August 19th 2013 | Posted in Reviews | 40 Comments
The Uni-Vibe seems to finally have gotten its well earned renaissance. Its haunting, throbbing phase tones captures the essence of the late 60s and early 70s and of course, if you’re a Hendrix, Trower or Gilmour fan, owning one is a must. A few years back I did a review of the Moon-Vibe from Electronic Orange. Now, the MkII has arrived and I know many of you have been waiting eagerly. Here’s my review.
The original Moon-Vibe, or the MkI, was one of the first Uni-Vibes I played that actually sounded like the old legend – the Shin-ei Uni-Vibe. It’s a funny story because the Uni-Vibe was actually designed to emulate a rotating speaker cabinet but it doesn’t sound anything like it. The original circuit was also very noisy and unreliable. It had a magical tone though, and the Moon-Vibe captured that lo-fi, swhoosh and throb.
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August 2nd 2013 | Posted in Miscellaneous | 64 Comments
I spend a lot of time reading and searching through forums, reviews, YouTube clips, features and just about everything related to guitar. Hosting this site I have to know what’s going on out there but of course, I’m also, like you, above average interested in guitars, pedals and amps. The internet is a powerful tool when you’re searching for new stuff, tips and help but it can also be quite the opposite of what you need and ruin all the fun.
I’ll be very honest. Most of what I read is biased crap. Yep, there are so many fools and idiots out there just waiting to fill your head with all their expertise and know-how. It’s the forum bully, the “I never got to be a rock star” journalist and the sales man behind the counter pushing his latest campaign. None of them will help you in getting better at playing guitar, improve your tone or boost your confidence and inspiration.
I’m being very harsh, I know, but I was discussing this topic with a friend and I realized that although the internet gives you unlimited resources it’s also a place to get totally lost and lured into a labyrinth that’s hard to get out of. I started to play guitar in the early 90s. Before the internet was born. I’ve seen the internet grow from something obscure to a world where you can find anything you want. Through Gilmourish.Com I’ve come to know people from all over the world and I’ve learned so much. The guitarist I am today is much thanks to the internet, the tips and tricks I’ve picked up and everything I’ve learned from the people I’ve “met”.
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July 18th 2013 | Posted in Big Muff Reviews | 22 Comments
How many more Big Muffs do we need? Well, if you ask me I say keep ‘em coming! One of the latest additions comes from Buffalo Effects – a clone of the monstrous mid 70s ram’s head sporting NOS BC239c transistors. Well worth checking out, don’t you think? Here’s my review.
12-13 years ago, the Big Muff was all but extinct. Now everyone seems to offer at least one in their portfolio of pedals. Interestingly though, few have tackled the authentic nature and sound of the classic ram’s head, which I’ve missed, being a ram’s head fan my self!
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June 25th 2013 | Posted in Feature Guides | 133 Comments
Few topics seems to stir up so much controversy and opinions as whether true bypass or buffered pedals are the best solution for your tone. In this feature we’ll have a look at what’s really going on as well as a few tips on how to arrange your pedalboard.
This is a rewritten and updated version of a feature originally posted January 31 2011.
Whether you plug your guitar straight into an amp or depend on elaborate pedal boards – tone matters. However, tone isn’t just about squeezing your amp or stomping pedals. Tone is just as much about utilizing the full potential of your rig and regardless of your preferred approach, some basic know-how will get you far in reaching your goal.
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June 11th 2013 | Posted in Feature Guides | Comments Closed
Here it is! The second part of the all new Buyer’s Gear Guide! Lots of new pedals reviewed, with a versatile David Gilmour setup in mind. 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 UNI-VIBE, MODULATION and OVERDRIVE AND DISTORTION guides. The BIG MUFF guide has also been updated with three new models and all the pedals has been categorized by tone. The guides for delays and budget rig will be presented early autumn. 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!
May 26th 2013 | Posted in Big Muff Reviews | 53 Comments
I’m sure all of you know that the Pig Hoof is my favourite Big Muff pedal. In fact, I like the pedal so much that I asked Electronic Orange for a unit tweaked and customized especially for my setup. I’m without doubt too impartial for a review, so consider this more of a presentation of the new “yellow label” Pig Hoof MkII.
The original “red label” Pig Hoof is based on a mid 70s EHX violet ram’s head Big Muff (see my review of the standard Pig Hoof here). These pedals had a bit more gain, lower end and volume, than their predecessors. Quite nasty beasts.
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May 15th 2013 | Posted in Reviews | 41 Comments
I’ve been reviewing quite a few Uni-Vibes lately and it seems that the classic effect is more popular than ever, with several new models emerging each year. While most clones are based on the original Shin-ei, Effectrode has tackled the design with a different approach by adding a tube preamp to the circuit. Here’s my review of the Tube-Vibe.
The original late 60s Uni-Vibe was huge. It was a beast and by no means a perfect design being very noisy and not really sounding like the intended Leslie. But, there’s something about that large box that, at least to me, adds to the whole legend and experience of the Uni-Vibe. The Tube-Vibe is housed in a rugged and lovely powder coated chassis, with chrome hardware and thick bars protecting the tubes. The pedal feature high quality true bypass switching and jacks and it runs on 12V adapter (no batteries or crappy non-brand adapters allowed!).
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