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State of the Stomp

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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Get More Out of Your Flanger

August 10, 2012
Let’s take a look at the basics and break down some of the mystery of the flanger.
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Pedal Junkies Unite!

July 9, 2012
If you’re looking for info on stompboxes, check out effectsdatabase.com. This free, non-commercial site contains a wealth of stompbox lore. In my previous column [“Raising the Bar of Wah
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Effects Loops 101

May 11, 2012
Some effects loops let you attenuate the signal level heading to the input of the effects device. Effects loops: What are they and why would I want one? Back
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Raising the Bar of Wah Design

April 6, 2012
The Chi- Wah-Wah is a very tiny breed of wah pedal—about the same size as a standard Boss pedal
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Read the Manual and Find Those Treats

March 9, 2012
The box that changed my viewpoint on reading manuals: The Electro-Harmonix 2880 Stereo Multi- Track Looper. I wish I’d dug into this five years ago. This month I want
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Maxwell’s Silver Hammer of the Gods

February 10, 2012
In 1830, Michael Faraday submitted his most famous piece of scientific legislation‚ and this bit of genius described the physics that allows guitar pickups to exist.
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