Top Five Overdrive Guitar Pedals
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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
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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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The Tone King Is Stepping On 30 Pedals in 30 Days

‘30 Pedals in 30 days’ is the place where The Tone King showcases some of the biggest names in pedals. Starting November 1st, we’re going to bring you vids and demos of the newest pedals out there. Just like the name says, a pedal (or more) a day for 30 straight days. Of course, in true TTK style, there will definitely be some surprises, including prizes that will be given away to you guys and gals out there. So stay tuned and Subscribe to The Tone King’s YouTube Channel where you’ll be sure to see something you like. […]

ModKitsDIY Trill Tremolo Review
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Mod Kits DIY Trill Tremolo Review

The Trill tremolo pedal offers classic tremolo tones in an easy to build kit.

The Trill’s speed knob provides a wide range from a very slow to rapid fire effect. The depth knob varies the ratio between effected and dry signal. Using modern, low noise transistors makes operation of The Trill quiet with no signal drop when engaged. The Trill uses true bypass foot switching so it is out of the signal path when not engaged.

MOD Kits are designed to give novice and experienced musicians the opportunity to build their own amps and effects pedals. All kits come with clear and easy to follow well illustrated drawings, easy to follow instructions and use point-to-point wiring. A pre-drilled enclosure and all parts are included. All you need to provide are hand tools, a soldering iron and solder. The effect pedals operate on 9V batteries which are not included.

For a complete listing of kits available from MOD Kits DIY visit […]

mxr carbon copy analog delay guitar pedal review
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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. […]

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Build Your Own Distortion Pedal Kit by ModKits Review

The Thunderdrive is an overdrive pedal kit that will provide a signal boost at low gain settings and it’s own distortion at maximum gain settings. You can use it to push your preamp into overdrive or as a source of smooth distortion.

Using point to point wiring and easy to follow instructions you can have a working overdrive pedal in a matter of hours […]

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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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Morpheus DropTune Transforms One Guitar Into Seven

The Morpheus DropTune takes technology developed by an avid team of professional guitar effect aficionados, and puts it into one extremely cool idea of a pedal. Allowing you to tune down three and a half steps in half step increments, this lets you do away with the extra guitars. This can really be a relief to those on tour that are hauling up to three or more instruments at a time […]

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EHX Neo Clone, Iron Lung, and Ring Thing Guitar Pedal Review

Electro-Harmonix has a history of pedals with super-hero-sounding names: Electric Mistress, Memory Man, Worm, and P0G. A new trio is no exception: Neo Clone could come out of the Matrix; Iron Lung might be Iron Man’s loudmouth cousin; Ring Thing, the product of a radioactive experiment gone wrong. The resemblance to fictional characters is fitting, as “character” is something EHX pedals have always had. This new crop of unique devices also has the right stuff. […]