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Tom Hughes

Tom Hughes

Tom Hughes (aka “Analog Tom”) is author of Analog Man’s Guide to Vintage Effects, and owner and proprietor of and Black Cat Pedals.


Stomp School Graduation Day!

April 19, 2011
Tom digs into pedal guts and says goodbye in his final Stomp School column.
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Stomp School: What's Inside Your Pedals?

March 15, 2011
Greetings, pedal stompers, and welcome back to Stomp School. It occurs to me that I might have lost a few of you in last month’s discussion of technologies such as
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Stomp School: "Boutique or Not?" That is the Question

February 15, 2011
The points most often discussed when comparing boutique versus mass-produced products are, first, the method of production and, second, the type and quality of components.
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What is "Boutique"?

January 17, 2011
We’re going to examine the word “boutique,” as applied to music gear, and consider how the defining criteria may have changed in the past few years.
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New Year's Gear Resolutions 2011

December 21, 2010
The new year is perhaps as good a time as any for us gearheads to evaluate our current setup, see what works and what doesn’t, and decide what we want to do about it.
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Great Gifts for Gearheads

November 16, 2010
Other than gear, holiday gifts a guitarist will appreciate
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State of the Stomp 2010

October 20, 2010
Where the pedal industry sits in 2010
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Inside the A/DA Harmony Synthesizer

September 21, 2010
Investigating the guts of the A/DA Harmony Synth
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A Tale of Two Ludwigs

August 17, 2010
A Ludwig without its "yoy"
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Roger Mayer Talks Fuzz

July 20, 2010
Roger Mayer discusses transistors and the original Fuzz Face in this interview with Tom from 2003
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Simple Tricks and Classic Combinations

June 16, 2010
Classic tricks to use common pedals to their fullest
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Finding the Right Pedals for Your Rig

May 18, 2010
Assess your gear to find out what pedals you should be using.
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Doing Your Homework, Part 2

February 11, 2010
More on how to get to know your pedals better.
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Doing Your Homework, Part 1

January 14, 2010
The quick method of getting to know your gear.
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More Stomp School Q & A

July 22, 2009
Analogn Tom answers your questions about flangers, power adaptors, and a dead delay pedal.
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Mojo, Superstition and Tone

June 17, 2009
Analog Tom ponders the validity of "mojo" in pedals and tone
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Getting Your Gear Fix in a Down Economy

May 20, 2009
You don''t have to give up buying gear as the economy slows -- you just have to be smarter about it
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Pedal Q & A, Part Three

March 17, 2009
Analog Tom and Analog Mike answer questions about true-bypass pedals and combining boosts with dirt
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Pedal Q&A, Continued

February 16, 2009
Analog Tom & Analog Mike answer questions about readers'' pedal problems.
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Stomp School Q & A

January 15, 2009
Tom & Mike take reader questions on placing a boost pedal and waking a Boss 7-band EQ from the dead.
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