Saturday, August 29, 2015

Z driving

OK here's something you don't see coming from the clean connoisseurs at the Dr. Z camp- a drive pedal. The two channels you see above offer a very fuzzy drive but one sounding more abrasive than the other. We can't say Dr. Z is attempting to re-create its amp tones in a pedal because their amps don't specialize in driven voicings but it's a worthy take. Hear it in action:

 

Friday, August 28, 2015

St Vincent

Is this a genuine attempt at a re-design or simply a reject embrace? Lest we forget, Gibson did it with the RD & it is somewhat on the road to revival. We see some interesting angular stuff for Bo Diddley as well so this St Vincent model by EBMM is arguably a hit/miss affair. Let's not judge a guitar by its outline but the outline per se determines if it's gonna sell loads. In this case, EBMM isn't a ready proponent for such an adventure unlike BC Rich with its thorny offerings but this one is indeed an interesting take. Regardless of its outline, we know EBMM makes fine instruments & by virtue of this reputation alone, the St. Vincent would be deemed a good guitar. Really hope that it is.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Compressing Timmons

It's a little surprising that a compressor is Andy Timmons' pick for a signature pedal but this preference had been the all along; Mr. Timmons is someone who takes spride in tone refinement, especially the non-drive aspect. You'd note that the pedal might suggest a direct recreation of Carl Martin's standard production model but it's actually loaded with the specific level & compression preferred by Andy Timmons. This means the range on offer is differentiated from the standard offering so it's a hit/miss affair, best you try one yourself if it it's your thing.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

The thickening

An interesting release by Keeley; while the rest of the world is pretty occupied with pitch displacement doubling, this one lets you get away with a thickening focus. Yes, it can do some pitch displacement like its peers but that's not its focus. It gives you a very chorus-like thickening with further addition of reverb. Also, you can run it in mono/ stereo. I'm actually looking forward to try one.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Bricking it

This brick is a firm statement by the manufacturer in offering a sensible power supply for your needs- yes, needs. We sometimes need a single unit to cater for different input voltage & the Iso-Brick has it. It also features 2 variable input points for you so it's a great PS to have on your board, especially when it's light-weight. It's also a trend now for such PS units to feature variable voltage options so the rest of the PSes out there would need to 'upgrade' or be left out.

Monday, August 24, 2015

Customizing

Master Beez, hard at work as usual. Giving his 100% & nothing less but meticulous workmanship.

Beez worked on this guitar:
  • Neck: Seymour Duncan Phat Cat
  • Bridge: Seymour Duncan Custom Shop Super V
Tone report to come :-)