pedalboard would be fun.

Most of the pedals shown in this video are still available except for the HM-2 and the RV-3. The video is about tone building, I like how the CH-1, DD-3, RV-3 trio enhances the tone.

I feed various distortions to said trio and, as a bonus, I show how the good old HM-2 can be used as a booster. This pedal has gained legendary status as a booster in the realm of extreme metal, we can see why! As an aside, the HM-2 was also used by David Gilmour to boost his Big Muffs in the mid/late eighties (think Momentary Lapse of Reason).

Here is the video:

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