REVIEW: MXR Custom Comp

One of MXR’s early successes was the Dyna Comp compressor. This legendary little red box was particularly integral to the tone of David Gilmour of Pink Floyd, and it also found favour with country players who dug the way its rounded tone smoothed over some of the sharp edges of their Telecaster tones (which could be especially emphasised by slapback delay). And it has a permanent place on my pedalboard.

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COOL GEAR ALERT: RJM Music Tone Saver

RJM Music is offering The Tone Saver, the same audio buffer circuit found in their high end audio switching products such as the Effect Gizmo and the Rack Gizmo, but placed in a compact pedal sized enclosure. The first one was sent to Dave Friedman, who used it in Steve Lukather’s new pedalboard.

To order the Tone Saver, go to RJM Music’s webstore. RJM dealers will be getting them soon.

Majik Box announces Munky signature distortion pedal

PRESS RELEASE

Majik Box signs pact with Korn’s Munky for the signature Krush distortion pedal.

May 2, 2012 – Torrance, CA – Majik Box, the developer of the Paul Gilbert Fuzz Universe and Doug Aldrich Rocket Fuel pedals have signed a pact with Munky, guitarist of the iconic metal band Korn to market the Majik Box Krush distortion, a pedal that will produce Munky’s signature distortion tones.  The Krush Distortion will begin shipping  this week.

The idea came to Majik Box founders Rob Nishida and David Simpson, when they were in the sound development phase of the company’s first metal oriented distortion pedal.  The two had decided early on that they did not want to develop another typical “metal” pedal already being marketed other pedal makers.  “We wanted to make something for drop tuned and 7-string guitar players that was bigger and more organic sounding than what was already out there,” says Simpson.

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MUSIKMESSE 2012: Bart Provoost’s Guitar Effects Report

You regularly visit www.effectsdatabase.com, right? Bart Provoost’s site is one of the most informative on the web for pedal fans like you and I. He was recently on the ground at Musikmesse in Frankfurt and he filed this report. Some incredible stuff here by the likes of Amsterdam Cream, AMT Electronics, Bogner, Carl Martin, Ciocks, Dr. J, Ego Sonoro, Electro-Harmonix, Greenhouse Effects, GWires, JAM Pedals, Mooer Audio, Nux, Palmer Audio, Paul Landes, Roger Mayer, T-Rex, TC Electronics, Two Notes, and Yerasov.

MUSIKMESSE 2012: Bogner pedals

Reinhold Bogner is a tone genius (and a very dapper dresser). He’s also about eight foot tall and impossible to miss if you ever happen to walk past him at a NAMM show. His amps are highly prized, but they’re also pretty pricey (apart from the Alchemist). Now Bogner is introducing his first three pedals, based on the Uberschall and Ecstasy amps (the Ecstasy Red and Ecstasy Blue) and made in the USA. These are going to be huge. They take the basic essence of these classic amps and distill them down into foot-stompable form. I can’t think of a single person I know who won’t want one of these.

USA projected pricing is:

Bogner Ecstasy Red Pedal $249

Bogner Ecstasy Blue Pedal $249

Bogner Uberschall Pedal $229

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Catalinbread Octapussy hits the streets

Octave fuzz is one of my favourite effects, and if you’d seen my house you’d know that Pilgrim and I are all about psychedelic 60s and 70s design. So I feel like the Catalinbread Octapussy is practically designed for me. And check it out: that picture above was supplied by Catalinbread but that’s the same model Strat that I have. It’s a sign!

PRESS RELEASE

Catalinbread Octapussy hits the streets.

Dateline: March 5th, 2012 Portland, OR

 

If you followed the news from NAMM you may have seen this pedal unveiled. Well, Catalinbread is ready to let the cat out of the bag. The Octapussy is an octave-up fuzz in the tradition of the Octavia. But it’s not a clone of that circuit! Nope, it’s an original circuit designed by Howard Gee, utilizing 3 silicon transistors and two diodes that takes the tradition to the next level! Get yourself the ultimate octave fuzz, and launch your sound into the stratosphere.

 

The Octapussy was designed to be extremely responsive to your guitar and playing. Whether you’re looking for sweet, breathy, delicate octave-up melodies; epic soaring leads that bloom as you hold a bend; or massively huge grinding, industrial-strength power chords. The Octapussy has it! There’s also a slew of other sounds to be had not only in the pedal itself, but also with your playing style and guitar controls.

 

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COOL GEAR ALERT: Roger Mayer Vibe TC


One of my favourite pedals ever is the Roger Mayer Voodoo Vibe. It’s one of those pedals that has the uncanny ability to simply make everything sound better, and once you turn it on it’s hard to turn it off. Well the latest evolution of the Voodoo Vibe is the new Vibe TC, and it’s a very stylish little unit too. The press release is below, and make sure you check out Roger’s website and Facebook page.

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NAMM 2012: Catalinbread

Catalinbread showed at NAMM for the first time in 2012 with a really cool display. They had plenty of cool new pedals to check out, but in the true spirit of showmanship they drew a lot of attention with a set of special Custom Shop Fuzz Flowers handpainted by Sharlet Thompson. These amazing creations feature the Catalinbread line as well as some special fuzz creations built by Bryan Lundstrom.

Also on show:

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