REVIEW: MXR Custom Badass ’78 Distortion

The MXR Custom Badass ’78 Distortion is the first product from the Custom Badass design team of Dunlop Director of New Products Jeorge Tripps (founder of Way Huge Electronics), Dunlop Senior Engineer Bob Cedro (who cut his teeth working with the legendary Tom Scholz of Boston) and Bryan Kehoe. The ’78 Distortion is described as a factory-modded pedal designed to give players the boutique vibe of an aftermarket-modded pedal without actually buying a pedal then paying for some dude to poke around in its innards.

Controls are your standard Output, Tone and Distortion knobs, along with a Crunch button (and accompanying blue LED which remains on when the button is depressed, whether the effect itself is on or not). There’s a red status LED, input and output jacks, and a 9v power supply jack. Battery access is via removing the bottom plate – kind of annoying and fiddly, especially if you keep your pedals attached to a pedalboard, but at least you don’t risk losing or breaking a battery door like some other pedals.

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Read More … My interview with Graveyard

Head on over to the revamped Guitar World website to read my interview with Joakim Nilsson from Graveyard. Graveyard’s new album Hisingen Blues is out now (including here in Australia courtesy of the fine folks at Riot). I’m a huge guitar magazine geek and Guitar World was the first guitar mag I ever owned, so I’m pretty freaking stoked about this!


NEWS: Guitar Player Guitar Superstar deadline


Los Angeles, CA – June 13, 2011 – The deadline to enter Guitar Player magazine’s annual Guitar Player’s Guitar Superstar 2011 competition is this Wednesday, June 15th at 11:59 pm.  Entering is simple and free at: The contest is open to guitarists of all styles who are at least 18 years of age, and who live in the domestic U.S. and Canada. The winner will receive a one album recording deal with Guitar Player Records, a newly developed label with MI5 RECORDINGS distributed by EMI!

Five finalists will be selected and flown out to Nashville to compete for the top prize during this summer’s NAMM Show. All finalists will play with a house band of industry pros. All submissions need to be a video of you playing original material, solo or in a band.  No covers, no singing, just your chops in under 6 minutes.  If you’ve got some YouTube videos already done, use one of them.

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COOL GEAR ALERT: Dunlop Derek Trucks Signature Slide


Dunlop is now shipping the Derek Trucks Signature Slide.

Widely hailed as the greatest slide player since Duane Allman, Derek Trucks has taken modern slide playing far beyond his southern rock roots into jazz, Latin, and Indian music. Derek’s constant companion on this musical journey—a medicine bottle slide—has been replicated as the Derek Trucks Signature Slide. This classic slide delivers Derek’s fluid and vocal style with a bright, cutting, and crisp tone.

Visit for more info.

By the way, checked out Revelator, the debut album by Tedeschi Trucks Band? You can buy it on Amazon here.

And check out this Dunlop TV interview with Trucks:
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