Wednesday, 8 October 2014

The Digitech Whammy is an amazing pedal, one heavily used by some of the most admired guitarists of all time. For me, it would be Dimebag Darrell of Pantera.

That being said, the Whammy is not an effect you want going all the time, it can be a bit piercing to the ears and overuse is very obvious. There's also a couple of effects like the deep chorusing effect or the dive bomb which are just borderline unusable - but the classic pitch shifting and harmony stuff is iconic.

I previously owned a Whammy IV, plus I've had a good go of other brands imitations such as the Morpheus Bomber. For me, the Whammy V feels like it's simply adding the more modern algorithm of a pedal like the Bomber to the original. Being able to switch between them is a welcome feature and instantly makes the Bomber a fairly pointless competitor.

Watch the video for more thoughts, and make sure your sound isn't up too loud.

Monday, 22 September 2014

DOD Bifet Boost 410 & Envelope Filter 440

Bifet Boost 


Envelope Filter

These are the third and fourth releases of the current new wave of DOD pedal reissues that Digitech are doing. The 410 is a really nice subtle boost, with a cool tone control that can add just that little extra presence bite to your sound OR add some low end thunder if you don't need to cut through more. I liked this one enough to want to add one to my board permanently as soon as funds will allow.

The 440 envelope filter probably isn't the most appropriate effect for guitar. It's cool and I can see it being used in some genres of music, but my guess is putting a bass guitar through it would be much more fun.

Both great pedals, and I'm looking forward to more DOD reissues (speaking of which, they just announced a 280 compressor - keep your eye on this space for a video as soon as I can get my hands on one).  The 410 and 440 are now available from Guitar Factory -

Monday, 15 September 2014

Kemper - 6505 Profile

Here's a profile I made with my Kemper this morning using my Peavey 6505 and Sennheiser MD 441-U mic. I'm quite happy with it for a quick one, sounds much more close-mic'd and has much more top end saturation than the LOOMIS 5150 III profile I've been using a lot of lately.

Tell me what you think Kemper users!

Throwback to my most popular gear demo videos!

As I plan out some more new videos... check out some of my older ones that are leading the charge in views.

(You can bet I would have done a better job with this one if I'd have known it was going to get over 7000 views!)

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Digitech Drop & Luxe Pedals

Here's a couple of videos for the newest offerings from Digitech - the Drop de-tuner and Luxe chorus pedal. Both lived up to my expectations.

I started with the Drop pedal. This one was always going to be interesting as I've previously covered pedals like the Morpheus DropTune pedal. I was a little bit skeptical about this one given how small it was but it definitely did not disappoint. I'll be the first person to tell you - this is by no means as good as just retuning and setting up your guitar properly, but it is super convenient if you only need go down half a step or a full step for a song and you don't want to bring an extra guitar.

Similarly to the DropTune, the further you go down - the more you notice your signal sounding very "digitally altered", but if you honestly expect it to sound like you just retuned your guitar you need to adjust your expectations. I think the quality is totally useable within about 2 whole steps down. The octave effect mode sounds really cool too.

The Luxe was my favourite of the two. I'm not a big chorus user but I do own an old Boss CE-2 and I love the sound of that pedal with a good clean amp tone. The Luxe sounded mesmerising with the knob turned to about 1 o'clock. I'm not as into the over-the-top sounds you get at either extreme of the knob but for a good standard luscious chorus sound this pedal delivers in spades.

First Blog Post

I'll be using this blog to provide written content for my videos instead of talking a lot in the actual videos. The feedback I've received over the year is fairly strongly indicative of most people just wanting to hear whatever I'm demoing and I guess this blog will provide a place where you can then go to read about my actual thoughts, as well as information about whatever it may be.

Here's the last few gear demos I have done and of course you can simply browse my YouTube channel from there. Please subscribe if you would like to follow along with what I do.