52 pedals, week 19—JOYO Gate of Kahn (Noise Gate)

If you’ve been sticking with me for this year’s series of 52, then you’ll have noticed a few things. Firstly, I’m often behind in my scheduled weekly posts. Secondly, I’ve been focusing a lot on overdrive and distortion pedals. I can’t help it. I love distortion and overdrive (in that order to be honest). But a good part of any overdriven sound is the silence in-between. That’s why today I’ve decided to cut all unnecessary noise by suggesting I’d like the JOYO Gate of Kahn (Noise Gate).

You can therefore expect this week’s article to be a lot shorter as well. Less noise and all.

52 pedals, week 18—EC Pedals Time Traveler Delay

Don’t you hate it when your plans for weekly blog posts go to hell in a handbasket? Don’t you also hate it when a phrase or saying makes little to no sense? Hell in a handbasket … Hell would burn a handbasket.

Now I feel like I need to go back in time to fix the introduction to this article and to write this post last week when I should have. Well I can’t. But I can write about how cool the Time Traveler Delay by EC Pedals appears to be.

There we go. That introduction worked out fine after all.

52 pedals, week 17—Overdrive No.30 w/ Allen Bradley’s (Star Wars Editions)

Once again I find myself playing catch-up on my weekly Blog posting. I don’t know why I can’t keep up. It’s not like I’m off saving the universe or anything. Although, if I were, today would be the day I’d do it. For those of you unaware, today is May the 4th (AKA Star Wars Day). Why?

May the Fourth be with you.

I love this day. It’s also the main reason I decided to add this week’s pedal when I did. The Overdrive No.30 w/ Allen Bradley’s (Star Wars Editions) pedal by Midnight 30 Music is an awesome sounding overdrive pedal that is hand built in upstate New York. Everyone loves a good hand made American pedal.

Things I should have already written since the NAMM Show 2015—F-Pedals

Sticking with my new theme of I’m a lazy person who really should have written this already, I’ll revisit a brand I wrote about in week 15 of my current 52 pedals series—F-Pedals. The Edstortion pedal is an amazing pedal (which is why I added it to my pedals series) but the PhazeVibe deserves a mention too. Both pedals combined … Even better.

Apart from the pedals’ awesome tones and features, they both offer the ability to draw their power from their power board using the patent pending wireless F-Power unit. It’s so cool. Changing pedals on a pedal board will never be the same again.

Things I should have already written since the NAMM Show 2015—Tonewood-Amp

As Winter approaches here in Australia, I’m reminded of that awesome Summer I had visiting Los Angeles for their Winter. Clearly those seasonal changes played tiny tricks on my feeble mind, because in the months since I was in Los Angeles I have not written about everything I should have from that wonderful experience I’ve decided to call The NAMM Show 2015. It makes sense to call it that actually, because that was it’s name.

One of my favourite experiences at The NAMM Show 2015 was visiting the booth for ToneWood-Amp. I’ve written about ToneWood-Amp before, but let me tell you, seeing and hearing is believing. This thing is way better than I’d imagined.

52 pedals, week 16—Pro Tone Pedals Paul Masvidal Signature Chorus

It’s been a while, but I figured it was time to step away from the usual overdrive and distortion pedals. I don’t want to step too far away so I’m going with a brand I know and trust from the realm of guitar pedals. A brand that produced one of my all-time favourite distortion pedals—Skumstortion.

Pro Tone Pedals knows how to make awesome looking and awesome sounding guitar pedals. Knowing that, I am confident that the Paul Masvidal Signature Chorus pedal would be an amazing pedal to add to my collection. Truth be told, Skumstortion and a good chorus would be all I’d need for the majority of music I like to play.

52 pedals, week 15—F-Pedals EK-Edstortion

I may have mentioned last week that I am writing a lot about distortion pedals this year. I can’t help it. They’re awesome. One thing I haven’t done a lot of this year though—and to be honest this is appalling—is write about some of the cool things I came across at the 2015 Winter NAMM. I saw so much amazing gear. Pedals? I saw plenty. Distortion pedals in particular? Plenty. Distortion pedals that didn’t require standard power to function? Just one—the F-Pedals Edstortion. It’s a tiny little power house that brings its own power. Nifty right?!

52 pedals, week 14—Vox V8 Distortion

I’m only 14 weeks into my current 52 Pedals series and already I have a predictable theme going on—Distortion. Maybe that’s because I like heavy metal. Maybe it’s because distortion is my favourite kind of guitar noise. Whatever the case, I simply don’t care. It’s a theme I have going these days. If I like something, I like it unapologetically. It’s probably a bit like people who say “To Hell with fuel prices! To Hell with the economy! I want a V8 engine!”

For those people and me, it’s likely that the Vox V8 Distortion is a perfect fit. I wonder if it’s an automatic or a manual?

52 pedals, week 13—Eventide Space

Back when I first heard the word reverb, I assumed it was in reference to a guitarist’s continual use of the same verb when practicing guitar. “Strum, strum, strum! Pick, pick, pick! Bend, bend, bend!”

Imagine my surprise when I discovered the true meaning of the word reverb—it refers to the reverberation of sound by the way. Fast forward several years to the time I discovered the Eventide Space pedal. Then conceptualise* my excitement towards the enhanced reverb options this pedal provides.

* I didn’t want to use the word imagine a second time. That would be re-verbing.

52 pedals, week 12—Pigtronix Gatekeeper

I’ve been writing a lot lately about fuzz, distortion and overdrive pedals. That’s a lot of noise. As much as I love noise, you sometimes need the quiet. Especially when coupled with the noise. That’s a major component of good heavy metal music in my opinion. Brutal metal … Deafening silence … Brutal metal.

Often to get that absolute silence you need a good noise gate pedal. That’s actually a pedal I’m yet to purchase. I should resolve that. Maybe I’ll resolve that with the Pigtronix Gatekeeper. It sounds awesome.

And by sounds awesome, I mean it makes no sounds. Awesome.