Samick Motherlode

December 2014

Gear Blog

Bass Bench: The Future of Bass

December 18, 2013
Where is bass design headed and why should you care?
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State of the Stomp: Dexter the Polyphonic Monster

December 17, 2013
Finally—a multi-octave pedal that sounds real.
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State of the Stomp: Maxon's Susumu Tamura Interview

October 3, 2013
A rare interview with the engineer who created the Tube Screamer circuit.
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The Bass Bench: Adding a Trem System to Your Bass

September 6, 2013
Ever think about adding a whammy bar to your bass? Discover what’s available and learn the pros and cons of different trem technologies.
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Acoustic Soundboard: A Personal Design Study, Pt. 1

August 21, 2013
What goes on in the mind of a guitar electronics designer? Learn the value of simultaneously developing multiple prototypes and the role details play in a successful design.
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Gear of the Month: 1964 Fender Vibroverb

August 1, 2013
Zach Smith from the Minor Chord guitar shop in Littleton, Massachusetts, shares a rare mint specimen of the same vintage model that was the bedrock of SRV's “Texas Flood” tone.
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Intro to MIDI for Pedalboards

July 28, 2013
Once you learn a few basic things about MIDI, you don’t have to fear it. Instead you can use MIDI to add some very cool and useful functionality to your rig.
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Don’t Get Mad, Get Even

July 25, 2013
When looking for a bass, the most important question for me isn’t if the instrument sounds great. It’s if it sounds even.
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When Less Is More

July 21, 2013
A simple, no-frills amplifier like the legendary Marshall Super Lead can be a great, clean-slate platform to build your tonal foundation on.
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Three’s Company: The Pickup Placement Paradigm

July 18, 2013
Why do guitars have two or three pickups? Why not four, or even six for that matter?
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