Mojo Hand Iron Bell review

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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Competition! Win a Carl Martin Pro Power!

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!

Effectrode Compressor review

December 5th 2012 | Posted in Reviews | 57 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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Mooer ElecLady review

November 16th 2012 | Posted in Reviews | 55 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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EarthQuaker Hoof Fuzz review

November 10th 2012 | Posted in Big Muff Reviews | 27 Comments

I’ve been reviewing countless different Muff clones over the past few years. Although the Big Muff circuit is a fairly basic one, most of these pedals has managed to surprise me and proved to have an unique character of their own. I’ve had my eyes on the Earthquaker Hoof Fuzz for some time and finally I got around to try one. Here’s my review.

The Hoof Fuzz is housed in a rugged (slightly bigger) MXR sized box featuring a bright led and true bypass switching. The pedal can be operated on either 9V battery or Boss-style adapter. Like all Earthquaker pedals, the Hoof is made by hand with high quality components.

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Competition! Win TopTone pedals!

October 24th 2012 | Posted in Miscellaneous | Comments Closed

Christmas is coming early this year! The good people over at TopTone pedals has given Gilmourish.Com two pedals for you to win – the DG1 and DG2! All you need to do is to fill in your full name (no nicks) and e-mail address the form below, cross your fingers and hope you win one of these fantastic pedals!

The Drive Gate DG1 is based on the early 90′s Russian Big Muff circuit with a huge growling tone, thunderous lower end and fat mids. The pedal nails those classic PULSE tones and due to its boosted mid range, the DG1 works equally well on smaller sized bedroom setups as with those large gig rigs. See my full review of the TopTone DG1 here.

The Drive Gate DG2 is a favourite of mine with close resemblance to the mighty RAT and Cornish G2 with a creamy mid range boosted character and super rich sustain. The smooth germanium based circuit nails a wide range of sounds including David Gilmour’s more recent Live 8 and Gdansk lead tones. The DG2 works exceptionally well on typical bedroom setups where you need gain pedals to maintain their character even at the lowest volume levels. See my full review of the TopTone DG2 here.

COMPETITION ENDED!

Congratulations to Brad Johnson (USA) winner of the DG1 and Stefan Lind (Sweden) winner of the DG2. Pedals are on the way!

A big thanks to everyone for participating!

DryBell Vibe Machine review

October 15th 2012 | Posted in Reviews | 48 Comments

I’ve always been a huge fan of UniVibes. That mysterious haunting tone made famous by Hendrix, Trower and Gilmour is simply irresistible. However, the UniVibe’s large footprint is often a hassle for cramped pedal boards. The DryBell Vibe Machine promise to capture all the magic and lure of the classic tones with a few extras under the hood. All in a neat little box suitable for any pedal board. Here’s my review.

To say that I’m a fan of UniVibes is perhaps an understatement. I love them and can’t live without them. Machine Gun, Breathe, Bridge of Sighs… It doesn’t get any better that this. David Gilmour first started using UniVibes in early 1972 when Pink Floyd premiered and toured Eclipse – the suite that would later evolve into Dark Side of the Moon. Years later, the circuit was customized into a rack unit still featured in David’s rig.

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