February 4th 2013 | Posted in Reviews | 61 Comments
The SunFace has long been my favourite fuzz pedal. The BC108 nails all those classic silicon tones and more. Recently, AnalogMan released the BC109 version – a tribute to David Gilmour’s Dark Side of the Moon tones. Here’s my review.
At the time when David Gilmour joined Pink Floyd, in early 1968, guitarists had only a very few pedals to choose from. The Fuzz Face was a staple in many setups and Gilmour, being inspired by Jimi Hendrix and continuing Syd’s legacy, employed the germanium model alongside a wah and the Binson Echorec. By 1971, he’d swapped the germanium for the silicon transistor Fuzz Face.
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January 28th 2013 | Posted in Feature Guides | Comments Closed
At last! The new Buyer’s Gear Guides are here! Lots of new guitars, pickups, amps and pedals in all price ranges for all kinds of setups. Whether you’re an experienced musician or just playing in your bedroom, you’ll find all you need for creating your tones and expanding your rig right here! The guides are also packed with tone tips, troubleshooting and setup recommendations!
New this time are the PICKUPS and FUZZ PEDALS guides. Guitars, amps and Big Muffs has also been updated. The guides for overdrives, modulations and delays are coming soon! Stay tuned!
Each guide has a comments field at the bottom of the page. Please feel free to post your comments about the guides – good or bad – and share your experience, tips and gear recommendations with us!
Head on over to the Buyer’s Gear Guides now!
January 14th 2013 | Posted in Reviews | 12 Comments
Equalizers can be great tools for getting exactly the tones you want. They allow you to sculpt and enhance your tones and bring out that little extra from pedals that might need a certain something. I recently got my hands on the Flexwaves Flex EQ7 – a programmable analog equalizer. Here’s my review.
I’ve never really used EQ in my rig that much. To be honest, I’ve always thought of them as a hassle. Most of the EQ pedals that are available are either noisy or their circuit tend to add a little colouration, which is not what you want from an EQ. You also end up spending most of the gig on your knees, setting up new settings for each song. If you don’t have an arsenal of EQs in your right, that is. Or, enter the Flexwaves Flex EQ7.
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December 17th 2012 | Posted in Big Muff Reviews | 86 Comments
A few weeks ago I reviewed the Colossus and I’m still impressed by the little beast. Mojo Hand FX has got me hooked and when they recently released a pedal that not only sported familiar graphics but also promised to capture David Gilmour’s tone, I just had to check it out. Here’s my review of the Iron Bell.
The Iron Bell is housed in a MXR-sized box with a bright status led, true bypass switching and it runs on either 9V battery or a Boss-style adapter. The pedal feature controls for volume, gain, tone and colour. The first three are pretty obvious, while the Colour control allow you to sculpt the frequency of the tone control – much like a mid range booster, although a bit more subtle.
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December 13th 2012 | Posted in Miscellaneous | Comments Closed
Christmas is approaching and we’re celebrating the holidays with a competition! Our friends over at Ears Pro Audio has given Gilmourish.Com a really hard package for your to win – the Carl Martin Pro Power! All you need to do is to fill in your full name (no nicks) and e-mail address in the form below, cross your fingers and hope you win!
The Pro Power feature 8 individual isolated and regulated 9v (150mA) outputs. A DIP switch on the back of the block, allows you to switch each 9V to 12v (110mA) outputs separately. Output 7-8 offer extended power – 350mA (9V) and 220mA (12V). The back panel also feature a switchable 110-230V AC input. The package includes a selection of 9V DC cables and a power cable.
The importance of a good power supply for your pedals is often overlooked. Giving each pedal the proper power feed is crucial for the pedal to operate and sound as intended. Isolated power feeds also ensure a clean signal without interference and noise. Check out Ears Pro Audio for more on the Carl Martin Pro Power (and check out their Evidence Audio custom shop as well).
COMPETITION ENDED! Congratulations to Christoph D! A Carl Martin Pro Power is on its way! A big thanks to everyone for participating!
December 5th 2012 | Posted in Reviews | 56 Comments
Compressor pedals may not be on the top of your shopping list and if you do have one, it might be the case of it causing more harm to your tones, than good. However, a compressor is a powerful tool for enhancing your tones and squeezing that little extra out of your pickups. The Effectrode PC-2A Compressor offer high-end vintage studio compression in a single stompbox. Here’s my review.
I’ve always used compressors, including all the vintage classics like the Boss CS-2, MXR script DynaComp, Ross etc. It’s really essential for beefing up your single coils and getting that rich sustain. Cleans gets nice and squeezed and overdrives, smooth and balanced. But too much compression can do the opposite and completely choke your tones. It should be used with care. Most stompbox compressors often sound a bit too aggressive and sterile though. They can’t really replicate the compression you get from those old tube studio units. Enter, the PC-2A Compressor.
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November 16th 2012 | Posted in Reviews | 52 Comments
It’s not often that I check out pedals from China but Mooer pedals has made their way into the mainstream market with a loud bang lately. The compact size (same as typical loopers, Lovepedal minis etc) and the familiar names makes the pedals especially intriguing.
It’s no doubt that Mooer makes clones of well known pedals. Ibanez, Electro Harmonix, Boss, Digitech etc are all represented. I’ve had the chance to try most of these tiny babies and I must admit that I’m very impressed. For well below $100 for each pedal, they make a fine budget alternative and well worth checking out even for the more demanding players.
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