Premier Guitar features affiliate links to help support our content. We may earn a commission on any affiliated purchases.

Stompboxtober 2023 Day #5 - Mayfly Audio

Stompboxtober 2023 Day #5 - Mayfly Audio

Day 5 is here! Enter below for your chance to snag a Mayfly Audio Dual Reverb!


Mayfly Audio Jellyfish Reverb

The Jellyfish is a stage ready, studio quality digital reverb with a stereo signal path. Like the rest of MayFly’s line, simplicity is designed in: achieve deep complex sounds with a minimum of knob twiddling. The Jellyfish allows the player to switch between two independent reverb settings: ‘A’ side, and ‘B’ side. Each side has controls for Pre-Delay, Dwell, and Reverb level. Tweak one side for a spring reverb sound, set the other for a full-on ambient canyon. Switch between the two at a touch of a button. Glorious soundscapes on stage or in the studio!

The Jellyfish features a stereo signal path. Not forgetting our legion of guitar players it includes a mono input mode. When the mono switch is flipped, a mono source is run to both Left and Right reverb channels, which provides a rich, deep reverb. This mode creates a remarkably wide stereo image from a mono source.

The Jellyfish features two outputs: a TRS stereo output, and a mix-mono output. The mix-mono output has the Left and Right reverb channels mixed together. This allows folks with a mono signal path to experience that glorious stereo reverb. Both output jacks are independent and always on: use the mix-mono into your amp, and run the stereo output to your DAW or PA.

The Jellyfish includes a tails switch. With tails on, the reverb decays naturally when you bypass the effect. When off, the reverb cuts off abruptly when bypassed – this can be very dramatic on stage and allow the player to get tight with reverb.

Mayfly Audio
$285


With a team of experts on hand, we look at six workhorse vintage amps you can still find for around $1,000 or less.

If you survey the gear that shows up on stages and studios for long enough, you’ll spot some patterns in the kinds of guitar amplification players are using. There’s the rotating cast of backline badasses that do the bulk of the work cranking it out every day and night—we’re all looking at you, ’65 Deluxe Reverb reissue.

Read MoreShow less

Amazon Prime Day is here (July 16-17). Whether you're a veteran player or just picking up your first guitar, these are some bargains you don't want to miss. Check out more deals here! https://amzn.to/3LskPRV

Read MoreShow less

A technicolor swirl of distortion, drive, boost, and ferocious fuzz.

Summons a wealth of engaging, and often unique, boost, drive, distortion, and fuzz tones that deviate from common templates. Interactive controls.

Finding just-right tones, while rewarding, might demand patience from less assured and experienced drive-pedal users. Tone control could be more nuanced.

$199

Danelectro Nichols 1966
danelectro.com

4.5
4
4
4.5

The Danelectro Nichols 1966, in spite of its simplicity, feels and sounds like a stompbox people will use in about a million different ways. Its creator, Steve Ridinger, who built the first version as an industrious Angeleno teen in 1966, modestly calls the China-made Nichols 1966 a cross between a fuzz and a distortion. And, at many settings, it is most certainly that.

Read MoreShow less

The author standing next to a Richardson gunstock lathe purchased from Gibson’s Kalamazoo factory. It was used to make six necks at a time at Gibson in the 1950s and 1960s.

Keep your head down and put in the work if you want to succeed in the gear-building business.

The accelerated commodification of musical instruments during the late 20th century conjures up visions of massive factories churning out violins, pianos, and, of course, fretted instruments. Even the venerable builders of the so-called “golden age” were not exactly the boutique luthier shops of our imagination.

Read MoreShow less