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J forgot something (stab: Earthquaker Rainbow machine)
Pick 5 pedals from one builder, what 5? (Stab: PitchGrinder)
Fractal Audio FM3 (Stab: SG Electroman)
Fractal amp and effect processing at $1000.
All the I/O
Strymon Deco https://www.strymon.net/deco/
Gibson 2019 “Original Collection” (stab: Apollo Phaser)
New “original collection” kind of reminds me of the Fender American Vintage line
All full-weight, hand wired controls, no electronics or coil taps or anything.
Also looks like they’ve done away with the whole “alternate finishes” thing and how have a few options for each model
Les Paul: 50’s Standard (choice of P90 or HBs), 60’s Standard, Les Paul Special, Les Paul Jr.
SG: 61 Maestro Vibrola, 61 Sideways vibrola, 61 standard, SG special, SG Jr
Firebird, V, Explorer, Thunderbird, and SG bass.
Prices seem okay. Very much streamlined.
BEER OR GEAR?!?!?! (stab: Mr Black Dark Star Reverb)
(Special note: if you’re bored by this segment skip to 18:55 when we wrap it up)
Richter Double Guitar Strap (stab: MH Colossus Fuzz)
Matt Heafy of Trivium has released a strap that goes over both shoulders
Ergonomics are important for career musicians, especially with heavy guitars
However, is there anything dorkier than this?
Kentucky Hot Brown pedalboards (from Righteous Ryan!) (stab: WA Descent)
Husband and wife team out of Louisville KY
Really nice wood pedalboards. Total custom options available
Ryan did a Q&A with the owners which will be featured on our blog. They talk about the design process, where they source the wood, and new projects. http://tonecontrolshow.com/post/184373897669/qa-with-kentucky-hot-brown-pedalboards
Bogner Ecstasy Red $300
Matthews Effects The Chemist Atomic Modulator
THE TONE JERKS ARE HERE!
They’re here! The Tone Jerks run a killer weekly podcast that we’re big fans of and we think you should check them out
Give us a rundown on Jerk history. How did this all start?
What’s your main rigs? We’ve heard from Brian in a previous segment (episode 120!), but are there any updates? Kyle, what’s your bass setup like?
Kyle - how do you afford to buy pedals all the time? Do you have a sell/trade budget you keep rolling money over into new gear? Or just out of pocket because FUCK IT?!
Find the tone jerks everywhere! Instagram and facebook group!
Derek had one of the worst gigs ever last night. Let’s talk about bad gigs. (stab: SG Electroman)
JHS YouTube Channel (stab: Positive grid nonsense)
Vlog style, super informative videos about pedals and how they work, why they are the way they are, history, examples, not just a big JHS sales pitch. Nice.
Here’s one on the Univibe https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P-1yQm2cj20
Coppersound Daedalus (demo)
I held onto it to demo for the show. Went old school because it felt really amp-like.
Airis Effects Target Mids (stab: Box of War)
1 band parametric EQ to sculpt midrange
Controls for level, frequency, Q, and Boost/Cut
1400hz to 2700hz
Placed in front of the amp it’s a fully adjustable clean boost, but can also go in the FX loop for modifying your amp.
Basically you can manipulate your guitar tone or your amp tone
$169 but on sale for $139 at the time of this note
Positive Grid Bias FX 2 (stab: MS Holy Dove)
Totally re-engineered DSP engine.
Ships with 100 new amp model designs, new cab/mic combos, and Celestion IRs
Guitar Match! Now it will listen to your guitar and transform it into one of 18 classic guitars like ‘57 Goldtop, SRV strat, ‘58 Countryman, etc
Standard edition: $99, Professional: $199, Elite: $299
The Tone Jerks!
Derek is building a tele for Righteous Ryan!
Shell pink, Bare Knuckle flat 50s pickups, roasted maple neck with compound radius and stainless steel frets.
Paradox FX Futura Multiparametric Envelope Chorus
Analog bucket brigade chorus WITH envelope follower
The envelope can control rate, depth, or both simultaneously
Controls for Blend, Sensitivity, Level, Rate and Depth
Two mini toggles to choose the direction of the envelope (slow/fast and shallow/deep)
Coppersound Loma Prieta Tremolo
I bought it.
Alexander Effects Defender
KHDK Ghoul Screamer
Old Blood Noise Endeavors Rever Delay/Reverb
Collaboration with Datachoir (is this a band? They’re sound people of some kind)
Delay and reverb in one thing, cool!
Features a MOMENTARY reverse sound. This is it boys and girls.
You can swap the order of the reverse and the dealy
Ships in late March. $229
Anasound Element Spring Reverb Pedals
WITH ACTUAL REVERB TANKS
It’s basically an external spring reverb that fits on your pedalboard
Three spring tank sizes, the first two can maybe fit on/under your pedalboard. The third one is huge
Le Bon (small), La Brute (med), La Truand (yuge) (french for the good, the bad, and the ugly)
The pedal itself has a two band EQ, mix, output, and a spring saturation switch.
Saturation can overdrive the springs and get this crazy distorted reverb.
^ Super secret PodBean tracking code.
To skip past our computer talk and get to the goods, skip to 10:19.
Hit Anchor.fm/shuffleall to hear Derek's new podcast!
Questions from the components! (stab: OBNE Dark Star Reverb)
TC Electronic June-60 Chorus (stab: Bogner Uberschall)
Vintage chorus based on the Roland Juno 60
Bypass switch, mono/stereo slider, and two buttons for modes
Y-cable for stereo
Mode 1: slow, warm chorus. Mode 2: Faster, more dynamic movement
I + II: Dual chorus, slightly offset LFOs that give a slight Leslie effect
Cool retro design w/ wood panels. Looks like the Juno 60
Deep Space Devices - Golem - $169
Klon Centaur is back (stab: Wampler 30 Something)
Bill Finnegan, creator of the Klon, is making new models again.
About 8000 models were made between 1994 and 2000 originally.
Original production run price was only $225, later went up to $329
The pedals are built by Bill and are the original Centaur, not the surface-mount KTR model
He’s putting them on eBay starting at $100. 27 bids later, #3888 sold for over $2000
At the time of this note, #3952 is at $1358.
What’s the hot take on this? Are we as guitarists over the Klon?
Ep. 131 - It's Such A Good Idea, It's Stupid
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Ernie Ball VP JR Tuner (stab: SD Warp Drive)
Tuner built right into your volume pedal!
When heel down, tuner engages, but can be set to always on
Has a touch screen to change tuning options
1-10 readout for volume level
Input, output, tuner in, tuner thru?
9-18v, standard vp jr size and assembly. New stronger cord inside.
Comes in black, white, red, and gold! (red is the best)
Fender Alternate Reality & Rarities lines (Stab: Wampler Faux Tape Echo)
Alternate Reality line is MIM
TENOR TELECASTER - $500
It has four strings, tuned (probably) to CGDA
22.75” scale, maple neck and fretboard, 21 frets, 9.5 radius
Electric XII - $1000
Same body and headstock as the original 1965 version
Redesigned split coil pickups, 3 way selector
Powercaster - $900
Jazzmaster-type body, looks a little more squat than a JM
Bridge HB, Neck P90
Tuneomatic and stoptail bridge
HH Meteora $1000
Meteora came out a while ago and had telecaster guts, this is what the guitar should have been
String thru body, tuneomatic bridge
Coil taps, and a second push/pull to swap the volume controls so you can do volume swells on either pickup more easily. Confusing?
Sixty-Six - $900
Jazz bass guitar
HSS configuration, vol/tone plate from a jazz bass, 5-way selector
Kind of an offset strat
Rarities line is more boutique, higher end stuff.
Empress Nebulus $300
Alexander Wavelength $200
Gibson is back! (stab: MH Colossus Fuzz)
Streamlined, super simplified lineup
No more richlite! Back to real woods
One confusing thing is the “alternate finishes” models, I don’t get why they didn’t just make all the colors under the single model.
Designer (anyone know why they are called that?)
Prices are still a little high, but I think they’re on the right track.
Interviews with new CEO sound very promising
Ep. 130 - It’s a Rat With Robot Legs! It Can Learn Tricks!
EarthQuaker Devices Swiss Things (stab: SG Electroman)
2 Effects loops, with an a/b/y switcher, boost, tuner out, expression input… everything
Loop 1: unbuffered. Ideal for distortions, overdrives, vintage pedals.
Loop 2: buffered, after loop 1. Ideal for modulation and time based stuff
Amps: This lets you run stereo in a A, B, or Both setup. Boost switch to give those amps a little extra umph. Also features a phase switch.
Buffered tuner out, high headroom output buffer to drive long cable runs
Expression volume in lets you use any exp pedal to control volume. Volume is placed after loop 1 for true volume control, not for cleaning up dirty tones.
“Flexi-Switching”, which is relay-based true bypass. Can be set to momentary or latching.
Pretty much a small true bypass looper with a bunch of added stuff
Strymon Volante (stab: MH DMBL)
Multi-voice, multi-head, magnetic echo machine.
Four heads, each with on/off button for Playback and Feedback.
Controls for Record level, mechanics (controls amount of mechanically related speed fluctuations), low cut, wear, repeats, echo level, spring reverb mix, time, and head spacing.
Time controls delay time at head 4. Heads 1-3 subdivide according to the spacing knob.
The repeats stop at head 4, so there is no decay unless the feedback buttons are engaged
Three types of delay: Drum delay (echorec), Tape echo, and Studio (reel to reel) delay.
Up for preorder, $400
They have also updated the Multi-switch to work with Volante as well as Riverside and Sunset Drive. More functions, still works with other strymon pedals. $129
Sono Amp Modeling Interface from Audient and TwoNotes $450 (stab: WA Descent)
Audient desktop USB interface with 10 in / 4 out
12AX7 preamp with 3 band eq and Two notes Power Amp and Cab Simulation and re-amp output.
2 Audient console mic preamps, ADAT input, main speaker out, to amp out, headphone out, Zero latency monitoring with monitor mix.
Free plugins and software with ARC. Torpedo Remote
IK Multimedia AXE I/O Audio Interface $350 (stab: 805)
Guitarist focussed computer USB interface
2 instrument inputs / Mic inputs, amp out, 2 line outs, external switch inputs, midi
Active/Passive Pure/JFET Z-Tone impedance adapting circuit (1MOhm to 2.2kOhm)
Amplitube 4 Deluxe
Fender Acoustasonic Tele - video demo included (stab: MS Consider the Raven)
This is supposed to be the first true hybrid between electric and acoustic guitars, not just “acoustic electric”
5 position selector for Electric, Acoustic/Electric blend, Percussion and enhanced harmonics, alternative acoustics, and core acoustics
Derek plays guitar in Delaney now! Check out the song "Architect of Shame" here in the episode. New reverb from Chase Bliss, a wild distortion from Abasi, and probably the best fuzz from Wampler. It's pedal day!
SEE YA LATER, LARRY! Although, Gibson does have a pretty cool new guitar. A pretty rad FUZZ from Wren & Cuff, an amp collaborative between Supro and Keeley, and what is easily the coolest looking pedal of 2018 from Walrus Audio!
Look at this weird Fender guitar you can't buy. Also huge thanks to Brian and Ryan for their respective sections! Be sure to check out Plane Without A Pilot on bandcamp, spotify, and everywhere that matters.
It's Stratocaster week! Also we heard back from Sam over at Fretish.com about the security concerns, a great and then an oddball pedal from Pedal Genie, and just trying to live my life without being destroyed by snow.
Featuring Joey Landreth! Huge thanks to Joey for hanging out with us and talking about all the nerdy guitar things we could think of!
Be sure to check out what Joey is up to at:
Pedals and load boxes! New from Daredevil Pedals, the Cocked and Fearless, EQD Releases the MOST EQD PEDAL OF ALL TIME, the Data Corrupter, a couple of outstanding pedals from Pedal Genie, and Justin's segment on loadboxes!
Ep. 89 - What are they? G-holes? TC Electronic Mini Mimiq and Hypergravity (stab: MH DMBL Drive)Mimiq doubler and Hypergravity compressor have been hit with the shrink ray!$99 each! http://www.tcelectronic.com/hypergravity-mini-compressor/ http://www.tcelectronic.com/mimiq-mini-doubler/ Gear Supply Co is Kickstarting guitar pedals (stab: Wampler Faux tape echo)Four pedals in the line up: Light Drive, Medium Drive, Harmonic Tremolo, and CompressorEarly bird pricing available for all pedals! Pledge $125 and get a pedal of your choice. Retail price is $150. JACKS AND POWER ON TOPhttp://kck.st/2qmRYTz 100% funded!Epiphone Johnny A Custom archtop (stab: Strymon El Capistan)Flame maple top, mahogany bodyDouble-cutaway hollowbody Gibson ‘57 Classic Pickups, ebony fretboard, Bigsby B70 Price is speculated to be under around $800http://www.epiphone.com/News/Features/2017/Epiphone-Ltd-Ed-Johnny-A-Custom-Outfit.aspx Pedal GenieGlacial Zenith by Adventure pedals2001 American Stratocaster, blackface sim, slight reverbhttps://www.adventurepedals.com/products/glacial-zenith Old Blood Noise Endeavors Fault Overdrive/Distortion (stab: CB CSIDMAN)Double footswitch drive pedalGain 1 is light and chimey to tight and crunchy, Gain 2 is a heavier distortion Volume, low, mid, high, gain 1 and 2 controlsEQ controls are boost/cut $200 http://www.oldbloodnoise.com/pedals/fault-overdrive-distortion Ratio Tuners by Graphtech (stab: Lovepedal Dover Drive)They are things!http://www.graphtech.com/products/brands/ratio
Big thanks to Ryan Johnson for sending in indie builder info!
PRS Sonzera and JMOD 100 (stab: Way Huge Red Llama)Sonzera comes in 20W combo, 50W combo, and 50W headFocused on “affordability” with amazing tone. More American amp voiced Combos are 1x1250W head and 20W combo = $800, 50W combo = $90020W: 2 channel, 6L6 power tubes, 50W EL34 power tubesTwo channel, each w/ bright switch. 50W features independent reverbs per channel http://www.prsguitars.com/products/sonzera J-MOD 100 - John Mayer signature amp100W, 6L6, single channel w/ switchable overdrive and FX loop“Tone is huge and clear” sounds like tons of headroom No reverb built in, FX loop was designed around using external tanksAccepts EL34, 6CA7, and KT77 tubes2x12 closed back cab w/ Celestion G12-65 Heritage Amp: $5990, Cab: $1090….. kay Suhr JM Pro (stab: Old Blood Noise - Haunt Fuzz)Based on a Jazzmaster but with a slightly smaller bodySlightly different contours as wellAvailable in HB or P90 models Available with trem or tuneomatic bridge 3 way selector, volume/tone/tone$2200http://www.suhr.com/instruments/classic-jm/classic-jm-pro/ Pedal GenieLovepedal Dover Drivehttp://www.lovepedal.com/hermida-audio-dover-drive/ Keeley something 1962Xhttps://robertkeeley.com/product/1962X Builder 1: Industrialectric // http://www.industrialectric.com/Where they're made: Toronto, Canada (stab: Walrus Audio Jupiter Fuzz)Builder: Andrew FerrariIndustrialectric is a small company run by Mr. Andrew Ferrari in Toronto, Canada. They're really for the adventurous musician, the "screw the rules" type of player. They're lo-fi, they're noisy and brutally beautiful. His pedals are guitar, bass and synth friendly. Alessandro Cortini, of Nine Inch Nails fame, demos one of Andrew's pedals on That Pedal Show (Will provide link). Current Run of Pedals: RM-1N: Reverb and Dirt machine. The RM-1N features 9 knobs, two switches and a momentary switch--Plenty of control that ranges from clean and lush, or dirty and chaotic. Controls: Level - Overall output of the pedalReverb MixReverb Depth- How deep and massive the Reverb will soundFeedback - Produces longer Reverb trails and oscillation Pre-Gain - The Gain stage introduced into the ReverbPost-Gain - The gain stage introduced a
We're back from the holiday break! It's a new year and our resolution is to make The Tone Control better than ever! This week, great pedals from pedal genie, some cool mobile recording options from Shure, and a great vocal/guitar processor from TC Helicon. HELICON!
January 14, 2015
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