Monday, 24 November 2014

Mesa/Boogie Mark Five: 25 Demo

Got my hands on one of these to do a video with. Doesn't really do it justice (but do videos ever really do justice compared to standing in the room having your head blasted off?), but gives you a little insight. I think it's one of the best creations of recent years, really hits the mark in terms of what I've experienced customers and myself looking for.

25 watts is a good power level for a well designed tube amp, it's loud enough and has enough dynamic headroom to gig with or use at low level to rehearse with. The Mark Five: 25 is clearly geared for versatility with features like headphone output and CabClone DI output for the silent rehearsing/recording musician such as myself.

It also gives you access to true Mark Five tone and versatility at a price point that sits way under the flagship model, and in these times that goes a long way.

Check it out and feel free to comment if you want to ask me anything about it.

Friday, 7 November 2014

Absent Hours - Money Power Glory (Lana Del Ray Cover)

I did all the video work on this cover, check it out. Interested in doing more stuff like this.

I used mostly my 6D on a monopod, with some shots from a GoPro Hero 3 Silver and a 650D on a tripod.

Thursday, 6 November 2014

Back to it soon!

Apologies for the lack of content over the past month - I've been away experiencing Japan. It was mind blowing, especially for their musical instrument stores and the legendary ESP Custom Shop I was lucky enough to visit. I'll post up some photos as soon as I get to sorting through the couple thousand I have and then I'll get back to some more demo videos :)

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!)