Lifeblood Ultimate Blood Drop plectrums

A couple of years ago I wrote about the Lifeblood Lexan Cut Throat plectrum by Lifeblood Guitar Picks. I was intrigued by the unique shape that plectrum had. Now there’s a new option called the Ultimate Blood Drop and it’s a lot cooler in my opinion. This is a plectrum I could easily use on a regular basis. Mostly because I think this particular shape makes playing the guitar with a plectrum easier.


52 pedals, week 29—Alairex H.A.L.O.

As I get back into the swing of things in regards to this 52 pedals series I feel the need to return to the pedal type that is closest to my heart. I need a pedal that allows me to improve, enhance and/or simply magnify the overdriven or distorted sound that I’m getting from my already distorted amplifier. I need an awesome overdrive pedal. Preferably one with versatility or options. I have a feeling the Alairex H.A.L.O. could be that pedal.

I mean, who needs one overdrive pedal when you could could have two in one?!

52 pedals, week 28—Way Huge Supa-Puss

One of the rules for this 52 pedals series is that each pedal must be from a unique pedal manufacturer. Another rule is that I will write a new article each week. We all know how that second rule is going this year. Well the first rule stands strong. I’m a man of integrity. Limited integrity, but integrity all the same. That’s why today’s pedal—the Supa-Puss by Way Huge breaks no rules at all.

The fact that Way Huge is a Jim Dunlop company and that I’ve already included a Dunlop pedal in this series means nothing at all.

Integrity intact.

Chicken Picks—Not scary at all

Recently I purchased one of each variety from the Chicken Picks range. That’s three from the Original Series and four from the Tritone III Series. I have to say they take some getting used to, but once you do, they may become your plectrum of choice—if you are interested in incredibly long lasting and easy to grip plectrums that is. I honestly think that there has to be one plectrum from the seven I tried that will suit everyone. It all comes down to playing style I believe.

By the way, I was going to call this a scary review. You know, because I’m using the name Scarebear. But I realised the review isn’t scary. It’s rather normal actually. Unlike the Chicken Picks plectrums. They’re not normal. They’re better than that. But not scary. Not scary at all.

52 pedals, week 27—Blakemore Effects R.O.U.S.

Has it been a week already since the last one of these posts?! Oh that will never get old with me. I suck at scheduling these posts this year. Must be my age. Anyhow, something that is not affected by age is distortion. Ever since the first caveman plugged a club into an amplifier, distortion has been king. It’s the reason there are no more dinosaurs.

This is not based on evidence, but a theory I have which nobody has been able to disprove.

What I hope I will be able to prove though is that the R.O.U.S. pedal by Blakemore Effects is a kickass pedal. I’ll do that with words and video (of other more talented people than me). Who knows, you may walk away from this article feeling the need to get yourself one of these pedals. I know I do (and I haven’t even finished the article!)

Did you miss me?! No … Me either

52 Pedals. That article series certainly isn’t going to plan is it? I’ve covered 26 different pedal manufacturers which sounds like a small victory, but it isn’t. I could say “Yes! Half way there!”, but as far as the calendar year goes, we are actually in week 37. Epic fail. I have some serious catch-up to do—and right after the last post I made about catching up! Oh well.

I could say I’ve been busy doing all kinds of cool guitar related things. That would be an acceptable excuse right? “I hand carved a solid body electric guitar using nothing but a whittling knife!” … But I’d be lying. The past month or so has simply been real-world chaos. But I’m hopefully now on top of all of that. Why? How? Good questions. I don’t have the answers because I’m not that smart. What I will say though is this. There are new articles, pictures and possible audio/video to come.

Excitement. I can feel it in the air*.

If I had custom strings, they’d be these StringJoy strings

Have you ever played that game If I had a custom guitar it would be [insert make and model here]? I know I have. In a way I followed through on that game by getting myself a custom Scarebear guitar through Moniker Guitars. But that’s a different story. An easier game to play for the average guitar lover is If I had custom guitar strings they would be [insert custom string gauges here]. Well I’ve almost played that game too thanks to the kind folks over at Stringjoy. And I have to say, I’m now a big fan of the wound G string.

52 pedals, week 26—Crazy Tube Circuits Black Magic MkII

Is it week 26 already?! Wasn’t week 25 just a few days ago? Well yes and no. It’s actually week 27, but I’m a little bit behind. So although week 25 was a couple of days ago and it’s currently week 27, today is week 26. Confused?! Imagine how I feel! I’m writing about yet another pedal I wished I owned, but don’t. Crazy right? Crazy indeed. And that’s why this week—or is that last week?—I want the Crazy Tube Circuits Black Magic MkII pedal. Because if anything can make sense of this nonsense, it will be magic.

52 pedals, week 25—Dunlop Cry Baby Wah Mini

There has been one thing most pedals in my wish list have had in common. Their pedal board footprint. Most guitars are the same size. There’s generally one recognised exception. An acceptable exception if you will. The wah pedal. What if you don’t have a lot of spare real estate on your pedal board though? What if you have tiny feet and you don’t your pedal to give you a complex? Well you can be like Krusty The Clown from The Simpsons and wear oversized shoes or you can get the Dunlop Cry Baby Wah Mini. The latter is easier and cooler. I’d recommend that.