Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Best thing to happen to me! The Squawk totally rocked live for me!!! Big boost for solos, and had that Tone Bender thing happening too...I'm not being paid to say this...but...GET ONE!! You'll dump a pile of OD, Fuzz, and Boost pedals because of it. Completely rules my world...today, that is! GMD
Thursday, January 15, 2009
so....tonight, I was re-learning tunes for a band that I'm a for-hire-sideman in, which is a great position to occupy...but that's another story....anyhoo...I was tweaking my pedalboard...a severe disease when you have TOO MANY to choose from...and was just not finding the right LOUD pedal for solos and crazy boosts of my signal.
The board consists of, from right to left, guitar to amp, a Barber LTD SR, a Catalinbread Super Chili Picoso, Fulltone 69 pedal, Fulltone Supa Trem, Guyatone MD3 Delay, and a Fender Pedal Tuner...all powered with a Trex Fuel Tank Jr, going into my Dr Z MAZ 18 2x10 combo.
The pedal I was having trouble with was the 69...it's my freakout pedal for this particular group. Unfortunately, it's just not giving me the boost I need. Naturally, I'd use one of my Time Bomb Boost pedals, but they're constantly sold-out, and I don't keep one to myself yet...YET...before they started selling so well, I used it in place of the Catalinbread Boost...but now, I'd rather sell all available pedals to get them out there in the world, than to save one for myself. Anyhoo...back to the 69 pedal. It just kept disappearing in the mix, to my ear. So...I started trying different pedals...I tried the Exotic Effects RC Booster, The TIM, the Timmy, the Plum Crazy Effects FUZZY LADY, Fulltone OCD, Octafuzz, and Fulldrive, Barber Trifecta Fuzz, and finally went for my Analogman Beano Boost, which would have been the ONE..but I broke the input jack by forcing a cable into it...so...instead of doing the quick fix, I went back to the shelves, and pulled out my Plum Crazy SQUAWK BOX...it completely SLAYED all that I had previously tried on this board. It got the velcro, and a solid position on the board. If you get a chance to check one out...DO IT. I'm glad and sad that I broke my Beano Boost, but will do the fix-a-roo and have her back in action in no time...just didn't want to fool with heating up the soldering iron tonight...my tech comes to pick up my gear in the morning, and I wanted to have it all ready to rock tonight.
Granted...all the pedals I tried to use for this particular situation, are FABULOUS pedals, and I do use them for other scenarios...I think it's time I put aside both a Luther Drive, and a Time Bomb Boost for myself...but honestly, everytime I get an order, I just ship what's ready to go, which constantly leaves me without a toy of my own!
Just thought I'd share the experience...
I've added some links ( it will grow! ) of some of the places I hang out when I'm supposed to be working, reading, or...working! They're WAAAAAYYYYYY at the bottom of the page...please check em' all out at your convenience...which better be RIGHT NOW!
Wednesday, January 7, 2009
Thanks to the gearhounds thus far for checking out my little page here. I'm busy building pedals right now, (a good thing!) and am ensconced in my iTunes...this evenings addictions are the first Chris Robinson solo record, and Muddy Waters 'Hard Again'...both records are helping to keep my soldering iron hot...I'm about 11 beers into a 12 pack, and should probably unplug the iron...don't worry...I test each pedal before setting the screws! Anyhoo...just wanted to post something on the page, to let ya know I'm here....ROCK ON, ROCKERS!!!