Skinpimp''s MKIII is a stellar recreation of vintage fuzz tones.
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|Clip recorded with a 1978 Set Neck Ibanez Iceman into a '73 Marshall Super Bass head with a Bogner 4x12|
I decided to demo the MKIII with a 2007 Fender American Telecaster and my trusty 1978 Ibanez Iceman, a set-neck model. While I love the sound of a good fuzz tone combined with a snappy single-coil pickup, I’m a total sucker for the wall of sound that a great humbucker setup can produce. That’s why I grabbed the Iceman first and connected it inline with the MKIII and a 1973 Marshall Super Bass head. In addition to the MKIII’s layout of a Volume, Tone and Gain control, a three-way toggle switch on the backside of the unit controls different frequency responses. The gamut ranges from thin and reedy to standard fuzz thickness all the way to monstrous low end with aggressive midrange response. I set it to the left position (standard fuzz), and cranked the Gain with the Tone control at noon. Before I comment on the resulting tone, I should mention that we get a lot of really amazing gear at PG from a very eclectic group of individuals and manufacturers.
The Initial Mojo
The sound that I got with this setup and the MKIII was one of the best fuzz tones that I’ve ever achieved. The note separation, low-end response, and sensitivity were near perfect. I was particularly impressed by how punchy the MKIII was, with every note that I played up and down the neck hitting me in the gut like a prize fighter. The highs were very present and sharp, exhibiting more of the qualities of a distortion pedal than a high-gain fuzz device. It reminded me of when I used to run my old Boss SD-1 into my Big Muff, which resulted in a colossal wall of sound with more sharpness and intensity than the stock Big Muff was capable of. In this case, the MKIII achieved tones in that realm that were tighter and thankfully quieter (it sounded great, but the feedback I used to get from that setup was enormous). Flipping the toggle switch to the fattest setting threw me into vintage metal territory, with the MKIII kicking out some of the most fantastic, midrange-heavy fuzz this side of Master of Reality.
I had to tear myself away from the Iceman to pick up the Tele, which had been sitting alone in the corner of the room while I’d been beating on the Ibanez. Ultimately, that proved to be the best course of action. The MKIII sounds great with humbuckers, but it really, really likes single coils. I put the pedal back to the original settings that I first used with the Iceman, and the resulting tone was almost completely different. All of the afore-mentioned articulation was there, but with a raspy bite in the mids and a rock-solid low end that was extremely pleasing to hear. Rolling down the guitar’s volume knob yielded one of the best vintage Jimmy Page tones that I’ve ever come across, including that sharp bite Page had in his pick attack that is so elusive in fuzz pedals of today.
The Final Mojo
If the MKIII is any indication, Kirkland is definitely on to something. What is basically a copy of a common, simple fuzz circuit had me captivated for hours on end. Come to think of it, I don’t think I’ve ever played the riff to “Whole Lotta Love” for that long at any other point in my life. The combination of the extreme attention to detail, high-quality parts and impeccable build quality here is testimony to just how central those things are to a great product—the MKIII nailed all three of them. Stay on the lookout for this up-and-coming pedal builder and artist, because if the old saying, “it can only get better from here,” is true we’re all in for an amazing treat in the future.
you want tight, articulate and sensitive fuzz that’ll still satisfy your vintage fuzz jones.
you prefer the looser low-end response of other fuzz pedals, such as the Big Muff.
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DiMarzio, Inc. announces the Relentless P (DP299), the Relentless J Bridge (DP301), Relentless J Neck (DP300), and the Relentless J Pair (DP302) for 4 string basses.
DiMarzio, Inc. announces the release of the Relentless P (DP299), the Relentless J Bridge (DP301), Relentless J Neck (DP300), and the Relentless J Pair (DP302) for 4 string basses. The new Relentless P and Relentless J series pickups feature the Relentless cover designed in collaboration with Billy Sheehan.
As with the Relentless pickups, we removed all the hard edges from the standard P Bass and standard J Basspickups, and added an arch to the top of the pickups to bring the sensing coils and pole pieces closer to the strings. These improvements increase the dynamic range and make active circuitry unnecessary.
The Relentless P and Relentless J pickups incorporate Neodymium magnets and produce 70 percent more output than traditional passive pickups, and they’re dead quiet due to the incorporation of metal covers and foil-shielded cables. To dial in (or fine-tune) the individual string output, the Relentless P and Relentless J include eight adjustable pole pieces. These pickups also have a broad magnetic field so you can even bend notes without volume dropout.
DiMarzio’s extra shielding makes the Relentless P and Relentless J better for both recording and stage performances. We’ve mounted them onto robust .09375” thick circuit board base plates to eliminate the annoying protruding mounting screws — ultimately creating a more comfortable and consistent foundation to rest your fingers on.
The new Relentless P steps beyond the traditional P-Bass sound and can only be described as massive. It has more of everything: more volume, beefier lows, a growling midrange, and crispy highs with better individual string definition.
The Relentless J incorporates a new invention, (patent pending) parallelogram-shaped coils, offering an expanded mid-range punch, snappy highs, precise lows, and a new dimension to the sound of the Relentless series pickups.
Relentless P and Relentless J pickups will breathe new life into any bass, increase playability, and work well for any style of music from Motown to metal.
DiMarzio’s Relentless P, Relentless J Bridge, Relentless J Neck, and Relentless J pair are made in the U.S.A. and may now be ordered for immediate delivery.
Suggested List Price for the Relentless P is $169.00 (MAP $119.99).
Suggested List Price for the Relentless J Bridge and Relentless J neck is $155.00 (MAP $109.99).
Suggested List Price for the Relentless J Pair is $296.00 (MAP 209.99).
For more information, please visit our website at dimarzio.com.
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About Mystery Stocking
Each year, Premier Guitar likes to put out these mystery boxes as a part of bringing some fun to the holiday season. Remember, this is supposed to be a fun holiday treat! If the contents of this box will ruin your holiday, deplete the last of your bank account, or end your ability to see the good in humanity, it may not be for you.
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Featuring the Adaptive Circuitry recently introduced on their Halcyon Green Overdrive, Origin Effects have brought us a pedal with a character all of its own and a new flavor of drive.
Origin Effects introduce the new M-EQ DRIVER mid booster & drive pedal. Based on a vintage Pultec studio EQ, this unique pedal offers a range of mid-focused tones, from a subtle mid boost to thick, resonant overdrive. Featuring the Adaptive Circuitry recently introduced on their Halcyon Green Overdrive, Origin Effects have brought us a pedal with a character all of its own and a new flavor of drive.
A choice of three mid-range frequencies ensures that you can boost just the right part of your guitar signal and, when pushed harder, can elicit a range of saturation from a classic “mid-hump” overdrive to fierce “cocked wah” distortion. Thanks to the Adaptive Circuitry, the high-end roll-off of the Cut control is reduced as the pedal cleans up. This allows for a smooth transition from warm overdrive to bright clean tones in response to playing dynamics or guitar volume knob changes.
Introducing... M-EQ DRIVER || Mid Booster & Drive
Built-in the UK to the highest standards, the M-EQ DRIVER continues the Origin Effects tradition of vintage, studio-inspired tones in modern guitar pedals. The Origin Effects M-EQ DRIVER is available now from Origin Effects dealers worldwide.
RRP: 259 GBP (Inc VAT) / 319 USD (Ex TAX)
For more information, please visit origineffects.com.