Yesterday we were talking about the ToneBug pedals from T-Rex and today we introduce the new SpinDoctor Pedal that has been modified to have a more vintage sound, but you can ask “what kind of pedal is it?”. Well the SpinDoctor is an overdrive preamp stompbox that will bring the best analog tube-driven sound to your amp but with a huge versatility because of its many parameters to adjust and its huge tone range (from clean tube to dirty overdrive tone).
The features of the T-Rex SpinDoctor Pedal are 4 channels (where you can store your own configurations), 3-band EQ per channel plus presence control, motorized knobs automatically will go to channel’s last, or stored, configuration, 4 switches (A, B, C and D) to change between channels, level, drive tone, sim level and sim frequency controls, boost and store (to keep current configuration) buttons, jack input and output, speaker simulator output and MIDI connection.
The device is powered by a 12V DC adapter and T-Rex engineers say that is the best they have ever build, so it might worth to look at it. The T-Rex SpinDoctor Pedal is now available and its price is $899.
T-Rex is really pulling out some new things lately, the last one is a new pedal serie called ToneBug that, by now, includes two small effect stompboxes that try to bring back some vintage tones naturally, these two are called ToneBug Reverb that wants to re-create real-life performance environments, and ToneBug Overdrive that has all the blues sound, when it was only made by a tube amp and a guitar, inside a compact box.
The features of the T-Rex ToneBug Reverb Pedal are decay and depth controls, modern and spring mini-toggle switch and on/off footswitch and LED. While the T-Rex ToneBug Overdrive Pedal features gain, tone and level controls and on/off footswitch and LED. These pedals are powered by a 9V battery or DC adapter and include mono 1/4″ input and output.
Both models look really vintage and they seem to rock, but this and other data like release date, price or other features should wait until the 2009 Winter NAMM show, we’ll see.
FH(fx) is a different effect pedal company that brings some curious but powerful products like the Hugger Loop pedal, their last effort is the FuzzHugger Algal Bloom Fuzz Pedal a transistor-based circuit stompbox that produces a thick sound that you can adjust with its tri-stage control, where each knob adjusts a signal modified by the previous one (except for the first).
The features of the FH(fx) Algal Bloom Fuzz Pedal are true bypass, silicon diode, on/off footswitch and bright white LED and trim (choke), gain (bloom) and volume controls. This same control order is how the signal is treated, first the choke control adjusts the amount of signal, then the bloom control allows you to cut or boost the signal and finally the volume control, obviously, adjusts the overall level, but without affecting to the signal tone.
The pedal is powered by a 9V adapter (no batteries) and comes with 5-year warranty just in case the rugged aluminum enclosure is not enough. Although the FuzzHugger Algal Bloom Fuzz Pedal looks like it will sound really good the external aspect makes it look like a cheap and bad pedal but that’s ok because it’s not bad but it’s cheap, $115. This device will be released in next January.
Another manufacturer that releases signature models for Christmas is Reverend that teamed up with country guitar player and producer Pete Anderson to produce his first signature model, the Reverend Pete Anderson Guitar that is a gorgeous full hollow body single cutaway guitar designed to be highly playable that also is one of the first models to include Uni-Brace low-feedback bracing.
The Reverend Pete Anderson Signature Guitar features full hollow maple body with laminated spruce top and bound f-holes, 3-piece korina neck, medium oval neck profile, rosewood fingerboard, 22 narrow jumbo frets, 24.75″ scale length, Tune-O-Matic bridge w/ roller saddles, Bigsby B70 tremolo tailpiece, two Revered P90 humbucker pickups, 3-way pickup switch (middle position cancels both pickups hum) and volume, tone and bass contour controls.
The guitar has an optional hardshell case for only $170 and is available in satin black and satin vintage natural. The Reverend Pete Anderson Signature Guitar is now available and its price is $1,430.
I don’t know if it’s the Christmas holidays or what but this period is specially good for releasing signature models, they could be guitar, amps, pedals, … and this time “the oscar goes to…” Gary Moore, rock, metal, blues and more guitar player, who already had a signature model from Gibson. The Gibson Les Paul Gary Moore BFG Signature Guitar has been designed to match the personal requirements of Gary Moore and all based on a replica of one of the first Les Paul’s he had.
The features of the Gibson Les Paul Gary Moore BFG Signature Guitar are chambered mahogany body with maple top, mahogany, neck, 50’s neck profile, rosewood fingerboard, 24.75″ scale length, Tune-o-matic bridge with stopbar tailpiece, Burstbucker 3 Zebra and Burstbucker P-90 pickups, 3-way pickup mini-toggle switch and kill switch (that activated or deactivates pickups) and 2 volume and 1 tone controls.
The guitar comes with nitrocellulose lemon finish, a very cool one, with no bindings and no inlays, so if you want to emulate Gary Moore you can have his favorite guitar. The Gibson Les Paul Gary Moore BFG Signature Guitar is soon to be released and its msrp is $2,150.
The last pedal from T-Rex, still just an announcement, is the Tremonti Phaser Pedal, a phase shifter that is the result of the collaboration between T-Rex and Mark Tremonti (ex-Creed and Alter Bridge guitar player). This stompbox was created following Tremonti’s wishes of the perfect (at least for him) phase shifter but if it has something that makes it really good is the versatility that can be achieved with only 4 knobs and a switch.
The T-Rex Tremonti Phaser Shifter Pedal features are bite (that adds overdrive to the overall effect without changing the base tone), level, depth and rate controls, 4-/8-stage switch (that changes the sound from a raw and vintage to a modern tone), 1/4″ input and stereo output and on/off footswitch and LED.
The device is powered by a 9V battery or a DC adapter and looks like it’s going to last every tour you do, so don’t be afraid to take it on the road. The T-Rex Tremonti Phaser Shifter Pedal isn’t available yet and its price is neither not known.
The last addition to the POD product line has been the Pocket POD Express, a great new model that can be a perfect partner for guitar players that need quick access to some tones wherever they are, for example at rehearsal or practicing at home. The device looks just like a POD member, that classic red finish with chromed controls is very characteristic and I’m sure all of us recognize it really fast.
Although you can think that being called Pocket POD Express it should be the smallest member in the family, that’s not true, but it’s probably the most simple and quick-use device but, on the other hand, you don’t have user or factory presets, you have a limited number of available effects, less amps also,
You may ask yourself if you want a device like this, well it depends on what are you using it for: practice, amateur home recording, rehearsals, those are good places for the Pocket POD Express if you want something more professional you’ll need to go higher in the rank. This device does not include a LCD display, as many devices do, but I don’t think in this case is necessary at all (you don’t have presets or a long list of effects or amps to choose from) and, in the other hand, will make your batteries last longer. Now let’s do a deep view inside its features.
Continue reading Line 6 Pocket Pod Express: Full review
Yesterday we introduced one of the most simple pedals but today’s is not more complicated, an overdrive pedal from Fairfield that will add any of its huge range of tone to your “original” tone (that one that comes from the pickups) blending them but keeping the soul of the original. The Fairfield Barbershop Overdrive Pedal have a very good looking, I love that kind of look that somehow says “it’s a prototype yet” but it’s very well done.
The Fairfield Barbershop Overdrive Pedal features hand picked JFET transistors, true bypass, drive (adjusts the gain of the sound from clean to huge overdrive), sag (similar to a boost control, but it does the work adjusting the amplifiers voltage) and volume (adjust the level always keeping the same tone you have chosen) controls and on/off LED and footswitch.
In case you are not satisfied with this product or have any problem, Fairfield offers 3-day money back guarantee and 2-year warranty. The device has a very durable housing but the only problem is that all the connections are on one side, this thing can make little bit difficult the integration on a pedal board. The Fairfield Barbershop Overdrive Pedal is now available and its price is $120 plus shipping fee.
The joint between Pro Tone Pedals and Christian Olde Wolbers could only produce a great product and the Small Tone Pre-Amp Pedal looks really good. A stompbox handmade in Texas that allows you to have an additional sound to your gear by only stomping a switch, the pedal cuts or boosts the signal without changing the underlaying tone or effects, simple as that.
The features of the Pro Tone Pedals Small Tone Pre-Amp Pedal are simple as on/off footswitch and super-bright LED and gain control (one far from the other to not interfere); internally it also features internal volume control, true hardwire bypass, zero-noise operation and the stompbox is powered by a 9V battery or a BOSS-like DC adapter.
This pedal really looks like it can’t be destroyed, no matter how hard or how many times you stomp the footswitch, it’s aluminum housing will last forever, at least it looks like it. The Pro Tone Pedals Small Tone Pre-Amp Pedal is now available and its price is $219.
Based on the acclaimed original microKORG model Korg has released a synth and vocoder model called Korg microKORG XL Synth that comes with a vintage look-alike and the MMT Multi Modeling Technology with the two oscillators included, but the main goal has been a better design for better playing even with its compact size.
The Korg microKORG XL Keyboard features 2 oscillators (one with 7 different algorithms and the other with sync or ring modulation), 37 natural touch keys, included gooseneck mic, sixteen band vocoder (for voice controlled effects), 128 built-in sounds selectable by genre and instrument category, 17 KAOSS-like effects, 2 multi-mode filters (drive/waveshaping and EG/LFO) and the device is powered by a battery to kill the need of a DC adapter.
The sounds can be edited with a software available to download from Korh website, that also allows you to convert from/to MS2000 programs. The price of the Korg microKORG XL Keyboard has not been announced yet but it will be available at the beginning of 2009.