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12 Degrees of Saturation - Key Guitar Overdrive, Fuzz and Distortion Sounds

12 Degrees of SaturationBig Muff Style FuzzBlues Driver Style OverdriveBoostBoost and OverdriveBrown Sound DistortionDiezelDistortionDriveDual-DriveDumble Style OverdriveElektronFriedman EffectsFulltone EffectsFuzzFuzz Face Style FuzzFuzz-Drive and FuzzstortionGated and Velcro FuzzGermanium FuzzIbanezKlone and Transparent OverdriveMad Professor EffectsMaestro Style FuzzMarshall Style DistortionMetal DistortionModulated FuzzMooerMulti-DriveOCD Style OverdriveOctave FuzzOddball FuzzOneControlOpAmp FuzzOscillating FuzzOverdriveRat Style FuzzSilicon FuzzStrymonSuper-Fuzz StyleTone Bender Style FuzzToneQuestTube OverdriveVox Style DistortionWamplerXotic Effects+-
2017AfBlgDegreesOfSaturation700V6

Note - New and Revised Article - [Here]

 

So another chapter of the Tone Quest is nearing its momentary end-point. In the ongoing efforts to arrive at the perfect Tone, I’ve been spending an inordinate amount of time experimenting with and researching overdrives, fuzzes and distortions. Being somewhat eclectic in my tastes, there are a number of the deemed key / core sounds I like. Some players sit squarely within ’Blues’, ’Rock’ or ’Metal’ or ...

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Which are the Best of the Mooer Micro PreAmp Pedals?

Boost and OverdriveBrown Sound DistortionDistortionDriveDumble Style OverdriveEffects Pedal MakersMarshall Style DistortionMetal DistortionMooerMulti-DriveOverdriveVox Style Distortion+-
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With the last couple of pedals in the series due to be released this week in theory, I thought it opportune to do a proper overview of the Mooer Micro PreAmp series / range. I am a fan of Mooer pedals in general and have a handful in my collection - albeit none in the current active pedal-chain, but I have always been really impressed with the Black Secret, Blues Mood, E-Lady, Hustle Drive and Trelicopter in particular. In any case, when these pedals were first released there was a slew of just...

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12 Degrees of Saturation - Key Guitar Boost, Overdrive, Fuzz and Distortion Sounds - Updated Methodology for 2018

12 Degrees of SaturationBearfoot FXBig Muff Style FuzzBlues Driver Style OverdriveBogner AmplificationBoostBoost and OverdriveBossBrown Sound DistortionChase Bliss AudioCrazy Tube CircuitsCustom TonesDecibelicsDiezelDistortionDr ScientistDual-DriveDumble Style OverdriveEmpress EffectsFeaturedFoxpedalFriedman EffectsFulltone EffectsFuzzFuzz Face Style FuzzFuzz-Drive and FuzzstortionGated and Velcro FuzzGermanium FuzzGreer AmpsHamstead SoundworksHudson ElectronicsJackson AudioJHS PedalsKlone and Transparent OverdriveMaestro Style FuzzMarshall Style DistortionMetal DistortionMI EffectsModulated FuzzMulti-DriveOCD Style OverdriveOctave FuzzOddball FuzzOpAmp FuzzOrigin EffectsOscillating FuzzOverdriveRat Style FuzzREVV AmplificationShift LineSilicon FuzzSnouse Electric CompanySpaceman EffectsSuhrSuper-Fuzz StyleThorpyFXTone Bender Style FuzzToneQuestTrue North PedalsTubescreamer Style OverdriveVox Style DistortionWamplerXotic Effects+-
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UPDATE - Based on feedback and input I’ve tweaked some of the pedal placements - the core methodology still stands, while relatively positioning of certain pedals can be fairly nuanced!

 

This subject matter has become the most popular of all the different articles I’ve posted. And the original piece went up in February 2017 - so I felt it was opportune to revisit, review and revise that original methodology. I’ve tried to strip out the more branded naming conventions ...

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9 of the Best Pitch-Shifter and Harmonizer Pedals for Your Consideration

BossDigiTechDwarfcraftEarthQuaker DevicesElectro-HarmonixEventideFuzzHarmonizerMooerOddball FuzzPitchPitch-ShiftingTC Electronic+-
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It’s really cool that Eventide in its PitchFactor workstation pedal - has a big box equivalent to the usual modulation, delay and reverb types. Yet Eventide is alone in compiling / combining such a full range of pitch-shifting and harmonizing effects into one pedal - there really is no other equivalent to that collection of 10 modes - Diatonic | Quadravox | Harmonic Modulator | MicroPitch | H910 / H949 Harmonizer | PitchFlex | Octaver | Crystals | HarPeggiator | Synhonizer. Everyone else ...

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12 of the Best Tone Bender Style Fuzz Pedals

Blackout EffectorsCatalinbreadEarthQuaker DevicesFulltone EffectsFuzzJHS PedalsLovepedalMaxonMJM EffectsMonsterpieceSolidGoldFXThroBakTone Bender Style FuzzTone Hungry Effects+-
2018AfBlg12TonebenderStylePedals700

Before this current fuzz tone quest, I was not that familiar with the Tonebender style of fuzz and its 5 different iterations - MKI, MK1.5, MKII, MKIII and MKIV - much like the Fulltone OCD - each version sounding different to the other. This is a rather raw sounding fuzz - which I really like, at it’s most aggressive in the MK1 version and then sort of evolved and smoothed out somewhat as it progresses in later versions. I recall seeing these large wedge-shaped pedals in guitar stores - ...

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9 of the Best Modulation Workstation Pedals for Your Consideration

BossEmpress EffectsEventideKeeley EngineeringLine 6ModulationModulation WorkstationMooerStrymonTC Electronic+-
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When I got back into guitar, Modulation was not an area I was overly familiar with initially. I understood overdrives, distortion and fuzz, and had a good handle on delay and reverb, as well as a touch of tremolo. For the longest time I thought tremolo was my favourite modulation effect, but I was often confusing that with vibrato, high oscillation chorus or stuttery phaser even. It’s only been relatively recently that I’ve fully got to grips with all the different flavours of ...

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12 of the Best Analogue Delay Pedals for Your Consideration

Analog DelayAnalog.ManBossChase Bliss AudioDelayDOD EffectsElectro-HarmonixIbanezJAM PedalsJHS PedalsMoog EffectsMXRSeymour DuncanSinvertekWalrus AudioWay Huge Effects+-
2017AfBlgAnalogDelay700

Note : updated 2018 version [here]

 

There’s a lot of players out there who are big fans of ’analogue’ delays (analog in USA). These were originally developed back in 1969 using a new type of Capacitor known as a Bucket-Brigade Device (BBD). Each BBD capacitor can store approximately 200 to 300 milliseconds of signal - and most of these Analogue Delays use a pair of BBDs for a maximum of around 600ms of delay. Deluxe versions of analogue delays typically use 4 or more -...

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12 of the Best Tape Delay Pedals for your Consideration

Analog DelayBossCatalinbreadDawner Prince EffectsDelayDigital DelayDunlop EffectsEarthQuaker DevicesEmpress EffectsGurus AmpsKeeley EngineeringStrymonTape DelayT-Rex EffectsWampler+-
2017AfBlg12TapeDelays700

There have been 3 legendary analogue tape-style delay engines that everyone agrees on:

  • Binson Echorec 2 (1961-79)
  • Maestro Echoplex EP-3 (1970 - 1991)
  • Roland RE-201 Space Echo (1974 - 1990)

All those 3 have a significant influence and impact on many if not most of those featured here - which are either direct simulations of those former classics, or pay some sort of lip-service to them. T-Rex have a full-size faithful modern reproduction of the Echorec in the works which is imminent for ...

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12 of the Best Compact Bluesbreaker-style Pedals

Analog.ManBlues Breaker Style OverdriveBoost and OverdriveChicago StompworkscmatmodsGoudie FXJHS PedalsKeeley EngineeringMojo Hand FXOverdriveRockBoxSnouse Electric CompanyVFE PedalsVick AudioWampler+-
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This is essentially the last piece I will do in a while on the Wampler Pantheon - which I am so enchanted by currently. I honestly feel it’s Brian’s best pedal to date, and I was a huge fan of both the versions of Tumnus and Euphoria. The Pantheon comes into a pretty crowded arena where there are already a number of stellar pedals present.

 

There’s a lot of debate about whether a pedal is a clone of a certain circuit which I always find kind of overly academic - and I ...

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16 of the Best Mooer Micro pedals worth having

Beat MachineBitcrushing and Lo-FiBlues Driver Style OverdriveBoost and OverdriveChorus and VibratoDelayDigital DelayDistortionDumble Style OverdriveEchoverbEffects Pedal MakersFlangerFuzzMicro PedalsMini PedalsModulationModulation WorkstationMooerOCD Style OverdriveOctaverPhaserPitchPitch-ShiftingRat Style FuzzReverbTremoloTubescreamer Style OverdriveUni-Vibe and VibeUtility+-
2017AfBlg16MooerMicro700

If you are a pedal fan like myself, you will know by now what there are 4 universal full-range pedal makers - i.e. have a pedal for every occasion, we are of course talking of Boss, Electro-Harmonix, MXR and TC Electronic. And while the latter two have a number of mini pedals out, those are very far from being representative of all the pedals available in regular or medium-sized enclosures. In fact the only company that really has a mini pedal for every purpose is Mooer with its Micro Series. ...

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