Guess what?! I’ve saved another pedal discovery from the 2015 Winter NAMM Show for the end of the 52 Pedals series. I’m so sneaky. This pedal is shockingly an overdrive style guitar pedal. I’ve pretty much given up on looking at pedals that don’t enhance my overdriven or distorted tones.
Oh, I should point out that when I say discovery I am referring to the fact that the pedal was a discovery for me. I didn’t discover this pedal some some kind of Captain Cook of the guitar world. Although Captain Cook didn’t discover something that people before him didn’t know about. Huh … I guess I am like Captain Cook. I’m more piratey though.
The year is coming to an end and so to is my 52 pedals series. I’ve been slack with my post regularity, but the pedals that would appear in the list have been planned—for the most part—since the beginning of the year. How can I prove this? By writing about a pedal I actually tried at the 2015 Winter NAMM Show. Damn, Winter NAMM 2015 was a highlight for me this year. I have to do that again before I die. Well, maybe a different NAMM unless I figure out time travel.
Wah pedals. There’s a pedal type I have not written a lot about in this series of 52 pedals. The main reason for that is that I don’t have a great deal of experience with wah pedals. Nor do I expect a lot from them. I want a wah pedal to enhance the guitar sound. I want it to be on when I want to use it and off when I don’t want to use it. If it can help a lead guitarist boost his or her solo work at appropriate times—and only at appropriate times—then all the better. The Morley Mark Tremonti Wah pedal seems to do all of that while delivering a purely metal appearance at the same time. Bonus points for \m/ … 52 pedals, week 43—Morley Mark Tremonti Wah
Forty-two entries into the series—obviously behind schedule—and I feel the need to reflect. There have been many pedal types that I’ve looked into and added to this list. Most of them have been distortion or overdrive pedals because that’s how I roll—and rock. But for those reflective moments when I consider all things large and small, I need a pedal that can deliver those soothing sounds that best determine a moment of solitude. I need some Ambience. Good thing Mr. Black has such a pedal—in name and pedal type. … 52 pedals, week 42—Mr. Black Ambience
It’s been an interesting past few entries in the 52 pedals series. I’ve stayed away from the overdrive and distortion pedals just to show I’m not as predictable as some people think I am. I mean, there are other things that interest me. I’m not one dimensional.
Arrrggghh! Who am I kidding? I love distortion! It’s my favourite effect. Sure, there’s a part of me that loves all-things pedals. I love them all, just not equally. My true love is that broken up and dirty sound that can only be delivered through an overdriven or fully distorted sound.
I’ve decided to stick with my recent theme of pedals that do one thing—improve tone. What’s the point of building a perfect overdriven sound—which is my goal—if that sound isn’t tonally perfect. For the uninitiated, not all distorted tones are equal.
Sometimes simple is better. Well, for a simple guitar player like myself that can be true. Today, it is true. Today I’m adding the Epigaze Audio Effigy pedal to my 52 Pedals list. It’s a simple sounding, but awesome looking delay pedal. Delay pedals can often be rather complex beasts. If you’re simple—reiterating I’m talking about me here—then this complexity can sometimes be overwhelming. I just want some simple delays effects that are simple to apply. Effigy delivers. … 52 pedals, week 39—Epigaze Audio Effigy
I thought I’d take a quick detour from my regular overdrive and distortion fascination—it probably won’t last long—and add another kind of pedal to my dream list. So if I’m adding a pedal that isn’t overdrive or distortion—clearly my favourite effect types—then the pedal needs to do something amazing. I think adding to your existing setup’s tone through presence and boost together is pretty damn amazing. The Penny Pedals Cherry Blossom Presence Boost seems to do just that. Therefore, winning. … 52 pedals, week 38—Penny Pedals Cherry Blossom Presence Boost
After a while these pedal articles become all-too familiar to me. The pedal has an effect. Perhaps it has two. You plug your guitar in, stomp the pedal on and set your effect using knobs and/or switches. Well not today folks. Today, we’re stepping up our game. And the best way to get your game on is to use joysticks. Luckily the Walrus Audio Janus Tremolo Fuzz has it all.
When I first started posting guitar related content on this website I made the decision to only post imagery in black and white. They’re my favourite tones and shades—because they’re not colours. Of course, if I had to choose a colour for something like an amplifier brand, the choice is clearly Orange. So if I’m going to add a pedal that apparently can be provided in black and white, then it also may as well be Orange. That makes sense right? Of course it does. Just as the Bax Bangeetar pedal makes perfect sense.