April 2nd 2013 | Posted in Classic tone | 61 Comments
This March marks the 40th anniversary for Dark Side of the Moon. The album took Pink Floyd into super stardom over night and they soon had to learn how to cope with the very issues they were dealing with in the album’s lyrics. More importantly, Dark Side of the Moon also sees David Gilmour growing tremendously as a guitarist, finding his place within the band and establishing himself as a vital creative force. In this feature we’ll look at some of the history of the album and how you can recreate David’s album and live tones.
Dark Side of the Moon was released on March 24th 1973. The album ranks as the third best selling of all time with over 50 million copies sold and nearly 800 weeks on the UK charts (including reissues). By the early mid 70s, Pink Floyd had already established themselves as a super group in Europe and UK but although they’d toured the States many times, they never really breaked there. That changed when Money was released and the single exploded on American radio. The album skyrocketed and Floyd toured all the large halls and stadiums with a tour that never seemed to end.
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March 5th 2013 | Posted in Reviews | 70 Comments
Many guitarists has a love/hate relationship with fuzz pedals. On the right setup, it’s magic. On the wrong it can be very frustrating. The problem is often that fuzz pedals simply sounds too fuzzy. Caroline Guitar Company decided to create a different kind of fuzz. Here’s my review of the Olympia.
I’ve always been a huge fuzz fan. Never really been a collector but I’ve employed many great sounding clones over the years. Sometimes for recreating familiar tones but also for something very different, strange and unusual sounding. Although a simple circuit, the fuzz pedal is capable of producing a wide range of tones. Sometimes even some quite unexpected ones!
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February 4th 2013 | Posted in Reviews | 65 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!
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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 | 87 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!