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Alpha Distribution Showcases Revamped Amptweaker Range following its Takeover of James Brown's Pedal Brand

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As reported on this site a couple of times already - James Brown, celebrated 5150 amp engineer and circuit designer extraordinaire, sold his Amptweaker brand to Alpha Distribution earlier this year after he accepted a new post at Fender’s EVH Gear Division, Amp Department specifically.

 

Amptweaker has been best known for its high gain pedals - in particular the FatMetal and TightMetal series - but also the TightDrive and TightRock / BigRock Overdrives. The range had sprawled into ...

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Spaceman Effects Launches Highly Controllable 7-Mode Artemis Variable-State Modulated Filter

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Spaceman Launch Day is always a mix of excitement and trepidation. But truly I’ve been less afflicted since Zak started producing more readily available Standard production variants. I wasn’t aware until I saw the head-to-head of the Sputnik III insides as to what degree the Standard and Limited editions varied. Obviously the differences are somewhat significantly more than than the knobs and enclosure treatment - and in fact the Standard varieties tend to have more of the tiny SMT ...

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Nobels ODR Natural Overdrive and Alternatives

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It’s about time I did a feature on the Other Green Overdrive - which has long since become a firm favourite of Nashville session players. It’s very much a mostly flat-mids overdrive as such where its overall output profile is quite different to the better known TS808 - with quite a bit more low end present and much less in the way of compression - so a somewhat fatter more open-pored sort of overdrive.

 

Most are fans of the extra low-end body, while several players have ...

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Eddie Van Halen's Pedals, Typical Pedalboard Arrangement and Suitable Alternatives

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Key to Eddie’s signature sound has always been his use of Chorus, Flanger and Phaser effects in particular, along with some Wah-based flourishes. As a result MXR has built up a small range of EVH branded pedals - which Eddie mostly used on his latter-day pedalboards - with some occasional exceptions.

 

For this particular exercise I’m referencing one of Eddie’s 2012 pedalboards - as per the visual below - which also features a Boss OC-3 Super Octave, and an MXR Analog ...

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Brian Wampler Delivers 2 more Killer Mini Drive Pedals - the Belle Overdrive Mini and Plexi-Drive Mini

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It’s nice to see that the Wampler Tumnus Mini has some company now. Brian further underlines his ’King of Drive’ credentials with 2 further smart diminutive derivations. The Belle Overdrive is yet another of his takes on the Nobels ODR Natural Overdrive. His very first derivation was the Underdog, a take on the ODR-S 3-Band EQ variety, which was developed for Brad Paisley - and after a 100 pedal limited run became the right-hand side of the Signature Dual-Channel Wampler ...

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9 of the Best Steve Painter Buffalo FX Pedals

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The above visual actually dates back to July of this year when I composed it in anticipation of what was supposed to be my very first Buffalo FX pedal acquisition - the Reticon Flanger. I had been meaning to do a run on Buffalo FX pedals eventually and the impending arrival of said rare breed of Flanger - limited to only 100 units, seemed like the perfect occasion. In anticipation of said arrival which I pre-ordered along with another 80 or so unlucky souls (less than 20 were delivered to the ...

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This post was triggered by two related events - the pending arrival of my new Boss GT-1000 CORE Guitar Effects Processor unit, and Henning Pauly’s (EytschPi42) recent feature on the very same above trio of ingenious interconnected power supplies - the Cioks DC7 main unit, and ’4’, and ’8’ Switch-Mode Power Expanders / Extenders. What is unique about these devices is their super slim profile (perfectly adapted to Pedal Train pedalboards), and that each power outlet ...

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JHS Pedals Launches Compelling Sub $100/£100 Budget '3 Series' Utilitarian Range with 7 Pedals in its initial offering

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Following on from the high ticket-price CBA/Meris Automatone CXM 1978 Studio Reverb article it’s nice to be at the other end of the scale for the new JHS 3 Series Range. It’s quite obvious that Josh Scott has been influenced by his featuring the BBE, Danelectro and Joyo budget pedal ranges on his JHS Pedal Show YouTube channel.

 

I’m the kind of guy that typically holds these sorts of things up to a little more scrutiny than most - in order to give you the inside track ...

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In a similar way to how Boss fairly recently revamped its DD Digital Delay range, it has now completed the same sort of exercise for its RC Loop Stations. Both kind of kicked off with new 200 Series models - the DD-200 and RC-10R respectively - which funnily enough I both have in my pedal-chain. And a few months later Boss targeted a couple of the remaining older models for updates and upgrades.

 

In this instance it is the 2011-launched RC-3 and RC-30 models that are the ones being ...

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Big Ear Pedals Finally Unleashes its Albie Multi-Combo-FX Ambient Modulator Pedal after a year of fine-tuning

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I meant to share this article sooner, but my schedule and commitments for last week kind of filled up particularly quickly - there’s just so much going on at the moment with lots of new pedal releases - that I’m a little late with this one. It has however given me time to do some further analysis on the pedal and hopefully provide some more useful insights to those still on the fence about acquiring one of these.

 

This pedal is very much at the opposite end of the scale to ...

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