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May 2014

State of the Stomp

How to Build a True-Bypass Tuner/Mute Box

June 9, 2013
Create a switcher that, when engaged, sends the guitar signal to the tuner and grounds the amplifier (mutes it).
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The ABCs of Compression

May 11, 2013
What’s the difference between opto, FET, VCA or tube compressors? Learn this and more in our primer.
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Control Your Pedals with the Wave of a Hand

April 15, 2013
The Hot Hand took tone tweaking off the floor, allowing players an unprecedented degree of freedom and versatility when controlling an effect parameter.
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Build Your Own Series Resistance Box

March 11, 2013
Here’s a super-simple device that will let you coax new sounds from your fuzz pedal.
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What Does a Pedal Sound Like?

February 4, 2013
Distorting a guitar signal generates more harmonics. With more harmonics, your amplifier’s inherent tone becomes more dominant. Unlike a tree falling in the woods, a pedal won’t make a
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A Big Buzz for A Little Bass Box

January 9, 2013
A small boutique builder out of Finland, Darkglass specializes in bass effects and the B3K MicroTubes is their flagship model.
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Jeff Beck and the Magic Volume Knob

December 10, 2012
I’m just going to look at one facet of Beck’s sound: gain and how he manipulates it with his guitar’s volume knob.
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The Truest Bypass

November 5, 2012
The Vertex Dual Buffer sports separate input and output buffer circuits, each designed for its specific task. Photo courtesy of Vertex Effects What could be better than having “true”
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The Console and Open Source Effects

October 8, 2012
Devi Ever’s Console III—a radically new way of looking at effects pedals. It seems the boutique effects market has finally gone mainstream, and as builders make a mad dash
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Musical Magic and the Guitar-Gear Medic Bag

September 5, 2012
Supporting our passion requires lots of practical consideration and planning, and this includes creating a guitar-gear medic bag.
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