Seymour Duncan Dirty Deed Distortion Pedal

dirty_deed008_1Before you read this you’d better pound a couple of Red Bulls, do some push-ups and maybe slip into a suit of armour: Seymour Duncan has just announced the Dirty Deed distortion pedal, a monster of crunchy distorto-goodness made in Santa Barbara, USA and ready to kick you in your kickables. It’s designed to give you a versatile, amp-like distortion and you can run it at 9v or slam it with up to 18v to get an even thicker, squishier, more saturated tone. Here’s the press release:

Press Release: From the light, singing overdrive of classic rock to raunchy, screaming, ear-shattering distortion, the Dirty Deed was created for complete versatility. The tone is very organic and natural sounding; it’s designed to capture the character and responsiveness of a classic overdriven tube amplifier with elements of distortion, fuzz and overdrive combined into a single wide-range pedal. Read More …

Keith Merrow, Wes Hauch Tear Heads Off With New Duncans

WESCheck out this new video of Keith Merrow and Wes Hauch tearing off the heads of all and sundry in this as they demo Seymour Duncan’s various 8-string humbucking pickups. Keith’s using his Schecter and Wes is using the new Jackson SLATFXQMG 3-8, the model we looked at a few days ago here and which you can read more about here, and which looks extra-cool with those Duncan passive-in-active-housing pickups, don’t ya think? In the video below you’ll hear Duncan’s Pegasus bridge, Sentient neck, Nazgul bridge, Distortion neck and bridge, Invader neck and bridge, and Blackouts neck and bridge models all put to devastating use by Keith and Wes. Enjoy! Read More …

MXR M75 Super Badass Distortion

SuperBadassBlogCROPIs there any cooler pedal than the MXR Custom Badass ’78 Distortion? Well, maybe, but it’s a pretty tough one to top. Just listen to that thing. But the team behind that possibly-underappreciated Dude You Totally Have To Try It pedal have just announced their newest offering, the Super Badass Distortion, which allows you to further personalise your distortion sound with separate Bass, Mid and Treble controls and nice broad range of distortion levels. Jim Dunlop has a great blog post where they discuss the pedal with the design team, and you can check that out here. But here’s the press release: Read More …

COOL GEAR ALERT: MXR Prime Distortion

MXR_M69Here’s something pretty neat from MXR: a new distortion pedal that’s exclusive to Guitar Center (both instore and online) and Musicians Friend. It’s a vintage-vibed stomper which seems quite flexible and amp-like. Check out the videos at the bottom of this post to get a feel for what this baby can do. By the way, don’t MXR do the coolest videos? I like their style. They seem to capture that whole exciting tunnel-vision vibe you get when you try a new pedal for the first time. And their videos from NAMM this year were killer too.

Here’s the press release for the Prime Distortion, followed by the videos.

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REVIEW: TC Electronic Röttweiler Distortion

TC Electronic is particularly known for their amazing reverbs and delays, but the company has quite a handle on gain-based effects as well. Case in point: their brilliant Nova Drive, a programmable, digitally-controllable analog drive unit. But not everybody wants to sift through digital presets and learn parameters and memory banks and the like. Some players just want to turn some knobs, dial in a killer tone and play. That’s where the Röttweiler Distortion comes in.

The Röttweiler Distortion is built using the same basic ‘hammerhead’ rugged die-cast aluminium chassis as TC’s excellent TonePrint pedals and the revolutionary PolyTune tuner, and purely from an aesthetic perspective it looks really cool. I like TC’s design sense. There are four control pots, Gain, Level, Bass and Treble, along with a two-way Voice switch which governs the midrange profile. There’s an input, an output, a True Bypass switch, a really quite bright red LED to indicate that the effect is on, and a 9v DC supply jack. Battery access is through a handy little turn screw on the bottom.

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MI Effects giving away a Megalith Delta

Last year I reviewed the phenomenal MI Amplification Megalith Beta amp. Well check this out! MI Effects is releasing the Megalith Delta high gain distortion pedal, and you can win one! “But dude,” I hear you type, “We want to know more about the Megalith Delta!” Well…



SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA JUNE 6, 2012 – The quest for the ultimate in high-gain distortion continues for MI Effects with the announcement that the Megalith Delta high gain distortion pedal is ready to hit the streets on the 8th June. This highly anticipated release has a completely unique and original design, and will change the perception of high-gain distortion stomp boxes.

Michael Ibrahim, director of MI Audio, and pedal designer comments “The Megalith Delta high gain distortion pedal design came from years of R&D of our MI Amplification high gain amplifier, the Megalith Beta. It took some time for me to really understand the variables behind great high gain tones. But by designing the Megalith Beta amplifier from the ground up, I was able to really grasp how to make a complex, sophisticated high gain sound that kept all the nuances, huge bottom end and the clarity and character of the top end”.

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Welcome to the second ‘My Top Five Guitarists.’ Last week journalist Angela Allan gave us her list. Today it’s Dave Higgins, host of Distortion on Triple M. Higgo’s out there really pushing metal in Australia – seriously, can you imagine any other commercial radio station playing “Poltergeist” by the Devin Townsend Project? Or Soulfly’s “Redemption of Man By God?” So take it away Higgo!

choosing your favourite is hard…

.. Especially when you have a huge pool of talent to choose from.
Let me explain.
I’ve recently been asked to submit my top 5 guitarists of all time, and trust me, this is truly like asking a parent which is their favourite child. Providing of course that their kids are relatively normal and that one isn’t like Charles Manson so as to give an unfair advantage to the other child, or children.I can play guitar, poorly, and basically, but my appreciation of axe wielders goes back to the first time I dropped the needle onto my first record “Chipmunk Punk”.
For those that aren’t familiar with the blinding awesomeness of Chipmunk Punk, Alvin, Simon and Theodore, those 3 mischievous critters turned their paws to covering some great songs back in 1980. None of which are actually punk songs, more new wave than punk, it featured songs like Queens ‘Crazy little thing called Love’, Blondies ‘Call Me’, The Knacks ‘My Sherona’, so for an impressionable 6 year old, this was pure spun gold, especially is you turned the record player up to 78 so the chipmunks squawked at a pitch that would drive dogs to insanity.
But I would jam on my wooden tennis racquet in the lounge room of mum and dads place, doing knee slides during the solo of My Sherona, not fully realising how much the music was actually influencing my taste in music and increasing my appreciation for the sounds a guitar can make.

So where do you start with a a list like this?

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TC Electronic Dark Matter Distortion

TC Electronic is quite up-front about the sound they’re going for with the new Dark Matter distortion: their website proclaims that it is designed to give you the sound of an early Plexi amp. Sounds good to me! So do they nail it? Let’s have a look.


The Dark Matter is a very robust stomper with a no-nonsense control array consisting of Treble, Bass, Gain and Level pots and a Voice switch (which shifts the bass response). It’s made from high-grade components, and is built into the same basic ‘hammerhead’ rugged die-cast aluminium chassis as TC’s excellent TonePrint pedals and the revolutionary PolyTune tuner. Its pedalboard footprint is pretty minimal so it’s unlikely that the jacks will cause too much of a space problem. There’s an input, an output, a True Bypass switch, a really quite bright red LED to indicate that the effect is on, and a 9v DC supply jack. Battery access is through a handy little turn screw on the bottom which you can easily turn with a guitar pick or a coin. The pedal runs on an 9v battery or a power supply.

[geo-out country=”Australia” note=””]CLICK HERE to buy the Dark Matter from Musician’s Friend.[/geo-out]

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