Sunday, October 15, 2017

AMPLIFIER-QUILTER 45 Micro Block amp...at $150.00 USD you better read this!!!

  QUILTER 45 MICRO BLOCK AMPLIFIER  


$150.00 USD



Simple a 45 watt amp in a standard B type pedal.
Into a 4ohm load it is 45 watts into the more likely load of an 8 ohm load it is 33 watts.
Just loud enough for a club.
(Remember that the Vox AC30 squeaks by)
Perhaps you are  think of running your FX in stereo?
Definitely a good a practice amp. Last but definitely not least ..a cheap back up amp.

It has 3 fixed sounds. A Dead clean Fender sound, a more mid range sound and a crunch sound.
The dead clean sound sounds good to me. The others ...Pro? No!
There are a few others pedal amps on the market but they are either toys or like the Duncan need a preamp and are more money. This has 'just' enough power. The Fender sound is quite usable and your pedals should/could take care of the rest.

It comes with PS-24 a pro 72 watt power supply.

Quilter have been making a series of small lunch box size guitar amps for a few years.
If nothing else they have a good record of solid build and reliability.






Saturday, October 14, 2017

OVERDRIVE-MYTHOS Erlking ...a transparent clean sound that is surprisingly huge!

 MYTHOS ERLKING 

$199.00 USD

So what's the big deal about this. Just another Tube Screamer? ..
Maybe. BUT.

A Tube screamer made by anyone can NEVER give you an absolutely HUGE sound!!!
Can it???

Supposedly  based on the Nobels ODR-1 ....the Nobels was based on a Tube Screamer....but in Zach Broyles hands it has gone from the very ordinary to the exquisite.
I have owned 3 different TS pedals and ended up hating them all. LOL

You can dial it up to give you a quasi Tube Screamer like tone.
BUT if you want a HUGE rich sumptuous and beautiful airy sound it can do that too.
In fact it does it BIG TIME!!!!
In short it is a total chameleon!

The Nobels in contrast is overtly aggressive.
Mythos need not show their inspiration.
They have an original pedal. It is a damn good one too!!!

It can create a very etheral, mellow but clear and transparent tone especially ideal for accompanying a vocal.

Mythos is small Nashville company with Zach Broyles and his wife making the pedals. The pedal is exquisitely hand made without compromise on any of the parts.

Only about a week ago Rob Chapman was so impressed he bought half the pedals that they offer.

JUST WHEN I THINK I HAVE HEARD IT ALL  

I am very impressed I can not think of any pedal this big sounding that has such a rich soft sound without it being weak light and insubstantial . 

A Mammoth sound that is light as a cloud.

This little beauty is on order...so come back in a few weeks for a hands on update 



WHAT RECORDING WAS RECENTLY VOTED BY THE GENERAL PUBLIC AS THE BEST EVER ????

WHAT NO BEATLES ??? LOL


WHAT ARE YOU GILMOUR FANS SMILING ABOUT ???

OVERDRIVE- BUFFALO TD-X ...the tubeless 'Gilmour' tube OD...surprisingly good

BUFFALO TD-X


$265.00 USD
Dave Gilmour once used the B K Butler Tube driver a OD with a 12aux7 tube in it.
The pedal shows up used and there are several unofficial copies out there.
Buffalo TDX set out to clone this pedal but eliminate the tube. Oddly enough what was lost in the translation was gained by eliminating the fizz and other anomalies and
adding some very nice headroom.
It it has a very balzy sound ...oddly un-Gilmour lol.
I quite like it.
Will I buy one.
I will try my best not to ...LOL

The down side is it is both big in both size and price.
although it is in ways unique there are a lot different sounding pedals that are around $200.00 USD that
I like and could use more often.

I quite like it!!!



Friday, October 13, 2017

OVERDRIVE- VAN WEELDEN Royal Overdrive ....Royal indeed!!!

 VAN WEELDEN ROYAL OVERDRIVE 

Not solely meant for styles leaning towards Jazz, Fusion or jandras that are propelled by stellar improvisation ...but if you lean in that direction you best keep reading. lol

The first thing to keep in mind are the 2 switches at the top of the pedal. The manual will guide you thru how to use them. they are meant to make the pedal match perfectly to your amp. They work!!! it is not a goofy gimmick. Yes you could experiment but on the whole the wrong choices make the pedal sound like crap and the right ones make your amp sound great.
The pedal has a very broad level of gain from a light gain thru to good high gain.
so it is unusually versatile.
The pedal is the very best of any 'warm' sounding OD  I have heard.
It never sounds soft or mushy. The highs are very natural bright and clear
but firm without a trace of becoming emasculated.
The mids are rich and organic even with the mid boost on.

I prefer a bit of aggression but I can not fault this guitar for not having any as it was never the objective of the design. For Fusion and similar type playing styles it blows anything I've heard away. You can get a great Dumble 'thing' but it can get fatter and dirtier sounds that still complementary to the style.
In fact my only bitch is that so far it is only available in Germany with a price and straight forward
shipping charges and options. So for the vast majority of us non German residents you have to write to them for a price.
Finally... the price.


The pedal is a whamping $780.00 USD. WHOA!!!

Still if you are a Jazz guy and you want a quality modern voice for your sound.
It is worth it.




Monday, October 9, 2017

OVERDRIVE- FREE THE TONE Quad Arrow ....holy sh_t !!!

 FREE THE TONE QUAD ARROW 

$338.00 USD

Conclusion ...Astounding !!!!

Free The tone are a Japanese company that was established in 2002.
In short  ...they quite simply are aiming for state of the art.
Their product can not be technically  faulted.
Of course like any product it may often not meet an emotional response with many of us. Some of us will certainly not
want this Rolls Royce because only a Ferrari has the magic they crave.

What is not to like?
The unit is so flexible that you can get
any kind of classic Marshall out of it.
But it seems most like what passes as a gourmet JTM45.
If there is any criticism I can find is it has no rough edges.

It is Harmonically rich ...in fact sumptuous.
It is even quiet.The best signal to noise of any high gain pedal.
It is easy to get nice mids out of it.
The highs are clean and clear without a trace of harshness
I quite simply have never heard better lows! Ever!!!
It has an amazing dynamic range due to it's very high headroom.
It is dead easy to use.

It is definitely not cheap!!!
But impossible not to like!!
It can be ordered direct.
But if you have the money or not ...do you love it???
The Friedman BE-OD is $200.00 USD ...it is not as fat and has very little headroom
but is treat to play.
It is a stellar pedal but lacks soul so I will give it a pass.




Saturday, October 7, 2017

OVERDRIVE- CALINE CP-34 Head Room Vintage Distortion massive sound nano price!!!

 CALINE CP-34 HEAD ROOM VINTAGE DISTORTION 


$28.00 USD
Caline have always made good quality pro pedals. Arguably entry level pro but pro nonetheless.

This pedal is a quasi Plexi. A real plexi has a full low end but most distinctly huge lower mids.
The pedal is voiced with huge mids across it's total range.
But the sound is totally massive and the price is nano.

With 55 pedals and a board that can cram on 50
I will pass. Dammit LOL.







Saturday, September 30, 2017

WHAT'S NEW OCT 18/17

WELCOME BACK!!!

THIS WEEKS COOL GUITAR 
GUITARS




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MY DUO IS AT MY GUITAR TECH'S SHOP 

(the 12th Fret)

IT WILL NOT BE READY FOR A MONTH.

IT WILL HAVE A DUNCAN 55 TELE BRIDGE PU AND A RICKENBACKER HIGH GAIN NECK PU 

(hand made by Ric it is the 1966 model made for Pete Townsend)

Finished off..WITH A CUSTOM MADE TORTOISE SHELL PICK GUARD. 

IT IS A PRICEY PLACE.

THEY JUST FINISHED A GUITAR FOR PINK FLOYD YES I KNOW IT SOUNDS LIKE BULL. 

 ...BUT HEY! YOU CAN'T MAKE SUCH OUTRAGEOUS SHIT UP LOL





the point is my guitar will come back looking and playing better... and I mean better then if came from the Fender Custom Shop!!!

They are a licensed Martin repair shop. One of a very, very few world wide.They can restore a totally smashed Martin!


THEY ARE EXPENSIVE BUT WHAT YOU GET BACK IS A DREAM GUITAR ...FLAWLESS LOOKING AND FLAWLESS PLAYING ALL DONE BY HAND!!
I have had 5 guitars done there in 2 years so all the guys know me be by name.

GETTING MY GUITAR HANDED BACK TO ME AFTER

WORKED ON BY THEM IS A PRICELESS EXPERIENCE.

NOT A HIGH THAT CAN BE PUT INTO WORDS!!!


5/19/7
Lawrence Petross LPD SIXTY 8 
Yes go back and check this post...BIG UPDATE ....the new DELUXE has arrived!
This is a MUST HAVE pedal!!!


MYKOS ERLKING
A must read!!!  Zach Broyles and his wife have made a pedal with an original sound  ...it is a huge as a Mammoth Plexi but as light as a cloud!!!
damn impressive!!!  
                                 ....so ordered one!



OVERDRIVE-FREE THE TONE Quad Arrow
...a state of the art OD... definitely impressive... but a great OD must capture are heart ...then at any price we will be there! 
But does it ???


Dirty Shirley Post has new vid...
Check it out...a great pedal ...but it has some limitations
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HARMONIZER-TC ELECTRONIC QUINTESSENCE


A true game changer... it only came out 3 days ago!
Yes I ordered one!!!

Speaking of ordering...I also ordered an 

Electro-Harmonix Synth 9 Machine

Basically 9 preset voices of  9 classic analog synths all very usable and it works just great on that guitar you already own ...no special pickup or interface needed. Just plug it in pick a sound and go!!
More on this very soon.

NU-X Tape Core Deluxe

A budget pedal that is as pro as it gets.

ANANASHEAD Super Fuzz V2 

Already so many orders a waiting list will soon be inevitable.

I already have the v.1 it is so good I dumped my $400.00 Fuzz on reverb. The v.1 cost me $85.00.

The v.2 sounds exactly the same only it is twice as fat!!!!

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         NU X BROWNIE        
A $50.00 OD that blows away a lot of high end pedals.
Yes I got one!!

OVERDRIVE C-MAT MODS BROWNIE
At $135.00 this thing is up there with the very best of the best for about $100.00 cheaper too
It stomps all over Wampler's Pinnacle

preview.....


CALINE CP- 34 HEAD ROOM DISTORTION

Check it out you probably have enough pennies in the penny jar for it!!! lol



NUMBERS UP!
We are growing at over 1000 a week and are over 44,000.
It appears you like my approach. I chase all over the world for the best pedals then view the vids.
If the product is total crap I do not waste your time with it.
I look for innovation ...but above all sound quality.
If it 'Appears' excellent??
I buy it!!!
I then do a hands on review after it arrives.
I have so far bought about 80 pedals. Many expensive.
Sometimes a pedal has a one dimensional sound (no dynamics ...no sensitivity to your touch and technique) those I sell.
My longest quest was for a dead clean OD. An OD with a biting attack ...lots of sustain but with incredible definition.A pedal that you could even take a tune more appropriate for a clean sound or an acoustic guitar and play it on 'this' magic OD. Finally I did not want a Tube Screamer, Klon. or Timmy type pedal as these ...DO NOT SOUND LIKE A REAL TUBE AMP.
I am waiting on delivery of a BJF BEARFOOT model G+.....a analog modelling of a 50's Gibson amp.
On vid...this is (I hope) the answer????

Friday, September 29, 2017

HARMONIZER- T C ELECTRONIC Quintessence....this 'NEW' pedal is a game changer!!!

$150.00 USD

  TC ELECTRONIC QUINTESSENCE HARMONIZER  

This pedal came out Thursday 9/28/17.
Yesterday...it don't get more newer then that!!!

So what's the big deal. Harmonizing pedals have been around for years.
Not this one.
It harmonizes in an actual Scale.
Up until now all other pedals did  parallel
harmony's only.
In short every note you played was treated as the tonic or your root note. If you played a G note you have a 4th to the G but if you moved then to an A which is the 2nd...the pedal treated the note as if you were playing in A and gave you the 4th to that A.
So it gave you a very limited use of the pedal.

The sound of the unit is excellent. Considering the tech the price is cheap.

 

 I ordered one. It may take months to get. lol The first few months they make them go out to key countries and key stores. Then after a month or so all the video reviewers have them and the backorders build. I do have an inside track but that but I will still have a long wait.

10/18/2017 
I got word that I am now top of the short list.


TIME TO BRAG!!!
I just want to mention that as usual I have the FIST REVIEW...
Nothing worse then buying a pedal only to find out you could have got a better pedal only because you stumbled on it a few weeks later.
SO I GO OUT OF MY WAY EVERY WEEK TO MAKE SURE YOU DO NOT GET SCREWED!!!
Please give your friend s a heads up about SBS. We are all in this together!!!

Sunday, September 24, 2017

DELAY-NU-X ...Tape Core Deluxe...a big league delay for an entry level price!!!


  NU-X TAPE CORE DELUXE  

$100.00 USD

I have owned a few NU-X digital pedals and without a doubt the sound quality is in the T.C. Electronics league. In short this Chinese company makes a totally pro product.
My only beef has been they sometimes miss features that are critical to modern use of the pedal ...like a tap function on their delays

This time they really out did themselves. 

Their digital interpretation of the old Roland Space Echo 201 is bang on.
Yes ...they do have the tap function. What is really cool is that you can insert an expression pedal into the box and you can do twists and turns with the delay speeds. It is effective enough to turn heads!!!

A convenient thing about tape delay is that real tape has a limited dynamic range and limited head room. You do not need a cutting edge chip to reproduce it accurately.  Even a 3rd generation chip could pull off a stellar job. That is not to say they do not use quality parts.
Keep in mind the much heralded Strymon delay was built on cutting edge parts but know those parts have now been superseded by one or 2 generations.
Two generations is like the difference between the very recent new iPhone and the very first iPhone!
.
NOTE-
Recently Strymon lowered their price because the Empress Echo System uses cutting edge parts and is blowing them out of the water sonically and eating away at their sales.
For now the Strymon BRAND ...is still 'the' BRAND to get so this is either a good move to shore up public relations or it is a state of panic. lol

In short the NU-X Tape Core Deluxe pedal easily competes with the BIG GUYS.
for fit, finish and sonic quality A Tape sound is always full and richer sounding then the straight digital digital sound of a pedal at the same price. 
In short a hundred dollar tape pedal could sound totally high end pro... but a straight digital pedal at that price WILL NOT!!!












I have a state of the art EMPRESS EchoSystems dual Engine Delay. If I were on a budget I would pounce on this product. You get to run in the big leagues for under $100.00 USD.
well made ...totally big pro sound!!!

As usual the stores on AliExpress offer free shipping and that means mailing it. In most countries the mail service is not set up to collect duties and taxes on small packages as 99% of them contain products of such low value it would cost more in time and labour to do so then the product is worth.
It would also grind the mail service to a halt. This would enrage both Big Business and the public as well. In short the government just bites the bullet!!!

You may wait weeks to get product from China but the savings can be substantial.
Your pedal in this case would be $100.00 USD right to your door.

CONCLUSION
As for getting yourself  a great delay for limited funds.
It is a no brainer!

Friday, September 22, 2017

OVERDRIVE- MAD PROFESOR Stone Grey Distortion

 MAD PROFESSOR STONE GREY DISTORTION 
$170.00 USD

Mad Professional from Finland has been around for years  making dirt boxes and an array of other boxes,
They have 12 on offer right now.
I have heard them all. Some of their more creative ones to my mind achieved their goal but they sounded artificial. In short ...not very tube like.
I have found that usually someone else usually does it better and some are cheaper.
They make handmade pieces, but the more popular ones are offered as cheaper manufactured ones.
This one however caught my attention. The Stone Grey has been around since 2011. It is high gain OD but it keeps an astonishingly clear and defined voice no matter how hard you hit it.
The attack is never muddied or rounded but comes down like an axe,

New they are $170.00 USD but there are usually a few used ones on-line.


Conclusion
You give up a little warmth but you get a sound with clarity and better still balz!

Not my first choice.
It reminds me of a Pal 800 but with a lot of grit. The Pal 800 is not only tube like it sounds identical to a Marshall JC 800 amp!!!

The Stone Grey is a very excellent sounding pedal regardless.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

FUZZ- ANANASHEAD EFFECTS Superfuzz V2...I have a v.1...and I absolutely love it...BUT this is to die for!!!

  ANANASHEAD SUPERFUZZ V2                         

$130.00 USD


I have the v.1. It is such a great Fuzz that in no time I dumped a $400.00 USD Fuzz that I soon found that I never used any more!!!

READ the POST
UNIVOX SUPER-FUZZ ...IS THERE A PERFECT CLONE

It is hand made by Pedro Garcia. Trust me. no one on the globe knows more about vintage pedals then Pedro.
What is even cooler he lets you buy a perfect clone.
He also has a reputation of making a second modded clone
that gives you a lot more WITHOUT F_ _KING UP the original tone.

I PICKED THIS VIDEO BECAUSE IT SHOWS YOU THE SOUNDS I USE
 ...On a chorus on many of my tunes in a trio format I not only need a powerful power chord
backing for the vocals. I need an absolutely crushing tone!!!!
Trust me this is fatter then every pedal I tried even those with a sub octave!!!

OK LISTEN ONCE FOR THE POWER!!!
NOW LISTEN TO IT AGAIN....THE TONE HAS A BIG HOLLOW CENTER THAT
LETS YOU DRIVE IT HARD BEHIND A VOCAL AND YET YOU CAN STILL HEAR THE WORDS!!!!

  DANGER STAND BACK  

   I would call this pedal the Orange Chrusher!!!!!   



Check out the v.1 with v.2
It sounds exactly the same but TWICE AS FAT!!!!



CONCLUSION

If you have to think about it and love a good Fuzz pedal!!!
THEN WHAT THE F_ _K IS WRONG WITH YOU!!!! LOL LOL LOL
at least buy the $85.00 USD v.1...but if I were in your shoes I would just have to get the V2

AT $130.00 USD it is a steal!!!


It is 3 weeks later from when I wrote the above.
OK GUYS...this pedal is now selling big time. If you want one now is the time to order before the wait gets stupid! 

10/14/2017
It is now a few weeks later ...get your name on the list NOW!!! or you will have long wait!
Guys who have their's are showing their friends
need I say what happens once they do???




Saturday, September 16, 2017

REVERB PHRASE LOOPER- SHIFT LINE Freeze....eternal and micro sampling reverb....cool! easy to use! reasonable price

  SHIFT LINE FREEZE Micro Sampling with Reverb  

There are a lot of interesting Reverb pedals that feature ethereal sounds.

$179.00 USD free shipping incl. from Shift-Line

They are hard not to like but on application are very limited. The Neunaber Immerse does a great job of this but it also gives a nice selection of reverbs that fit into the average Pop/rock song structure.

Shift Line are a Russian company that also make other reverbs ...the focus is on the unusual. They started life doing preamps which personally I found were both pedestrian and drab.

I said 'unusual' and this is definitely different.
It works like this ...you can hit a power chord or a  few notes ...perhaps maybe an arpeggiated chord and it will play that short phrase to infinity along with a dramatic wash of reverb.
It will then accompany you as you play over it.
Instant accompaniment.
You can 'tap' in a cord change then carry on. Yes Yes...it is a kind of phrase loop pedal.
The difference is the spacey reverb and the ease of use.

The simplicity and the price make it attractive.


  
It could be effective to use in a band with 2 players especially if the band does not use a keyboard player for pads or to give a lush background against another player knocking out power chords over it. This combination would really increase the dramatic effect.




WHO MADE YOUR 'BRAND NAME' GUITAR??? maybe not who you think???


READ ME!!!
THIS IS REALLY IMPORTANT TO KNOW

I have mentioned all this myself but it is in many different Posts.
Kudos to Philip McKnight for putting this all together in this one video.

I will mention as a rule that Korean WMI made guitars are as close as you get for best value for your buck!! I have an AIRLINE Harmony H88 Stratotone Doublet that the fit and finish is stellar. The neck is as true as a plate of glass. I put a Duncan PAF in it and the damn thing sounds like my Les Paul...the only difference is the WMI has MORE SUSTAIN!!! It is my favorite guitar!

The other bargain are the MIM Fenders... the only thing to change on them is the PU's which half of you do to any guitar.
The bridge is a cheapie too....which will give you a teeny bit less tone and sustain. But considering how little most better bridges change the sound it is a luxury.
Fender upgraded the quality of MIM guitars big time because they make so much more profit from them. I know this sounds counter intuitive ....BUT ....the rumour is that they will keep pricing the MIA guitars so expensive that one day they will only make the Fender Custom Shop guitars in America ...complaining all other MIA are discontinued because they are too expensive to make which they can not help. BOO HOO! They will tell you that you guys are not buying them so all but the Custom shop are history. They will tell us MIM are terrific so cheer up.
After that ....most of you will buy MIM guitars. Yes they will be well made. But they will soon creep up in price because it is the best you can afford.

ON THE BRIGHT SIDE

MIM guitars use grade A wood ...high tech CMC computerized machines and one guy out of 3 guys that work on the guitars ....ARE PLAYER THEMSELVES!!! That is at least 3 times more then any brand in any country.
When a player grabs a guitar they notice all the little things that when the guitar is finished the customer has to live with...and it is a big drag because they are often easy and quick fixes or adjustments
I pulled a Duo sonic off the wall that had an action as good as my Strat Custom Shop...I paid $150.00 USD to get the Strat  that good. Why?  Because players give a Sh@t  ...that's why!

The hardware is Korean. The pickups are equivalent to American made in the build quality it is just that they use cheaper ceramic magnets...the American Fenders use alnico. The saving is less then $15.00 a PU. A good Strat vintage alnico PU is about $20.00 USD. retail.

I recently tried the new MIM Mustangs and Duo Sonics... the quality of build is a hairs breadth away from any Fender Custom Shop guitar.
NO SH@T!!!!
I ordered one... they blew my mind!!!



GUITAR BRANDS- WHO MAKES WHO!!!

Friday, September 15, 2017

TREBLE BOOSTER- Ananashead's VOX 806 ...1966 reproduction....the sound of Roger Mcguinn and Tom Petty

 ANANASHEAD'S-VOX V806  1966 TREBLE BOOSTER 




The original V806 plugged right into the amp.
This is Tom Petty and Roger Mcguinn's secret
weapon. It is how they get all that 'jangle' from
their Rickenbacher.
It sells on line used for up to $500.00 USD and is hard to find.
NO ONE MAKES A CLONE!!!


But our buddy Pedro Garcia over at Ananashead ....the maestro of the perfect reproduction pedals does custom work.
Soooo I had him make me one.
When it arrives I will do the whole review.
Right now we have the pics.
There is a vid of the original. Check it out.

Check out the point to point hand wiring! >>>

I can not wait to try it!!!

Pedro? This guy is all about making the very best pedals he possibly can. If only a few guys need a pedal he keeps it stripped down to a plain box so
he can afford the time it takes to wire it by hand.
No one who needs a sound that no one makes any more goes without.
So don't blow off your foot. One day you just might need him. I do!!!

Built in a sensible mini pedal.


TOM PETTY 1950 to 2017
...sad ...in fact for me a total bummer
a guy who never cared about fame or fortune just the music
a total F. ing bummer

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THE SUPER FUZZ


One last thing I discovered Ananashead when I went searching for a clone of Townsends Live at Leeds pedal... the UNIVOX SUPERFUZZ.
There are many but the Ananashead stood out big time. This classic fuzz has a lot of unruly rough edges. Details details. All the other pedals smoothed out what they thought were bugs in the pedal.
WRONG!!!!
All but ...you guessed it. After I got my pedal it I found it sooooo good that I found a few months later I was never using a 'famous fuzz that I paid $400.00 for. Yes it took an exit on Reverb.LOL

So check out the post. If you like a fuzz AND DON'T BUY THIS...all I can say is....WHAT THE F@CK IS WRONG WITH YOU!!! ....LOL LOL LOL
At $85.00 USD... what have you got to loose!!!!



There is now a Deluxe SUPER FUZZ V2




I will have to review this one.  If it is anything like the New Sustainer Civil War....it should be scary!!! At $130.00 USD... still Supercheap!!

SEE THE NEW POST!      FUZZ- ANANASHEAD SUPERFUZZ V2

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Check out the Post for the.........ANANASHEAD
SUSTAINER CIVIL WAR
Sovtek Muff










Sunday, September 10, 2017

OVERDRIVE-CMAT MODS...BROWNIE ....an old school Plexi with a massive but tight low end...creamy +

 CMAT MODS BROWNIE 

$135.00 USD
A small one man outfit?  Chad Mathews comes across as a really enthusiastic old school.
Odd name as his work reminds me as early Mike Matthews.
Tinker with it until it works. The results are he makes nothing truly new.
It is not a meticulously refined effort.
I love those ....but Hey! they are often $300 plus and they do not always hit the emotions like a pedal built to do just and perhap and only that.

His Brownie like many is not even close. I believe there are at least 3 pedals with that name and others with a word added.
It definitely bears comparison with the Crunch Box.

So what do we get? I think one of the best Plexi type pedals for a low end that is bigger then a Russian Fuzz BUT tight!
with a great attack.
I love this pedal!!!!
In my opinion it can eat a OCD and it is in the same price range.

This simple Vid gets right to the point. SOUND not VISUALS!!
Others have much too much
Shredding... nice enough playing ...but I came to hear a pedal not a player.
Yes if this love this ...then you love the pedal. Done!





CONCLUSION
OK what we get here is yet another take on the M.I. CRUNCH BOX
the CRUNCH BOX is the Big Muff of high gain OD's every maker thinks he has a better one!!!

So is it better???
Is the Angry Charlie better???
What about the Joyo,Caline and Mogoo chinese knock-offs???
I would sneak in the NUX Brownie too.

None are better! Or are they? lol
I just listen to them all again.
Being critical I like the JHS AT @ Angry Charlie the best ...but you pay for that choice. LOL

If I were you and started squirming trying to decide. I would not hesitate to get the NUX
at $50.00 a pop. You can then put a Crunch style of pedal on the back burner and save for that amazing XYZ pedal that you can almost taste!!!!

BUT ...the CMATMODS Brownie has a very nice raw edge and very detailed overtones.
and at the price of $135.00 USD it is an exceptional pedal that holds it's own.
No matter how derivative it is impossible not to like this pedal.

This pedal is deliberately old school. Not tight as is the fashion with many pedals. But these tight pedals are not an authentic amp sound. I like them if they give me the option of a nice pot that I can vary for a bit of clean up or leave it open. Wampler do very similar pedal but the tighten up bit makes the thing soulless in comparison.



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WHO READS SBS???

                  WELCOME ALL!!!                         



Whoa!!! there are a lot of you guys 40,000 plus and every week more...
Some of you know I started this Blog just before Xmas 2015. I had some time on my hands and thought I would run a Blog about affordable pro pedals ...especially young guys at school or with low paying day jobs.
I thought I could let a few guys know they could buy clones from China that were well made some with German, American and Japanese parts. In fact the only thing not a part for part was the box that held it! Every time I finished a post I published it. Half way thru the first day it went viral. So I said to myself. "What the F_ _K ....!!!

So I went thru 200 pedals in a few months. I was running out...no maker puts new product out if the old stuff is selling.
Then I thought ...who doesn't want to see the very, very, best of the very best pedals. to compare against the entry level Pro. Or why not just to dream of having.
The Blog went viral Big Time! Again!

So needless to say my few hours that Xmas has turned into a minimum of 20 plus hours a week.
I too have a day job. A 10 hour a day heavy construction work. I too have a band.
My average sleep is 5 hour a night!
I am slim and trim slightly muscular and I just turned 50. I get compliments on my youthful look
and since I live in the present and am only really interested in what's new ...this completes the picture.
Anyhow people that know or have met me assure me that this is my true look and image.
I agree. lol and ...it is all definitely true.
EXCEPT I am 70!!!! LOL

I saw Hendrix live twice. I saw Cream and Eric let me play his single PU explorer for about a half hour.
I saw King Crimson blow Queen off the stage!!!! No sh_ _t!!! I bought a Plexi in mint shape for $350.00 for the half stack ....after all it was just a commonplace used amp. LOL. I once owned and then sold a 50's gold top LP a 50's black beauty with gold hardware LP Custom with PAF's, an original Flying V...a non reverse Explorer...a 63 Strat, a first year SG in cherry ,and a red 59 ... ES 335. Usually I owned 2 guitars at a time
My first Fuzz was in 67 a Gibson Maestro Fuzz Tone. The very first Fuzz on the market. I may have been the first guy to mod a pedal. the output was hardwired to the phone plug.... I had it removed and a phone jack put in by a TV repair man. Music store did not do mods. I think all the companies after that saw my mod and copied me. LOL
 My second dirt box was from a new company Electro-Harmonix I bought a thing called a Big Muff. lol Now called the Ram's Head
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So...where do you all come from ....All 40,000 of you!

READ ABOUT YOURSELF...this is just a sprinkle of the very cool Sh@t being made right there
in your own country

1. USA
Most are from good ol' USA   glad to see you guys!

If you have not checked out the Lawrence Petross design LPD SIXTY 8 Plexi
you should be spanked!!!
One of America's best designers. Period. This pedal is so good to tell you will sound like the biggest load of hyped up BS that you could not in your right mind believe me. But if you do not check it out...you will at best buy something 2nd best!!!

2. RUSSIA...why not...only second to the USA ...Rock musicians are Rock musicians no matter where!
You do not have a lot of pedal makers BUT...those you have are making super quality stuff.
Petr Mogilevsky of Analog Fox built me his Green Muff...it only cost me $85.00 and a 10 day wait and I had it. It blew away my $400.00 Fuzz. It even looks Cool!!!
I am now plagued with wanting an AMT Japanese Girl Wah
..stop making all these great pedals
even with their great prices I have no room on my board!!!!

Petr makes great stuff and he is the nicest guy you could ever meet!!!
look up the word integrity in the Oxford dictionary
where the meaning of the word should be I found this picture!  :-) 
                                                                   

3. CANADA
In third is the home of Aleks K Production...home of the absolute best high gain on the planet!!! Shred king of the world!!!
Aleks K Production's Red Scorpion is twice as fat as the prized Friedman BE-OD....if you think I exaggerate put it beside the Friedman for yourself. It is even fatter then the KHDK Dark Blood Distortion ...and it is a serious Metal pedal!!!
The Empress Echo Systems Digital Delay not only houses 2 delays in it's compact box but the components are all cutting edge spec. NO ONE makes a better delay. No one has specs even close
Not even it's 2 American heavy hitter competitors.
It has been out for just awhile and we know find that Strymon have lowered their prices. LOL

Then France, UK, Germany, Japan, Spain, Brazil and Portugal.
and amazing pedals from them all!


4. JAPAN
Some of Japan's pedals are so good they have been played reproduced and even cloned by others.
No one has a history of endless excellence but it does not come closer then Japans pedal builders.

5. FRANCE
Anasounds Freq Up is the best of their quality pedals. A very pure and simple boost. All controls on their pedals are intuitive. Getting great sounds out of them does not even need a manual to figure it out.
Many of the pedals have an array of trimmers inside to fine tune the pedal to match with the amp you use. You set once and never have to deal with them at every gig. You just use a few knobs to dial in certain sounds you need for a particular tune. With the Freq Up in seconds you can give great clarity to the highs or boost the mids to make even the lamest OD sound huge ...really huge!!!

6. UK
A handful of the very best FUZZ boxes were made here in the 60's that changed the future of the dirt pedal. It was the starting point for a quest for the best Dirt box ever made that could be released this very minute somewhere on this planet.

7. GERMANY
I could write a book on all the great stuff they make. The Bluguitar Amp 1 alone is a stellar achievement. A 2 lb. 'TUBE" amp with 100watts of power. You have to play it to believe it is the real deal!!!

8. SPAIN
The Manlay sound is Mick Ronson sounding Marshall OD. It has 2 preamps in it. One for treble and one for bass. This allows for some deliberate cross modulation. Normally a negative thing ...this is deliberate. You get some scary mids with it! A unique and amazing pedal
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Now I will remind you of Ananashead....if you are wonder why this is not one of the leading companies in the world for classic pedals ...then so am I. BUT the new SUSTAINER CIVIL WAR MODIFIED SOVTEK FUZZ could soon change all that. You can get the amazing Sovtek Big Muff
sound or modify that sound into a Fuzz that has the sound of tomorrow written all over it.!!

9. BRAZIL
Brazil ...do they make pedals? LOL
At last count they had 96 companies. Hard to believe???
One of the most outstanding is the mind blowing Fire Custom Shop Carpe Diem a huge sounding
sumptuous Plexi pedal. I have one and it is a total killer.

10. NETHERLANDS
Nexi Effects 'Dutch Screamer' effects are among the most unique in the world as they make a pedal board that you can set up their pedals in seconds at every gig with zero hassles or any problems...
add to that they make an array of great sounding classics.

The Dr. No effects have no rivals. The pedals not only sound great they are built to the highest standards.
They have won industry awards against every kind of thing you can think of from tea kettles to pop cans for the BEST Graphic Designs.

 ROAD     RUNNER           

THIS IS THE PLACE FOR ALL THE WORLD'S GUITARISTS....
THE BEST TUNES HAVE NOT EVEN BEEN WRITTEN!
AND THIS IS WHERE TO READ ABOUT THE TOOLS THAT WILL INSPIRE YOU TO WRITE THEM !!!




OVERDRIVE- BOSS Angry Driver JB-2 ...JHS Angry DriverJB-2 ....what the Hell???

BOSS ANGRY DRIVER JB-2   JHS ANGRY DRIVER JB-2 

The Boss...oops! sorry. The JHS ...damn! sorry again
Sorry about that. let me try again. Now the Boss Ang
ah crap...let me figure it out and get back to you tomorrow.


OK
here is the deal BOSS are celebrating 40 years of making pedals.
Unfortunately every small flaw in any new pedal they make gets shouts of.....
"SEE I TOLD YOU THEY MAKE CRAP NOW!!

One of the new kids to join the upper ranks is JHS. One day they will get their ass kicked too. But right now they are walking
amongst the very best.

SO...BOSS went to JHS and said "let's do a pedal together."



So they got together at the BOSS headquarters and tried teaming up several pedals on their short list. They found out that if you put the Boss Blues Drive with the Angry Charlie you have a medium and high gain pedal that match beautifully.
So they tweaked both pedals to run either separately or stacked.
The result is the JB-2.




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So I have owned a Blues Drive clone and I have a Charlie.
Both are very good pedals.
You can not put 2 great pedals in one small box with a reasonable price point to sell it at without some compromise. I always prefer ...one sound one box...but a perfect sound.
You will have to decide for yourself.
BUT 3 cheers for the great idea. They should really do an original pedal together.
It will not happen because if it tanked they would both get their reputational butts kicked twice as hard.

Saturday, September 9, 2017

OVERDRIVE- Keeley D&M DRIVE ....there is not anything it will not do well....BUT?

 KEELEY D&M DRIVE 

If you are a fan of 'That Pedal Show" you know all about
Dan and Mick.
Keeley built a pedal for them. He must be a big fan because he has picked up on what they both like in an OD.
It is a 'how many Marshall types can we get out of one box?' effort.
He has succeeded in doing a stellar job.
As a tone nut I would not buy one.
BIG BUT!
If I could only afford one pedal I would really have to give this some serious consideration.

CONCLUSION
It does not a ...do one sound 'To Die For' pedal.
If you want that you might end up with 15 pedals or more instead of just this one. LOL


Friday, September 8, 2017

OVERDRIVE- Friedman DIRTY SHIRLEY.......was it worth the wait????

  FRIEDMAN DIRTY SHIRLEY  


$199.00 USD

Friedman brought out the BE-OD overdrive pedal and within a few months it became the #1 in both OD sales and on everyone else's wish list.
It was based off of their best selling amp. The amp is a beefed up Marshall JTM 45.
The JTM 45 is in fact ...a barely tinkered with ...Fender Bassman amp.

Friedman showed off a new pedal at the Winter NAMM in January. The Dirty Shirley. A low to medium gain pedal based
off a their Dirty Shirley small combo.

The point of course is this is long wait to see what this follow up pedal will be.
                                   

SO WHAT DO WE GET?

To my ears it is more Plexi than JTM 45. It has a deep low end and a very fat lower mid range. It does however have a small switch on the right hand side to move the mids up into a higher range.
The tone is actually quite rich  ...even sumptuous. It is nearly opposite of the BE-OD.
It is very well thought out and it has an excellent sound.
It is fatter then the BE-OD and has a lot of headroom which is evident on the attack ...a near percussive attack with lots of bite.
I did note in the second vid that when the pedal is pushed hard that the tone is blurred!

My only complaint is that there are several great medium gain Plexi's to choose from.
If I had the luxury of a bigger board. LOL
I would consider buying  one.The blur in the tone when pushing the gain does bother me though.
So give it a damn good listen before you buy it!!!




Monday, September 4, 2017

OVERDRIVE-BJF Design BEARFOOT model Hs (5 knob) ....analog modeling of a HIWATT amp

 BJF Design BEAR FOOT Model Hs 

It is a weird company.  BJF Design are in Sweden.  Bjorn Juhl designs pedals and he and his wife make them one at a time for around $400.00 USD a pop. They still do!
BUT to reach a wider market they went to the guys at B.Y.O.C.who do the DIY pedal kits for the DIY crowd with the soldering irons to 'also' make them.
So under the name Bear Foot with a staff in the US they reproduce them ...but still by hand for $222.00USD.
They are currently sorting out how to make more and cheaper units by farming out production of a select few big sellers to be produce faster and cheaper for about $150.00 USD...but it has not yet happened. All the pedals now look and are virtually the same. In the past the Swedish ones were sometimes cosmetically quite different.
$222.00 USD
It is all very much like Fender with the US, Mexican and Asian Strats.etc.
It is also very confusing for the consumer.

In 1970 Dave Reeves HI-WATT's designer/owner convinced Pete Townsend to try them. 
Pete took them to the Live at Leeds gig. Rapidly all the better bands switch out their Plexi for the Hi-Watt. 
In 1981 Dave fell down a flight of stairs and was totally incapacitated.
The short story is the lawyers stepped in and ran the company. The product soon tanked. Everyone went back to Marshall.
The HI-WATT is a Marshall with high end components 
and like a Vox it used a negative feedback circuit to
stop the speaker from breaking up. Upgrading the components and restricting the excessive dampening of the speakers is what gives the HI-WATT it's clarity and high definition.


For the most part the Bear Foot is still under the radar. The Model G is a Gibson amp which is not only great sounding but distinctly different from the Marshall, Fender and a few Vox pedals that although are quite nice have glutted the market.
The newest one is the Model H. It is a dead accurate interpretation of a HIWATT. If it is set to give you a low, medium or high gain sound it is equally convincing over it's entire. range. Anywhere on it's gain is a sweet spot. Impressive!!!
I feel because once again this sound is both desirable and this offering is so accurate that it could sell to thousands if players if they new it existed The big deal about a HIWATT sound is it is as full as a good PLEXI. The low end is both fat and tight and no mater how high the gain there is ZERO mud.
The clarity is unbelievable.
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Both the Model G and the model H have got to be the coolest and freshest sounds in an OD in years and years and years. 
The cool is thing if you are Marshall fan you could choose the HIWATT
and if you are a Fender guy you would get the Gibson. It is not only a natural choice but the big deal is both amps will complement the two styles and repertoire of the players who buy them. 

IF you are wailing away on your Plexi pedal and I put you through the HIWATT  you would not skip a beat'.The sound would be different but it will feel  natural to your present technique.

You could call the Model Hs the deluxe because you can still get the Model 3. There was also a Model 4. They recently killed it because it was getting a bit silly offering 3 models all at the same time. Even so some players swear by the 4. They all sound a shade different.
What blew me away is that when you back off the gain it acts like a real amp with a near crunch like tone and completely usable sound. In short no sweet spot. You can use the gain across it's whole range.
This works so damn well it begs for a Deluxe model with 2 channels.
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CONCLUSION

This is a break through product. It is a REAL choice for anyone who would normally go to a Marshall. It could appeal and please quite literally thousands and thousands of players.