Clean, modern tremolo textures and digital control lift this modulator out of the swamp-rock mud.

Tremolo comes in a surprisingly diverse range of colors. There are the sweetly pulsing undulations of blackface Fenders, which are equally at home in raunchy or soft and soulful settings. There are the pitch-modulated tremolos of Magnatone amps and the wobbly hues of brownface Fenders and Ampegs. There are the throbbing chops of sawtooth trems and modern digital tremolo voiced to go where no Fender blackface has gone.

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Echo-tailoring options abound in a thoughtfully engineered digital delay.

GFI is a small, growing Indonesian pedal company. They don't have a huge presence on forums where players gather to talk gear (yet). And as a reviewer, that means the chance to approach a pedal with few, if any, preconceptions. That’s twice the fun when you’re working with a pedal that feels as fresh and as full of options as the Clockwork Delay V2 digital delay, which combines the virtues of digital control and clarity with thoughtfully voiced analog-style textures.

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Dig those head-spinning tones? Here’s a step-by-step guide for making your own Leslie-inspired cabinet.

The Leslie speaker was originally designed and voiced for the Hammond organ, and almost no Hammond organist worth his salt will be seen traveling or playing without one. We associate the sound of the Leslie with the Hammond so much that when plugging a guitar into a Leslie, a listening layman would most likely say, “Wow! Your guitar kinda sounds like an organ!” The frequencies of the speakers and the design of the cabinet were geared for the Hammond organ, so while plugging a guitar into it sounds really beautiful, it makes the guitar take on organ-like characteristics. This has been used to great effect by many guitarists throughout the years.

The Leslie appears on classic tracks by Jimi Hendrix, David Gilmour, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Jeff Beck, George Harrison, and countless others who used the seductive sounds of spinning speakers to add a unique touch to their tracks. Check out “Cold Shot” by Stevie Ray Vaughan, “Max’s Tune” by the Jeff Beck Group, and “Any Colour You Like” (Wembley 1974) by Pink Floyd for some excellent examples of rotary-speaker guitar tones.

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