april 2020

Myriad tones, from classic to tweaky, lurk in this one-stop modulation shop.

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Pros:
Versatile modulation/filter box. Smart layout and ergonomics. Real-time control. Programmable effects loop.

Cons:
You can only use one effect at once.

Street:
$299

Wampler Terraform
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Tone freaks, take note: It’s badass—but not just for the usual “bang-for-buck” reasons.


Recorded using an Anasounds Element reverb and a Celestion Ruby-loaded Goodsell Valpreaux 21 (clips 1-3) and a Weber Gray Wolf-loaded Jaguar HC50 (clip 4) miked with a Royer R-121 feeding an Apogee Duet going into GarageBand with no EQ-ing, compression, or effects.

Clip 1: Squier Tele with Curtis Novak JV-M neck and Tele-V bridge pickups, first with the Breakdown bypassed, then engaged in mode 1 with volume at 2:30.

Clip 2: Squier Tele bridge pickup, first with the Breakdown bypassed, then engaged in mode 2 with volume at 2 o'clock.

Clip 3: Squier Tele with bridge pickup, first with the Breakdown bypassed, then engaged in mode 3 with volume at noon.

Clip 4: Squier Jaguar with Curtis Novak JAG-V bridge pickup, first with the Breakdown bypassed, then engaged in mode 6 with volume at max.

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Pros:
Incredibly simple (and affordable) way to zing up your rig with varying degrees of gain—from hardly there (but magical) to blistering quasi-fuzz.

Cons:
Modes 2–6 add some background hiss when volume is past noon.

Street:
$149

Danelectro The Breakdown
danelectro.com



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Fender's hallowed vintage humbucker with CuNiFe-magnet pole pieces boasts one-of-a-kind tones. Problem is, it costs $500+ per pickup on the used market.

There are present-day options for chasing the tone from Seth Lover's originals of yore—without spending a small fortune on a '70s Wide Range pickup or going for a rebuild. We've rounded up 10.
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