Sep 17 2014

Stupid Deal on the BBE Free Fuzz on Amazon

The title of this post says it all. This morning, I came across a stupid deal on the BBE Free Fuzz. The BBE Free Fuzz is a simple good sounding fuzz, and if you’re looking to pick one up on the cheap .. this is your lucky day. The BBE Free Fuzz lists for $169 and is currently on sale for only $24.99 and includes FREE shipping at Amazon. Yes… $24.99.

Here is a sample by BBETV:

Now.. this deal won’t last long. At the time of this post.. there were only 4 units in stock. I would say when it gets down to 1 left, the price might spike back up. For all the later readers who are upset about the price change.. here is a screen snap showing what I’m seeing:

Stupid Deal on the BBE Free Fuzz on AmazonIf you own a BBE Free Fuzz… let us know what you think by commenting below! Hope some of you get a chance on this deal!

UPDATE: Looks like price jumped up to $57 after the count dropped down to 1. At least a few of you guys got the sweet deal!


Sep 16 2014

Bass Fuzz Pedal Shootout

Bass Fuzz ShootoutThis morning I came across a great video by chicagomusicexchange - a bass fuzz pedal shootout! I definitely get asked about good fuzz for bass, and I’ve recommended a couple of these, but it’s really cool to see them side by side so you can see the differences. The video is fairly quick and there is no ‘dialing’ going on, but you get a general sense of the overall fuzz tones happening.

When it comes to bass and fuzz, it’s important that the fuzz is actually heard in the mix. Often time, fuzz will get lost, so think about the mid-range growl and the top note harmonics in the fuzz.. and think about how it will fit in with the guitar(s). Something that might not sound super great in the video.. might actually cut and be great in the band setting.

Here is the video:

Here were the fuzz pedals used in the demo:

Death by Audio Fuzz War
Devi Ever Ruiner
JHS Pandamonium Bass Preamp & Fuzz <= discontinued
Electro Harmonix Big Muff Bass Pi
Zvex Woolly Mammoth

So what stood out for you? What was not great? What fuzz would you call the most useful? What fuzz would cut the mix the best? Let me know by commenting below!


Sep 15 2014

TC Electronics Flashback Mini

TC Electronics Flashback MiniAs pedals get more and more popular, one problem continues to happen for the pedal enthusiasts. We run out of pedal board real estate. You’re sometimes faced with that horrible decision of removing a pedal to get a new one on the board. After enough of this, you realize you *need* all of these pedals to do what you need to do. Your only real option is go get a bigger board. That would solve a lot, but thankfully, builders are trying to help out. Mini-pedals. Pedals with a smaller footprint get a bit more space on the board.

I was particularly interested when I saw the TC Electronics Flashback Mini. You usually don’t see delays in the *mini* form factor. Lots going on under the hood, so it was impressive to see that TC Electronics was able to squash the Flashback into this enclosure.

Here is the official promotion video for the TC Electronics Flashback Mini:

As you can see/hear.. that’s pretty cool. The Tone Print capability is a great option to dial in a rough preset and use the mini to manage that preset. If you tweak between delay modes, then you might need to stick with the standard Flashback.

You can currently pick up the TC Electronics Flashback Mini at Musician’s Friend for only $110.12 and this includes FREE shipping!


Sep 12 2014

Pedal Line Friday – 9/12 – Ethan Sims

Today’s pedal line is from Ethan Sims. If you have a pedal line (doesn’t have to be in a board) for your rig, please email me a photo, bio, description of pedals and routing to pedallineateffectsbaydotcom. Every Friday I’ll showcase a pedal line submission. Make sure you include any links to your band or music page.

Pedal Line Friday - 9/12 - Ethan SimsHi, my name is Ethan Sims. Currently between bands. Here’s my signal path

Korg Pitch Black Tuner
Morley Wah
EHX Octave Multiplexer(big box edition)
Fulltone Ultimate Octave Fuzz
EHX Hot Tubes (nano edition)
Way Huge Angry Troll Boost
Akai Head Rush E2
EHX Holy Grail Reverb(nano edition)

From there it goes into the studio channel of my Bassman Ten. My main guitar is a Fender Telecaster.


Sep 10 2014

Old Blood Noise Endeavors – Black Fountain Delay

Old Blood Noise Endeavors - Black Fountain DelayI’ve been itching to talk about this for a while. Old Blood Noise Endeavors (OBNE) is a new pedal company started by Brady Smith. Brady Smith was also one of the major guys behind Walrus Audio who I absolutely love. Looks like Brady partnered up with Seth McCarroll and formed OBNE. You know.. great things are going to come of this!

Right now, they’re offering one pedal – the Black Fountain Delay. Before analog bucket brigade delays, there were *oil can* delays. This was a portable option for tape delays. I heard about these.. but knew very little about them. I found this page that explains it incredibly well. Check it out.

So, the guys at OBNE wanted to replicate that sound found in the Morley EDL, Tel-Ray Model 10 and Fender Echo-Reverbs. The big characteristic is the *wobble* of the delay. A little different than vintage modulation. Their Black Fountain Delay offers the following controls – Time, Feedback, Mix, Fluid and 3-way toggle for delay mode (Modern, Organ and Vintage).

Check out this great video:

They also put a more *typical* demo of the pedal… I’m digging this style…

Currently the OBNE Black Fountain is only available at their website for $199. I’ll definitely be keeping my eye on these guys. Let me know what you think by commenting below!


Sep 9 2014

Courtney Love’s Isolated Vocal/Guitar – Celebrity Skin Live

I’ve been thinking about this post ever since I saw this video. Basically, a recording engineer was hired to record the performance for the venue and was never paid and then he posted the isolated guitar and vocal tracks of Courtney Love’s performance that night in 2010. Now, to take the easy low road, you can make fun of the guitar playing. It’s bad. I get it. Here is the video:

But the interesting thing… I started to reflect about my own guitar playing. I don’t want to defend or justify the quality of play. I mean – she’s in Hole. They’re *pro*. It should be awesome, right?

What it did remind me of – those times when you’re on stage. You think you killed it. Performance was high energy. You felt like you were in the pocket, but after listening to a live recording of the performance, you start hearing the clams all over the place. Maybe I was *too* loose. I guess I wasn’t that awesome after all, you begin to think… wow.. I actually sucked.

I think playing live is about walking the tightrope of high energy performance while maintaining massive control of your instrument. Experience, and practicing (like you were playing a live show) is the key.

Regardless of her performance, the rest of the band pulled it through. The fans were into it. And when we talk about a band, it’s a group effort to get through the night and leaving the crowd stoked.

Let me know what you think about slop/energy when playing live. What do you do to tighten the screws while being energetic and loose? Let me know what you think!


Sep 8 2014

Boss RC-1 Loop Station

Boss RC-1 Loop StationInteresting new gear alert! I wanted to talk about the Boss RC-1 Loop Station! No idea why they didn’t name it RC-4, since they already have the RC-2 and RC-3 Loop Stations. BUT.. they took their successful compact looper and added some great features. First off, I like that it appears to be much simpler, similar to the TC Electronic Ditto. The previous Loop Stations had storable programs, this appears to be a straight up / real time looper.

Now onto some of the cool features. The first obvious feature – loop indicator. When creating a loop, sometimes it’s hard to determine when your first loop is restarting. There is a visual indicator that shows where you are at in the loop. Kinda nice.  Next, it saves the recorded phase into memory, even if the unit is turned off. I’m assuming it’s the first phrase. This looper also has stereo in and outs. This is nice especially in a smaller profile unit. Finally, there is a simple level adjustment for the loops.

Check out this video:

According to Musician’s Friend, the Boss RC-1 Loop Station will cost $129 and expects to ship on 9/25/2014. You can preorder the pedal now!

Please let me know what you think about the Boss RC-1 Loop Station by commenting below!

 


Sep 5 2014

Pedal Line Friday – 8/5 – Larson Lind

Today’s pedal line is from Larson Lind. If you have a pedal line (doesn’t have to be in a board) for your rig, please email me a photo, bio, description of pedals and routing to pedallineateffectsbaydotcom. Every Friday I’ll showcase a pedal line submission. Make sure you include iany links to your band or music page.

Pedal Line Friday - 8/5 - Larson LindI’m Larson, guitarist and singer for Dusty McQueen. We’re a Punk/Post-Hardcore two piece out of Laramie, WY

I use a Gibson SG Standard and from there into my pedals:

1) Boss TU-3 – Rock solid tuner

2) Diamond Compressor – My “always on” pedal, helping with string separation and clarity when the dirt is on

3) Earthquaker Devices Organizer – I use the octave down and a little of the octave up to make a few solos a bit more interesting

4) Acid Age Supercollider – This is used as a lead boost and for any heavier parts in general

5) Earthquaker Devices Monarch – My main dirt pedal, the only one I’ve been completely happy with for an amp-like sound. Running it at 18V really extends the low end of the pedal and is perfect for making our 2 piece sound huge.

6) MXR Carbon Copy – Great little analog delay, and getting it to self-oscillate is a ton of fun!

All of this runs into an Ampeg V4B-AV and Fender Twin Reissue. Thanks for checking it out!

Pedal Line Friday - 8/5 - Larson Lind - Guitar/Amps
Band links are:
http://dustymcqueen.bandcamp.com/
https://www.facebook.com/dustymcq


Sep 4 2014

Pedal Finder Give Away – Physics Punk Pedals Bender Fuzz

Hello.. some of you know that I’m a partner with a great new pedal related site called Pedal Finder! It’s pedal review / search site.. but with a twist. Instead of the classic – type in a pedal you already know, the site is designed to help you find pedals based on criteria. Genre, lead/rhythm, pickups, amps and category of effect will be used to help find pedals that others have reviewed with similar criteria. Basically, it will help you discover pedals you might know about, or realize might be popular with your gear or genre! So far, the response has been fantastic and the site has been growing daily with reviews and members!

Pedal Finder

One of the fun features we wanted to offer was regular pedal give aways. We all like free gear right?!?! To enter is simple. Just participate on the site. Becoming a member, submitting reviews, adding pedals, linking YouTube videos, associating artists, etc… all become entries to the system. The more you do, the more chances you have to win!

Pedal Finder Give Away - Physics Punk Pedals Bender FuzzThis give away is for the Physics Punk Pedals Bender Fuzz! Physics Punk Pedals is a good friend of EffectsBay and Pedal Finder, and they were super kind to sponsor this give away. Please check out their site for their other awesome pedals! The Bender is a silicon fuzz based on the Sola Sound / Vox MkIII Tone Bender. Awesome sounding 60s fuzz! This will be a great one to add to your board!

A random entry will be selected on September 24th, so plenty of time to have some fun with the site. The pedal give aways on the site.. will be a regular thing, so you’ll want to keep an eye as those come out. To get in on the action, go here and create an account!

On top of that, I’m going to sweeten the deal. If you ‘LIKE’ Pedal Finder on Facebook and you’re selected as the winner, I’ll throw in an extra prize – A free Pedal Label System pack (learn more at PedalLabels.com). I’ll also throw in a EffectsBay t-shirt too!

So, it’s pretty much a no-brainer to like Pedal Finder on Facebook! Just click the ‘like’ below.

If you can, please help spread the word about Pedal Finder. Know of any pedal nerds? Guitar junkies? Noise enthusiasts? Let ‘em know!!!


Sep 3 2014

Talking with Peter Punckowski of Swiss Picks

A while back (all the way back to 2012), I did a little interview with Peter Punchowski. Since then the product has changed, and I thought it would be cool to see what’s new with Swiss Picks.. what’s changed, etc. Swiss Picks are a clever way to increase grip on the pick. If your picks “spin” in your fingers, you might be experiencing more fatigue and loss of control. Control is a nice thing to have when playing guitar.

Swiss Picks

- Where is Swiss Picks located?

We’re in Los Angeles, CA.

- What started your interest in making picks?

As they say, “Necessity is the mother of invention.” To be honest, it was really the need for a pick to fit my needs. Where as I could use a generally commercial made pick, I always wanted something better. Now, I have it.

- Swiss picks has a great design, but how does that design translate to function?

When it comes to the grip factor, I tried picks with sandpaper style scoring, which while they did grip, readjusting the pick during play was restrictive. So, with the raised edge design and these strategically placed holes, I can have all my needs met of feeling locked in with the plectrum while still having the freedom to not only adjust, but loosen up on my grip. This pick feels like a natural extension for me. It just glides perfect.

- What is the biggest plus in using Swiss Picks?

Aside from the grip and feel, I make these out of the best Dupont materials here in the USA which are not only longer lasting in terms of wear, but sound much better than the average made commercial picks that most players are used to and accepting of. Another big issue I had was the ‘clicking’ sound of other picks on high gain settings. The Swiss Picks motto, “All of the speed, none of the click.”

- When we spoke last, you added some new picks – What’s the difference between the Standard Cheddar vs. the Delrin?

Yes, I’ve just released the long awaited Sharp Cheddar series, which have a sharp tip and are thicker than the original yellow one. The material base is actually the same Delrin base. Where the material changed is with the Rusty Cooley Edition Sharp Cheddar Series, which is a Polycarbonate base.

- How do these material differ from the Original Swiss Picks (and will you continue to offer the original)?

I’m happy to say that I have a great fan base for the originals, so they will always be a Swiss Picks staple and I use the 1.10 gauge from time to time myself. The Delrin is more of a pure warm tone, while the Polycarbonate has a brighter attack, which is what inspired the Rusty Cooley Edition.

- Tell us about these Rusty Cooley edition picks.. as well as Rusty Cooley!

Let’s talk about Rusty Cooley first. I believe it was in the late 90’s when Rusty debut CD came out, and I have to say that my friends and I were just FLOORED by this guy. Y’know, there’s a player that comes around every once in a blue moon that is a leap above everyone else, and Rusty is THAT guy. We’ve joked that he must be bionic. But what separates Rusty is his creativity in the speed realm. He does it his way, with techniques that though I can comprehend, I cannot recreate. Then he released the Outworld CD which further solidified his legend. I consider him to be a benchmark player in the idea that he’ll always be technically untouchable and 5 to 10 steps ahead of all of us. His new band/project, Day Of Reckoning is a brutal guitar assault that sets the bar even higher than before! Check out his music at www.RustyCooley.com

So,when I made the Sharp Cheddar’s, I sent some to Rusty and he loved ‘em and they quickly became his only pick. Y’know, hearing that from one of your favorite players was just mind blowing!! But, there was an issue. Rusty felt the Delrin was too warm for his signature 7 & 8 string Dean RC models… So, to the drawing board I went and came up with a Polycarbonate base, which is a harder, glass like material that really brightened up & clarified Rusty’s low end. He was stoked & the Rusty Cooley Edition was born!

- You offer different shapes.. the Sharp Cheddar and the Sharp Cheddar Jazz. Will you be offering other types in the future? What’s next?

Now, I’m not Nostradamus.. haha.. but I think the Jazz Mini is must have and to be honest, I’d like to work with Tortoise toned materials and see if I can improve upon that sound. To work with Nylons would be interesting, and while our picks will have a common base, there’s always the extra ingredients that go in the mix to be bring out better tonal capabilities. My goal is to push the limits and stay cutting edge.

- These picks are stiff, sharp accurate pick, but will you be offering other gauges?

The Sharp Cheddars for the Shredders will always be a thicker heavy gauge, but we may work more with the originals in the gauge department. At the moment the 2.0 (Slab) will be the thickest offered, as when it gets thicker, I found that the string snap and dynamics suffer.

- How does the future look for Swiss Picks?

It looks great! I’m keeping this here in the USA, not bending to the corporate demands previously made on the company, keeping the orders website direct, and enjoying the great feedback from the players out there. The guitar players has been incredibly receptive and awed by my picks.. and at the end of the day, isn’t that the most important thing?

Swiss Picks

 


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