Friday, February 12, 2010

Looking for Used Gear?

Who isn't, right? My good friend and former Gibson cohort Gabe Hernandez is some thing a used gear king. The guy buys and sells and has tons of awesome stuff. If you like trolling Ebay for killer deals, you want to hit gabe up to see what he's got. Tell him GearTrap sent ya...

Here's his contact info:

Gabe Hernandez

Friday, August 21, 2009

Nashville Amp Expo

Some good buddies of mine (Creation Audio Labs, Pedaltrain, etc.) will be putting together a killer amp show this weekend here in Nashville, The Nashville Amp Expo. A Flyer with more info can be found below:


(click on the flyer)

Stanton Adcock, WLPb 2.0 demo video

Check it out- from the WLPb 2.0 party... Stanton Adcock demoing CoreOne patch cables.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

World's Largest Pedalboard... AGAIN!

Well, we did it again. Last week and The Rutledge, here in Nashville we set a new world record for the World's Largest Pedalboard! 147 pedals!

A special thanks goes out to all of the sponsors and to everyone who helped make this possible!

Monday, June 29, 2009

World's Largest Pedalboard Party 2.0 Press Release

World's Largest Pedalboard Party 2.0 Updated Press Release

Contact: Kristen Hoetzel, Gopher Entertainment Group
Tel: 615-513-2856 - Email:

Nashville, Tennessee - 6/29/09 Radio personality Aljon Go and musician Jaux King are throwing a party to break last year’s record of the world’s largest pedal board while raising money and awareness for the National Kidney Foundation of Middle Tennessee.

Gopher Entertainment Group, and present The World’s Largest Pedalboard Party 2.0. The event will be held Thursday July 16, 2009 at The Rutledge. Party will feature performances from bands: Flight Case for Sushi, Philos and JonesWorld, Holy Crap and The Rust as well as guitar clinics from: Bart Walsh, Tony Pasko, Bryan Lionman, Stanton Adcock and more. Attendees will have a chance to meet the manufactures and partners. There will also be a silent auction of various guitar accessories donated by event partners benefiting the National Kidney Foundation of Middle Tennessee.

Nashville guitarists/bloggers Aljon Go and Jaux King recently made plans to build, operate and claim the record for the world’s largest pedalboard. On June 18, 2008 they both, set the world’s record. Guitarists from novice to professional generally use several guitar pedals (electronic devices giving them different sounds like Hendrix’s fuzz or U2’s Edge echo) to craft their own signature tones. Having generated a buzz through viral marketing, comments are flooding in from guitarists all over the world. Event organizer, Aljon Go mentions, “It started out as a laugh. Now it’s become a reality. I just wanted to push the technology as far as it could go and see how insane it can get. This extraordinary pedalboard is far from practical, but every pedal is operational. This has become a celebration of the advancements in guitar technology and innovation. It will be a great party. What a great time to be a guitarist!”

The World’s Largest Pedalboard Party will be held at The Rutledge, 410 4th Ave. South, Nashville Thursday July 16th. Doors will open at 6 p.m., is “smoke-free” and an 18 and up event. The silent auction and music starts at 7 p.m. Admission is $7/ $5 with NAMM badge. The event is presented by Gopher Entertainment Group. Companies interested in donating products for the charity event and silent auction should contact Kristen Hoetzel. Deadline for inclusion is July 10. For more information please contact Kristen Hoetzel, Gopher Entertainment Group - (615) 513-2856.

The National Kidney Foundation of Middle Tennessee is a voluntary health organization. It seeks to prevent kidney and urinary tract diseases, improve the health and well-being of individuals and families affected by these diseases, and increase the availability of all organs for transplantation. Currently there are more than 107,000 people on the waiting list for an organ. Of those 78,000 are waiting for a kidney. To learn more about the National Kidney Foundation of Middle Tennessee and its programs, please visit:

There are several partners that have made this event possible. Partners include, GearTrap,com, Pedaltrain, Visual Sound, Creation Audio Labs, George L’s Musical Products, D’ Addario/Planet Waves, CoreX2/Bullet Cable, Eventide, Retro-Sonic/Vintage Vibes, Mad Professor Amps and Effects, Bourns, Farley’s Music Essentials/ Mighty Bright Music Lights, Music Connection Magazine, Vox, Kramer Guitars, Peterson Tuners, Keeley Electronics, T-Rex Engineering and Dungeon Promotions. For more information on these partners please visit their websites.

Gopher Entertainment Group, a Nashville artist/event consulting agency is run by Kristen Hoetzel. GEG has organized and promoted events such as the Save the Predators concert and benefit; Rock the Vote concerts, My Space Mixers, National Kidney Foundation benefits and the annual Local Buzz Rock Awards.

Thursday, June 25, 2009 Features WLPb 2.0

Our good friend Gabe Hernandez has written a smashing piece on the World's Largest Pedalboard 2.0 on You can check it out HERE.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

MXR Bass Octave

New Bass Octave from MXR!

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

WLPb 2.0 Ad Running in Music Connection Magazine

Here's an ad that will be running in Music Connection Magazine. We thank Music Connection for their support of this World Record breaking event!

The World's Largest Pedalboard Party 2.0 will be held at The Rutledge, 410 4th Ave. South, Nashville Thursday July 16th. Doors will open at 6 p.m., is "smoke-free" and an 18 and up event. The silent auction starts and music starts at 7 p.m. Admission is $7/$5 with NAMM badge. The event is presented by, and Gopher Entertainment Group and benefits the National Kidney Foundation of Middle Tennessee.


Monday, June 15, 2009


In July, Electro-Harmonix will be releasing a new line of pedals, one of which will be the "POG 2". Below is a video that is not exactly a "demo", but it will give you an idea of some of the cool sounds this thing can make.

Sunday, June 14, 2009

BOSS FRV-1 Fender Reverb

BOSS/Roland has announced the FRV-1 Fender Reverb pedal as the latest in their line of COSM tone modeling effects. I'm interested to see how this puppy sounds. It sure looks cool!

From the Roland/BOSS website:

A classic reborn — the legendary sound of the 1963 Fender® Spring Reverb returns as a modern stompbox. BOSS and Fender® USA have collaborated to create the FRV-1, a stunning recreation of the legendary ’63 Fender® Reverb via COSM technology. The FRV-1 puts that timeless tube-driven reverb sound under your foot in a tough, reliable compact pedal.

A Timeless Classic — the Fender® ReverbThe original '63 Fender® Spring Reverb is the sound that launched the surf-music phenomenon, and is a staple of rockabilly, country, and blues. Later, it became commonplace in grunge and other modern genres. Now the same legendary sound can be had in an affordable, rugged compact pedal.

* Recreates the legendary sound of the 1963 Fender® Reverb via COSM technology
* Easy operation with three classic controls for Dwell, Tone, and Mixer for creating sounds from buttery warmth to sparkling twang
* Cool, retro appearance
* Road-tough BOSS metal construction

Click the Photo for the Product Page:


Saturday, June 13, 2009

WLPb 2.0 Sponsors Announced

This year, GearTrap contributor Aljon "Tone Freq" Go has begun putting together a fantastic list of sponsors for this year's World's Largest Pedalboard event. The list below is made of of some of biggest gear companies in the world and we are proud to have them involved. Also, this year's event will be a benefit for the National Kidney Foundation. Please check out the companies listed below!

National Kidney Foundation of Middle TN
Visual Sound
George L’s
Creation Audio Labs
Mad Professor
Core Products
Bullet Cable
Music Connection Magazine
Gopher Entertainment Group
Tonefreq Blog
Mighty Brite

WLPb 2.0 is scheduled to take place during Summer NAMM here in Nashville on July 16th at The Rutledge. If you'll be in Nashville for NAMM, please make sure to be there!

Friday, June 12, 2009

WLPb 2.0

Yes, we're doing it again... (and the internet haters around the world let out a collective groan).

World's Largest Pedalboard is coming back to Nashville this summer. More details will be coming very soon, so keep your eyes on GearTrap!

Thursday, June 11, 2009 Revived

We have our domain back! You may resume using ""... ... ... now.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Korg DS-10

So lately, GearTrap posts have been few and far between. I've had a lot going on work-wise and I'm finally hoping to get back into posting a little more regularly. As I'll be posting more regularly, I'm going to begin making my posts a little more informal and not so "newsroomish". That said, loosen your ties and enjoy...

Korg DS-10: it's not what you might think. It's not a keyboard or a pedal, it's a video game! It's pretty cool too. I first heard about it on the HCFX (Harmony Central Effects) forum. It's available on the Nintendo DS and is actually somewhat rare, although not impossible to find. I saw a copy several months ago in the local mall. I passed on it at the time and didn't see it again for a while. Recently though, I saw it again and jumped. I paid $30.00 for it which is pretty standard for a DS game.


Essentially, DS-10 allows the user to create music using synth/drum sequencers. It also has a Kaoss pad function as well, but it's not like having an actual Kaoss pad on hand. Using the sequencers, you can play around and create different sounds and patch effects together. It seems that there is also save capability which says to me that you could call up previous files. Cool.

Here are some videos:

Monday, May 25, 2009

GearTrap Mourns the Loss of George L. Lewis

In case you haven't heard, the gear world has lost a true pioneer. Mr. George L. Lewis passed away Friday here in Nashville. George L's is a fantastic company full of amazing individuals and we want them to know that they are in our thoughts and prayers. Below is a great write from Premier Guitar that will fill you in on the great life of George L. Lewis...

[Courtesy of Premier Guitar]

Madison, TN (May 23, 2009) -- Premier Guitar is sad to announce that George L. Lewis, industry pioneer and founder of George L's, has passed away. He died Friday afternoon with his family by his side.

Lewis founded George L's more than 30 years ago, introducing the world to the notion that high-quality cables are an important part of good tone. A pioneer in making high-end instrument cables available to a broad range of musicians, George L's was one of the first companies to offer low-capacitance, easy-to-use cable kits. Lewis had also been part-owner of GHS String Co. and Sho-bud Steel Guitar. He was a great influence in the steel guitar community.

Lewis kept George L's a family business with the help of wife Mona and daughters Kim and Lisa. The company is known for a warm, family-style ethos that imbues all aspects of its operations; anyone who visits the company's NAMM booth or telephones the office is greeted with gracious hospitality.

Prior to his work in the musical instruments industry, Lewis served his country on the USS West Virginia and survived the Pearl Harbor attack.

Thursday, March 26, 2009 Temporarily Out of Service

In case you haven't noticed, we are having some trouble with our domain. As such, until further notice please refer directly to:

Sorry for any inconvenience!

Monday, March 16, 2009

NEWS FREQ: Dunlop Re-Introduces Way Huge Effects Pedals

Way Huge effects are back in a huge way. The new Way Huge website is up and takes you through Mr. Huge’s dingy laboratory with all kinds of secrets for you to discover. Dunlop has resurrected this brand in cooperation with Way Huge founder Jeorge Tripps and is bringing these hugely popular pedals back to the masses. The first pedals to arise from the lab are the Pork Loin Soft Clip Injection Overdrive, Swollen Pickle MKII Jumbo Fuzz, and the Fat Sandwich Harmonic Saturator Distortion all available now.

For more information, visit: or

Freq’n out? E-mail Aljon: tonefreq(at)gmail(dot)com.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

NEWS FREQ: The Gibson “Camp Fire?” Robot Acoustic Guitar Surfaces

Gibson has been busy perfecting its next generation Robot (self-tuning) Guitar the Dark Fire. It has been a practical tool for electric guitarists who love that classic Les Paul shape. There is some good news for the acoustic fans out there. It seems that inventor Chris Adams has been working on a Robot Acoustic that uses the master control knob of the Dark Fire!

I suggest calling it the “Camp Fire.”

I’m serious.

Check out the video link below.



Freq’n out? E-mail Aljon: tonefreq(at)gmail(dot)com.

Monday, March 9, 2009

PREVIEW: Liquid METAL Guitars

Phil Cook, Owner of Liquid Metal Guitars talks about his guitars and company.

We build exceptional guitars. We build metal bodied guitars, that are either chrome, machined etched surface treatment or Harley Davidson candy paints for a look that is brilliant and bright and unique and cool. The one you are looking at now is our chromed beauty, the M1 T.V. Jones Premium.

And on top of the look the sound is exceptional. We have found ways to make absolutely incredible sound. Nothing you have to get used to, just better cleaner, clearer sound. In all of our guitars we use custom pickup sets designed for us by T.V. Jones, Lindy Fralin and soon Joe Barden, some of the highest regarded boutique pick up designers in the business. They have taken their skill and built pickups sets exclusively for the qualities and dynamics of our metal bodies. And we can put it all in the hands of a player at the same price as most custom guitars.

Over the years, we have figured out what works best for sound in the body of the guitar, we have come up with a proprietary widths and thicknesses, that has the best sustainability and dynamics. We have learned how to cut the body to the approximate shape and weight we needed, at a cost that is acceptable, we learned a ton of tricks.

The hand polishing and smoothing is still one man, one wheel and time, the aluminum smoothed, sanded to a 1200 finish for chrome or gold but worth it in the end. The surfaces are smooth and glossy, just like liquid metal. That’s what I kept telling everyone, remember, we are liquid metal, that is what we are after, liquid metal. The by-line is that we do things exclusive to metal not something you can duplicate in wood.

When we started years back I went out to look and see if there was anyone doing this same thing, no there wasn’t, not out of a solid block of aluminum. ( Interestingly, Apple in their new notebook is using clamshells made the same way as what we do, machined out of a single block of aircraft aluminum, Apple Design, because of the integrity of metal. )

I was really encouraged when I found some serious instrument makers in the past had done cellos and violins out of aluminum and had excellent results. that told me there had to be some great sound qualities.

I read about John Veleno and how he had made an aluminum guitar that really caught the attention of marquis players in the late 60’s and 70's. What really set me off was this Harley Davidson Strat, chromed Strat, at the big music store here. Loved the chrome look, that just nailed it for us, it was breathtakingly cool and they had a price tag on it of $45,000 , no kidding, $45,000. We knew we could do it for just a bit less, just a bit.

BODY: A solid block of aluminum alloy is machined to our proprietary thickness. This is the thickness that we found in our researching and prototyping to have the best qualities for sound. The guitar is hollowed out, but plays as a solid body guitar.The chromed body is 17 " long from the tip of the top horn to the back, 13 1/2 " at the widest body point, with a 7 3/4" waist. The guitar weighs 9.75 lbs.

NECK: Ebony fingerboard with 22 frets and 25 1/2" scale, 1.71" wide @ nut, 2.22" wide @ 22nd fret. Graphite nut which incorporates Teflon and match the grooves to each guitar's intonation. This makes the guitar exceptionable playable. A diamond ground fingerboard is accurate to within one thousandth of an inch for super low string action. Hard alloy precision medium jumbo frets are .103 wide and .048 tall. The neck is painted black, with three coats of black paint then seven thin coats of clear, that is wet sanded and buffed after each coat. Tuners Gotoh's six in line mini - tuners, are beautiful to look at and a dream to use, with an 18:1 ratio. The tuners have unique permanent Lubri-Plateâ„¢ coating on the gears assures consistent lubrication without grease, for smoother tuning. Gotoh's new Rock-Solid string posts eliminate looseness for better tuning stability, they stay in tune

PICKUPS: TV Jones LMG powertrons. Tom used a thicker, higher pole piece to take advantage of the sustaining qualities of our metal.

PRICE: $3600 USA. Includes deluxe hardshell case.


Freq’n out? E-mail Aljon: tonefreq(at)gmail(dot)com.

Monday, March 2, 2009

NEWS FREQ: Z.Vex Pedals Stolen at NAMM

Z.Vex Effects is offering six pedals from his line as a reward to anyone who helps catch and successfully prosecute the thieves who stole several pedals from his booth at the Winter NAMM show.

According to an article posted on Premier Guitar the pedals were stolen mid-afternoon on Friday, January 16. One of the stolen pedals was a prototype of the company's new Distortion pedal. The pedal differs from normal production models in that it does not have a Z.Vex logo on the back edge (facing away from the player), and has a Production Prototype sticker on the bottom. It is the only production unit in U.S. circulation until late March or early April of this year. It also does not have a serial number. The other stolen pedal was the Seek Trem pictured below. It has the initials of the painter HMH on the front edge and serial number C097 on the bottom.

For more information, click to:

Freq’n out? E-mail Aljon: tonefreq(at)gmail(dot)com.