The PDF-1 pays tribute to the Mastro Parametric Filter
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Height at 50%, Freq at 50%, Bandwidth at Fat, Switched to Dirty. Fano JM6 through Fender '63 Reissue Vibroverb.
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Clean Boost, Freq at 2 o'clock, Height at Maximum, Bandwidth at Thin. Fender Jaguar with Seymour Duncan Hot Jaguar pickups through Fender Pro Jr.
In the years since the MPF first hit music store shelves, 6-string adventurers, including Alex Lifeson and Josh Homme, have used the Maestro to sculpt their tones. Now, Stone Deaf FX of Manchester, England, has created a sturdier and more versatile evolution of the Maestro circuit. Despite its formidable-sounding moniker, the Stone Deaf PDF-1 Parametric Distortion Filter proves to be a pedal of myriad applications beyond heavy and blazing riff-rock. Like its inspiration, the PDF-1 is not the most out-there fuzz or fattest distortion. But it gives you access to sounds that most run-of-the-mill pedals can’t deliver.
Though we’re in a Golden Age for stompboxes, a lot of great pedals suffer from looking and feeling like everything else behind the counter. Not the Stone Deaf PDF-1. The custom- machined aluminum casing, top-notch pots and switches, and stylishly engraved 3-ply plastic control panel are simultaneously reminiscent of an Apollo capsule control panel and the dash of a late ’60s BMW—elegant, easy to navigate, and perceptibly well made. If you love the way a good switch feels, you’ll dig tinkering with the PDF-1.
For all the obvious quality, the PDF-1 is an exceptionally light pedal. The 9-volt battery is brilliantly stashed on the side of the enclosure in a sliding access compartment that will have you setting records for fast, onstage battery changes. It’s a very cool-looking pedal too, with a compact but distinctive ’70s-inspired elevated profile that makes it easy to find on a crowded pedalboard.
In terms of operation, the controls are simple, if not completely intuitive at first. The Height knob (each of the curious control names are identical to those on the Maestro MPF that inspired the PDF-1) drops or boosts a given frequency by up to 20 dB. The Freq knob selects the frequency between 65 Hz and 3 kHz that you want to boost or cut. The 5-position Bandwidth switch moves from Thin to Fat settings and reduces or widens the signal’s bandwidth as a whole. Then there’s the Clean/Dirty switch, which effectively changes the Stone Deaf from a boost/parametric EQ to a distortion/parametric EQ unit.
If the Stone Deaf were only a boost pedal, it would still be an impressive and useful addition to a pedalboard. And my first experiments with the PDF-1, in the context of a pretty boisterous band jam, involved heavy use of the remarkably transparent clean circuit. Running the pedal after a TS-9 Tube Screamer and a Pro Co Rat, and into a blackface Fender Tremolux, a Music Man HD212, and a Fender Vibroverb demonstrated not only how much character this pedal can lend to your signal on its own, but how much it can help you tailor otherwise ordinary overdrive and distortion signals.
With the Stone Deaf set to clean, the Height to approximately +5 dB, the bandwidth to Fat, and the frequency to about 3 o’clock, the signal from both a toaster pickup-equipped Rickenbacker 330 and an E-series Fender Stratocaster took on a wide, lively, full-spectrum character. The tones displayed a sort of natural compression more akin to the output of an outboard studio compressor than a comp pedal—a pretty delicious addition to an already lovely single-coil and 6L6 tone recipe.
Sweeping the Frequency knob up to maximum gave individual notes and arpeggios a bright, but not-quite-spiky presence—especially nice for bridge pickup work—that also left a lot of room for shaping sound with a guitar’s volume or tone knob. If your amp and guitar were feeling like a cramped canyon cottage, the Stone Deaf’s clean boost function is a little like adding a sunroom on the back—it creates a lot of bright, airy space. It can also take the sound of a very aggressive distortion like the Rat and add even a touch more girth or snarling focus, depending on where you set the Bandwidth and Frequency knobs.
The dirty circuit is where a lot of rock players will live with this pedal. It’s certainly not a high-gain distortion path, nor does it crank out the most hornet-buzzing fuzz. But switch the Bandwidth all the way to fat and the Height and Frequency knobs all the way clockwise, and a humbucker-equipped Les Paul will turn into a throaty, roaring monster that makes chords thick and wooly, and leads simultaneously warm, rotund, and defined. It’s no wonder that Josh Homme has taken to this pedal as well its inspiration.
The Dirty switch isn’t just about fat and furry stoner-rock tones. Moving the Frequency knob to 3 o’clock, the Height all the way clockwise, and Bandwidth to any of the three thinnest settings produced a cool sound in between a cocked wah and an envelope filter, and—depending on the input from your guitar or additional pedals—a fuzz that ranged from quacky and prickly to muscular and super-focused in the high-mid zone. Try this setting with some P-90s and a cranked Champ or Pro Junior, and you’re neck-deep in Texas boogie mud.
Where simpler or more radical distortion circuits transform your tone entirely, the Stone Deaf PDF-1 is really best at lending more color and control to your existing rig. And if you’re more-or-less content with sounds you get, but just need a little more breathing room, command over equalization, or a stretch of sonic two lane where you can open up the throttle a little, this Stone Deaf is an elegant and very capable tool.
you want to expand your range of color and command with a tried-and-trusted rig.
you’re looking for over-the-top or high-gain distortion and fuzz.
Street $225 - Stone Deaf FX - stonedeaffx.com
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Looking for a compact, “noiseless” way to plug in and play guitar? Check out the brand-new Gibson Digital Amp, available only in the Gibson App.
The new Gibson App simplifies the learning process and brings guitar playing to life for the current and next generation of guitarists in a modern, comprehensive, and intuitive way. The Gibson App is the place to take your guitar playing to the next level. New to the Gibson App is the Gibson Digital Amp, the ultimate starting amplifier for beginners and a flexible amp on-the-go for intermediate players and pros to get their sound anywhere. The Gibson Digital Amp is an accessible amplifier for both acoustic and electric guitars, and is currently available for Apple/iOS users--an Android version will debut next year.
Use the Gibson Digital Amp’s jamming guide to get started and transform your sound with built-in effects and pedals, jam to backing tracks, or use it in lessons and songs. The Gibson Digital Amp only requires your phone, and wired headphones for the best playing experience, no cables are needed. The amp features 3 acoustic mic presets, 4 electric amp presets, and 6 effects pedals.
The Gibson Digital Amp is the ultimate starting amplifier for beginners and a flexible amp on-the-go for intermediates and pros.
The Gibson App uses a unique two-way, interactive platform to teach guitar students how to do everything from playing their first note to shredding loads of songs. The Gibson App features interactive lessons with thousands of lessons and songs. Learn the songs step-by-step with video tutorials from superstar artists and pro guitarists in the “Gibson App Guide.” The Gibson App also includes the new Digital Amp, a built-in tuner, a metronome, Gibson TV, and new songs are added every week. New Gibson App Guides are added regularly and include Tommy “Spaceman” Thayer’s favorite iconic KISS guitar solos, Richie Faulkner’s (Judas Priest) “Guide to Metal,” Jared James Nichols’ “Guide to Blues,” CELISSE’s “Guide to Songwriting,” and more.
The Gibson App uses “audio augmented reality” to provide dynamic feedback to students as they learn and play. As you pluck a note or strum a chord, the Gibson App listens to your guitar and gives you real-time feedback on your playing. It also gives students a more contextual learning experience: Instead of learning chords and scales in a vacuum, you’re able to practice on a scrolling tablature that lets you hear how you sound with the backing of a virtual band. That means you can load up “Hurt” by Johnny Cash, “Brown Eyed Girl” by Van Morrison, “American Girl" by Tom Petty, “Nothing Else Matters” by Metallica, “Where is My Mind" by Pixies, “Country Roads” by John Denver, “I Hate Myself For Loving You" by Joan Jett, “Heaven” by Kane Brown, “Shape Of You” by Ed Sheeran, “Killer Queen” by Queen,“ Sweet Child O’ Mine,” by Guns ‘N Roses, “Run to the Hills” by Iron Maiden, “Roxanne” by The Police, and “Don’t Stop Believin’” by Journey, “Smells Like Teen Spirit” and “The Man Who Sold the World” by Nirvana, “Are You Gonna Go My Way” by Lenny Kravitz, and “Don't Look Back In Anger” by Oasis and hundreds more songs in a wide range of genres, to see how your play matches up with such seminal tracks.
As you’re playing, the Gibson App gives you feedback on timing and tone, ensuring that students are getting active input on how their play is developing. The Gibson App appeals to players of all levels, it’s not just for beginners looking to learn a few chords; the app can assist seasoned guitarists who are working their way through difficult riffs, want to learn their favorite songs, or polish their advanced techniques.
Players can also challenge themselves by speeding up or slowing the tabs. Like having a full-time guitar teacher, the Gibson App keeps track of all your progress and adjusts lesson plans accordingly. The Gibson App released a “backing track mode” which supports both lesson and song playback without headphones, so users can self-select what works best for their current environment. And that’s not all: the Gibson App also packs in a fully-featured digital tuner for guitar first-timers, there’s even a detailed lesson on how to tune your instrument, a multi-function metronome, players can connect to free one-on-one consultations with Gibson’s Virtual Guitar Tech team, and to direct links to the Gibson, Epiphone, and Kramer online stores for easy shopping for guitars, gear, apparel, and accessories.
Learn Guitar With The Gibson App
The Gibson App is more than a pocket-sized guitar teacher, it’s loaded with an archive of exclusive content and original programming from its premium and accessible award-winning online network, Gibson TV, featuring music icons telling their best guitar stories, with more episodes and installments added regularly. Users can watch Black Sabbath’s Tony Iommi share insights and tales from his decades-long career on the series “Icons,” dive into Joe Bonamassa’s assortment of legendary Les Paul guitars on “The Collection,” or see how Gibson’s iconic instruments are made in their Nashville factory from body to binding on “The Process.” There’s even a series called “The Scene” that focuses on backstage stories from hallowed music venues from coast to coast like The Troubadour and Grand Ole Opry.
The Gibson App free version features a few lessons a day; the premium version of the Gibson App offers full access and a 14-day free trial, then costs $19.99/£16.49 monthly or $119.99/£98.99 yearly.
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This pickup captures the clear, bell-like single-coil chime of a classic P-90 when played clean and retains the tight mids and articulate low-end vintage growl and smooth sustain saturation when pushed into overdrive.
Belltone Guitars, as part of their Custom-Select System curated offering of pickups, has partnered McNelly pickups to create a one-of-a-kind retro-vibe P-90 pickup in the standard Filtertron size format. This pickup captures the clear, bell-like single-coil chime of a classic P-90 when played clean and retains the tight mids and articulate low-end vintage growl, and smooth sustain saturation when pushed into overdrive.
The McNelly P-90 Foil-Coil comes housed in a ‘raw’ nickel outer casing with a dull nickel foil face with metal mount screw gromets to complete the ‘new-vintage’ aesthetic, making it a perfect choice for your signature Belltone custom build. Available exclusively through Belltone Guitars.
Check out the Custom-Select System belltoneguitars.com to preview the McNelly P-90 Foil-Trons and all our standard and selectable components available to create your own signature Belltone. Then visit the Dream Lab on our website and select either model B-Classic ONE with its top binding or B-Classic TWO with its arm and body contours select your body color from our wide range of offerings, select your neck profile of either standard ‘C’ or thicker ’59 Round Back and either Maple or Rosewood fingerboard followed by your tuners, pickguard, and strings. Finally, review our curated custom-designed, and unique pickup selection to locate the McNelly P-90 Foil-Trons to complete your signature build.
Builds start at just over $2,300.00 with a custom case and shipping included.
For more information, please visit belltoneguitars.com.
McNelly P 90 Foil Tron video Sep27
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.