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The Perfect Compact Guitar Pedal Design - Take 2

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So back in March of 2018 I published my first thoughts on an idealised perfect Compact Pedal/interface design - taking the best of current pedal-design and extrapolating forwards - to include a more intuitive control interface with presets, and my much beloved dual footswitches and alternative/secondary functions. Leaning chiefly on ideas borrowed from Alexander Pedals, Chase Bliss Audio, Fender, TheGigRig, Meris, Stone Deaf and TC Electronic I produced / proposed my first prototype sort of ...

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The Perfect Mini Guitar Pedal Design

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In my continuing quest for pedal perfection, and following on from my piece on ’The Perfect Compact Guitar Pedal Design’ I now present a brief overview on my perfect mini pedal. In this instance the original source template is a Pigtronix micro pedal but with some significant modifications.

 

I have tried to cram in a serious amount of technology into a mini pedal, so I am not sure in this instance, whether it would stand the addition of Fender Pedal-style illuminated dials -...

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The Perfect Medium Enclosure Guitar Pedal Design

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Hot on the heels of my Perfect Compact and Mini pedal prototypes here follows the Medium size enclosure version. I have based this on an extrapolation from the classic Strymon medium enclosure - taking those same box dimensions and extrapolating my Compact pedal prototype to fit the larger form factor. Note that I’ve tried to scale the above visual to the same relative size as the previous Compact and Mini pedal visuals - which means no space for additional diagrammatic legends - as I use...

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The Perfect Large Format and Workstation-Type Pedal Design

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This piece concludes my musings on ideal pedal formats in the different enclosure size categories - starting with Compact, then Mini, then Medium, and now finally Large!

 

I have always subscribed to the view that larger workstation pedals are the way to go for the most productive playback of Modulation Effects, Delay and Reverb. A key reason why this is the case is that the principal representatives of the genre - the Eventide X-Factor pedals, Strymon’s ’Stryfecta’ of ...

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The Perfect Electric Guitar Design and Why

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Following on from my visualisations of Perfect Pedals and Amp I now add my take on my idealised guitar - of course largely building on and evolving from PRS here. When I scope out a guitar for myself I have a number of key criteria in mind - which must be present in a guitar or easily upgradeable at home. In fact the easiest way to communicate this is why a top-to-bottom checklist with explanations - the highlights of which are covered in the visual above:

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The Perfect Guitar Amp Design / Next Level Boss Katana

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I will preface this article with two statements - firstly, I currently run a stereo rig with a 39-pedal-chain, going into a Boss Katana KT100 on the left channel, and an all-tube Carvin V3MC on the right. The Katana is obviously a digital modelling amp based on an EL34 tube amp profile, while the Carvin V3MC runs on proper EL84 tubes - which gives you a lovely warm, dynamic and sparkly tone. The two amp profiles combine really well together to give you a beautifully harmonically rich and wide-...

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The Perfect Compact Guitar Pedal Design

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Guitar Pedals have come on in leaps and bounds over the past few years - becoming smarter, more capable, more versatile and smaller generally. To my mind the peak of pedal innovation can currently be found with Joel Korte’s Chase Bliss Audio pedals - of which I have 5 in my pedal-chain.

 


The Chase Bliss Audio Influence

In my recent 3 key pedal trends piece I touched on how the Chase Bliss pedal design / topology was influencing many pedal-makers. The two banks of 3 dials, 3 x 3-...

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