In the beautiful city of New York, the Big Muff, which acts as a guitar pedal that can distort fuzz sounds, became very well-known. The Muff was created, introduced and manufactured by Electro-Harmonic Company (EHX) together with its sister company, the Russian Sovtek. Primarily the Big Muff was used for electric guitars but later bass guitars also were able to make use of such a powerful yet tiny machine. The Big Muff guitar pedal was invented by Mike Matthews and introduced in the early 1970s. Carlos Santana and David Glamour were the two artists who first used this guitar pedal. Read more
Guitar players love distortion. No big secret, really. From the time we start playing we are pretty much issued a distortion pedal of some kind right out of the gate and we proceed from there. By the time I was 13, I had my brown Ross distortion plugged into my solid state Gretsch amp and pretty much blistered my Mom’s paint for a few hours every day. These days, distortion and overdrive pedals have become much more of Read more
NAMM 2011 — Zoom is pleased to announce the addition of guitarist and lead vocalist Dave Mustaine of the iconic band Megadeth to our family of artists.
Mustaine has been a mainstay in the metal community for over 25 years, having formed Megadeth in 1983. Internationally acclaimed as one of the greatest metal guitarists in the world, Mustaine is also an accomplished producer.
Mustaine and Zoom will introduce the all-new ZOOM G2.1DM Dave Mustaine Signature Edition Guitar Effects Pedal at a press conference on Saturday, January 15, 2010 from 1:00pm-1:30pm at the Zoom booth (#5940).
“This pedal is built for action,” declares Mustaine. “With my personal sound effects and a large expression pedal modeled after the accelerator of one of my favorite sports cars onboard, the ZOOM G2.1DM leaves all contenders at the starting line.”
2010 was a huge year for Mustaine and Megadeth. It marked the 20th Anniversary of Rust In Peace, considered one of the most influential heavy metal albums of all time. Megadeth also performed as part of the “The Big Four” tour in Europe alongside Metallica, Slayer and Anthrax, as well as the “American Carnage” tour. And 2011 is expected to be even bigger.
“It’s been a honor working closely with Dave on this new pedal,” says Mark Menghi, Artist Relations Director. “Zoom has been fully-committed to capturing his thrash metal guitar sound in the ZOOM G2.1DM. We are excited to be unleashing it on guitar players everywhere.”
Visit www.megadeth.com for more information on Dave Mustaine or to see the band live on tour and hear those Zoom thrash metal guitar effects. Read more
Following in the footsteps of Fuzz Face masters Eric Johnson, David Gilmour, and Jimi Hendrix – Joe Bonamassa relies on his Fuzz Face to deliver his trademark searing leads. Tested and developed over several world tours, the JBF3 Joe Bonamassa Signature Fuzz Face is voiced specifically for Joe’s humbucker-driven tone, adding sustain and thickness for a rich, creamy fuzz.
Dunlop Fuzz Face JBF3 pedal boasts a hand-wired circuitry built around matched NOS Russian military germanium transistors for their characteristic warmth and growl. The JBF3 also features classic grey Cliff jacks and Omeg pots all housed in a polished copper finish that will patina over time. “I wanted this Fuzz Face to be a pedal that would instantly transform your tone,” Joe says. “It drives you to a different place as a player. Kick on the inspiration box!” Production of the Joe Bonamassa Signature Fuzz Face is limited to a single batch each year. Read more
NAMM 2011 — Eternal Descent is a comic book and music series unlike any other – and so is the new Eternal Descent Lyra, a limited edition multi-effects pedal that brings the sound of the globally popular series to guitarists everywhere.
Eternal Descent is a cross-genre story that blends elements of fantasy, action, music, superhero, gothic, science fiction, supernatural and other elements into an ongoing saga featuring Lyra, the series’ heroine. Lyra is a rock singer who is quick-witted, beautiful, talented, has attitude to spare – and is immersed in a battle with demons both internal and external awaiting her at every turn.
Music is integral to Eternal Descent. Created by writer Llexi Leon, the comics revolve around the exploits of Lyra and her band, Constellation Nine, and rock and metal bands like Static X, Atreyu, Firewind, Shadows Fall and others have made guest appearances. A series of albums have been released that bring the comic to life with music created specifically for the series. Read more
NAMM 2011 — HardWire is a leading manufacturer of guitar pedals, today introduced the SP-7 Stereo Phaser Effects Pedal. The SP-7 is an advanced Phaser effects pedal offering seven Phaser types based on popular new and vintage effects pedals including 2-stage, 4-stage, modern, boutique, 10-stage, envelope and dynamic.
Leveraging DSP originally developed for the DigiTech RP Series of products, the new pedal also features controls for speed, depth, modify and phaser type, as well as an indicator LED and tap tempo switch for setting the phaser’s effects modulation speed time during a live performance. Read more
NAMM 2011 — The new TightMetal distortion pedal takes the TightDrive and TightBoost overdrive platform to the next level and provides over-the-top metal and hardcore crunch tones with adjustable tightness thanks to the Tight control.
This issue came up early on when discussing various ideas with Mark Kloeppel, guitarist from the hardcore band Misery Index. Like many other metal players, Mark was looking for a particular guitar tone, one with a lot of harmonics but with the ability to stop the notes really fast to work with their music. The Tight control varies the pick attack from smooth and thick to tight and aggressive. Read more
Electro-Harmonix trio of new effects hands-on review — There seems to be a never-ending stream of new stompbox effects emanating from the circuit benders at Electro-Harmonix. Twice a year the company’s NAMM trade show booth trots out a fresh batch of signal-mangling machines calculated to excite electric guitarists, bassists, or anyone else who lives to alter audio signals in interesting and exotic ways. 2010 was no exception, with EHX proffering a bevy of new electronics that elicited headshaking and cries of, “They’ve done it again!” Read more
BOSS U.S. is pleased to announce the PS-6 Harmonist, combining four intelligent pitch-shift effects and three-voice harmony in one compact pedal. Boss PS-6 combines four pitch-shift effects and three-voice harmony in one pedal. Equipped with a powerful, custom-designed DSP chip for superior performance, the Boss PS-6 provides superb sound quality, ease of use, and professional pitch effects all under one hood. Read more
BOSS U.S. is proud to announce the addition of the ST-2 Power Stack to its industry-leading compact pedal lineup. Boss ST2 emulates the sound and feel of a cranked stack tube amp. The Boss ST-2 is a unique type of BOSS distortion pedal, one that gives guitarists both the sound and feel of playing through a large, cranked-up, stack-style tube amplifier. This is accomplished through BOSS’ years of meticulous research in amp modeling, and represents a bold step forward in stompbox design. Read more