"Parking" is the technique of moving your wah pedal to find a sweet spot, then stopping when you hear it; if you''re lucky, some muscular, snarly overdrive comes along.
"Parking" is the technique of moving your wah pedal to find a sweet spot, then stopping when you hear it; if you''re lucky, some muscular, snarly overdrive comes along. Listen to Mick Ronson - Aladdin Sane is the perfect display of snarling, parked-wah tones. Players as diverse as Tony Iommi, Michael Schenker and Eric Clapton are also renowned for their mastery of the motionless wah. Ironically, the difficulty in using wahs in this fashion is not in finding these sounds, but in replicating them. Subsequent attempts are generally when the expletives fly, if not the wah pedal itself.
Housed in a green-sparkle, standard stomp-box enclosure, the Jekeko is a phenomenal sounding wah without the bothersome treadle, making locating, and more importantly, re-locating those tasty parked-wah tones a breeze. The Jekeko features big, toe-friendly chicken-head knobs for the Sweep and Level controls along with true bypass switching and a side-mounted 9VDC jack. Built by HBE for CustomGuitarGear.com, the interior construction looks tidy and offers an adjustable gain pot.
The Jekeko offers up plenty of gain with the factory trim-pot settings - I was able to get the desired breakup by simply setting the Level control between 3 and 5 o''clock. Selecting the sweet spot with the Sweep knob was equally simple: just turn until you start smiling. Of course, it''s still a wah, so don''t be surprised when it behaves like one. When placed too close to a Pedal Power II, it hummed when engaged. It also likes to be placed in front of any buffers in the signal chain, again, just like any other wah - it didn''t sound bad after a couple of stacked ODs, just not as magical.
If you''re in the mood for some parking, order one, learn "Cracked Actor" and "Mother Mary," then just try to wipe the grin off your face.
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Created in collaboration with legendary guitarist George Lynch of Dokken and Lynch Mob fame, the Mr.Scary Mod adds an adjustable tube gain stage and an onboard Deep control, which together are designed to enable an amp to have increased sustain while still retaining note definition and dynamics.
LegendaryTones, LLC today announced production availability of its new Mr. Scary Mod, a 100% pure tube module designed to instantly and easily expand the capabilities of many classic amplifiers with additional gain and tone shaping. Created in collaboration with legendary guitarist George Lynch of Dokken and Lynch Mob fame, the Mr.Scary Mod adds an adjustable tube gain stage and an onboard Deep control, which together are designed to enable an amp to have increased sustain while still retaining note definition and dynamics.
Originally released as the Lynch Mod in February 2021, the updated Mr. Scary Mod features the same core circuit as the Lynch Mod but is now equipped with a revised tube mix combo per George’s preference as well as a facelift in a newly redesigned electro-galvanized steel enclosure. As with the Lynch Mod, each run will be limited and the first run in Pumpkin Orange with Black hardware is limited to just 150 pieces worldwide.
The Mr. Scary Mod adds an adjustable tube gain stage on top of the cathode follower position, keeping note definition and articulation while further increasing sustain. Each Mr. Scary mod is meticulously built by hand in the USA, one at a time, and tuned using high-grade components. Equipped with a single ECC81 (12AT7) in the first position and ECC83 (12AX7) in the second, the Mr. Scary Mod can clean up beautifully when rolling down your guitar’s volume, and still adds scorching gain when you roll it back up. This is a gain stage that’s been tuned and approved by the ears of the maestro George Lynch himself.
“The Mr. Scary Mod excels with dynamics and is incredibly touch-responsive, allowing me to shift from playing clear, lightly compressed cleans to full-out aggressive sustain and distortion –and control it all simply by varying my guitar’s volume control and picking,” said GeorgeLynch. “In many ways, it’s an old-school approach, but it’s also so much more natural and expressive in addition to being musically fulfilling when you can play both the guitar and amp dynamically together this way.”
The Mr. Scary Mod installs in minutes, is safe and effective to use, and requires no special tools or re-biasing of the amplifier. Simply insert the module into the cathode follower preamp position of compatible amplifiers (includes Marshall 2203/2204/1959/1987 circuits) and
immediately get the benefit of enjoying a hot-rodded amp that delivers all the pure harmonic character that comes with an added pure tube gain stage. The handmade in the USA Mr. Scary Mod is now available to order for $319.
For more information, please visit legendarytones.com.
October Audio has miniaturized their NVMBR Gain pedal to create two mini versions of this beautifully organic-sounding circuit – including an always-on gain device.
The NVMBR Gain is a nonlinear amp that transitions gracefully from clean boost to overdriven tones. Volume increases from just over unity to about 10db before soft-clipping drive appears for another 5db of boost. Its extraordinary ease of use is matched by outstanding versatility: you can use it as a clean boost, push a stubborn amp into overdrive or create a just-breaking-up sound at any amp volume.
October Audio’s new family of mini NVMBR Gain pedals includes a switchable version that allows you to bypass the effect: one option features brand logo pedal graphics, while the other sports a fun “Witch Finger” graphic with a Davies knob as the“fingernail”.
The second version in the new lineup is an always-on device featuring the Witch Finger graphic and Davies knob, with the same NVMBR Gain circuit that lies at the core of the switchable version.
- Knob controls gain and clipping simultaneously
- Stunning silver hammertone finish
- Switchable versions are true-bypass, available with classic or witch finger graphics
- Authentic Davies knobs, including the “fingernail”
- 9V center negative power supply required
- Dimensions: 3.63 x 1.50 x 1.88 in
Witch Finger (always on NVMBR Gain) demo
All October Audio pedals are assembled in Richmond, VA, and available for purchase directly through the online shop. Street price is $109 for NVMBR Gain footswitch versions and $89 for the always-on device.
For more information, please visit octoberaudio.com.