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State of the Stomp

Pedal geeks are on an eternal quest for more stompbox lore. Design, function, history, and the latest technology—it’s all covered here by a rotating cast of experts that includes Ben Fulton, Kevin Bolembach, and Gregg Stock, Pete Celi, and other wizards from Strymon.

ARTICLES

State of the Stomp: In Defense of Noise

April 1, 2016
In the real world, noise happens.
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State of the Stomp: The Noise of Art

February 17, 2016
Today’s unwanted sounds may become the aural delights of tomorrow.
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State of the Stomp: Conserving Energy

January 17, 2016
The power of positive thinking is the best adaptor for the voltage flow of life.
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State of the Stomp: What’s the Point?

December 21, 2015
Like scaling Everest, we do it because we can.
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State of the Stomp: Imagine All the Pedals

November 3, 2015
Whether you play bass or guitar, you’d better stick to “your kind” of stomps. Or maybe not.
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State of the Stomp: It Gets Weirder

October 11, 2015
Who cares about the next great overdrive? Give me the obscure and the bizarre.
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State of the Stomp: They’re Just as Dumb as We Are!

September 11, 2015
Seek advice—but don’t automatically believe it.
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State of the Stomp: The Golden Age of Echo

July 28, 2015
Digital delays can cover 75 percent of the echo sounds you need. So what’s the other 25 percent?
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State of the Stomp: Easy Does It

June 22, 2015
Smart switching can make your onstage experience simpler and more stress-free.
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State of the Stomp: The Myth of “Real” Guitar Tone

May 21, 2015
Once you’ve plugged in, you’re making electronic music. Deal with it.
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State of the Stomp: Sharing (the Mix) Is Caring

May 4, 2015
What happens when everyone in the band tries to “cut through the mix?”
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State of the Stomp: Quiet Time

April 13, 2015
Simple techniques to banish pedalboard noise and hum.
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State of the Stomp: In Search of New Inspiration

March 19, 2015
Maybe it’s time to turn off the music.
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State of the Stomp: More Sounds from Fewer Pedals

March 3, 2015
Sometimes you get more drama from a single high-gain pedal than from several redundant overdrives.
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State of the Stomp: A Solid Case For Doing It Wrong

February 9, 2015
Why it’s good to question pedalboard “rules.”
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State of the Stomp: The Art of Placement

December 9, 2014
It’s not just how you play it—it’s where you put it.
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State of the Stomp: A Brilliant Pedalboard Book

October 5, 2014
Japanese audio guru Yukihiro Hayashi shares his techniques for building the perfect pedalboard.
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State of the Stomp: The Importance of Contingency Planning

September 18, 2014
Guitarists are great optimists, but in our technology-fueled world, you need a backup plan.
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State of the Stomp: A Brief History of Time (-Based Effects)

August 13, 2014
The origins of flanging, chorusing, and echo.
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State of the Stomp: Hammond’s Leslie-in-a-Box

June 23, 2014
Many have tried to mimic the Leslie sound via stompbox. Has Hammond finally nailed it?
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