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The Ultimate Guide To Fuzz Pedals: Silicon vs Germanium

If there’s a bigger debate in the fuzz world, I’m not aware of it. Germanium enthusiasts swear that only germanium should be used in fuzz pedals. Some people prefer silicon, and others enjoy both for what they do. But the bigger question is this:  What’s the big deal?  When people talk about silicon or germanium, …

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What Are Boost Pedals And Why Do You Need One?

I love boost pedals. I recently downsized my pedalboard for at home playing, and even though it only has room for 5 pedals, one of those is a boost. The others are an overdrive and then three delays, because who doesn’t need more delays on their pedalboard?  Pro tip: Set an analog delay to a …

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What’s The Best Guitar Pick?

How many different picks did you go through before settling on your current pick preference? I personally used everything from Clayton 1.0 mm picks to Dunlop Stubby Jazz picks (before I got tired of my sweaty fingers losing grip). Rubber picks (cool novelty), nylon, super grippy picks (with embossed/raised textures), extremely slick picks. Super thin, …

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Guitar Tone Buzzwords (and what they mean) – Part 1

Musicians are funny. Have you ever had a conversation where you’ve used terms that usually describe food to describe a guitar tone?  Like, “the lead tone is really smooth and creamy”, or “the highs were very crisp”. You could really throw in any food descriptor and at least two other guitarists will agree. Try this, …

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The Ultimate Guide To Pedal Power

Understanding what pedal power actually is  If you have any Boss style stomp box, you have the option of using a 9v battery (or two in some cases), or using external power. This external power is aptly known as a power supply.  Some people (ahem, Eric Johnson), swear by batteries. While we won’t be debating …

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What Makes An Overdrive Transparent?

What is transparent overdrive?  Buzzword alert!  Of all the terms thrown around the guitar pedal circles, “transparent overdrive” is one of the most commonly used and abused. Unfortunately, many people use it in a way to proclaim superiority over other pedals or players. Forgetting that taste is subjective.  I think that every pedal is another …

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