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Effects

Vintage Gear: Moog Taurus Synthesizer Pedal

The Moog Taurus Pedal Synthesizer was popular with rock bass players to create fat synth bass lines. The Taurus has three preset sounds and a special preset that you can program yourself. The Taurus is a specialized monophonic bass synthesizer using two audio oscillators with glide, two contour generators, and a VCA, coupled with the famous Moog low pass filter. […]

mxr carbon copy analog delay guitar pedal review
Effects

MXR Carbon Copy Analog Delay Stompbox Review

The MXR Carbon Copy Analog Delay Pedal features a completely analog audio path for the ultimate in rich, warm delay–made possible only by old-school bucket brigade technology. This design boasts an amazing 600ms of delay time with optional modulation via a top-mounted switch and a simple, three-knob layout that controls Delay time, Mix (dry/wet blend), and Regen (delay repeats)–all in a pedal no bigger than a Phase 90. In addition, the M169 pedal has two internal trim pots that offer user-adjustable width and rate control of the modulation for even more tonal options. The Carbon Copy effect pedal will take you from crisp “bathroom” slap echoes to epic, Gilmour-esque delays with a twist of a knob. True hard-wire bypass, single 9-volt operation, and stage-ready blue LEDs round out the package. […]

Fishman AFX Acoustic Guitar Stompbox
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Fishman AFX Acoustic Effect Pedals Review

For years, ACOUSTIC-ELECTRIC players that wanted to process their instruments with effects have faced a dilemma. Because acoustic instruments have a refined, subtle sound, only studio-quality effects will do when you want to process acoustic […]

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Line 6 POD HD300 Review

POD HD300 represents a giant leap forward for amp modeling. It is the only multi-effect pedal to boast 16 state-of-the-art Line 6 HD amp models, 80+ modern and vintage-styled M-class effects, and a comprehensive digital and analog I/O.

HD amp modeling: sound and feel like never before
HD amp models defy the accepted standard. They feel, behave, and interact with previously unachievable realism.

Creating these new HD amp models was no small feat. Line 6 mixed 15 years of amp modeling experience with 3 years of new research and development to build an entirely new amp modeling technology from the ground up. During that time, they hunted down 16 incredible amplifiers and—with the help of some of LA’s top tube amp experts—restored each one back to peak condition. The new modeling technology uses 10 times more amplifier information than before, including single-ended class A tube stages, class AB push/pull interactions, power supply behavior, and more. The result is exceptional warmth, feel, sustain, and articulation for you to fall in love with.

Tube amp fanatics have long enthused that their favorite stacks and combos aren’t merely “amps,” but instruments themselves, with playability equal to that of the guitar plugged into them. New HD modeling takes the POD HD experience to that same exalted level, capturing the genuine playability that great guitarists demand.

Your amp collection—now in HD!
On the POD HD300 menu is a collection of freshly modeled amps, many of which are brand new to POD, and all of which are essential for performing guitarists who require a wide variety of tones in one streamlined, multi-FX-sized package. […]

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Effects

EHX Micro POG Guitar Octave Pedal Review

The EHX XO series Micro POG is a polyphonic octave generator effect that will make your 6-string guitar sound like a 12-string and make your 4-string bass sound like an 8-string. The Micro Pog’s super-fast tracking gives you glitch-free polyphony and makes a great bass sound using the sub octave. Includes Dry, Sub Octave, and Octave Up controls. […]

Seymour Duncan SFX-04 Twin Tube Mayhem Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal
Effects

Seymour Duncan Twin Tube Mayhem SFX-04 [Guitar Pedal Review]

I went right for the jugular and pitted this pedal’s tones against heinous high-gain amplifiers like Kerry King’s Marshall Beast, a Krank Krankenstein, a Madison and my own FJA-modified Mesa Road King II. In addition, in most cases I ran the Mayhem into each amp’s clean channel. Given the complexity and variation of the amp tones, I was more than a little surprised to hear the Mayhem convincingly and consistently […]

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Bass Guitars

Aguilar AGRO and Filter Twin Pedals for Bass Review

Guitar effects often include a “free” low-cut filter that starts rolling off around 90Hz, on the assumption that guitar strings don’t go that low but hum does, so why not reduce the hum? While that’s fine for guitar, the effect becomes unsuitable for bass, as the instrument’s natural fundamental frequencies can’t make it through […]

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Live & Recording

Electric Guitar Rig Tone Secrets

Trying new and different electric guitar rig tones can literally open your mind up to a whole new world on your guitar. You don’t have to be an expert to create a sound that exceeds your expectations, but you do need to have some relatively decent equipment and know the inside scoop on creating a sound that you love. […]

Boss ST2 Power Stack
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Boss ST2 Power Stack Guitar Pedal

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 […]