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The Best Distortion Pedals

Distortion is such a widely used effect that practically every single pedal manufacturer produces at least three different kinds.  Useful for every genre from country to metal, no guitarist’s rig could ever be considered complete without one.  While there are

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Differences Between Tubes and Transistors: Why Valve Amps Wipe the Floor with Solid States

VS Musicians and sound engineers alike often comment on the differences between resultant audio when processed by tube amps and transistor-based alternatives. While this issue is a long-running debate, with much support on both sides, it is generally accepted that

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Baroni Lab: Great Boutique Effects Pedals

When I started this blog the idea was to provide an online resource, as comprehensive as possible, which musicians old and new could use as a reference for equipment setups, effects and amplifier explanations and reviews of some common products

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Review: Electro-Harmonix Big Muff Pi Distortion Pedal

Back in ’69, the Electro-Harmonix guys hit on something huge when they developed their first Big Muff prototypes. Based on the concept of long sustain with creamy distortion – a ‘violin’ tone – some of the very first units were

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Review: Ibanez Tube Screamer Overdrive (TS808 Reissue)

When Ibanez released the tube screamer guitar overdrive pedal, I bet they never would have thought that it would eventually become one of the most revered overdrives of all time. Used by a great number of professional players over the

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Review: Boss DS-1 Distortion Pedal

Distortion is one of the most popular effects for electric guitar players, and a necessity for anyone who wants to play rock, metal and heavier blues rock. It takes the clean tone of your guitar and clips the signal in

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Bring the Noise: Amp Overdrive or Effects Pedals

Rock music is one of those genres which benefits a lot from a good distorted tone, whether it’s rhythm guitar riffs or in-your-face all out soloing, cleans are just not strong enough for this style. That being said though, not

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Amps and Effects: Putting It All Together

So, let’s say that you have a decent tube amp that’s the perfect size for your regular gig, and a great set of pedals to put into a board. What’s the next step? Unfortunately, there are many ‘wrong’ ways to

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Amplification Part 2: Pre Amp and Power Amp

As touched upon in part one of my guitar amplification guide, one important thing to understand about guitar amps is the difference between the pre amp and power amp stages. A good understanding of the stages of an amp will

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