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Try Before You Buy Makes US's Pedal Genie and UK's Tonebuddy Essential Resources for Many Pedal Fans

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It’s been well over a year now since I did my first head-to-head comparison between industry standard Pedal Rental / Subscription Service - Pedal Genie of the USA, and the then fledgling Tonebuddy sort of UK equivalent. I may have been a little harsh on Tonebuddy as it was really just starting out, and its scale of operation did not really allow it to provide as close a service to Pedal Genie as it might have liked.

 

I’ve actually been meaning to do this update for a while -...

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Birmingham's The Guitar Show Highlights

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For me, this turned out to be the best The Guitar Show yet - where I pretty much managed to round off all my pre-show goals - in terms of seeing what and whom I wanted to / needed - as per the following highlights. I caught 2 great lunchtime showcases - first by Mikey Demus of Skindred / Redbeard Effects fame and then Rabea Massaad of Andertons, Chapman, Dorje, Toska, etc. fame - and D’Addario as it turned out - albeit people were really just there to see Bea play.

 

I must have ...

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This coming weekend's Birmingham Guitar Show looks like the best year yet for pedal fans

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Birmingham’s The Guitar Show is the UK’s main guitar / gear show, and this year features the largest selection of pedal brands yet as far as I’m aware. Obviously there are several large distributors here representing a number of brands - like Audio Distribution Group which covers Cioks Power Supplies, Darkglass Electronics, Death by Audio, EarthQuaker Devices, Emma Electronic, Fulltone, JRAD / J Rockett, JPTR FX, KMA Audio Machines, Meris, Neunaber, Maxon, Nobels, Old Blood ...

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Happy Xmas and an Inspirational New Year to All

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I thank you all for your continued companionship and ongoing inspiration on this epic pedal journey of mine. 2019 has risen beyond all expectations - and I hope I have reflected on and analysed most of this year’s key releases to everyone’s satisfaction. I have certainly heard from a lot more of you this year, and as far as I can gather you seem to be largely in favour of my recommendations - and have taken up a fairly impressive number of those.

 

Of course there are limits...

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I’ve had Pedal Crush since it first came out. I kind of caught the tail-end of the Kickstarter campaign and had the book in my hands right at the start of December. I was considering how best I could feature / review and recommend said book, and I’ve decided to do it kind of as a skim-through rapid overview in 12 referenced pages.

 

Pedal Crush was written by Kim Björn of similarly stylish Patch & Tweak and Push Turn Move fame, and in collaboration with Scott ’...

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Pedal Design 101 - The Boss Colour Chart and 40 Shades of Tone!

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This article is a natural follow up the Pedal Primary Colour Wheel feature I did back in August, and has actually been on the drawing board for a while. I kind of knew the process would be long-winded and time-consuming - which it was, and I wasn’t sure what formation I would be best off using - so it all evolved somewhat organically with the starting point as a Purple to Red Spectrum Transition with a monochromatic scale tagged onto the end. In any case it ended up in this current format...

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Guitar / Gear Trade Show Survival Guide - Powering Through the Whole Day and Mitigating Against Setbacks

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This feature was inspired by a few conversations I had at the recent Islington / London UK Guitar Show where I encountered a number of exhibitors throughout the day in varying states of repair and alertness. It recalled my advertising agency days where and when I attended numerous trade shows for extended periods all around Europe - including also some more recent events escapades. I promised I would write up this handy guide to help others benefit from my acquired tips and tricks from those ...

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The Incredible Music Gear Legacy of Steely Dan's Walter Becker - 645 Pedals, 628 Guitars and 375 Amps/Cabs

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UPDATE - Auction Results at base of article (below!)

 

I will start by saying that while not the biggest ever fan of Steely Dan, I am more than aware of their important cultural impact and influence in popular music. As a kid of the 80’s I sort of picked up on the second wave of Steely Dan - first with Club House’s major club smash mashup of Do It Again with Billie Jean (1983), then the use of ’Peg’ in De La Soul’s ’Eye Know’ (1989) - I also ...

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Islington UK Guitar Show Highlights via 9 Key Encounters

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I spent the whole of yesterday at the Islington UK Guitar Show - which turned out to be quite a different experiences for me compared to last year’s somewhat haphazard inaugural event at Olympia - this was much better organised, and I really enjoyed attending the many breakout events at the show.

 

For Pedal fans it was really quite a simple show with relatively few Pedal purveyors - and with one stand having most of the action - i.e. the Audio Distribution Group - with 16 brands -...

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I reported last year that I was a little disappointed overall with the debut UK Guitar Show - but am expecting much better from its new residency at the Islington Business Design Centre (N1 0QH) - nearest Tube is Angel on the Northern Line. This time around I’ve signed up to a couple of masterclasses (Paul Gilbert and Devin Townsend) and the Decades Show - and will be spending most of Saturday onsite doing the rounds in-between those sessions. The show website though could still do with ...

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