PG's chief brainstorms an off-the-wall box based on an $80 after-market car stereo.
I’m an inept circuit dope who couldn’t even make my distortion-pedal kit work right in high-school electronics class, so there’s no way I could invent a crappy effect, let alone a new recipe to rival iconic pedals like the Big Muff, Phase 90, Memory Man, or DigiTech Whammy. But I’d like to propose a pedal idea for those of us who prefer the simplicity of a guitar running into a pedalboard and tube amp, yet want to dish out something different. Best of all, it’s doable with technology found in an $80 aftermarket car stereo.
Every waking moment of every day, most of us walk around with a device that has the potential to transform our songs and performances without abandoning our guitar-pedalboard-amp rig. The device? Well, it’s really two. One part is a Bluetooth-equipped smartphone. You don’t need a fancy new app, either. Your phone’s most essential component—its microphone—and barebones audio-recording app (e.g., the iPhone’s stock Voice Memo app) are all you need to unlock these new sonic realms.
The other part is a relatively simple digital stompbox—we’ll call it the Bluetooth Bastardizer™—that you can put between any pedal and use to augment your guitar signal with audio samples captured by, and streaming from, your nearby Bluetooth-enabled phone. I want to be able to load sound samples captured with my iPhone into iTunes, and then pair my phone with a pedal that can stream snippets of life through my guitar rig just like a Bluetooth car stereo or portable speaker system. Could there be an easier way to add a cinematic dimension to your songs? Incriminating quotes from drunk friends or your kid’s adorable (or shocking) utterances—the possibilities are endless.
If you think this sounds silly, ponder all the songs with a sound sample that’s as integral to the tune as the chords, melodies, and lyrics. Even the most guitar-centric bands dabble in it. The backward car horns in Van Halen’s “Runnin’ with the Devil” are almost as memorable as Eddie’s playing. The tolling in AC/DC’s “Hell’s Bells” adds a deliciously ominous touch. Metallica’s “One” harrows draft-age metal fans with its machine-gun samples from Johnny Get Your Gun. Living Colour’s raging “Cult of Personality” pounds its point home with JFK, FDR, and Malcolm X speech excerpts. And the Ramones’ “We’re a Happy Family” masterfully paints a picture of disjointed domesticity with a chaotic blend of dinner-table bickering, a blaring radio, a shrieking baby, and an incessantly barking dog.
The Bastardizer would be pretty simple, too: It needs a play/pause footswitch, forward and backward footswitches for scrolling through the audio samples (set lists could be stored as playlists), and an LCD readout for displaying song or sample names. For me, a mono input and output would be okay—I’d be fine with the samples being colored by all my other effects and cranked amp. But if some enterprising pedal builder wants to market the Bastardizer to a wider audience, they should probably offer stereo I/Os that could be switched to operate as a wet-dry pair. You’d also need a mix knob for controlling the volume of the sample relative to the pristine guitar signal being passed to the next device in the signal chain. And, just for the hell of it, I’d have a microphone and record switch so you could sample and warp stuff happening at your gig—perhaps the audience or your bandmates (à la David Torn).
If you’re a big-picture player, you’ll love being able to use the samples as-is or morph them into oblivion with your other effects. Either way, the beauty of the Bastardizer is its simplicity and convenience: Three footswitches, a knob or two, a display, two or four 1/4" jacks, and the ability to easily turn everyday encounters—and your existing rig—into a whole hell of a lot of fun. Any takers?
Kick off the holiday season by shopping for the guitar player in your life at Guitar Center! Now through December 24th 2022, save on exclusive instruments, accessories, apparel, and more with hundreds of items at their lowest prices of the year.
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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.
Mystery Stocking is coming soon! Sign up for PG Perks below so you don't miss it.
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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.
- This year's Mystery Stocking will cost $44.95. ($39.95 + $5 Flat shipping)
- Each box will be guaranteed to contain $40 or more in value.
- US only. (Sorry World.)
- Make sure your shipping address is correct.
- Have your credit card ready to go before you refresh the page. Paypal is not available. Autofill may not fill in your information.
- There will be NO REFUNDS given.
- There has been a huge demand for these in the past. We really did sell out in less than 4 minutes last year. When they are gone, they are gone.
- One per household, one per person.
Q: What's in the Mystery Stocking?
A: It wouldn't be much of a surprise if we told you, now would it?
Q: Will I definitely get my money worth?
Q: Can I return it if I don't like it?
A: Nope. All sales final.
Q: What if I live outside the US?
A: Sorry, US only.
Q. How much is it?
A. $39.95 Plus $5 shipping
Q. When will it ship?
A. On or before December 10, 2022.
Q. What form of payment do you accept?
A. Credit cards only. Sorry, no Paypal for this.
Q. Can I ship to a different location than my billing address?
Q. I tried last year and didn't get one. Will I get one this year?
A. There is an overwhelming demand for Mystery Stocking. Be sure you have a fast internet connection and be ready when they go on sale. Last year we sold out in 3 min 33 seconds.
Q. I want to buy 5. How can I buy 5?
A. You can't. This year, we're limiting to one per household, so more people can get in on the fun!
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.