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"Jason Gearhart (fitting name) currently plays in a jazz fusion band, covering the likes of Return to Forever, Mahavishnu Orchestra, Pat Metheny, etc. He plays his Squier Deluxe Strat and LTD MH-250NT w/ EMG through this signal chain: Boss TU-2 Tuner, Standard Phase 90 (""with 1 resistor removed for that 'script' sound""), Bad Monkey (""modded for less mids""), which goes into the amp. Next is the FX loop send, MXR/CAE Boost/Line Driver, Hardwire CR-7 Chorus (""usually on Jazz mode, but sometimes Vintage""), Boss DD-3 Digital Delay (""for long delays""), Hardwire RV-7 Reverb (""I use Gated mode for a touch of slapback when playing live, otherwise good ol' Spring when I'm practicing at home""), and an FX Return."

From channeling life experiences through his playing to his gospel influences and learning from right-handed players, Gales digs deep.

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Need an affordable distortion pedal? Look no further.

We live in the golden age of boutique pedals that are loaded with advanced features—many of which were nearly unthinkable a decade or so ago. But there’s something that will always be valuable about a rock-solid dirt box that won’t break your wallet. Here’s a collection of old classics and newly designed stomps that cost less than an average concert ticket.

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Developed with Nashville session ace Shawn Tubbs, this compact dual pedal provides organic, vintage tones, and the innovative "tilt boost."

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