Thursday, July 31, 2008

TONE FREQ REVIEW – Visual Sound V2 Double Trouble

I have been a huge fan of Visual Sound pedals ever since I tried the H20 (chorus/delay) years ago. Since then Visual Sound pedals have been a staple on my pedal boards. After hearing about the new line of V2 pedals of course I had to jump on one and hear it for myself.

I’ve always liked the Tubescreamer for its musical rich distortion. If you play classic rock, pop or blues it should have a permanent home in your setup, in my humble opinion.This pedal would even make the greatest of Texas guitar slingers gleam with pride and joy! The Double Trouble is designed by head honcho/creator Bob Weil and engineer extraordinaire R.G. Keen to better than your ordinary Tubescreamer 808 clone. By popular demand of fans of their Route 66 and Jekyll & Hyde pedals they have put two of their overdrive sections together. You can get a wide array of tones from this bad-boy. From clean boost, to nice creamy Texas and May-like sing-song saturation the Double Trouble delivers.

What I dig about this pedal is the versatility. The range of tones is great. The bass boost ads some welcomed girth. If you are playing through a single 12 it makes it sound like you are playing through a 2x12. If you are playing through a 2x12 you grab some of that 4x12 response. The fact that you can activate both channels independently is great – as if you gained three more channels on your amp! The drive and tone controls are very responsive and cleverly protected from unwanted adjustments by the new contoured back. The V2 line of upgrades includes a new embossed foot switch designed to last 10-million foot stomps. The new baseball mound diecast aluminum chassis has also been redesigned to reduce the footprint by 20% - more room for more pedals! The battery access door has also been redesigned for easy access. The jacks are also hand wired onto the circuit board so if you step on a plug wrong the pedal will still work.

If you are looking for a more aggressive metal type of grind this pedal is not for you. If you are looking to get more out of a TS-808 then look no further the Double Trouble has found you!

VERDICT: AWESOME!

TONE FREQ RECOMMENDED!

High points: tonal versatility, bass boost on both channels

Low points: None

Visual Sound V2 Double Trouble pedal features:

Overdrive circuits from Jekyll & Hyde and Route 66 pedals
Dual drive, tone, and volume controls
Bass boost
Easy-access battery door
Optional AC power
Heavy-duty die-cast aluminum housing

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See it in action!


Check out www.visualsound.net for more info!

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


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 and JonesWorld. 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.

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

YouTube Video of the Day: Fulltone TTE

What is My Silverface Worth?

Here is some great info on how to read Fender amp serials. Check it out!

gablog

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

They're Bringin' Leslie back... YEP!

Hammond Suzuki USA is bringing back the classic Leslie rotary amplifier. Two models are available: the G37 (which includes a built-in 100-watt amp) and the G27 (which can be used in tandem with your out board amp). This reissue is certain to harken back the classic Leslie days of the 60's, but with very cool difference- this one is made specifically for guitar! Very cool.


www.hammondorganco.com

Saturday, July 26, 2008

Tone Freq's TONE TIP: Tone King Amplifier Company Inc.

Tone King Amplifier Company of Baltimore Maryland and designer Mark Bartel specialize in recreating classic American “Blackface” tones of the 50’s and 60’s. Hand-crafting every amp with the best American made materials and the finest workmanship possible they just ooze vibe! For you retro buffs I submit the Imperial. This amp has been a favorite for pros and tone aficionados for their art deco looks, era correct tone and splashy reverb. The Meteor II builds on the vintage tone and adds more beef, presence and a bias adjustment that is quick and easy that you could do it yourself. The cabinets are also well designed with custom made speakers. Custom wraps and grill cloths are also available to further your own customizing options.
Check out www.toneking.com for more info!


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www.toneking.com


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

Marshall at NAMM

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Gibson's Good Wood

Here is a link to an interesting article regarding the history Gibson's ES-175 and ES-295. You'll get a little insight into Gibson's post-WWII plans and how the advent of 175 and 295 played a part in it. Enjoy!

Good Wood!!!

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Vox Anniversary Series: AC-15

Many of you are probably familiar with the latest cool amp to come out of the shops of UK based amp company VOX. The anniversary AC-15 sports what I believe may be the most beautiful look for an amplifier I've ever seen. Sweet sounding hand-wired circuitry is housed in a gorgeous oiled mahogany cabinet. The AC15LTD is a two channel throw-back tone machine. To say it OOZES vibe doesn't begin to cover it. The amp features 15 watts of EL-84-tube-driven Class A power, pushing a VOX/Celestion Alnico Blue 12" speaker. The cabinet itself is roughly 12" tall by 11" deep. The increased cabinet space adds to the excellent low end response of this gem. With the help of a wattage switch, the 15 watts can easily be dropped to 7-1/2 giving the tone added smoothness on the top end. Channel 1 is a '58 style EF86 design and Channel 2 is a '63 VOX Top-Boost. If the combined tonal variety offered by the two channels is any indication, this amp is no one trick pony.

www.voxamps.co.uk

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

YouTube Video of the Day: Demeter Fuzzulator

Clean Strings

Cleaning your strings has never been easier...

GearHead's 12 Step Program Part 3: Distortion

Distortion, Overdrive, and Fuzz- This may be my favorite group of effects. The gain boosters are an interesting lot. Guitarists around the globe often credit their signature sounds to members of this family. Let’s start with Distortion. Distortion pedals clip your signal on the front end of the amp causing the loud, heavy tones we all love. A few of my favorite distortion pedals include the BOSS DS-1, the Visual Sound Jekyll and Hyde (V2), and the Boss Metal Zone. The DS-1 is pure distortion. It’s the point where distortion starts. It’s a great pedal for you beginners because not does it sound good, but it’s inexpensive too! You can pick up a new DS-1 for about $40 and a used one for closer to $20. The Metal Zone continues the fine BOSS tradition of killer tones by taking distortion over the top. This is as great a pedal for the metalheads as it is for the classic rocker that needs a serious boost in gain. The Visual Sound Jekyll and Hyde’s “Hyde” channel is also up there on the list of great boxes. J&H offers not only a smokin’ distortion channel, but also a very smooth, TS 808 inspired overdrive channel, but we’ll get to that in a minute. Hyde can truly pummel the weak with a wall of distortion that absolutely will not quit. Additionally, Hyde houses his own noise suppression circuit which is one reason this guy get the award for versatility. These are a few classics that I’ve owned and I can tell you that they rule. Some other, classic distortions include the ProCo Rat, MXR’s Distortion+ (as used by Randy Rhodes), and the Bionix Expandora. Another pedal recently reviewed here on GearTrap that I feel is well worth mentioning is the RockTron Metal Planet Distortion- very very sick.

Monday, July 21, 2008

Tone Freq’s LINK OF THE WEEK – Catalinbread Guitar Effects

Big things sometimes come in small packages. Just ask the peeps at Catalinbread Specialized Mechanisms of Music. Sure the company name sounds like a bakery mixed with a high-end car company, however I guarantee you that they are baking up something real special. Their boutique effects cover a nice variety of distortions, overdrives, boosts and tremolo pedals. They are unique in size with most of their core offerings measuring 3.642”x1.516” (slightly larger than a 9 volt battery). They also have very unique graphics to give it tons of vibe. Their website has video demos they lovingly call “pedal porn” – just what I need to distract me at work! You can even purchase the pedals on-line starting at roughly $120. I hope to chat with the company soon and get more information on their company and thought behind the pedals. In the meantime check out the new “little guy” on the block!

www.catalinbread.com

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"Tone Freq" Aljon Go


Freq’n out? Found a cool link? E-mail Aljon: tonefreq(at)gmail.com

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Effects Explained: Filter and EQ

Here is some more effects info from Gibson.com:

Effects Explained

Friday, July 18, 2008

Gibson's Les Paul Standard '08

Gibson has gone to the trouble of improving what we all thought was "un-improvable"- The Les Paul Standard. Alas- they've done it and here's the skinny:

Gibson's Les Paul Standard '08

PREVIEW: New Gretsch models from Summer NAMM!

G6130 Knotty Pine Roundup Limited Release

As rare as they come! Back in the mid 1950's the folks at the Gretsch® factory thought it would be a great idea to utilize the unique visual characteristics of knotty pine wood on a guitar. And if that wasn’t enough, they fused an actual ‘western’ belt buckle to the tailpiece for additional cowboy mojo. These rare original 6130 Knotty Pine guitars built during the Gretsch Brooklyn, New York era fetch major dollars on today’s vintage market. Now offered for the first time in limited quantities in over 50 years is the G6130 Knotty Pine Roundup! You'll want to holler, "Yee-haa! Gitty-up!" when you gaze upon the arched book-matched knotty pine top with engraved 'G' brand western leather bound body, graced with the infamous western buckle tailpiece and steer head pickguard. You may even start wearing spurs when you see the detail of the cacti, fences and steer heads engraved on the block pearloid fretboard inlays and steer head on the headstock. Like the originals, "That Great Gretsch Sound" is produced by the combination of DynaSonic™ pickups and a Synchro-Sonic™ bridge floating on a one piece chambered mahogany body.

G6129BZ Billy Zoom Custom Shop Tribute Silver Jet

Nice Guy...Punk Legend! The image of Billy Zoom on stage with his wide legged stance, satisfied grin and vintage Gretsch® Silver Jet™ guitar is well documented in the annals of American punk rock lore. A co-founder of the band, "X" from Los Angeles, California in the late ‘70s during a time when pop culture was undergoing a radical change, what started as a small underground cult following quickly grew to international radio airplay and sold-out packed venues around the globe. The unmistakable playing style and tones generated from Billy's guitar rig has been a potent ingredient to the overall sound that has helped sustain the band’s career for more than thirty years. In honor of his longevity in the world music community and contribution to the legacy of Gretsch guitars, we are very proud to offer the G6129BZT Billy Zoom Tribute Silver Jet guitar.

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For more information, please visit: www.gretschguitars.com


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

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Six String Bliss Podcast

After making Six String Bliss a “Tone Freq’s LINK OF THE WEEK” a couple of weeks ago PT & Pipes gives GearTrap.com a shout-out in podcast #112! Check it out for FREE on iTunes or their website www.sixstringbliss.com. They also have a contest going on to give a pass to a lucky listener a pass to Winter NAMM ’09! Sweet! Thanks for the love guys!

www.sixstringbliss.com

“Tone Freq” Aljon Go

GuitarLifestyle.com

Here's a new blog I've found- Guitar Lifestyle. It's a great blog and the blogger, Josh was nice enough to give us a shout out. Thanks Josh!

Guitar Lifestyle

Tone Freq’s LINK OF THE WEEK – CV Guitars

The folks at CV Guitars have made a name for themselves by modding Gibson Les Paul’s, selling vintage gear and upgraded/aged hardware. Their work is impeccable and the pictures they take of every modded guitar will get you drooling. If you are chasing the LP tone of the legendary Peter Green check out those custom LP’s and pickups! Do yourself another favor and check out their Faber Tone-lock Bridge, tail-piece system and compensated wrap-around tail-pieces. Those upgraded parts are guaranteed to increase tone and sustain or your money back. Easy sell in my book!

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www.cvguitars.com


"Tone Freq" Aljon Go

Freq’n out? Found a cool link? E-mail Aljon: tonefreq(at)gmail.com

YouTube Video of the Day: World's Largest... Guitar?!

Gibson's Latest Custom Shop Signature Series Models

Here is a link to some of the new Gibson Custom Shop Artist Signature Series. Having spent some time at this year's "Gibson Custom Summer Jam", I can tell you that there are some very cool things coming out the Custom Shop these days. Check it out!

Gibson Custom Signatures

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Premier Guitar Magazine Interview

Here is a link to the afore mentioned Premier Guitar Magazine Interview- CHECK IT OUT!


Premier Guitar Magazine

Fender's Elvis Costello Signature Jazzmaster

Last week, we told you about the highly anticipated Billy Corgan Strat, coming soon from Fender. This week, I'll direct your attention to a more readily available model that happens to be a part of Fender's 2008 Jazzmaster 5oth Anniversary: the Elvis Costello Jazzmaster. The Costello features an early 70's neck design, walnut satin finish, and a tremolo. The ax is designed after the guitar used by Elvis on his debut breakthrough record "My Aim is True". It's out now and can be had for an MSRP of $2,149.99.

www.fender.com

ModTone Effects Pedals

Here is a cool and colorful find: The ModTone Effects line. Produced by ModTone Effects/SHS International, the ModTone line is comprised of five boxes: the Speedbox Distortion, Dyno-Drive Overdrive, Aqua Chorus, Vintage Analog Delay, and Atomic Phaser. Each pedal features a steel enclosure, "air-craft quality" switches, and ultra high-quality jacks. Good stuff!

www.modtone-effects.com

Monday, July 14, 2008

Video of the Day- LoveTone Doppleganger

Jaux Interview With PremierGuitar.com

I recently did an interview with PremierGuitar.com, so be on the look out for that. Adam, Becca, Joe, and everyone at Premier Guitar are super cool people and, it's safe to say, produce one of the coolest guitar mags out there. I'll have a link up to PG.com as soon as it becomes available.

Friday, July 11, 2008

How to Get the Zakk Wylde Tone

Here is a cool piece from Gibson (they're full of cool stuff today) regarding Zakk Wylde tone in Guitar Rig- what it is, how to get it, and why penicillin won't kill it...

Zakk Wylde Tone

GearTrap featured on the Cover of UpBeat Magazine!

GearTrap and photos of the World's Largest Pedalboard were featured on the cover of "UpBeat Magazine" on June, 20th. UpBeat is the official publication of the NAMM show and managed to make it out to the WLPb party to snap a few shots of the board and some of the party goers including the one and only Seymour Duncan!

Effects Explained: Delay and Reverb

Here is the continuation of Gibson.com's "Effects Explained" series.

Gibson's Effects Explained

Thursday, July 10, 2008

World Record Academy Sanctions WLPb!!!

It's official- GearTrap holds the world's record for the World's Largest Pedalboard! World Record Academy has sanctioned WLPb and we are very grateful to them! We're still working on Guinness as well as some other WLPb ideas! Stay tuned!

Click the seal to see it!

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Seymour Duncan SH-15 Alt 8 Pickup

Our good friends at Seymour Duncan have responded to the demand for heavier guitar tones with this beauty- the SH-15 Alternative 8 pickup. What sets this bad boy apart from the rest of the dogs in the pack is its use of an Alnico 8 (yes- you read that right –an 8) magnet as a means to present full mids and present upper mids… delish… the Alt 8’s coils are wound in such a way that the pickup gets along great with high-gain amps. With Vacuum wax potting and included mounting hardware, what’s not to love?



SeymourDuncan.com

Blackheart BH1H Killer Ant

This one’s a bit of a head-scratcher. First off, Blackheart is the hottest new amp company out there. Pytor Belov, formerly of Gibson/Epiphone (and the head engineer in charge of designing the Valve Jr. and other Valve series amps) is one of the purveyors of Blackheart. In taking the general idea of a low-wattage, no frills amp and adding a three band EQ (Bass, Mid, Treble of course) to the mix, Blackheart threw down the proverbial gauntlet to other companies, blazing a trail to the next step in affordable, low-wattage amps. The BH1H Killer Ant becomes a head-scratcher in that it seems like a step backward. Those of you who are a little more savvy than I am when it comes to spec planning- feel free to educate me, but it seems a little odd; especially now, with Epiphone’s new Valve Sr. and Valve Jr. Mod coming soon. It should be noted that the BH1H pumps out at or below 1 watt, so this post completely pointless, but what else is new???

At any rate, the BH1H seems like a great piece- small (even for a head of this type) and extremely portable. Being that it is so low wattage, it would seem that this is geared a little more towards the bedroom jam/practice sect of players. I must admit though, I’d love to see Nigel Tufnel take the stage in front of a wall of these puppies… classic.


www.blackhearteng.com

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

PREVIEW: Billy Corgan Stratocaster

On of the founding fathers of 90’s grunge has teamed up with Fender to produce the Billy Corgan Stratocaster. Channel the Smashing Pumpkins sound with the following unique features.

Billy Corgan Signature Pickups by DiMarzio®
Satin Nitrocellulose Lacquer Body Finish
White Plastic Parts
Large ‘70s Style Headstock Shape
Large ‘70s Style Headstock Logo
Original Body Shape
“Original Contour Body” Decal on Headstock

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For more information, please visit: Fender.com

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

Eco-Pickups: Lace Alumitone

The good people at Lace, with the environment in mind, have introduced a new series of pickups- the Alumitone. I happened across the bass models in a MI industry magazine. Spec wise, it’s a current-driven system and employs two separate pickups for the high and low strings. No longer is there any need for the traditional “bucking” set up. As mentioned, the Alumitone series uses special construction techniques to ensure a minimal carbon footprint. Among these techniques is the use of 95-percent less copper wiring (wow) than most other standard designed pickups. Also, the fact that the exoskeleton is made of recyclable aluminum offers a faster attack and higher fidelity.



LaceMusic.com

Tone Freq’s LINK OF THE WEEK – Six String Bliss

Guitarists PT and Pipes wanted to share the information they learned as well as create an online guitar community! With podcast gaining popularity they found this to be the perfect media. Six-String Bliss was born. Six-String bliss (6SB) is a weekly guitar related podcast. Every week features a Guitarist of the week as well as other topics. PT and Pipes give you a candid look at the world of guitars. Sometimes it is a new gear review; sometimes it is instruction on how to change a guitar string. One thing remains though, it is a guitar podcast.


www.sixstringbliss.com


"Tone Freq" Aljon Go


Freq’n out? Found a cool link? E-mail Aljon: tonefreq(at)gmail.com

Monday, July 7, 2008

Gibson Double Cut Longhorn

Here's some info on the Gibson "Guitar of the Month" for July. The Double cut longhorn has some very cool features and is definitely worth a look!

Check it Out!

Gibson Longhorn Double Cut

Sunday, July 6, 2008

TONE FREQ REVIEW – Rocktron Utopia G300

Until now Utopia was a term used to describe the perfect society. Now the folks at Rocktron use it for their newest line of multi-effects processors. The Rocktron Utopia G300 is the latest of these processors to bare the Utopia name and it comes damn near close to perfect!

This tough-as-nails unit is as heavy and durable as it looks. After opening the box you get the feel that it was made for the road and tons of punishment. The all-metal chassis protect the Motorola 24 bit DSP Engine with AKM Converters. In layman’s terms the thing sounds kick-ass! There are 64 factory preset sounds and 64 user presets for a total of 128 presets. They sound amazing and down right inspiring, however the beauty lies in creating your own signature tones.

If you are a fan of multi-effects processors the Utopia G300 will be a breeze to operate. I especially like the nice blue easy to read display. Not only can you give whole names to your presets but you can easily see it on a dimly lit stage! (Perfect for cover/tribute bands who name patches with song titles.) If you are more of an individual pedal person you can also use the buttons on the G300 as individual on/off effects switches. Channel selections include: Clean, Texas, British and Mega. Pre-effects include wah, phaser and compressor. Post effects include chorus, flanger, pitch shift, tremolo, delay and reverb. The “treadle” (expression pedal) has been upgraded (from the G100) with a toe switch so you can get that classic wah feel. When activated a blue LED will light up letting you know the treadle has been engaged. You also get Rocktron exclusives like a state-of-the-art Speaker Simulator (for excellent recording), Variac (tube sag emulation) and HUSH noise reduction.

VERDICT: KILLER!
The unit kicks ass. I’ve played gigs with this thing and it sounds incredible! At one rehearsal our other guitarist’s rig went down. I lent him my amp while I played directly out of the G300 into the PA. After a couple of easy “global changes” I was rocking out using the built-in amp sim! The cool blue display is great and it rocks even more in the dark since the buttons and numbers also glow in the dark – nice touch. The unit is easy to use right out of the box with killer presets. Unlike the G100 the G300 does have a built-in harmonic tuner. Unlike other tuners where you can just pluck the open string and have it register on the display the harmonic tuner must register a 12th fret harmonic. This can be a bit cumbersome since I’m used to tuning the open strings. The switches can also take a bit of getting used to as they are not your typical switches. I found myself mistakenly missing my preset due to the rubbery feel of the buttons. These gripes are few and are easy to overcome – or overlook since the sound and overall performance are outstanding for a unit of this price and build. This is one of the most killer multi-effects units I have played in a while (the tracking on the pitch-shifter is DAMN good). There are tons of easy to use features and the presets don’t sound overly processed. If you are looking for dead on models of an AC-30 or Bassman this unit is not for you. If you want some reminiscent models that act as a jumping point to create your own signature tones for a killer price then WELCOME TO UTOPIA!

TONE FREQ RECOMMENDED!

High points: Sturdy build, killer sounds, individual effect on/off pedalboard feel, great harmonizer tracking, GREAT PRICE!

Low points: Heavy, Harmonic Tuner could track easier, rubber effect switches.

Rocktron Utopia G300 Guitar Multi Effects Pedal Features:

Motorola 24 Bit DSP Engine with AKM Converters
Full bandwidth effects
Stereo outputs
Heavy Duty Headphone Output (1/8 stereo phone)
Auxiliary (MP3/CD/iPOD) Input (1/8 stereo phone)
Rugged professional grade chassis and expression pedal made from metal
Power supply

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Check out www.rocktron.com for more info!


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


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.

Thursday, July 3, 2008

An Interview with Fulltone Founder Mike Fuller

Not done by me unfortunately and a little dated, but still extremely cool. In my own humble opinion, Fulltone is bar none one of the finest effects pedal companies in the world. I have owned/played a few Fulltone boxes in my day and they kick ass. I especially love my ChoralFlange! Check out this chat that Mike Fuller had with GC.com... Nice.

Mike Fuller Interview

Stupid Deals of the Week

It may be easy for some of you to tell that I'm on a bit of a Keeley kick right now. I've been doing lots of research online regarding Keeley effects and I've spent more than a little time drooling over their website. Having said that, I couldn't wait to tell you guys about my week...

So, first I managed to find a guy on Craigslist (I told you it ruled!) that had a Keeley DS-1 for sale for $75. That alone kicked ass, but when I offered him a trade of a chrome Gibson 57 Classic Plus pickup for it and he accepted, I was floored. After a few days of trying to get in touch with him, I was starting to get discouraged and began to prepare myself for disappointment because things didn't seem to be panning out. Long story short though, it worked out and we met up, made the deal, and went our separate ways. Upon first inspection, I was a little bummed- no ultra mod! However, once I got it home and plugged it in, my frown was turned upside down (so to speak). The thing sounded super cool! I gave it the ol' Pepsi challenge with a stock DS-1 and of course, it blew it out of the water.

To make matters even better, in casual conversation at a friend's wedding, the one and only Aljon "Tone Freq" Go suggested that I open the casing and explore the inside in search of Robert Keeley's signature. I did so the next day and sure enough, there it was! It was also dated as a 2003 model.
I was even more impressed with my find earlier this week when I was perusing the Keeley website and discovered that the "Seeing Eye only" pedals are no longer made! Very cool stuff!

Fast forward to Tuesday- I was in Guitar Center Nashville buying another pedal when I noticed the box for a Keeley modded Rat 2! Upon inquiring with my buddy- Val West, he told he could get me a great deal on the Rat- $90! Again, was in heaven and managed to pick the Rat up just today! You can, of course expect a full write up and maybe even a video demo as YouTube doesn't have any! No good Keeley ones anyway... I apologize in advance for my playing...

Check out Tone Freq's "Pedals for Cheap Bastards" post below and keep your eyes open for killer deals! They're out there- trust me! You can't beat two Keeleys for a pickup and $90!

Gearhead's 12 Step-Program Part 2: Power Up!!!

Power- VERY IMPORTANT-power can make you or break you. There are an abundance of great power supplies on the market. I remember owning a Signal Flex power supply years ago and it worked great. If you can manage to find one on Craigslist, eBay, or anywhere online, you should be able to pick one up for very little dough. Another great product, which is even better, is the Visual Sound Onespot. The Onespot is great because you power your entire board with completely clean power via one "Wall Wart"-although I don't personally consider the O.S. to be a wall wart because it small, convenient, and contains circuitry that ensures your power is clean. I was told by a friend of mine at VS that one Onespot unit can power 40 Jekyll and Hyde Pedals; and since Onespots were used to power the World's Largest Pedalboard, I can assure you that the quality is second to none.

A great option for the touring/regularly gigging musician is the Voodoo Labs Pedal Power 2. I own one of these as well and it is a phenomenal unit. The jist of the Pedal Power 2 is that it is made up of eight isolated power outs. This means that each out has its own circuit flow and thus provides clean, quiet power to your board. PP2 powers Line 6 pedals, which is a huge plus and also provides two outs that have a "SAG" feature. The SAG feature is best employed by distortion and overdrive pedals to simulate a dying battery. This feature is especially useful with vintage gain pedals that house germanium diodes and other vintage spec components.

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

YouTube Video of the Day: John Petrucci's Rig of Death

I swear, this is the funniest shit I've ever seen...

More Effects Explained

Here is another installment of Gibson.com's "Effects Explained" column. Check it out!

More Effects Explained

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

World's Largest Pedalboard Contest Winner Announced!!!

Congratulations to Dave Daw, winner on our WLPb Contest! Dave sent in a pic of his pedalboard and in so doing, slaughtered the competition! Dave's prize is none other than a Pedaltrain Pro used in the World's Largest Pedalboard! Thanks to all the entrants for participating and congratulations Dave!


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You Tube Video of the Day

Here's some cool video of Slash's guitar tech, Adam Day taking us all on a tour of Slash's rig. VERY cool!


Tone Freq's 2008 Summer NAMM Safari: Redland Music Products

The Summer NAMM Safari continues with a journey into Redland – Redland Music Products to be exact.
This Salt Lake City Utah based company specializes in guitar care products with style! They offer beefed up offerings of guitar mats and guitar workstations called Axe Mats. These are not your typical cheap rubber mat and flimsy neck rest. These are high-quality padded mats that won’t hurt your guitar’s finish. The graphics on the mats are what got my attention. Redland is able to print full-color photos on the Axe Mat making them stand out from the rest. There are over 19 different graphics to choose from. Weather it be acoustic guitar to the legendary Texas Strat. There is a mat for every player. The neck rest is also padded and has a hidden compartment to house tools, polish cloths or extra strings!

Redland also offers 12 different prints on their high-quality Microfiber Cloths. The cloths are larger than most standard flannel polish cloths (16”x16”) and the graphics are permanently dyed onto the fabric. They will never fade, crack or wash out. They are also fully washable – nice!

They also offer a nicely put together tool kit, guitar polish kits and polish kits for your drummer and horn section. Perfect for gift giving!

After taking the time to talk to my friends and I at NAMM I’m convinced that Redland is a company that cares about guitarists and their instruments. They have a great thing going and I look forward to picking up more cool care tools from them in the future. In a world full of care products that help guitarists “get by” Redland offers up quality products that inspire guitarists to create and show their instruments the care they deserve.


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 and JonesWorld. 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.

Tone Freq’s LINK OF THE WEEK – Electro-Harmonix Effects on YouTube

The internet is a beautiful thing. Not just for the obvious in free adult entertainment *L* BUT in regards to shopping for gear! With several keystrokes you can check out the latest and greatest gear demos on YouTube. Granted you have to filter out a bunch of crappy reviews and poorly shot shootouts. However if you are able to find links of videos directly from the manufacturer you can often get many well produced gear walk-throughs and get inspired to take a piece of gear for a test drive. Take for example the Electro-Harmonix YouTube page. They have uploaded all the cool demos from their DVD catalog they handed out at NAMM. The segments are well produced and the products are demoed by some great clinicians. Kudos to E-H!
LINK:


www.youtube.com/user/ehpedals


Freq’n out? Found a cool link? E-mail Aljon: tonefreq(at)gmail.com

Wah Ask Wah?

Here is a cool article from Gibson.com entailing the birth and 'horniness' of the Wah pedal- very cool stuff.


Wah Ask Wah?