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…

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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