February 11th 2014 | Posted in Reviews | 30 Comments
The fuzz pedal appeared in the mid 60s and with it the whole pedal revolution started. The recent explosion of clones and boutique pedals has given the old fuzz pedal a renaissance and while some stick to the classic designs, others are exploring new ground. Here’s my review of the Effectrode Helios.
The term fuzz is often used to describe any noisy pedal but fuzz is a specific form of distortion or clipping. The tone is unmistakable and although it can appear crude and hard to tame it’s perhaps the most musical of all gain pedals. Learning the potential and secrets of the fuzz will open up a whole new world of sweet tones.
The Helios is housed in a TRex sized chassis with a stage ready bright led, controls for volume and fuzz/gain, true bypass switching and operating on 12v for maximum headroom. On top of the pedal sits a mini-toggle for switching between normal mode and “Fire” for super saturated fuzz.
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January 27th 2014 | Posted in Classic tone David's Gear | 26 Comments
Just when you think there’s nothing left in the vaults, a real surprise appears – the 1976 Animals demos! Described by Pink Floyd as a very hard album to record, Animals feature some of their best work and perhaps some of David’s finest solos. These newly surfaced demos gives us a glimpse of the process and the studio sessions.
It’s apparent that this isn’t really demos but rather “work in progress”. Most of the backing tracks are done – the drums, bass and acoustics – and even some of David’s and Rick’s guitar and keyboard parts are identical to the finished album versions. It’s also obvious that a lot of mixing and processing has already been done. From what I can gather, this is the very final stages of the initial recordings, right before they recorded the final vocals and overdubs and eventually mixed the album.
Animals was recorded between April and November 1976 in Pink Floyd’s new recording studio Britannia Row, located in Islington, north of central London. According to the source of this bootleg, the tapes dates from June 1976.
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December 22nd 2013 | Posted in Miscellaneous | 20 Comments
2013 is coming to an end and I just want to wish everyone all the best for next year and a merry christmas! I hope everyone will enjoy the holidays with family and friends, eat good food and relax from everyday’s hassle. Maybe Santa brings something nice too?
I also want to say thanks for all your support, for all your kind words and for joining in on the discussions and commenting on the posts. That’s what keeps this site alive! I’m also happy to see that the visitor statistics are growing steadily… even after 10 years running! Next year will see more cool reviews, updated gear guides (including the anticipated guides for delays and budget gear), tone tutorials and more! Stay tuned!
It also looks like we’ll get a new album from David next year. Nothing’s been officially announced but people from the Gilmour camp and contributing musicians are talking loud and spreading rumours. Let’s just cross our fingers and hope for both an album and tour! You’ll get to read all about the gear, tones etc etc HERE on Gilmourish.Com when it’s out there… if it happens :)
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December 17th 2013 | Posted in Big Muff Reviews | 28 Comments
The P19 from Skreddy Pedals is definitely one of the most talked about Big Muff clones out there. No wonder really as Marc Alhfs knows a thing or two about Big Muffs. I’ve had my eyes on one for some time and I finally got the chance to try it out. Here’s my review.
I did a review of the Pink Flesh a few years back. I wasn’t overly happy with it and found the pedal just a bit too wild for my taste. Still a lot of people loved it. So much in fact that when it was taken out of production the prices on Ebay skyrocketed.
It’s always been Skreddy’s philosophy to never produce a pedal longer than a few years. Part of the reason is that some of the pedals featured hard to get parts but it’s also because tone is constantly evolving. Once a new tone is discovered it’s time to move on. A refreshing way of doing business if you ask me.
Back in the early days of pedal making guitarists and engineers created effects and pedals based on a vision and an idea of what they considered to be the ultimate tone. This philosophy is very much the essence of the P19.
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December 1st 2013 | Posted in Classic tone David's Gear | 38 Comments
This November marks the 25th anniversary for Pink Floyd’s Delicate Sound of Thunder. Loved by some and hated by others the live album is a great testimonial of a strong comeback and David’s late 80s tones. Let’s dig into the history and sound of this album!
Delicate Sound of Thunder was recorded over five nights in August 1988 at Nassau Coliseum (NY, USA). The album was released on CD, LP and cassette (remember those?) November 22 1988. As live albums mostly go it was no huge success but rather a nice souvenir for the fans. The release also saw Pink Floyd’s first filmed (not counting Live at Pompeii) concert being released on VHS.
Abandoned live album
The initial plans were to release the live album and film a year earlier. In early November 1987, a show in Atlanta, USA was recorded and filmed but after seeing the result the band decided they needed more time to find their old form. It was a vice decision as the bootleg version of the show reveals a band that was clearly out of shape and sounded rather bad. Some of the songs however, ended up as official B-sides and single versions, including On the Turning Away and One Slip. Watch the concert here.
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November 11th 2013 | Posted in Reviews | 27 Comments
If you had to choose only one pedal, what would it be and why? I guess we all asked ourselves that question and it’s for sure not an easy one. I think mine would have to be one that’s as versatile, yet basic, as possible. I might have found it in the Fire Bottle from Effectrode. Here’s my review.
OK, this is a bold statement, I know. What is the perfect pedal? Well, it’s a very subjective opinion and what might work for me, might be very wrong for you. It’s also about finding the pedal, or pedals, that will do the job then and there and that also makes a perfect match for your guitar and amp. My desert island pedal would have to be one that could make my guitar and amp sound better – like I was using several amazing sounding pedals. In my opinion, only a booster or overdrive would do just that. It’s down to the basics and the pure tone.
I must admit, I did have a hard time figuring out the Fire Bottle. It took me some time to realize that this is not just another booster. It’s much more than that and it really forces you to rethink the whole concept of tone and what it is that makes up a good tone. Once I got to know it though, I fell in love.
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October 21st 2013 | Posted in Miscellaneous | 45 Comments
OK, first of all, please accept my apologies. I don’t know if there will be a new album, nor what gear he will use – if he decides to do one. But, I thought it would be fun to speculate on what might be! Please join me!
It’s pretty pointless, I know. There’s been no official statement on David’s working on a new album. Still, there are numerous hints and indications that he might be doing so – including recent comments and tweets from Manzanera and Polly. It’s also interesting to note the number of makers claiming that David has ordered this and that for his “new studio”.
Say what you will about claims like these, the marketing value is considerable, but the fact is that there’s some truth in them. Evidence Audio has delivered I don’t know how many hundreds of feet of new cables for David’s new home studio and Effectrode has also shipped a couple of their outstanding pedals to Gilmour, requested by Phil Taylor. David is spotted using the PC-2A compressor and there’s even a quote on the Effectrode site from Taylor, praising the Helios Fuzz and also saying he wants to order a second pedal “before David starts recording”.
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