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Trash Frog
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#1
Well since there is a ultimate guitar thread and an ultimate bass thread i think there should be an ultimate accessories thread. Include any accessory items(pedals, cables, string, etc.)

Here's what to include in your post:
Name of Item
Who It Is Made By
Features
Cost
Style of Music It Fits
Why You Like It
Picture

Well get going!

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Keep it clean - I'll have this stickied

Spam, unrelated posts, or posts that simply do not have enough/relavant information, or give a poor review will be
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Please keep this thread filled with posts STRICTLY about gear.
Questions can be asked in PMs. Once again, unrelated posts, WILL be deleted, and users warned.
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nirvanaozzie
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Join date: Dec 2001
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#2
I officially endorse this thread, great idea!

To get it started, I'll do my Dunlop Original Crybaby Wah-Wah.

Jim Dunlop Original Crybaby Wah Pedal

The wah is activated and de-activated by pressing the wah forward all the way, forcing the pedal to push down a small button under it. There is no on/off switch, just 2 jacks for chords and an unusual adapter.

I bought it for $50 used.

The wah has a ridiculously poor sweep, there is no midrange at all. There are really only 2 different sounds, high treble, and high bass. The sound doesn't change gradually, there is no gradual sweep or elegant transition from bassy to middy to trebly. When rocked all the way back, it sounds like any wah all the way back would, but then when it's about 30-40% forward, it sounds almost exactly the same. From about 40-60% forward there's a slight midrange which is really more trebly than anything. From about 60%-fully rocked down, it just sounds ridiculously icepicky and trebly, and if left in that position it would seriously cause major hearing damage.

I'm off to radioshack today to buy a bunch of random stuff to mod my crybaby, and I'll report back with the results.

P.S.
I hope this thread catches on, it'd be a great help to people who would actually bother to read it.
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dkpinhead
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#3
Name of Item- MXR Blue Box
Who It Is Made By- MXR
Features- Output and Blend
Cost- 130 list, 75 street
Style of Music It Fits- I don't know
Why You Like It- It's wierd as hell, it's an ocatve down distortion on acid basically.
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Like I said earlier, this is an octave distortion. It switches randomly between 1 and 2 octaves, so you can hit the same not 5 times and not get the same sound twice.

The best way to describe it's sound would probably be a malfunctioning Atari. I use this pedal to just to confuse people really.

It can't be used for any real purpose but to get people to say "What the hell was that?".

This is by far my favorite pedal.
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crzywhiteboy
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#4
Boss DS-1
$40.00-50.00-dont remember the price but its no more than that.

I love this pedal, it has as much as distortion you want for metal. And you can always turn the distortion down. it has an output and input and an adapter jack. And it has great sound for rock like guns n roses and zeppelin. Its a GREAT pedal and very very cheep.
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Backup Guitar
I have no life
Join date: May 2003
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#5
I think I'll continue on the DS-1.

For anyone who thinks they need an OD-20 drive zone to get a blues distortion, you are wrong. This pedal handles a great trebly, raunchy blues distortion with ease. Getting true overdrive can be a little difficult, but it certainly handles a lot of great stuff.

My favourite setting is having the tone just past 12:00, and the Drive at full. Then, on my amp, I have the mids at about 5-6, treble at 7 and bass at 5. It's simply a great, heavy sound. I use it with .011 gauge strings and whole step down tuning, and it just works amazing. It brings my squier strat and frontman 15 amp to life.

EDIT: I have a soundclip of me playing through the DS-1 straight to the computer. Clickhere to have a listen. The settings are: Gain at full, tone at 12:00, level at 12:00. Of course, when put through my amp, it does sound a bit more contained. I'll also be submitting my DS-1 for modifications to Robert Keeley, and I'll be sure to update you guys once that comes through.

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chrisb0109
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#6
Behringer V-amp 2

Made by - Behringer

Features - Amp modeling, Cabinet modeling, Effects

Cost - $130 USD

Style of Music - Any style. It comes with 125 presets that range from Blues to Metal to Funk as well as just so f*cking wierd sounds.

Why I Like It - The V-Amp 2 fits any style of music I have ever tryed to play and pulls it off amazingly. Its distortion is amazing (especialy when set on one of the two rectified amp models). The effects are great and very controlable. There is a seperate reverb control which v=can be use at the same time with up to two other effects, distortion, and amp and cabinet modeling.

I also think that people should include any problems with the product.

Problems - The foot switch that comes with is is pretty much sh*t. But they do sell a MIDI foot controller that can be used with it. However it is another $130.

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~Rock~Guitarist
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#7
BOSS TU-2 Chromatic Tuner $80-100 US

-Handsfree operation
-'Stream" meter for easy accuracy
-Seven modes for easy options
-Seven-segment LED

This tuner is great for many reasons. One thing that I like about it is it's handsfree operation. Simply step on it, hit the string you want to tune and it will show up on the meter with unbeatable accuracy. You can't forget it's design either. The TU-2 is extremely compact, just like all of BOSS' pedals and extremely durable too. Whether you plan on using the TU-2 for gigs, or just for home use, it is a very ideal buy.

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YouKnowYourRite
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#8
Name of Item : CE-5 Chorus Ensemble
Who It Is Made By : Boss
Features : Compact chorus pedal, High and low filters, E.Level, Rate and Depth controls
Cost : £32 (Pre-owned)




This great compact pedal gives a range of chorus tones from mild and natural, to clear and penetrating stereo chorus.I bought this pedal from e-Bay for £32 and it has proven to be truly a great buy, i use this mostly for my clean playing to add another dimension to my cleans but i also use it with distortion to add that 'nother dimension to my tone.
Last edited by YouKnowYourRite at Mar 7, 2004,
Backup Guitar
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#9
I'm voting we're allowed to post strings. Let's hope nirvanaozzie "officially" endorses that.

Brand: D'addario
Type: XL Nickelplated steel, .011 - .049
Cost: 6-7 bucks, tops.
Description: Well, I've used other gauges of D'addario, and these certainly take the cake. I use them on whole step down tuning (what else?) and they're amazing for chord work, acoustic playing, and even fast soloing. I mainly stick to pull ons and hammer offs, and it works great all around. Compared to the old fender bullets, and even d'addario 10's, these just sound great. And you can't beat the price of these strings. It almost has an "alive" sort of feel. Meaning that the sound isn't flat at all... it almost shimmers. Say, I play a low powerchord on the typical distortion settings, these things really pull out some great crunch. Wonderful fast action, and I don't seem to have a lot of hiss when I run my fingers along them. The high strings have great high end clarity, while the bottom strings are booming with power. Great for any type of rock to jazz. You can also get this gauge with a wound third string. Make sure you read the package carefully, as I once accidentally bought the wrong set and had to go back to the music store to exchange it.

I also use D'addario because of the environmentally friendly packaging. And the players points. One more string package till I get my Vandoren coffee mug.

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#10
Originally posted by Backup Guitar
I'm voting we're allowed to post strings. Let's hope nirvanaozzie "officially" endorses that.

Brand: D'addario
Type: XL Nickelplated steel, .011 - .049
Cost: 6-7 bucks, tops.
Description: Well, I've used other gauges of D'addario, and these certainly take the cake. I use them on whole step down tuning (what else?) and they're amazing for chord work, acoustic playing, and even fast soloing. I mainly stick to pull ons and hammer offs, and it works great all around. Compared to the old fender bullets, and even d'addario 10's, these just sound great. And you can't beat the price of these strings. It almost has an "alive" sort of feel. Meaning that the sound isn't flat at all... it almost shimmers. Say, I play a low powerchord on the typical distortion settings, these things really pull out some great crunch. Wonderful fast action, and I don't seem to have a lot of hiss when I run my fingers along them. The high strings have great high end clarity, while the bottom strings are booming with power. Great for any type of rock to jazz. You can also get this gauge with a wound third string. Make sure you read the package carefully, as I once accidentally bought the wrong set and had to go back to the music store to exchange it.

I also use D'addario because of the environmentally friendly packaging. And the players points. One more string package till I get my Vandoren coffee mug.



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I use the same gauge and they cost me $3.33 per set.


Ok my review

Name of Item- Dunlop Straplocks
Who It Is Made By - Dunlop
Features- Locks
Cost- $20? I paid 20 with installation.
Style of Music It Fits- All of them
Why You Like It- My guitar doesnt fall. They have never failed me yet. Really easy to use, too.
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Dreadnought
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#11
Name of Item: Zoom GFX-8
Who It Is Made By: ZOOM (duh)
Features:
V.A.M.S. Circuitry
Custom Distortion (that OWNS, there are endless possibilities)
69 effect types
Metal body
Intuitive interface
Patch memory
4ch equalizer
MIDI compatability
and a LOT more
Cost: 279.99 USD
Style of Music It Fits: Any style... it's a freaking multi-effects processor, it's MEANT to fit more than one style
Why You Like It:
The main reason why I like this pedal is how customizable it is... Each effect has a multitude of different paramaters which are easily (if you read the manual) tweaked to your liking. On the same line as tweaking, it has "Manual" mode which allows for quick and easy tweaking allowing you to step on the footswith to turn on that specific effect.

Soundwise, it's completely killer. I would have to say that this excels in the 'Modulation' effects, though they are all good. Every Mod effect is crisp and clean and easily edited, as I said before.

Though overall the mod effects are the best, in my opinion this pedal has some of the best distortions I have ever heard. I can easily get Opeth-esque distortion (from songs such as To Bid You Farewell and Black Rose Immortal). I can also get such smooth distortions as though used by Satriani (Why, for example) and Vai (For The Love Of God). Classic distortions (Led Zeppelin, ZZ Top) are also easily obtained.

The reverb/delay effects are also very good, but I hardly ever use delay effects and I use my amp (Peavey Delta Blues 210) when it comes to reverb.

Great pedal for the price
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#12
Name of Item: DOD juice box

Who It Is Made By: DOD

Features: slight warm tube overdrive stimulator, boost ur allready driven sound so it sounds like a tube drive..
pulp (bass) tang (treble) juice (gain) sweet (level) knobs

Cost: 70 euros

Style of Music It Fits: most styles, when played only whit the juice, it sounds kinda bluesy.. fits every stile...

Why You Like It: long sustain if used for boost of ur drive channel... good foor long melodic solo's... also sweet when playing long (power) chords.. sweet sound, good overdrive when played alone with juice box..

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#13
Boss DSD-3 Sampler Delay

Has four controls, the usual delay things, level, repeats, time and a control to select between the long and short delays and the sampler.

Cost me £52 from eBay

I suppose it could be used for most kinds of music really, delay is a pretty common effect. I like to set my delay length to about 600ms, my repeats jus past 12 o clock, and my level at about 12 o clock, for a nice atmospheric wash, which can also be used to build up a bit of a wall of repeats and playing. I also enjoy messing with the sampler. As its only 800ms, it isn't a lot of use musically(I only got the sampler version because they tend to go for less on eBay than just the standard dd-3s), and you can only really get one bar at the most sampled, but i prefer to put in loads of overdubs, staying in a key, but not thinking about what i play until it just builds to a solid wall of sound, which can be very fun, especially combined with feedback etc. Once you have this wall of sound, its then possible to use the time knb to manipulate its pitch and just generally creat fu<C>cked up noise... very fun.

Also, the pedal is a lot darker than the picture makes it seem....
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StreamLine
BareKnuckle Freak
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#14
Name of Item WH-1 (Original Whammy Pedal)

Who It Is Made By Digitech

Features

3 modes: harmonizing, pitchchanging and a 'detune' mode where original signal is mixed with the slightly (Shallow) or strongly (Deep) signal.

harmonizing mode offers the following intervals (they are in reference to pitch of original signal):

[ pedal 'down' / pedal 'up']
-1 octave / +1 octave
-5th / -4th
-4th / -3rd
+5th / +7th
+5th / +6th
+4th / +5th
+3rd / +4th
+b3rd / +3rd
+2nd / +3rd


these are the pitch changing modes:

['down' = unchanged signal]

+1 octave
+2 octaves
-2nd
-1 octave
-2octaves

and there are the two 'detune' modes as described earlier.

Input; 'Dry' output, 'Wet Added' output'.

rotary switch / knob to change mode, bypass switch (true bypass as far as i know); expression pedal (very smooth rocking motion! much smoother than any wah you'll ever try).

the pedal only runs of an external 10V digitech made power adapter.... these are rare; the previous owner of now my WH-1 had to get one shipped form US, and to this day i use the WH-1 with taht power adapter and a voltage changer.

Cost

if you want the originals, prepare to spend some serious buck. I got mine for £240 ($400) - and i actually got a good deal.

Style of Music It Fits

hard rock, metal and shred would be best i think.

It is a pedal which is almost like a new instrument - its very hard to use it and get MUSICAL sounds out of it, and not 2 octave shifting jibberish thats out of key and just horrible.

If used well however, it can really create interesting and exciting sounds, to see what i mean, check out these songs:

Rage Against the Machine - Killing in the Name [solo] - one octave up

Joe Satriani - Cool #9 - in various places, one octave up mode too.

i mean pretty much any Tom Morello (formerly of RATM, now of Audioslave) has WH-1 in it. other famous users of the WH-1 are Edge of U2, Steve Vai, Steven Carpenter.

Edge in fact is obsessed with WH-1's, when he found out they will no longer be made, he went out and bought ANOTHER 9, just in case if his one breaks. keep in mind the prices on those things.... taht tells you something, eh?

Why You Like It

well its the Red Ferrari, the 1960's Marshall amp or the Fender Nocaster of effects.

i have never met another guitarist taht has a WH-1, and every one of them that had seen or played my WH-1 were deeply awed; so definetely the 'wow' factor.

and its ferrri red colour! how cool is that!

now being serious, this is one of the craziest and most desirable effect pedals of all time. it is vintage now to an extent, and it will keep getting rarer and rarer, hence more and more expensive.

unlike the Original Tubescreamer obsession, the prices for the WH-1's are reasonable, because you can just buy a re-issue Tubescreamer and do the TS808 mod, which is essentially putting in one easily available chip..... and you will not hear the difference between the two. I have tried it for myself, and its true. the TS808 mod is all you need.

now, the WH-1 obsession (hence high prices) is totally a different matter. let me explain the why.

when Digitech was formed in the 80's, they wanted to launch a big effects pedal that would put them in the centre of the effects market. The pedal they designed was the WH-1.

it was meant to be a pedal that not only replaced the need for tremolo bridges, ala for doing pull-ups, divebombs, etc but extend the range and add further versatility to whammy bar effects (hence the name). they went about this task by designing a totally digital pedal, with an expression pedal, which changed the amount of pitch changing.

at the very heart of the pedal's operation were two chips, especially written by an outside software company (the name of which has escaped my memory). anyway as this was Digitech's first product more or less, they wanted to make it the best quality possible (as you do when you try to have a big impact on the guitar effects market). they used durable materials, top quality circuit components, and of course the custom written software chips. the next objective was to make it as cheap as possible.

the pedal did not really take off (as obvious from the lack of 'Whammy' sounds in 80's guitar music...).... so one way or the other, the software compare tore up the contract to make those chips..... this meant Digitech could no longer manufacture the whammy pedals as they were in their present state - it would have cost way too much to have the chips rewritten by another company - so what they did, they made basic Digitech copies of the chips, which have been put on every pedal reissue version (i.e. the WH-2, WH-3, WH-4).

the Original WH-1 is known for nigh-on perfect note tracking and highly realistic harmonizer as well as actual pitch changing effects. on any reissue of the Whammy, the effects sound pretty horrible, very digital, the tracking on th WH-4 i found to be jyst awful.

now in context of the Tubescreamer - these chips will never be made again - Digitech will never make exact reissues of the WH-1 becaase it would simply cost too much. each pedal would end up running at about $300 new, and they would hardly sell. however whereas you can have a 'vintage' tubescreamer after one mod, this mod is not possible with the WH-1 unless you're looking after tracking down some original chips.

in layman's terms, the WH-1 is vastly superior to any other WH reissue. to me, it sthe king of effects, and that is why i sold two of my guitars so i could buy a WH-1.

with the WH-1 i can play a guitar and have it sound like a bass. so close to a bass in fact, that i fooled a couple of my friends by showing them a recording of me playing 'bass'.

so you can play overdrive bass, Cliff-style (r.i.p)..... -2 octaves is insane, you can blow a bass amp with that! and its great on +octave modes; the harmozing is great too, but only really works
with single notes - anything more than two notes at a time makes it muddy....

detune mode is great for making creepy out of tune noises! with 'shallow' mode, its possible to get that 'digital' sound! makes the tone very thick and it gives the impression that two guitars are playing at once.

basically, if you like what you hear, have enough money and see one......... buy it and dont let go! these things own!

even if you buy it and decide you dont like it, you can easily resell it at the same price (or wait a couple of years and you'll get a profit )

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floydsquared
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#15
Name of Item-digitech RP200A
Who It Is Made By-digitech
Features-amp modeling, effects (such as rotary speaker, envelope, vibrato, reverb, delay, pitch shifter, chorus, flange, whammy, tremolo), drum machine (30 beats), customizable effects (40 slots), 40 artist sets, 40 factory sets (for those that are lazy, 120 total sets), expression pedal
Cost-$150
Style of Music It Fits-all, but doesnt do very well with metal
Why You Like It-very versatile and suprisingly good tones, digitech has a site where you can post your settings and get settings
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Last edited by floydsquared at Mar 30, 2004,
StreamLine
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#16
ok, nirvanaozzie posted earlier about his Crybaby Wah Pedal....


i have one too, and i agree with everything he said; so i too studied the schematics and made two modifications to mine that have made a MASSIVE difference to the sound, hence i will review a 'modified Crybaby'.

Name of Item Jim Dunlop Original Crybaby 'StreamLine mod'

Who It Is Made By Jim Dunlop USA, modified by me

Features a wah pedal. click on button at top. rock foot back and forth, difference you hear is 'wah'. d'uh
Cost £70 new, plus several caps and resistors (about 30p each)

Style of Music It Fits the modified version fits a variety of music, but most notably metal because of the powerful sweep, quite like the Bad Horsie in terms of tone now.

Why You Like It its unique, built like a tank, will last forever; has a great wah tone, exactly what i always wanted.

now to the changes, i've read up a lot on wah mods and schematics, and armed with several resistors, inductors and capacitors i set out to mod my wah .

what i eventually settled on was a two item mod, in comparison with the 'Original' Crybaby.

i replaced the 33k resistor which is in parallel with the inductor with one that is 100k (the smaller circled component on pic); this was done to give the wah a more vocal quality, which is exactly what it gave me. the wah does not longer sound harsh and agressive as it did before. when used with no overdrive, it gives a lovely, smooth vocal tone, much like the Vox Clyde McCoy which are considered to be one of the best ever wah's by many.....

second mod was replacing0.01µF cap with a 0.068µF cap, which increased the wah range, in making it more trebly and more powerful overall., i tried several higher values, but ended up sticking with the 0.068 - it sounds great IMO.

ok basically, this is a simple mod, costing next to nothing (albeit several burns on fingers, lol); this dramatically changes teh wah's sound like i said before.

so just describe the change, imagine something like a Dimebag sig wah, or Bad Horsie, Vai's sig - it sounds closer to taht now. at the bass end notes have a fair bit of treble too - lots of definition; sounds a lot like the satch 'reverse' wah trick he does. the actual just has more power.

having said that it still maintains 'Crybaby' feel and overall smooth tone; to me, this is the perfect cross between a 'vintage' wah and a modern high gain designed wah pedal, it responds wonderfully to different gain settings - very versatile.

here's the pic of the modded PCB, two changed components are circled. (the large one is the 0.068uF cap, smaller one is the 100k resistor).

i hope this helps, and if you got any comments or opinions please PM me, as i understand SV300 wants to keep this thread 'review-only'



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Five Bob
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#17
Zoom PS 04

I just bought a Zoom PS 04 Palmtop studio coz' i was sick of forgetting all the cool song ideas id come up with......

I havent yet got the thing mastered but i tell you for the money this is a great product i would reccomend it to anyone who was thinking of buying anything in the digital recorder low price range.

Drum Machine
Bass programming
4 tracks (with 10 v takes on each track)
Fully integrated guitar, vocal and mastering effect presets (this is great cos you can use it for practising with just the headphones on)

it didnt come with a transformer but 4 aa batteries last for 10 hours...

It cost me $420 australian which works out to $310 us or 173 pounds. good value i thought considering what it does

heaps more, just ask me if you want to know anything more
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SpeedsterP
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#18
Like the RP-200A, but can't afford it? Try this little guy:

Name of Item : RP-50

Who It Is Made By; Digitech

Features: Same as the RP-200A, but without the artist Presets.

Cost:$99... I got it for $59 at Gutiar center, though.

Style of Music It Fits: Any. The matal thing applies, as well.

Why You Like It: CHEAPNESS! Oh, GOd, for the money you pay you have a MaCHINE that is incredible!

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I love it. I have gotten Pink Floyd sounds, the Metallicrunch, and Blues tones that are awesome. I reccomend this thing for someone who just wants the effects and wants to play a bit.
-C.J.

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Bill43
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#19
Name of Item: Peterson VS-II Virtual Strobe Tuner

Who It Is Made By: Peterson

Features: Just about anything you could ever imagine in a tuner and its extremely precise.

Cost: $199.00 USD

Why You Like It: Intonation and tuning are so close to perfect it should be a crime. The ability to tune a multitude of different instruments and the "sweetened" guitar tuning does make a hell of a difference. I also like the portability of this unit over my bench strobe. I can take this anywhere without any hesitation because of its size and the fact its battery or AC powered (it comes with a wall wart). I also like the back lit screen. The VS-1 did not have a backlit screen and sometimes the glare was unreal... the backlit screen put and end to that problem, plus the VS-II has quite a few more functions over the VS-1. The programmable functions are a breeze. You can save any setup you can imagine.

Downside: The price. Its expensive for a tuner, but if you're really into more instruments than just guitars or you want perfect tuning and intonation, this is about the least expensive strobe available on the market.

Manufacturers Site: http://www.petersontuners.com/products/modelvs2/index.cfm

Asomodai
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#20

Boss BF-2 Flanger pedal.

Quite possibly one of the best flange pedals ever made!

I aquired this pedal which is a japan made early 90's relic for £20 and i have been extremely happy with it.

cant get much simpler than stepping on it....four knobs isn'trocket science........i use this all the time manual-all the way up, rate and depth at 12:00, and regeneration all the way down

it does great for the sound i want, i use a Washburn Ec36 through a Laney VA50, it colors my tone without distorting my whole signal, it is also noiseless no hum feedback etc.....sounds good with the ME-30 i have used, but if you mess with the knobs to much you can get some really sillyass sounds
Forget what people have said about "delays" and junk. A flange is not a delay with "extra" controls. Consider this, your flanger travels across the frequency spectrum. It goes back and forth. The manual knob is used in conjuntion with the depth knob. The depth controls how far along the spectrum the flange will travel, and the manual is the origin, or starting point of the spectrum. Put it in the middle, and the frequency will travel evenly from either side of the center of the spectrum. Just thought I'd clear this up. This is not a delay, it doesnt sound like a delay, it bears no reminence to a delay. Get this if you want a flanger, get a delay if you want a delay.
They key to a great pedal is its versatility. How many different types of sounds can you get from the pedal? Well, you can get metallic sounds, robotic sounds, classic flanging sounds, chorus sounds, feedback sounds.... all from this single pedal.

Many pedals i have owned have failed the test of time and have been sold on ((Boss PW-10, Boss Cs-3 Compressor, Boss Power driver)) But this pedal i will keep. Excellant unit

Rob
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SV300
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#21
Inspired by StreamLine, I got out, and bought a brand spanking new bone stock GCB-95 (Revision G) to play with.


Name of Item Jim Dunlop Original Crybaby (GCB-95) 'Custom-J'

Who It Is Made By Jim Dunlop USA. Altered by me

Features A pedal that you rock backwards and forwards, that goes "wah" when you rock it backwards and forwards

Cost Around $90USD for wah and resistors (Dunlop products are a ripoff in my country )

Style of Music It Fits Too many

Why You Like It Doesn't sound like any other commercially available wah, solid as a brick, and I love it

This pedal, is still a work in progress. Whilst Phase I of the modifications are complete, Phase II will follow on in the future.

I've been researching Crybaby mods ever since I started wanting to buy one, and have always had quite a good idea of what I would want and what I wouldnt. I followed some of the mods on this page. For 3 resistors, at USD$0.06 each, the result is amazing.

The problem with the stock GCB-95, as I found, was that it just sounds weak overall. Like nirvanaozzie stated, too much treble, no mids, no bass. I knew what it was going to be like when I bought the damned thing, but it was worse than I imagined. So I set out on the mods;

1. Rotate the damn cogs on the wah pot. Having a rig that's a bit on the bright side, having an overly trebley wah was the last thing I wanted. I simply took apart the damn pedal, rotated the cog on the pot shaft 1 or 2 notches to the bass side, so my sweep ended up more bassy overall. Sounds a bit better than stock sweep area imho. Can be overdone though - I've had it TOO bassy and its not much fun (mud, mud and mud)

2. 100K "Vocal mod" resistor. DEFINITELY recommended. Sounds real nice and smooth now, a lot more complex and vocal when compared to the 33K resistor that was stock. A big improvement imho.

3. 270ohm "Gain and Bass response" resistor. This change from the stock value of 390ohms was definitely an improvement, and got rid of the problem with the crybaby sounding thin. Makes it thick in all the ranges.

4. 1K8 "midrange" resistor. Replaces stock 1K5 resistor. Smooths out the bass/treble transition a tad, and gives the wah a little more fatness than the 1K5. Sounds fuller all around, which I like.

Now, compared to the stock crybaby, the Custom-J wah sounds a LOT better imho. Thicker, bassier, and generally richer; exactly what I wanted. For the few cents that I bought the resistors with, it was definitely worth it. Fairly different to Stream's wah, but its good in its own right

Phase II is planned right now, and it will consist of True Bypass operation, RI Fasel Inductor, and maybe a 100K Bourns linear pot (not a big fan of the weird taper on the Hot Potz, too abrupt for my taste). I'm experimenting with stripping the finish and polishing the whole damned thing too

Pic's of the modded guts UPLOADED! All resistors that are blue/turqoise in color are not stock. Put a fresh battery in the sucker - it sounds great
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#22

Name of Item: Carl Martin Rock Drive

Who It Is Made By: Carl Martin

Features: Modded TS-9 based circuit, symmetrical clipping, part of the mass produced lineup of the very nice Carl Martin effects line up, 9V-powered. Was told by a SD forum regular who actually works for Carl Martin/East Sound Research that this is the VERY close to the Hot Drive 'n' Boost, but the HDB runs an LM-something chip, whilst the Rock Drive runs a slightly inferior Motorola chip. Garunteed to whoop a TS-9's ass Runs a 2 band EQ (+/-20dB on both bands) as opposed to the single 1 band tone control on the majority of other pedals, so you can tailor your tone exactly to what you want it to be.

Cost: HKD$560, equivalent to USD$70. However, the cheapest I've seen em online from a company who distributes to the USA, was $132 (here!). MF retails some of the Carl Martin line, with the 9V series running at $140USD. You've got it bad

Style of Music It Fits: Lots. Use it in a clean amp for a classic rock crunch. Use it to boost a tube amp for heavy fricking metal (ie, what I use it for)

Why You Like It: For me, it was a boutique quality pedal (even though its not handmade, the construction inside is VERY good - see attached image) for a non-boutique price. I've compared it to the TS-9s and the SD-1s, and imho, the Rock Drive eats em both for breakfast. To me, the Rock Drive just sounds more natural, and the 2-band EQ gives it a lot more tweakability than other pedals (ie, in my case, I cut treble, but boost the mids), and like advertised, it does NOT dominate your amp's natural tone. It stays on in my rig 90% of the time, as I use it for a higher gain rhythm tone (2 12ax7s arent enough for my liking) And for $70, it was a steal If you want any more info, PM me.

And heres the pic of the pedal's guts. Very neat PCB layout, and even though I don't know jack about electronics, the components used in them look quite high end. Only gripe - plastic jacks wear out after a while, so the nuts on the jack are fairly loose, but I'll find a way to get around it.
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Asomodai
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#23
Heya guys, i just got fromlondon after visiting Roman ((Streamline)) and we had a very fun time, We went to denmark street , i have been looking for a new distortion to replace the one i currently have on my boss me-30 for something a bit more decent. perhaps for 80's shred tone.

We went around a few of the shops. We came across one of these.

((Warning this is not a distortion pedal, this a booster for a disto/overdriven tube amp))



I was scepitical and so was roman about how good this could be, i have a thing about signature gear, it just seems so... marketed. But considering the unit is only £55 i thought it would be best to try it out.

Went to the sound proofed room and plugged it up to a orange valve amp with my EC-36 shred guitar. i strated playing through it and it sounded like YJM it really did! im not kidding it sounded so damn close. with a bit of decent reverb anyhow.

Anyway after fumbling around a little, i let charles ((Romans freind)) and roman to show what the pedal can really do , and proceeded to show off in irritating and down right fascinating set of runs. I promptly walked out with the unit.

Adds just the right amount of compression, punch, distortion with added clarity and drive. Don't need to crank your tubes to get a great tone. Cranking your tube amp is one of the joys in life right? It sounds even fuller, bigger, ...hotter without being perverse. Even skeptics of bass muddiness or midbass slop don't have to worry. You may think it can be muddy but amazingly, there is just to much mid dynamics cutting through the mix. Your fingers will find them going for articulated ascending and descending runs with some wicked vibrato.

This Really brings out the hollar of your preamp tubes, if you have crappy tubes it will probably sound crappy. If you have super clean, good gain tubes, the dirt will shine. Dynamics are brought out by this pedal but combined with just the drive you need to push, push, push those preamp tubes,... it's like adding another gain stage into a tube preamp section.

This a welcome addition to any great tube amp, can "only make things better" as the maestro himself would say.

Later on in the day we stopped off into another shop. and we saw this.


D -1 Akai Shred-O-Matic
I was quite sceptical because of the rather cheesy and blatent name of Shred-O-Matic, me and roman had seen these on ebay for sale.

So roman persuaded me to try it at least. and when i did. my god :O fantastic tone and settings.

It has a built in tube for the tube disto and it also has ss disto for the out and out thrash metal tones.

This pedal just oozzes ((play me i sound great when shredding with )) The two other options are "passion and "smooth"
basically when you play gently, on the these modes, it has the tube sound on. sounds lovely and warm and cranked, and when i start playing harder and picking harder it turns to the ss disto for the heavy heavy stuff. Great fun and option. the passion and smooth modes are just different times on how quickly the type of distortion moves from one to the other.


This pedal has "Shred" in the name. To maintain note clarity bass is intentionally restricted to avoid fartiness and bluring when playing fast or with complex chords. The majority of distortion pedals do this including the Ibanez Tube Screamer, Boss DS-1 and most of their other distortions, etc.

It seems to like British voiced amps (Vox, Marshall, etc) and Celestions more than Fenders with Jensens. The tones in any amp I've used it in are useful, and tasty. I like a rig with several distortions, and this one is unique and very useful.

There is nothing more subjective than distortion. What you may like, I may hate and vice versa. And often, a distortion that sounds great in the bedroom alone, sounds lousy or gets lost in a band. A distortion that sounds bad soloed in the bedroom may cut and be perfect in a band setting.

Although it looks plastic its all metal constuction is excellant. It is built like a tank.

I bought the pedal after bringing up the money for the shred o matic ((thanks for forking out half roman , thats mah bd present ))

Apparantly charles who was also with us was dead jealous that i did get the shred o matic Seriously guys i cant rate this high enough.,
if you need to compare it with another pedal. this is basically a shred version of the mesa v twin ((Which i have also tried out. ))

Rob
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~Rock~Guitarist
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#24
Ibanez CS9 (Original, Vintage, not re-issue)

Features speed and width controls

Paid $59 on eBay

Fits almost any kind of style, not sure about metal though. Sounds best for psychadelic style music imo.

This is a great chorus. I have read countless reviews on this item and it has never gotten a negative mark. I must say I agree with pretty much everybody has said about this item in other reviews. The width and speed controls gives the guitar a resonant sound, and thicken the sound as well. This is great because I have a Fender Stratocaster and the tone is comparibly thin compared to other guitars. Also, the chorus gives the bass strings on the guitar a very eerie sound. The chorus sound is great for classic rock tones and is truly crucial to thickening and deepening the sound of your guitar. You can't get a super heavy chorus from this pedal, but it still sounds great. This pedal adds virtually no background noise or hum of any type. Overall, a great buy.

Btw - Ibanez recently made an exbortitanly priced re-issue of this pedal. It costs $120 - twice as much as what I paid and I purchased the original! I recommend buying an original off of eBay instead of purchasing the re-issue.



this is a picture of the re-issue, because I dont have a digital camera, but the two look exactly alike.
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sithian476
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#25
Name of Item: ZOOM 606 Guitar Multieffects Pedal

Who It Is Made By: ZOOM

Features: This guitar comes with a variety of patches built from the 35 different effect types that you can tweak with a pretty much WYSIWYG interface. A lot of the patches have many different distortion styles, wah-wah, reverb, flanger, etc. It has 3 different amp models and 5 different modeling effects. Most of them sound really good. But there are also a couple that are probably totally useless. They sound horrible, like a diseased alien that just wants to die. The built-in tuner can be accessed by push down both of the selector pedals and it is very responsive and accurate. Definitely beats the $20 Boss Tuner I bought a while back. The side pedal allows you to manually change the effect in real time, such as the Wah. Zoom Noise Reduction reduces some buzz from distortion. All of the patches are easily editable to suit exactly what you want.

Cost: $100. I'm sure lucky I got this for free when I bought my Ibanez.

Style of Music It Fits: Everything, since it covers a WIDE array of different effects.

Why You Like It: This pedal definitely covers all the effects I'd ever want. And they sound pretty damn good too. Definitely beat out built-in amp effects but if you just want a high-quality, good distortion, go with a seperate pedal since this is mainly a fancy toy. Only problem I've had with it so far is that the jacks are starting to come a bit loose. And I wish it has an automatic shutoff feature after a certain period of time without a strong signal coming through since I have to replace the batteries every time I forget to unplug it.

Click here for a much larger view of it:
http://media.zzounds.com/media/brand,zzounds/606cg_top-69877e7132baef2e67e3e72c2e5ff773.jpg
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zultone
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#26
NAME OF ITEM: DOD Death Metal Distortion (FX86)

WHO IT'S BY: DOD

FEATURES:
* Deadly tone
* Effects controls and three-part EQ on
board
* Tough stomp box construction
(a ****LOAD of distortion)

COST: list is $99.95
bought it for $29.99 at www.musiciansfriend.com

STYLE OF MUSIC: metal , extreme metal

WHY YOU LIKE IT:

It doesn't have a sludgey sound like most other high high distortions have (unless you want it to )
Your notes just cut through like a hot knife through butter, very tough constrction, high durability, great looks, great sound, vary shapable sound i might add, the distortion was maxed, then they just ripped out the knob basically so its not for those who want a little distortion, its got a busload.
NOT FOR THE FAINT OF HEART.
CAN haVE EAR SHARTERING EQ's & SHRIEKS AND MOANS (depending on how you play )
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Smokebox
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#27
Name: Big Stubby 3mm.

Made by: Jim Dunlop

Cost £0.60 each. Consequently I have lots of these.

Style of music Any, but especially suited to rock soloing.

Picture:


Why you like it: I like fat picks, especially this one. It seems to glide effortlessly over the strings, and is capable of a wide range of tonal variations. It also has the obvious advantage of that it never snaps, unlike some thinner picks. I use these far more than any other pick.
A mind full of fire and a fistful of steel.
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#28
Name: Boss Power Driver (PW-2)
Made by: Boss
Features: its basically a drive enchancer pedal, Since the tone im looking is sorta between dist. and overdrive i got this pedal, its got two knobs on it called FAT and MUSCLE which basically control the fatness and strengh of sound.
Cost:Bout $75...I got it for about 70 though
Why you will like it: If you don't wnt heavy dist. or you finding that overdrive ainting giving what you need then i suggest iving this pedal a look at.....My settings for it are level:7, Fat:3; muscle:7 and Drive:6
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beatallica_fan
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#29
Just a cautionary note before i begin, talking to Roman and Rob on msn about ebay can seriously damage your bank balance. Until those two came along id never considered buying anything from ebay, now ive basically reinvented my rig from ebay purchase. This was the first, the behringer vamp2.



Since joining UG ive got more and more into home recording, i used to use a tape based tascam porta studio but the quality i could get with this and the instrumentation i was able to acheive was fairly poor which lead to much frustration.

After the inception of UGs Riffs forum i gave it another go, bought myself some software and off i went. Initially i used a multi effects pedal that was too knackered to use live as a pre amp, but iit got less and less reliable so i decided to buy one of these.

Most of the factory presets are instantly usable, some effects units have a tendency to have extreme presets to show of how much the unit can do, this is not the case here. Each one is usable and musically satisfying, the more extreme patches are designed for use with loops, midi, and synths etc so with those tools theyd be usable to. It plugs straight in, and all the different setting can be altered with a twist of the relevant knob.

Although i use it for recording it can be used in a live setup, it comes with a pedal to switch between the different patches. It has a midi in and out port, l and r out so it can be used with two amps, and a headphone socket. Theres also a pretty decent built in tuner. it comes with 16 different amp simulations and 16 different effect patches. Add to this a fully adjustable EQ gain, volume, master volume and reverb and you have an extremely versatile unit. Mine cost me £77 and i couldnt be happier with it, if your even considering doing some home recording try one of these out. Even comes in a very handy carry case.
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#30
oh and may i just add in an epiphone explorer down as well thanks to rob, roman and ebay, Heres my second purchase, a fender pt10 pedal tuner.



Now when i decided to tweak my rig i asked myself, what will make a huge difference to my sound. I didnt want to buy pedals because theyd make a funny noise, make my guitar sound like an alien invader. Getting truely back to basics i decided if i wanted to sound good first and foremost i had to be in tune. Hence this purcase.

Its a chromatic tuner, and very accurate, just stomp on it and it will tell you exactly where you are. The LEDs are bright and clear so tuning is no problem, even on a darkened stage. There are two out sockets, one maintains the signal to the amp while the pedals on and your tuning, plug into the other one and the signal is muted during tuning (i prefer this as the audience may find it a little disconcerting hearing you tune up) An added bonus to this is that you can run two amps from this one pedal, achieving a stereo sound, when i used to have two amps i often enjoyed doing this, altering the eqs, gain, volume and even effects on the different amps gets some great live sounds. Cost me £38 from ebay, brand new, die cast metal construction means it should last me years and years, im very happy with it. I will post about my third and final purchase when it arrives.
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#31
hmm dunno if SV will allow this but hey he can always delete this. I recorded a demo of my vamp, all the sounds were generated by the vamp, the only thing i did with my recording software was boost or reduce levels, no EQing no effects no reverb. I recorded 11 different patches, they go as follows

1 - Every breath U T - self explanatory, andy summers style sound, so i just played the riff to every breath

2 - Highway to hell - AC DC patch, love this patch, made up my own riff to demo it.

3 - You oughta know - apparently a patch designed to emulate an alanis morrisette song, im not familiar with it, tremolo is one of my favourite effects so i mae up a little ditty to demo it.

4 - striaght crunch, no frills rock sound, demoed with cant get enough.

5 - Long clean delay, love this patch, very ethereal, the progression fell under my fingers the first time i used the patch.

6 - Savage ultra - rock lead tone, nice screaming tone.

7 - blue lead, bluesy lead tone, broke out a bit of jonny b goode to show it off.

8 quack - clean funky tone with an auto wah, ive never used an auto wah before so im still getting used to it, just play an octave riff to demo it.

9 - make my D(el)AY - nice smooth lead tone, really nice for slow melodic leads.

10 - ambience combo - based on american tube amps, sounds a bit zz topish to me so i played Tush top demo it.

11 - strat solo - actually sounds like Pages tone in stairway to me (i am using a tele so maybe thats why) racked my brains and played the intro licks from that solo.

Throughout im using my yamaha pacifica mike stern signature guitar into the V amp and the straight into the soundcard.

http://beatallica.dmusic.com/

id like some feedback, so if thats not allowed here please pm me with any opinions on the tones produced.
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#32
Name of Item: Boss Compression Sustainer CS-3

Who It Is Made By: Boss

Features: Volume knob, tone knob, attack knob and sustain knob.

Cost: £50 inc. p&p

Style of Music It Fits: Funk (and I'm told by my guitarist really good for rock soloing)

Why You Like It: Well I use this baby for my bass, especially when I use it with my bass wah. Ensures I get a nice consistent volume, especially when I'm slapping.

Turnind down the sustain knob turns it into a limiter, a decrease in attack with an increase of tone enables me to get this nice timbre when I play more melodic basslines. More lighter.

In comparison, when I get dirty with a hip-hop groove, turn up the sustain and turn the tone knob to about 11 o' clock, I get this nice fat full tone that fills the room with enough vibrations to.... err.. well.......... make the room vibrate!

Add a dash of attack, get this nice punchy yet rich sound.

I've read a few reviews that mark down this lovely unit as "it has no character". I like it unit coz it hardly messes with your signal unless you want it to. I like my effects subtle (except when I'm in one of those moods), and this suits me just fine.

And of course..... it's a Boss. I know this baby won't let me down. Built like a brick (but that don't stop me carrying it in bubble wrap everywhere I go!!).

I like this baby so much, I'm finding I have to learn to turn it off once in a while coz I end up draining the battery (not that it eats them, it's my fault. The energy consumption isn't bad).

This is a pretty damn good unit. Does exactly what it says on the tin. Though I am thinking about selling my CS-3 to my guitarist and buying a Digitech Compressor. Not because I don't like this unit, just coz variety is the spice of life, (and I can get it cheap on eBay!)

Me being the nice thoughtful person I am (well.. usually) I've included a link to some sound samples of this baby at work. Though these samples are for it's use with a guitar. Me personally if a guitar unit sounds nice on bass, why not!? My next buy is a tremolo pedal!? Why!?............. Why not!?


Picture:
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TGM
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#33
Originally posted by Smokebox
Name: Big Stubby 3mm.

Made by: Jim Dunlop

Cost £0.60 each. Consequently I have lots of these.

Style of music Any, but especially suited to rock soloing.

Picture:


Why you like it: I like fat picks, especially this one. It seems to glide effortlessly over the strings, and is capable of a wide range of tonal variations. It also has the obvious advantage of that it never snaps, unlike some thinner picks. I use these far more than any other pick.


Beat me too it, but I'll add on a little more.

Becasue of the contoured edges and the thickness, this pick play's really smoothly. You don't get that annoying click. It's made out of lexan, and it's 3mm thick so it won't break on you. I've done pick tapping, pick scratching, I've chewed on this, and I've just abused this pick. I only have two of them, and they both look and play the same as the day I bought them. I'll lose these picks before I ever wear them down.

This pick is very quiet, but with the right technique you can get a large dynamic range out of it. I couldn't get the same volumes with any tortex picks.

I also like the sharp tip, makes picking single notes much faster and much more clean. Hold it loose in your hand, and it's good for strumming.

It has a circular indent in the middle which lets you grip the pick. The actualy plastic is not very grippy, but it has never fallen out of my hand.

All in all, these picks just feel and sound great. I gave away all of my other picks because I stopped using them.
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#34
Well i was going to talk about my new boss cs3 but i see sopmeone else has beat me to it, so i'll tell you about my latest ebay purchase instead. Currently i own 6 guitars, 2 acoutics and 4 electrics, storage of these can be a nightmare, i used to just lean them all up against my amp but theyd bump each other and get scratched and nicked. So i invested in a stagg guitar stand, it cost me £50 from Ebay, it comes in a compact folded up state, like a smallish guitars case really, it then folds out and can accomodate up to 6 guitars. A single guitar stand can cost up to £20, plus buying 4 or 5 of them isnt such a compact way of storing guitars. Hopefully this will mean fewer dings on my guitars and them all lasting me for a much longer time.
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RedTears
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#35
Originally posted by TGM
Beat me too it, but I'll add on a little more.

Becasue of the contoured edges and the thickness, this pick play's really smoothly. You don't get that annoying click. It's made out of lexan, and it's 3mm thick so it won't break on you. I've done pick tapping, pick scratching, I've chewed on this, and I've just abused this pick. I only have two of them, and they both look and play the same as the day I bought them. I'll lose these picks before I ever wear them down.

This pick is very quiet, but with the right technique you can get a large dynamic range out of it. I couldn't get the same volumes with any tortex picks.

I also like the sharp tip, makes picking single notes much faster and much more clean. Hold it loose in your hand, and it's good for strumming.

It has a circular indent in the middle which lets you grip the pick. The actualy plastic is not very grippy, but it has never fallen out of my hand.

All in all, these picks just feel and sound great. I gave away all of my other picks because I stopped using them.


Um, actually, they wear out pretty fast, I have one thats completely round, but I still use it. The 1 and 2mm versions, I'm talking about. The 3mm are REALLY hard to wear out.


Anyways, Ill review Dunlop Tortexs. They are made by Dunlop, and they are good picks. I use the 1.14mm and .73mm, they are good for everything. They cost no more than 5$ American, and I just like the picks. I did notice that it was a little bigger than my other picks. So that means more to hold on to. All in all, I give Tortex's 5 stars.
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#36
BOSS MT-2 Metalzone

COST:?119

FEATURES:dual gain circuit and a 3 band EQ

CONTROLS:
Level,low,high,mid,mid freq,dist.

WHY I LIKE IT:I like it because it can get lots of my favourite sounds and its great for annoying my parents

When i first got this pedal i tried it out.I didnt get the best sounds out of it at the shop.But when I got it home it was a different story.

I plugged it in and put it to the heavy metal setting.Good setting but i tweaked it a bit to get that hevy slipKnot sound.

you can get a wide range of sounds from it from 70's rock to today's hevy metal sounds.It's not the best dist pedal out there(SV300!) but it works well for me I would definately use this at a gig.

overall score:
Features:9
sound:8

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WarriorXT
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#37
Name: Chain Strap
Made By: ME!!
Made popular by: Zakk Wylde
Cost: $13.73
Type of Music: looks best with a metal guitar (bc rich, Vs, etc.)
Just buy the right length of 3/16" zinc plated chain (4 and a half feet for me), (2) 5/16" spring snaps, and (2) #8 eye screws. unscrew your straplocks, screw in the eyes, hook up the snaps at the ends of the chain, and hook them to the eyes. voila! killer looking strap.

PROBLEMS: it takes a lil bit getting used to the chain in your shoulder. i just roll up a lil excess fabric on my shirt into a pad like deal.

Originally posted by DaleH
Writing music is like taking a poop. If you force it, it'll come out, but it's really a better experience if you just wait and let it happen.
RedTears
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#38
I'll review a little known stomp box... the Johnson EQ Distortion.


If you play on a DS-1, then play on this, the DS-1 will get its ass KICKED. This is kind of more like the metal master I guess (I've only played the DS-1 though). It's great for Metal, Punk, anything heavy. Looking back at what I wrote above this, I wouldn't compare this to a DS-1. Its much heavier. I prefer it with the Level about 10.5 o'clock, distortion at 3/4s, VERY little middle, no middle frequency, and High and Low set to the highest. (Just in case you got the pedal, but I think I'm the only one here.) I give this thing a 9/10 stars, I havent encountered any flaws with it.

Cost: 45$

Heres the site I bought it at (This is also the site I bought my guitar at. DONT BUY THE GUITARS!)
http://www.musiciansstorehouse.com/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Product_Code=FX100&Category_Code=AC1&Product_Count=18

And heres a picture
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UG's_Pagan
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#39
Allright, I can't find a picture, and I don't know how to post them because I'm really stupid when it comes to computers.


Tortex/Gator grip guitar picks

Made by Dunlop

Really Cheap, I never buy guitar picks though, I just walk in and steal about 12, but they're guitar picks, I mean how expensive can they be?


I love these picks. They are made out of a soft plastic, which is covered in a rough powdery film that gives it a really really nice grip. The softness of the pick reduces the clicking noises that can come up when you're shedding. My favourite are the 1.5 mm Gator grip(For lead) and the .5 mm Tortex (For rhythm)


I used to think guitar picks were all generic, with the three labels "Medium" "Light" and "Heavy," But if you've been playing guitar long egnough to know quality equipment when you use it, you should try these picks.
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Join date: Jun 2004
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Name of item: Danelectro Fab Tone

Who it is made by: Danelectro

Cost: Can't remember

Features: hella gain and scooped mids

Controls: Hi and Low EQ knobs, Volume, and Gain

Style of Music it Fits: Metal, Grunge, Punk to some extent

Why I Like it: This pedal gets a bad rep because it was marketed as a distortion pedal when it's really a fuzz box. Basically, it's the most out of control fuzz I've ever heard in my life. But what's really great about it is that its a really smooth, creamy fuzz rather than the chainsaw fuzz you get out of either a Big Muff or the Boss Metalzone pedal. This can emulate that "wall of guitars" sound that the early 90's bands used so much...be it Nirvana or the Smashing Pumpkins or any other metal band that's come after them. A lot of people think you have to get a Dual Rectifier to get that sound and they're dead wrong. This pedal takes a LOT of getting used to (I usually have to turn the bass all the way up and only barely open up the treble control) but once you've found your sound, you are totally set. With this pedal and an EQ pedal after it into a Fender HRD, I can GET a Dual Recifier's sound for less than half the price...I kid you not. A lot of boxes out there are so common they're becoming cliche, and I feel like I happened up a nifty little secret that nobody bothered looking for...and I feel a great deal of satisfaction knowing that I've got a rig that sounds like me out of the bargain.
Peace y'all,
Ben