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What Two Years of Tone-Questing Looks Like - Acquisitions, Passes and Still Probables

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As stated elsewhere, I got back into guitar again in September 2016, and initially had decided to keep it simple with a great guitar and a cool modern modelling amp. Yet I soon found out that this was not delivering the goods for me and decided in November 2016 that I should pursue the pedal / stompbox route also known as ’pedal platform route’.

 

A very great number of YouTube videos I watched in those early days, as well as pedalboard pictures on Pinterest featured Strymon ...

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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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Boss is Still Totally Winning the Amp Wars - launches killer Wireless Katana Air 30W

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After a lull of a several years, Boss is totally on fire these day! Pretty much since starting down the Waza Craft route in 2014. First the pedals, then the Waza Craft Amp Head and Cab, and since then the various Katana Amps that came out of that original product research and development.

 

I’ve been onboard with Katana since they were first announced, and already have the KTN-100 and Mini. I already use a wireless system - in the form of the Line 6 G-10, so I already love that ...

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BOSS is quite literally Bossing things again these days

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Around a couple of years ago, Boss - the king of pedal-makers, seemed to have lost its way a little - it had become somewhat stale and staid in a marketplace where it still had the lion’s share of the action. While Boss had kind of rested on its laurels - a number of innovative companies had risen up and were nipping at its heels in one way or another - e.g. Strymon, TC Electronic and even JHS.

 

And within a relatively short while of not doing very much innovating at all, Boss is ...

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Ultimate Guitar Amps - A Personal Selection

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Although my focus of late has very much been on pedals, I do of course still harbour a desire to improve my amp backline. As reported on several occasions now - I run an extensive pedal chain through a stereo rig with a Boss Katana 100 on the left channel and a Carvin V3MC (50W) on the right - piling everything into the front of those two amps while making great use of the TC Electronic Mimiq, and mostly playing at scaled down volumes - entirely for home-use - but still plenty raucous enough. ...

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Tone Quest - A Lifetime Musical Journey in Many Parts

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Not every guitar player ventures forth on a Tone Quest - many are happy just to noodle around with what they’re familiar or comfortable with, and have no motivation to go out and seek their own holy grail of sound. For others though, like myself, this is part and parcel of the wonder of guitar playing and ownership - finding your own guitar voice, or several of them even.

 

There are numerous constituent parts which go towards making up the total output sound - including at the ...

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Choosing and Buying a Guitar Amp

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The second most important decision after buying your guitar is which device you are going to use to sculpt and project its sound. Depending on the guitar you’ve chosen, you may already have a set direction - possibly following your favourite artist with a classic rock Les Paul plus Marshall Plexi Stack setup, or Fender Stratocaster plus Fender Hot Rod or similar - check Equipboard for details. There are of course already a myriad of accepted guitar and amp combinations based on ...

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