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.”

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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.

Meet The Seymour Duncan Catalina Dynamic Chorus

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PRESS RELEASE: Seymour Duncan, a leading manufacturer of pickups and pedals, announces the release of the Catalina™ Dynamic Chorus pedal. The Catalina effects pedal includes a uniquely innovative Dynamic Expression™ mode that allows you to control the depth of the effect through the intensity of your playing. There’s also a threshold control, which allows players to dial in the sensitivity of the Dynamic Expression feature to perfectly match any playing style.

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Seymour Duncan Shapeshifter Tremolo Pedal

PRESS RELEASE: The Shapeshifter was designed to be the ultimate Tremolo pedal, with all the features players have been asking for. Building on the original Shapeshifter, it’s now significantly smaller and features stereo inputs and outputs, Phase control between outputs and an expanded rate range, while a blinking LED knob (like the one found on the Vapor Trailanalog delay) gives you a visual representation of the tempo, and stays engaged even when the unit is in bypass so you can alter the rate in between parts of your song. Read More …