The Seymour Duncan Polaron phase shifter is here

From Seymour Duncan:

Deep, musical phase shifting — with an all-analog signal path coupled with state-of-the-art digital control, delivering classic swirls, futuristic vortices, auto-wah vocalizations, and much more.

Analog phase shifters have been a huge part of the soundtrack to our lives. Their swirly, dreamy, spacey sounds can take a normal tone and transform it into something otherworldly. Some phasers are super-simple one-knob affairs, others are more complex machines. The Polaron is the perfect blend of instant-gratification simplicity and deep, feature-rich sound design.

The soul of the Polaron is its adjustable 2- to 16-stage analog filter array, which provides an amazing range of phaser tones—from subtle pulses to radical sweeps, with rotary, vocal, and flange-type sounds along the way. In addition to Depth and Rate controls, the Tune and Resonance knobs allow you to further tailor your phase shifter effects. This 100% analog signal path delivers beautiful, warm sound quality, but we didn’t stop there. The Polaron also features a totally separate digital processor to control LFO and envelop follower functions, for maximum flexibility plus the ability to save and store presets.

In LFO mode, the Polaron can be operated like a traditional phaser, manually adjusting the controls. You can also use the Tap Tempo function to sync the phasing to the groove. Engaging ENV mode lets your pick attack govern how the Polaron reacts, for a dynamic, interactive phase experience. Auto wah, talk box, and robot voices are all right there, along with more understated colors and textures.

When you discover a great sound in the Polaron (which you will again and again), it’s easy to save it as a preset that you can recall at any time. This feature allows you to experiment, explore, and create, safe in the knowledge that you won’t lose yesterday’s or today’s favorite envelope, depth, rate, and tune settings.

The Polaron Analog Phase Shifter—Any pedal can shift phase. This one can shift your perspective.

Like all Seymour Duncan pedals, Polaron was dreamed, designed, and built right here in the US, and features true-bypass switching.

Meet the Danelectro 3699 Fuzz

I love a good bit of synchronicity, and there’s an absolute gem at the end of this press release about the new Danelectro 3699 Fuzz!

Danelectro reissue the iconic 3699 Fuzz™.

Renowned for their cool retro looks, playability and unmistakable sound, Danelectro® guitars were right there at the birth of rock and roll and are still as popular as ever.

Throughout this incredible journey, Danelectro owner Steve Ridinger has also produced some of the finest foot pedals in the history of guitar effects, which includes the classic FOXX® 3699 Tone Machine®, one of the most iconic guitar effect pedals of all time.

Now available as a reissue, the new Danelectro 3699 Fuzz™, mirrors all the glorious fuzz tones that made the original a must-have for thousands of players around the world, ever since it was invented by Steve in the 1970’s.

Today it’s housed within a sturdy metal chassis with Danelectro’s custom wear and tear finish, aged knobs and funky large lens orange on/off indicator. Steve’s also reintroduced the original analogue circuitry and included decades old NOS transistors which are gain selected so there’s a narrow gain range to produce really sweet tones along with some modern tweaks.

While the unmistakable vintage core-tone voice remains, upgrades include, independent foot switchable octave, now with a significantly more pronounced octave shift, adding a new dimension to chords and extreme highs to solo note runs.

The overall tone is also warmer, while a single tone control with a massive range, blends a broad array of exciting frequencies with the 3699’s classic edgy fuzz, which responds exceptionally well at any point throughout the guitar’s volume control sweep. New features also include a mini-toggle switch for a boost in the mid-range (to counteract the mid-cut of the original pedal) and true bypass switching.

Steve’s often been asked why this stunning octave fuzz pedal was originally referred to as 3699. Back in the ’70s, it was considered cool for a company to have a phone number that spelled out the name of your product, so he figured out which numbers were needed to spell F-O-X-X. What he got was 3-6-9-9. To his utter amazement, this was already the FOXX company phone number, which was randomly assigned the year before by the phone company. Weird or spooky maybe, either way, the Danelectro 3699 Fuzz™ is the #1 choice for vintage fuzz.

Cool Gear Alert: Roger Mayer Visage

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In honour of the 50th anniversary of Jimi Hendrix landing in London and changing the world, Roger Mayer has announced the Visage, a new fuzz pedal which lets you reconfigure its internals for 45 different tone options, mirroring the myriad modifications Roger made to Jimi’s gear as the demands of the studio required. “I am constantly asked about our tone secrets and of course there was not one but many with a F1 approach to obtaining the ultimate solution for performance and tone for whatever the situation might be,” Mayer says. “So I decided to manufacture a new cutting edge design with heritage roots and configuration to bring today’s modern players a solution that will offer them many of the same parameter changes and electronic techniques that Jimi and I shared and developed.”

For full details on how it works, head to this link.

REVIEW: Seymour Duncan Catalina Dynamic Chorus

 

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Chorus is kind of a weird effect. Sometimes it can be sweet, delicate and organic. Sometimes it can be bold, crisp and hi-fi. It’s difficult to find something new to do with the effect after all these years, especially something that honours the established chorus sound we’ve all grown to love, but Seymour Duncan has taken a particularly unique approach with a new dynamic feature. Read More …

SUMMER NAMM: BOSS Waza Craft CE-2Q Chorus

 

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Summer NAMM Show (Booth 923), Nashville, TN, June 20, 2016 — The new Waza Craft CE-2W Chorus is a premium analog pedal made exclusively in Japan to proudly honor the 40th anniversary of BOSS effects. Introduced in 1976, the CE-1 Chorus Ensemble was not only the first BOSS effects pedal, but also the world’s first chorus effect in pedal form. Three years later, the CE-2 Chorus brought this original BOSS effect to the iconic compact pedal lineup, where it’s been represented ever since. Celebrating 40 years of BOSS innovation and craftsmanship, the Waza Craft CE-2W brings the sounds of these legendary pedals together in one stompbox with enhanced features. Read More …

Seymour Duncan & CME Release Forza Overdrive

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The Forza Overdrive is here! The Seymour Duncan 805 Overdrive is one of my favourite pedals ever. I use it pretty much every day. And through my work with Seymour Duncan I was lucky enough to watch it go from a few different prototypes through to the finished pedal. The new Forza is a fresh take on the overdrive pedal, with a more open voicing than the 805’s strong mids. It’s more even-toned and ‘brown’-sounding. It’s available exclusively through Chicago Music Exchange. Here’s the press release. Read More …

Keith Merrow Demos The Seymour Duncan Palladium Gain Stage

A lot of pedals make the claim that they’re designed to give you the feel of an amp, but the Seymour Duncan Palladium Gain Stage is probably the first pedal I’ve played that’s really come good on this claim. I spent a lot of time with it in January, often plugged directly into a power amp, and it really nails the feel, in terms of the responsiveness and all those intangible little harmonic overtones that happen around your playing when you’re blasting through a real amp. Keith Merrow has made a fantastic video of this pedal used in a metal context. It’s great for all sorts of things though, and I found it to be really, really, really great at Alice In Chains Dirt-style tones. This pedal is shipping soon so keep an eye out for it.