ZVex Seek Wah
Effects

Z. Vex Seek Wah Guitar Effects Pedal Review

So there you are, sitting in from of your digital recorder, trying to work out an overdub. Problem is, you keep going back to the same stock phrases. The same thing happens at practice when, while running through your band’s newest song, you suddenly realize you’re falling back on all your old, familiar tricks […]

Top Five Overdrive Guitar Pedals
Effects

Best Guitar Overdrive Pedal Should I Buy?

When considering which overdrive pedals belong on the Mount Rushmore of guitar gear, we here at Gear-Vault took one major consideration into account, which is tone. Let’s face it – overdrive is overdrive, and has been since studio musician Grady Martin continued playing despite a faulty pre-amp circuit in the console of a Nashville recording studio in 1961. The nuances of distortion, and opinions about its place in music, have been fine-tuned ever since. This list leans toward pedals that… […]

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Fender Classic Volume Tone, Phaser and Fuzz-Wah Pedal Review

This Fender Phaser Effect Pedal from the Classics Series adds versatility to your sound with a few easy knobs.
Rate–This knob controls the rate at which the phase shifting occurs. The rate control knob alternately illuminates blue and red at the same rate as the phase shifting.

Intensity–This knob adjusts the intensity of the Phasing effect.

Frequency–This knob adjusts what frequencies are affected by the phasing action. Fully counter-clockwise causes the bass frequencies to be affected most by the phasing action, fully clockwise causes the treble frequencies to be most affected by the phasing action.

Bypass Switch–A “true-bypass” of the phaser effect. Turns the phasing effect on-off.

Output Jack–Connect to the input of your amplifier (or other audio device).

Input jack–Plug your guitar (or other audio source) in here. Unplug the input plug from this jack to turn off the device and save power (very important) when not in use. […]

Operating Guitar Effects Pedal
Effects

No Guitar Effects Fix Bad Sound

Even the best signal processor can’t make up for a bad guitar sound. Too often engineers and producers tell worried guitar players, “We’ll fix it in the mix,” or, “I know it sounds a little funny now, but we’ll sprinkle some fairy dust on it and it’ll sound killer.” Statements such as these are, in my humble opinion, a crock. There are many things you can do to a bad guitar sound […]

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Line 6 POD HD PRO Review

The art of competing in a modern industrial world is constantly changing, and constantly getting more difficult. Each year, companies give it their all and toss their eggs in a basket, hoping it will pan […]

Pigtronix
Effects

Pigtronix Guitar Effects Pedals

Pigtronix is not your typical guitar effects maker. Starting with the original Envelope Phaser, Pigtronix pedals have been anything but conventional. According to David Koltai, president of Pigtronix, “With companies like BOSS and Dunlop to […]

EHX Talking Machine Review
Effects

EHX Talking Machine Guitar Pedal [Review]

The programmable Stereo Talking Machine Vocal Formant Filter produces creative vowel-shaping that is controlled by the player’s dynamics. Nine selectable Voices deliver vowel sounds such as AH-OO and OW-EE, as well as Bassballs and wah-type dynamic filters. The Voices can be shaped with individual Attack and Decay controls while Sensitivity adjusts the envelope response. The resulting effects mimic characteristics of human speech and create sounds that are both organic and harmonically rich.

As its name implies, the Stereo Talking Machine possesses true stereo outputs as well as an effects loop. An expression pedal Input provides realtime control over filter sweeps, while nine preset locations let you store and instantly recall favorite programs. The Stereo Talking Machine delivers compelling sound-shaping capability with advanced control. […]