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May 2014

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: Top 10 Pedal Picks from NAMM 2014

March 17, 2014
The coolest new pedals selected by a stompbox industry insider.
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State of the Stomp: Cleansing the Doors of Perception

March 5, 2014
Nowadays we can endlessly research all our gear decisions. But is that “knowledge” always a good thing?
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State of the Stomp: Power Corrupts, and Absolute Power Corrupts Absolutely

February 10, 2014
A properly powered pedal is a happy pedal. Learn how to keep your pedals happy.
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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: How Space Can Save Your Pedalboard

November 26, 2013
Making space to master your pedalboard.
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State of the Stomp: Looping Tips and Techniques

October 28, 2013
Simple strategies for livelier loop-based performances.
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State of the Stomp: Build a Preset Volume Box

September 10, 2013
This DIY volume level box is great for players who use amp distortion and adjust their gain level from the guitar.
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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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Normandy Guitars' Promising Pedal Debut

July 10, 2013
The O-CB’s retro-cool aesthetics drew me in, and once I heard the pedal, I was sold.
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Inside EMMA Electronics

June 18, 2013
The Danish designers behind the ReezaFRATzitz have a shop that lives up to their quirky product names—from a vintage amp collection to die for, to grandma wielding a soldering iron.
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