Few effects, if any, have the power to transform a guitar’s sound (and the way one plays it), as completely as a good delay. Most pedals color the guitar’s signal to enhance its tone, add a little texture, or even give it a new voice. Delay lets people play with time itself—it copies each note played and repeats it back. Each delay gives players the controls to set the amount of time between repeats, the number of repeats, and their volume relative to the original signal, whether it be an old
It’s a question we get here at PGS all the time: “What order should I put my new pedals in? Do I put my Mr. Black DoubleChorus before my Catalinbread Dirty Little Secret or after? Help!” Pairing multiple pedals in your effects chain raises a great question about what order to place your effects—primarily related to where to place effects in relation to dirt. As always, everyone’s mileage varies—we always recommended trying your pedals in multiple configurations and going with the placement that your ears like best. In the meantime, here’s a rundown with our take on effects placement. <
Penicillin. Teflon. Corn flakes. Coca Cola. Distortion. Some of our favorite things were discovered completely by accident. The origins of overdrive aren’t documented as well as either of those things, but several accidents and simple technological limitations gave rise to the ubiquitous dirty tones we all know, love, and employ today. Dirt has become an essential part of modern music—it is arguably the most popular sonic effect in the world. But it wasn’t by design. The first instrument amplifiers of the '30s were somewhat lo-fi—they had simple tone circuitry and were very low-wattage. When players tried to coax more volume out of these amps, it caused the amps to distort mildly.
Effects pedals are our drugs. We’re surrounded by catacombs of pedals here at Tone Report and we don’t even scratch the surface of what's available. However, some definitive units changed popular music forever once they got into the hands of some creative guitarists. Today, we tip our hat to these iconic pedals and the artists who turned them into legendary (mythic, even!) pieces of gear. Arbiter Fuzz Face - Jimi Hendrix An unstoppable experimenter, Hendrix picked up a Fuzz Face when he arrived in England in the late '60s and—said as modestly as possible—the world was never the same. With his incredible chops and creativity, Hendrix put fuzz in the forefront
“Is this pedal true bypass?” That’s a question we are literally asked daily from the huge amount of stompbox demos we’ve put on the interwebs. However, we find that few people actually know why they’re compelled to ask the question in the first place. No doubt, the importance of true bypass switching to the common guitarist has reached mythic proportions these days. It’s always touted as an improvement over buffered pedals which are the often described like Chupacabras of tone. With that said, I feel it’s necessary to explore the mystique of true bypass. It’s been said many ways, but to boil it down, the
Alright, alright, alright. I already know what you're going to say. So go ahead and say it. Whatever it is, it's totally valid. To narrow down to ten pedals was nearly impossible-- but that's what makes it fun to whip up these lists. We're surrounded with pedals-- there are thousands of unique pedals out there in the world and thousands of each of those thousands. If you picture PGS like one of those ball pits from Chuck E Cheese, but where it's effects pedals instead of little plastic balls, you'd be pretty much on the money. With the proliferation of pedals out and about, we sat down to narrow down to 10 totally classic, totally
Chapman Guitars has been steadily growing since they arrived on the scene several years ago. Champan is adding four guitars to their roster just in time for NAMM 2014. Watch the video below to hear Chappers himself introduce the new instruments (two seven string electrics and a limited edition ML-1 Hot Rod and limited edition ML-2 Classic):
Scottsdale, AZ (January 16, 2014) -- Guild is proud to announce new guitars and basses in the Newark St. Collection and Guitar Special Run (GSR) series. The Guild Newark St. Collection marks the return of classic Guild electric favorites from the 1950s and ’60s—once again putting the distinctive Guild styling and voice that helped shape popular music into the hands of today’s guitarists. GSR series guitars are distinctive limited-edition versions of some of Guild guitars’ most sought after and revered models. These exceptional instruments feature special and exotic wood selections and custom appointments not available on standard models, resulting in exciting new guitars that take the Guild legacy to new heights of elegant sound and