Category: Guitar Gear

Sonoma Wire Works updates Guitartone and you benefit from it

Sonoma Wire Works has updated their iOS app of guitar tone goodness—cleverly named GuitarTone—to version 3. There are all-new tube models to choose from in their amp offerings that take advantage of improvements available in tone through iOS 10 devices. To celebrate the update, they’re also giving away some free amp and effect add-ons to early adopters. You may also win $300 worth of Sonoma Wire Works goodies. It’s a good day to be a Sonoma Wire Works and GuitarTone 3 fan/user.

What I think my perfect Pro Tone Pedals pedalboard would look like

This week I was lucky enough to purchase my second guitar pedal from Pro Tone Pedals. I already have the Skumstortion pedal—AKA greatest guitar pedal design ever—and I’m always sneaking a look at their lineup when the wife isn’t watching. Calling it pedal porn probably doesn’t help my cause. But when they recently announced that they were temporarilly offering their Dead Horse Overdrive for a ridiculous $99USD, I couldn’t resist—second Pro Tone Pedals overdrive-style pedal on its way to my current pedalboard. But this got me thinking further. What would my perfect Pro Tone Pedals pedalboard look like?

Luckily, I already knew the answer. I’d been thinking about this for a while. One of their most recent additions just cemented my thoughts—I need two more pedals from Pro Tone Pedals for my own tonal perfection. Somebody distract my wife.

Dragon’s Scale guitar plectrums Indiegogo campaign

So here’s a little something I only just discovered. I never wrote about the cool Dragon’s Heart plectrum I got a few years back—it’s pictured in the header of this article if you’re on the home page right now. I thought I had written about how impressive the plectrum is, but … well it seems it’s another thing I never got around to. Well, I can’t let my laziness get in the way of promoting their Indiegogo campaign. Because if the Dragon’s Scale plectrum is anywhere near as cool as the Dragon’s Heart plectrum, then you’re going to want to know about it.

Dialtone Pickups—finally, the video I’ve promised

Regular readers of this website may have seen me mention my love for Dialtone Pickups before. I was lucky enough to see them at the 2015 Winter NAMM Show and I installed my first set of Dialtone Pickups in May last year. Since then I have mentioned a few times how much I love the pickups and several people on Twitter and Facebook have asked me how they sound. Each time I’ve said something along the lines of “They sound amazing! I need to make a video to showcase them.”

Well it took me almost a year and a fresh install of my own v2 Dialtone Pickups, but I have done it. The video has been put together. Pity it wasn’t really worth the wait—you’ll see soon enough if you read this entire article. then again, maybe this well crafted blog post with pretty colour photographs will make it all better. Let’s see.

52 pedals—the summary

I’ll be honest with you. I didn’t know how much harder 52 pedal manufacturers was going to be when compared to last year’s 52 amplifiers. I fell behind on my weekly posting schedule—the real world can be such a needy thing—and finding so many different manufacturers who were all providing something that appealed to me in a way no other pedal manufacturer was proved to be a lot more time consuming than I had anticipated. Having said all of that, I’m glad I persevered. I’ve put together a list I’m proud of that is hopefully going to be of use to other guitar gear addicts.

So, 52 different pedal manufacturers all offering that something special in an attempt to gain access to your valuable pedalboard real estate. If you had to choose one new pedal, what company would you choose a pedal from? What pedal would you go for first? Me, I’d certainly make it one of the following 52 pedals. At least one …