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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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Review: MXR Phase 90 (‘Block Logo’) Phaser

Phase is one of the lesser used effects nowadays. Heard a lot throughout the ’80s and early ’90s, it brings an unusual angle to the tone of the guitar and can liven up pretty much any sound at the click

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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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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 3: Power and Headroom

Hello and welcome to part four of my guide about all things amp! So far we have looked at the main differences between valve and solid state amps, as well as the different stages of guitar amplification. This post will

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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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Amplification Part 1: Different Kinds of Amplifiers

Hello and welcome to the first post in a series of articles tackling the most important thing in the history of guitar music since the invention of the guitar itself: the amplifier. In the following posts I will consider the

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Pedals Guide Part 5: Noise Gates and Extras

Part 1: Overdrive and Distortion Part 2: Compressors Part 3: Delay, Chorus and Flange Part 4: Phase and Wah Welcome to part five of my beginners’ guitar effects pedal guide! Its been fun, and I’ve considered a lot over the

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Pedals Guide Part 3: Delay, Chorus and Flange

Part three of my beginners guide to all things guitar effects is here, and this time we’re looking at modulation. If you find anything you read here at all interesting or useful, feel free to check out part one on

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