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In Praise of Ibanez Analog Mini Pedals

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I’ve long been a champion of quality mini pedals - which are weirdly often derided and dismissed by the more cork-sniffer element of the guitar fraternity, while most now realise that in several scenarios the mini editions are often the right choice.

 

It’s been a while since I wrote my ’Rise in Near Equivalent Mini Guitar Effects Pedals’ article - which touched on how major brands were starting to put out highly quality reduced size formats of their flagship ...

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Expresso FX Delivers 2 Magnificent Custom Germanium / Silicon Switching Compact Enclosure Fuzz Pedals

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It brings me great pleasure to be able to showcase more of the great work of my good friend Sof from Expresso FX - whom I frequently refer to as the ’Transistor Charmer / Whisperer’. Sof was one of my first significant pedal builder contacts - and it seems fitting that I’m featuring him again - almost exactly a year on from my first full overview of his Expresso FX Range.

 

I had acquired and lived long-term with 4 of Sof’s pedals before I felt I was sufficiently ...

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9 of the Best Stomp Under Foot Fuzz Pedals

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I was a little late to Matt Pasquerella’s Stomp Under Foot (SUF) superior range of mostly Big Muff Style Compact Enclosure Fuzz Replicas. Besides the original - Electro-Harmonix’ Mike Matthews, I consider Matt to be one of a trio of the leading proponents of the Muff sound - alongside Marc Ahlfs of Skreddy Pedals, and Matthew Holl of Wren and Cuff.

 

The first SUF pedal I properly encountered was the Dirt Preacher - courtesy of a Nick Jaffe demo - as below. I’m a huge ...

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A Brief Pete Cornish Deluxe Series Pedals Overview

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Following on from my recent piece on Steve Mac’s Pedalboard - I was intrigued enough by the Pete Cornish contingent within that to do further research in line with my own idiosyncrasies and preferences. I’ve noted previously that I somewhat dismissed Pete Cornish’s pedals as being something of an over-sized, over-priced 70’s anachronism (my sincerest apologies!). Referring largely then to the original tour-grade Grey Pro Series which festooned many a guitar legend’...

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Celebrating The King of Klone, Master of Organic Tone - Guillem Vilademunt of Decibelics, Barcelona

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I received the full set of Decibelics gut shots a little late for inclusion in my recent piece on ’Interior Pedal and Circuit Design / Art’. So I then had the option of appending these as an addendum to that article, or evolving them into more of a solo feature. And as there are some other significant specifics I wish to convey in relation to this particular trio of pedals - I decided upon the latter.

 

More fortuitously still - Guillem has within the week released an ...

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9 of the Best Dr Scientist Pedals

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I’ve been a fan of Ryan and Tanya Clarke for the longest time, and currently have 4 of their best in my collection, with a couple more on the wishlist. My first and to-date all-time favourite Dr Scientist pedal is the exceptional Frazz Dazzler 2-Channel Fuzz - which while wholly unique, most equate with a Muff style of fuzz, yet for me it’s more of an extended range / high-gain Rat.

 

So the Frazz Dazzler was my first, then came the BitQuest and next my Gold Bar Edition The ...

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The Inner Beauty of Pedal Design!

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This post was in part triggered by my constantly referencing certain pedal guts as benchmarks for appealing pedal interior / circuit design. The second trigger was Markus Reeves of Reeves Electro - who has been posting pictures of his exceptionally neat point-to-point straight-line-wiring examples of circuits to the Fuzztopia Facebook Group - all of which I’m rather taken with currently.

 

I’ve chosen not to have any legends for the above picture so that the more knowledgable...

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JAM Pedals Receives Gold 2020 European Design Award for its Packaging

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Or more correctly speaking JAM Pedals’ Greek Design Agency Group ’Beetroot’ won the Gold Award in the ’17.8 Printed Miscellaneous’ category of this year’s European Design Awards. And well deserved in my opinion as JAM Pedals is one of the relatively few companies that focuses as much attention on its packaging as it does the enclosure artwork and of course its key circuit designs.

 

Modern day ’Unboxing’ has risen to a new level of artistry...

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Don't Worry about Missing out on Limited Edition Pedals - Original is Often The Best!

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In a recent piece I slightly bemoaned the prevalence of second edition pedal iterations that held more appeal than the originals - and how that if you bought to soon you might end up with an aesthetically inferior model. So this article is the direct antidote to that where I highlight pedals than in my opinion look best in their original release artwork.

 

Pedal Design is very much an applied art - where name, function, format and colourway are all expertly selected and combined to ...

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Best of Steve Williams Compact Edition Pigdog Pedals

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It is well known by now that I’m a considerable fan of fuzz, but I do have hangups about impractical over-sized and unergonomically formatted pedals. This means I really don’t have an affinity for any of those original Tone Bender enclosures and the like - which are pretty much as long and as practical as frogman’s flippers for footwear. When fuzz pedals first emerged they were the very first effects pedals taken into use - and players only ever had a few effects pedals on ...

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