Thursday, April 24, 2008

Ask Tone Freq... “How do I avoid tone-suckage when using pedals?”

Tone Freq,
I have a bunch of stock pedals I use in my rig and want to get a more pure sound without sacrificing the effects. I don’t want to deal with a bunch of loopers in order to get “true-bypass.” Do you have any suggestions?

Thanks,
Jim, Nashville TN




Jim,
In stead of explaining away what “tone sucking” is here’s a link if you really want to know the details: . Through the years I’ve found that you can help reduce the “tone sucking” effects of some non-true bypass pedals.

CABLES: One of the most cost effective ways you can improve your tone is getting good cables. I use George L’s cables for everything! They are a favorite among players and techs alike for their solderless plugs and have won practically every cable shoot-out for their low impedance, high capacitance and most importantly BANG for the BUCK!

CREATION AUDIO LABS: MK.4.23 Boost and Redeemer. The Redeemer circuit really brings out the clarity and tone of the guitar (I should have a review of the Redeemer soon). The Boost also has special circuitry that virtually removes impedance issues at the end of your pedalboard. For more details on the MK 4.23 Boost check out my review: http://geartrap.blogspot.com/2008/04/tone-freq-creation-audio-labs-mk423.html.

VISUAL SOUND: Use the Visual Volume (or any Visual Sound effect) in front of your pedals. The PURE TONE circuit brings everything to life and makes your guitar sound like it was plugged straight into the amp! Read more about Visual Sound’s PURE TONE: http://www.visualsound.net/faq.htm#12.

GOING BOUTIQUE - Getting Kelley Electronics or Analog Man to mod your stock pedals to make them true bypass might be an option for you as well. They also sell pre-modified pedals and offer original designed pedals to add to your collection.

Good luck!
Aljon “Tone Freq” Go



ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Aljon Go is considered to be a “pedal junkie” by his peers often asked for advice when building pedal boards. He toured the world with his award winning band Mink and was the artist relations/marketing pro for a musical accessory company. He currently spends his time bringing new and exciting tones to regional acts Jaux King, JonesWorld and Mister Happy. He is also host of the long running “Local Buzz” radio show in Nashville and product specialist for a leading guitar company. Freq’n out? E-mail Aljon: tonefreq(at)gmail(dot)com.

4 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

also check out the MXR/Custom Audio Electronics Boost/Linedriver pedal. it was designed by Bob Bradshaw specifically for bringing long signal chains back to life. and it's the only line boost i've found that can work perfectly and safely through an effects loop. and it is definitely 100% transparent, which i've never said about any other pedal in my life. this is an amazing pedal that everyone who has a pedalboard should own. and it's only $99.

yepyep.

adam
myspace.com/oadmadam

April 27, 2008 at 3:35 AM  
Blogger GearTrap said...

yea- good tip Adam. I've heard that's a good one too;
and we all know i love MXR!

April 27, 2008 at 9:24 PM  
Blogger Tone said...

Thanks for the tip Adam! If anyone at MXR would like for us to write a review about it or anything else please feel free to send us some samples!!! *L*

April 28, 2008 at 11:17 AM  
Blogger GearTrap said...

heh- yea seriously! lol!

we <3 MXR!!!

April 28, 2008 at 1:24 PM  

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