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Wednesday, September 30, 2009

ToneFreq's Daily Pedal: Tech 21 SansAmp British

Great sounding Marshall tones!

Get Great In-your-face British Amp Tone with this Pedal!
The Tech 21 SansAmp Character Series British overdrive/distortion pedal takes your tone from Bluesbreaker punchy to Plexi crunchy, all the way to '70 Anglo-metal roar. Go from sparkling clean to punchy to dynamic overdrive to sizzling lead using the six effective controls you'll find on the British (Level, Mid, Character, Drive, Low, and High knobs). All the pedals in the Character Series are much more than simple stompboxes; you can use them as preamps or take advantage of built-in speaker emulation for quiet, hassle-free recording. Put some attitude in your guitar tone with the British pedal!

Tech 21 SansAmp Character Series British Overdrive/Distortion Pedal at a Glance:
The heart of a classic amp inside
SansAmp technology, built-in speaker emulation
Proven technology, great products

The heart of a classic amp inside
Each pedal in the Character Series is loaded with the tonal DNA for a specific style of guitar amplifier. By simply twisting a few knobs, you can build those sought-after tones or hot rod your own. From rare vintage classics to roaring modern icons, every variation is delivered in the distinctive voicing of that amp style. The intuitive amp-like controls let you get your hands dirty from the get-go to explore decades of blistering tones.

SansAmp technology, built-in speaker emulation
Being a genuine SansAmp, each Character Series pedal is far more than just a stompbox. Each can be used as a standalone preamp to drive a power amp, a studio mixer, or a PA system, with the rich SansAmp cabinet emulation that sounds huge - even straight into a computer soundcard. Or plug them into your guitar amp to take your tone somewhere special.

Proven technology, great products
Since the first SansAmp was unleashed back in 1989, Tech 21's has developed an impressive line of products to cover every application. Each SansAmp product is still hand-built in the USA using the best possible materials and exclusive components, such as our smooth custom actuators which are licensed to other major manufacturers. Tech 21's range of products are developed with a critical ear for tonal perfection and an open ear to our customers' needs.

Tech 21 SansAmp Character Series British Overdrive/Distortion Pedal Features:
Authentic-sounding, tough tones, from Bluesbreaker to Plexi to '70s stack
Six level-, tone-, and drive-shaping controls (Level, Mid, Character, Drive, Low, and High knobs)
Built-in speaker emulation
Use as a stompbox, preamp, or standalone recording tool
Proven SansAmp quality and reliability
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Click for sound sample

Get it for $149.95

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Tuesday, September 29, 2009

ToneFreq's Daily Pedal: Pigtronix Philosopher's Tone

The Philosopher's Tone is an analog compressor and sustainer. With variable Sustain (threshold), Blend (ratio) and Treble controls, it offers a range of compression sounds. Also, it contains a smooth diode clipping distortion with a blend control for clean or dirty compression sounds and any mixture of the two. The Philosophers Tone distortion can rock on its own, it is designed to play well with other dirt pedals in order to create a distortion tone unique to each player.

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Monday, September 28, 2009

ToneFreq's Daily Pedal: FUCHS Plush Drive

Boutique amplifier overdrive pedal from the masters of great amps, FUCHS, the Plushdrive is a very cool overdrive that is super rich and harmonic if you set it right.

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Sunday, September 27, 2009

ToneFreq's Daily Pedal: Dunlop Cry Baby Buddy Guy Signature Wah Pedal

In this video Guitar World's gear editor Paul Riario demonstrates the features of the Dunlop Cry Baby Buddy Guy Signature Wah pedal.

Bad-assery from the peeps at Dunlop!

Yes. I did make that word up. Feel free to credit me when you use BAS-ASSERY next!

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Saturday, September 26, 2009

Limited Edition AIRLINE '59 Custom 3P Guitar

Here is a sneak peak at the new AIRLINE 3P Electric Indigo LIMITED EDITION model from EASTWOOD Guitars. The pictures do not do this guitar justice! The Metallic Blue finish is simply beautiful and the white rubber binding adds a subtle elegance.


AIRLINE DELUXE hardshell cases INCLUDED for each guitar with form-fit interior, vintage cream tolex exterior with black bound ends, huge raised metal Chrome AIRLINE logo riveted to the case. UPGRADES include: Airline VVSC Pickups (neck and bridge, middle is the ALNICO Hot-10 Humbucker), white leather AIRLINE strap and certificate of authenticity


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ToneFreq's Daily Pedal: Voodoo Lab Sparkle Drive

I really regret letting this pedal go. It was instrumental in recording my old band MINK's album "Full Rock Power." I'm a real fan of using a combination of clean and dirt, especially out of two amps. However when I was touring and had restrictions of weight etc... I had to scale down my recording rig. This pedal help me get that nice blend. It worked great with my other guitarist's tone. Check out the semi-clean guitar intro of "My Star" and hear me use it!


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Friday, September 25, 2009

ToneFreq's Daily Pedal: Premium Overdrive Gold Label Overdrive

Pro Tone Pedals is proud to offer the Gold Label Overdrive, the first in the Premium Overdrive line.

The Gold Label Overdrives 18 volt circuit was designed to deliver lush overdrive with the head room to provide a rich clean boost. The Gold Label Overdrive is not for everybody. This luxurious overdrive was designed for players with exacting tastes in equipment by playing to the strengths of the ‘beauty in simplicity’ of vintage amps and modern recreations of those timeless designs. The Gold Label Overdrives touch sensitivity will astound you as the subtleties of your technique are audible like never before. As a tone seeker, you understand the significance of your overdrive running on 18 volts. The Gold Label operates on a 9 volt power supply, with an internal voltage converter converting that 9 into 18 volts. 18 volts provides more balanced power and head room which allows for a unwavering, full-spectrum reproduction of your guitars pure signal. The Gold Label Overdrive creates huge tone by fusing its distortion with your clean signal. The Drive knob controls this functionality by adjusting the amount of gain and the mix of clean signal. With the drive set low the Gold Label Overdrive acts as a gorgeous clean boost. The Gold Label Overdrive will be the last overdrive pedal you’ll ever need to invest in.

Get it for $349


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Peter from iheartguitarblog's Pedalboard!

Hey! Here's my pedalboard. I'm still in the process of moving
everything around and once I've settled on a layout I'll tidy up the
power cable runs and cut some patch cords to length, but this is what
I use, in order starting from the guitar:

Boss OC-2 Octave pedal
Dunlop Buddy Guy Crybaby wah wah
Way Huge Swollen Pickle MkII fuzz
MXR Dyna Comp
Dunlop Jimi Hendrix Octave Fuzz
MXR EVH Phase 90 phaser
Ibanez AF2 Paul Gilbert Airplane Flanger
MXR Stereo Chrous
MXR/Custom Audio Electronics Boost/Overdrive

There's also an MXR Carbon Copy analog delay in the effects loop of my
Marshall DSL50, and a channel switch for the Marshall - however I keep
the Marshall on its lead channel about 70% of the time, with the gain
at about 4.5, using the Boost/OD to push it further if needed, and the
guitar's volume control if I wanna clean things up. Sometimes I'll add
a DigiTech Bad Monkey overdrive or a Boss DS-1 Distortion nicknamed
'The Awesomeizer,' and I have a great Danelectro Back Talk reverse
delay which I drag out from time to time.

Other times I leave the pedalboard at home and just use a Boss GT-8
hooked up in the 'four cable method,' placing the amp's preamp in the
GT-8's effect loop so I can use different effects before the preamp
and in the amp's loop at the same time. Very handy for gigs that
require complex switching.

My wish list is almost as big as my pedalboard itself: DigiTech WH4
Whammy, Way Huge Pork Loin, MXR Auto Q, Roger Mayer Voodoo Vibe +, TC
Electronic Nova Delay, Eventide PitchFactor, Morpheus DropTune... I
could go on and on - and probably will!


Thanks Peter! Your gear rocks and so does your website! Follow him on Twitter and bookmark iheartguiarblog!

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Thursday, September 24, 2009

ToneFreq's Daily Pedal: Paul Gilbert Airplane Flanger AF2

I want one! This is a very expressive pedal and it's perfect for making great retro - almost videogame type of sounds.

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Wednesday, September 23, 2009

ToneFreq's Daily Pedal: HipKitty Oxblood Distortion Pedal

Looking for small British amp tone without the British amp? Look no further, the HipKitty Oxblood Distortion was designed to sound like an AC15 with an additional gain stage. Bright and chimey, the Oxblood distortion gives you the best of super saturated EL84 love along with the ability to switch it off when you want. True to like tube tone and British charm are available with the HipKitty Oxblood Distortion pedal.

HipKitty Oxblood Distortion Features:
* True bypass
* Gain, Volume, Tone controls
* True British tube amp tone

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John Frusciante’s Guitar Rig and Pedalboard

John Frusciante of the Red Hot Chili Peppers used the following gear for the Stadium Arcadium tour. I guess he likes the "row of pedal" thing. I thought he would have had them more ergonomically organized. At any rate very b.a.!

Guitars: '55 and '62 Fender Stratocasters; '69 Les Paul Custom; Martin 0-15.
Amps: Marshall Major and Silver Jubilee heads. Marshall 4x12 cabinets with stock Celestions.

Effects: Boss CE-1 Chorus Ensemble, DS-1 Distortion, DS-2 Turbo Distortion; Electro-Harmonix English Muff'n fuzz, Holy Grail Reverb, Big Muff Pi fuzz, POG Polyphonic Octave Generator, Electric Mistress Flanger; DOD 680 Analog Delay; Moog MF-105 MuRF, MF-105B Bass MuRF, MF-101 Low-Pass Filter, MF-103 Phaser; Ibanez WH-10 Wah; Dunlop DB-02 Dime Custom CryBaby.
Strings: D'Addario .010-.046.

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Neal Schon's Journey Rig, Les Paul and Pedalboard

Neal Schon is one of my guitar heroes growing up and has become one of my favorite all time players! Take a good long look at his incredible rig! Are you envious? I am!

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Jon (@Guitarnoize) Shows His Pedalboard

Jon, of, sent in his killer pedalboard. Please book mark his page and follow him on Twitter @guitarnoize!

First of all the pedalboard itself is a T-Rex Engineering Tone Trunk 55,
then in order of signal path:

MXR '76 Vintage Dyna Comp
MC-404 Custom Audio Electronics Wah
Mad Professor Sweet Honey Overdrive
Xotic Effects BB+
LovePedal Vibe

Effects Loop
TC Electronics Nova Repeater

Genz Benz Black Pearl 30 Boost switch

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Hagar On Gibson, Chickenfoot, Joe and Ed

Red Rocker fans! has a great two part interview with Sammy Hagar where he talks about his favorite guitar, Chickenfoot and the differences between writing with Joe Satriani and Eddie Van Halen. Check it out!



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EVH, Sheen, 2 Burritos and a Root Beer Float

"The Man" Eddie Van Halen played himself in an episode of "Two and a Half Men" when the CBS sitcom returned last night (Monday, September 21). Executive producer Chuck Lorre touched base with Ed after learning he was a big fan of the sitcom. "He was gracious enough to do a cameo, which is really cool," Lorre told Entertainment Weekly.

Van Halen's scene was taped in early August in Burbank, California. Check out video footage of his appearance below.

Van Halen said, "I was asked to do a cameo for 'Two and a Half Men'. I typically shy away from these requests as I am not an actor, but (actor) Charlie (Sheen) and I are friends and since it was a scene with him, I agreed. Charlie and I had a great time, even though I was very nervous. The cast and crew were a pleasure to work with and helped me feel a little more at ease."

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Tuesday, September 22, 2009

ToneFreq's Daily Pedal: Boss DD-20 Giga Delay

I bought this pedal a couple of years back and have turned on other guitarists to it due to it's ease of use and versatility. With 23 seconds of delay and 11 different delay modes and a "looper-esqe" mode the Boss DD-20 Giga Delay could be the last delay you'll ever need.

Twitter @aljonrocks Modular PedalBoard

I saw these boards at Winter NAMM 2009 and was completely blown away with the workmanship. They come in three different sizes and are made with sturdy lightweight aluminium. I also like the built in rack spaces! Perfect for a power conditioner or wireless system. The basic price for the 20" board starts at $549. Power supply and flight case are available as options for an additional charge.

The board is a bit pricey, however the build quality and the built-in rack could possibly help consolidate some gear.


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Road Runner Pedalboard All-In-1 Gig Bag

This Road Runner pedalboard bag features a 600-denier outer cover for long lasting protection. The 1/2" padding around the pedal bag keeps your pedals looking new and well-protected. As an added benefit, the cover transforms into a non-slip bottom so your effect pedals aren't strewn about the chamber. A large outside pocket holds your cables and accessories, while a convenient mesh pocket on the outside is ideal for holding personal items. The sure-grip zipper pulls and wraps around the handle, for a sleek look and assurance of the Road Runner case being closed. Also includes a comfortable padded shoulder strap. Around the neighborhood or around the world, the CRZR-PB1 pedalboard bag and every Road Runner case is built tough to withstand the abuse of the road so your instruments won't have to. In fact, Road Runner is so confident in its bags and cases that it backs every product with a full repair/replacement guarantee that covers all defects in materials and workmanship.

You can find this at your local guitar shop for just under $40!

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My Pedalboard for JonesWorld

Performing in JonesWorld is unlike any other band I have ever been in. The group is HUGE: full horn section, multiple percussionists, several guitarists and keyboardists not to mention tons of dancers. Just think of the combination of The Time, P-Funk, The Revolution and Van Halen all on stage at the same time! There is very little room on Limelight's large stage once everyone is in place so keeping a little pedalboard is important.

Here's a look at the board my wife and I share on stage - YES my wife plays guitar on a couple of songs! Since space is of such short supply I've had to modify my normal Pedaltrain setup and move to a smaller Gator Pedaltote with a G-bus powersupply.

Here's the rundown:

George L's patch cables - Easy to create instrument cables at any length and sound AMAZING!

Planet Waves Chromatic Tuner

Keeley Compressor - This four knob version let's you dial in that perfect sweet spot for those funk parts. I also use this for a little sustain during solos.

Mad Professor Snow White Auto Wah - Since I do tend to move around a bit on stage this pedal keeps the funk going so I don't have to be anchored to one place. It also has an incredible amount of control.

ZVEX Box of Metal - Since a lot of the JW songs are heavily influenced by VH type riffage this pedal comes in really handy. I really dig the built-in noise gate.

Keeley Modded Ibanez TS9DX Flexi 4X2 - Keeley modded this pedal for true-bypass as well as put both his "baked" and "mod plus" stamps on it. The pedal has got plenty of gain and rich harmonics to it. For this gig it gives me just the right amount of dirt and is for my not-so-clean rhythm playing.

Mad Professor Mellow Yellow Tremolo - Another killer pedal from MP. The LED pulses in the tempo you dial in. Nice and warm! Great for those retro numbers.

VOX Joe Satriani Time Machine Delay - When a preview of this pedal was released at Winter NAMM I speculated that this would be similar to one of my ALL-TIME favorite Korg delay pedals - and I was right. Tap tempo, 4 delay settings and a switch for lo-fi and hi-fi make this perfect for this gig.

Visual Sound Liquid Chorus - Classic chorus sound in a very road worthy pedal. I use this for more of the "Purple Rain-ish" passages.

Creation Audio Labs MK4.23 Boost - I keep this pedal on the whole time at "0" to make it sound like I'm plugging straight into my amp.

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Monday, September 21, 2009

ToneFreq's Daily Pedal: Tone Box’s Skull Crusher

3D Effects in a Skull Crushing Stomp Box

Tone Box’s Skull Crusher takes on the competition by bringing 3D effects to the arsenal of musicians around the world.

Destined to create more than just another effects pedal, Tone Box, Inc. sets out to break the mold of traditional stomp box shapes and tones adding a new dimension to every musician’s on-stage performance. Co-founded by industry veteran, Kasha and special effects creator, Shawn Crosby, Tone Box officially unveils its first product, the Skull Crusher. Kasha and Crosby saw the need to kick the pedal world into overdrive when they noticed, as Crosby states - “the current market selection was simply boring in their appearance and presentation on stage. We wanted something that adds a visual third dimension to the musicians playing and tone.” Aligning themselves with ‘A’ List rock stars and utilizing the production services of Rockmodules, Skull Crusher has opened the doors on what is only the beginning of a promising line of pedal effects.

“The Skull Crusher Drives my amp like no other pedal. Its revolutionary 3D design and technology blew me away. As a bass player, I especially loved the harmonic overtones and smooth growl still keeping my notes upfront and musical sounding. I’ve reserved a permanent spot on top of my classic SVT and know that this pedal will always deliver what I’ve always wanted in tone. It is the best looking and sounding pedal I’ve ever had the privilege to play.”- Robbie Crane (Bassist for Ratt)

Like a fine jeweler or a portrait sculptor, Crosby approached the housing of a stomp box with a different, but very skilled eye. He saw beyond the utilitarian tin can encompassing the electronics and seized an opportunity to enhance the musicians playing and tone by creating a visual third dimension that both inspired the musician and entertained the audience. Design and construction of the Skull Crusher is hand sculpted to the finest detail by trained artists, then molded and finished to the highest grade of finish. Enhancing the stainless steel body are red and blue LED’s that illuminate when the pedal is activated, achieving an eye-stunning effect. Production models are available in four finishes: gun metal, stainless steel, aged and ancient. Also available are custom precious metal models in 24k gold and sterling silver.

"Not only is this the coolest looking pedal I've ever seen in my life, the 8 voices it generates are astounding. It's like 4 killer overdrive pedals in 1. From slight tone enhancement, to over-the-top/are-you-kidding-me/ mac-truck-between-the-eyes blistering tones with clarity so every note cuts through. I'll take 2 please." – Phil X (Guitarist for Kelly Clarkson, Avril Lavigne, Tommy Lee, Daughtry)

To compliment its captivating appearance, The Rockmodules technology inside of the Skull Crusher was designed after the Kasha Amplifiers Rockmod sound. It is the world’s first overdrive pedal with eight distinct analog voicing’s and can be used with guitar, bass or any other musical instrument. On the back of the head you will find the VOICING, TONE and GAIN controls to give the player flexibility like no other overdrive pedal. The voicing knob allows the musician to select from four presets labeled as CLEAR (3dB up), ICE (11 dB up), CHAINS (15dB up) and BODY (18 dB up). Combine these four with the 10 dB BOOST and the artist now has eight voices to create his wildest dreams.

In addition to the four production models, Tone Box will be accepting limited custom orders on a first come, first serve basis and pricing will very per order depending on the availability and requests of the customer.

Tone Box is actively seeking domestic dealers and international distributors. For more information, please visit their website at

Base Models start at $399.00 USD

About Tone Box
Tone Box, Inc. mission is to provide the most innovative professional guitar effects ever seen, heard and played. We want the musician to love our products and have fun playing them on stage and in the studio. We will build our 3D effects product line using the musicians and designers in the music industry and will the change the way guitar effects look like and sound like for the most musical and entertaining experience possible for years to come.

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Bruce Kulick's Pedalboard

Bruce Kulick, formerly of KISS shows us his pedalboard.

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Pedalboard Week!

I LOVE... ahem... I L-O-V-E pedalboard! My wife thinks I might have a slight problem, but that's ok. This week is pedalboard week on Not only will I continue posting the "ToneFreq Pedal of the Day" but I'll be talking pedalboards with John Chandler of Pedaltrain and feature some great boards submitted by YOU! I'll also let you in on the secrets to The World's Largest Pedalboard! I would love to spotlight your board so do us both a favor and e-mail me a picture of your board with a bullet list of pedals etc...

This will be FUN!

E-mail me your stuff:

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Saturday, September 19, 2009

JonesWorld tonight at Limelight!

Tonight is the night for FUNK, ROCK and WOMEN! P.T. Barnum has got nothing on us. Come out for the big show tonight at Limelight, downtown Nashville. For more deets click the link!


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Fleetwood Mac/Lindsey Buckingham Rumours Tour Backstage 1977

Here's some great vault footage of one of my favorite bands. Check out part two where Lindsey noodles on the acoustic. Brilliant!

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Joe Satriani's live Chickenfoot guitar rig

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Rivera Venus V Series

I visited a local music store the other day to pick up a cable and my friend/band leader of JonesWorld Todd "Zilla" Austin showed off the latest amp from Rivera. I'm a fan of Paul's amps. The workmanship is outstanding and the sound is unbelievable. The new Venus V amp was no exception. The clarity was wonderful and the gain was admirable. Rolling the guitar's volume at a pretty high gain setting cleaned up tremendously. The amp is dead sexy and can be found in black or my personal favorite white! Check it out!


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Friday, September 18, 2009

ToneFreq's Daily Pedal: Whirlwind Rochester Series

I received a nice Tweet this week from a music store about these new Whirlwind effects pedals. I knew about the association with the original MXR company and was immediately intrigued. Word is on the street that they sound superior to the comparable MXR product of today and sound just as good as the original script pedals. Check them out for yourself!

PS - They are also all HANDMADE in Rochester NY, USA! Now that kicks ASS!


"As one of the original founders of MXR*, I first brought these effects pedals to guitarists almost 40 years ago. They were the ones that started a revolution and no one has made them quite the same since . . . hand-wired, American made, built to last forever and with the exact same circuits and quality components.

It's the way we did it back then and it's the way we've approached everything we've done since. With this new line of vintage pedals, the ONLY things we changed are the addition of true-bypass, a 9 Volt power inlet and an LED to indicate when they're active.

To celebrate 40 years in rock-n-roll, we're proud to release the Rochester Series pedals. You're gonna love 'em."

- Michael Laiacona, President and owner of Whirlwind

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Thursday, September 17, 2009

ToneFreq's Daily Pedal: Cusack Music Tap-A-Whirl Tremolo

Tried this out at the Nashville Amp Expo. Killer stuff. I hope to have a video up real soon. Stay tuned!


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Wednesday, September 16, 2009

ToneFreq's Daily Pedal: Zvex Box of Rock Distortion

It's no secret that I love the Marshall JTM45. So does Zachary Vex! Here's a look at his first distortion pedal, designed to bring the cranked JTM45 sound right from your toe, through your hands to your anxious ears. Jackpot!

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Janie Hendrix Introduces The New Hendrix Model Guitar – A Gibson Family of Brands

Excerpt from's interview with Janie Hendrix

Why did you choose to work with Gibson to create the new Jimi Hendrix Signature Model?

Creating this new guitar is continuing Jimi’s practice of giving back to people. He’d go to Manny’s Music store in New York to make himself available to young musicians or invite them to his studio to watch him record. He also gave away guitars or bought them for young players.

Part of the proceeds from the Jimi Hendrix guitar will be donated to the Jimi Hendrix Foundation, which is devoted to improving the quality of life for children, promoting artistic creativity, and world peace.

It was our idea to approach Gibson in the beginning, after the positive experiences we’d had with the Flying Vs that Gibson made based on Jimi’s guitars. Our excitement inspired their excitement, and here we are, creating these new musical instruments.

This is just the tip of iceberg. We want to have a whole line of Jimi-inspired instruments.


The Hendrix line of guitars is a very cool prospect in my book. Jimi is one of the best rock guitarists of all time and it's an honor to be associated with the company bringing it into the world.

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Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Next Week is Pedalboard Week!

I LOVE... ahem... I L-O-V-E pedalboard! My wife thinks I might have a slight problem, but that's ok. Next week is pedalboard week on I'll be talking pedalboards with John Chandler of Pedaltrain and feature some great boards. I would love to spotlight your board so do us both a favor and e-mail me a picture of your board with a bullet list of pedals etc...

This will be FUN!

E-mail me your stuff:

Twitter @aljonrocks

Boobtone Amplification

If first saw these amps at Winter NAMM 2009 and was intrigued. Not only because of the irreverent name but the sound out of these amps was outrageous! Boobtone amps are Class-A, hand-wired, 10 watt single-ended amps that are warm, responsive and LOUD! I checked them out again at the Nashville Amp Expo and was completely blown away. You will too. Check out their site. I hope to have some video up real soon. Stay tuned!


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Taylor 35th Anniversary Guitars

Taylor proudly celebrates 35 years of guitar-making with its most eclectic and exotic collection of limited editions ever. Some series venture into exciting new territory in response to customer requests, including a baritone GS, a parlor guitar, a 12-fret GC, and a 9-string GS. Other GS models boast a Laskin-style armrest, with a choice of Macassar ebony, feathered walnut, cocobolo or quilted maple. Perhaps the crown jewel of our 35th anniversary acoustics is an ultra-rare series of 35 stunning flitch-match Brazilian rosewood models topped with Adirondack spruce and offered in a mix of GA, GS and Dreadnought body shapes.

Meanwhile, the Taylor electric line showcases several series of commemorative SolidBody and T3 models with premium-grade exotic top woods that include gorgeous feathered koa, quilted maple, and cocobolo. All 35th anniversary models feature a commemorative “35” fretboard inlay, come with a custom label, and include a certificate of authenticity. Some series are scheduled for release starting in August, with others slated for arrival starting in September. Be sure to check back periodically for photos, full specs and dealer availability for these extraordinary models.


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Gibson Seeks SG Rock Chicks!

Gibson is looking to fill the title of "SG Gal" with a girl guitarist who's got the chops and the charm to represent one of the most iconic guitars in our lineup, the Gibson SG.

If you think you fit the bill and you'd like to win a new SG from Gibson USA, all you have to do to qualify is upload an original video to YouTube that shows why you deserve to be named the ultimate "SG Girl."

Sure, you may have your pride to lose but there's an SG at stake! So get wild and go crazy, be creative and go all out! The only rule: This is a girls-only contest. Not even the prettiest boy in the silkiest wig is going to make us change our minds about that. If you are a dude, you're welcome to encourage your wife, girlfriend, mom, grandma or any other female in your life to enter the contest, but ultimately she'll get the glory and the guitar.

The participant with the most popular video, voted on by the public, will win a Gibson SG Zoot Suit brought to you by Gibson USA and received the title of "SG Gal"! Make sure you get your video submissions in by midnight on November, 13th 2009.


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ToneFreq's Daily Pedal: MXR Fullbore Metal Distortion

Today's edition of the "Daily Pedal" is not a pedal I've even tried yet. The engineers at MXR have built a new distortion pedal called the Fullbore Metal. This pedal has been built from the ground up to deliver bone crushing gain from the likes of Dimebag, Rhodes, Wylde and everywhere in between. Even at the 20% position there is tones more gain to be had. I really dig the depth and control you have over the EQ as well as the cool noise gate. Check it out for yourself. Now I have to update my must-have pedal list! Dammit!


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Monday, September 14, 2009

ToneFreq's Daily Pedal: Digitech Expression Factory EX-7

I dig this pedal since it's got some really great textural and classic effects. The classic Whammy, Space Station, killer tremolo, wahs, flangers and reverbs sound pretty authentic. It's also rather sturdy. Those details alone make this a great buy. I think guitarists who have little room on their pedalboard or who use these special effects sparingly will really like this unit. Did I mention all the different distortion sounds? It can get a little confusing with the various settings and knobs that pull double duty, however I'm willing to give it a pass due to all the great sounds.

Try it. I think you will like it!

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Epiphone Introduces 14 New Models For 2010

Epiphone 2010 New Products Video from Will Jones on Vimeo.

Looking forward to all these sweet new models!


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Van Halen 2010 Tour

Ticketmaster CEO Irving Azoff “inadvertently” let it slip that Van Halen will tour in 2010. As reported by, Azoff leaked the news during a Q&A session yesterday (Sept. 9) at the Bank of America Merrill Lynch Media, Communications and Entertainment Conference.

Azoff also said Ticketmaster plans to unveil interactive seat maps in the fourth quarter of this year, to be followed by dynamic ticket pricing in 2010.


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Kramer Nite-V

Kramer Guitars have a long history of making guitars that are performance driven. Its reign in the 80’s as one of the top guitar companies in the world is legendary. Kramer is proud to announce the upcoming release of the NiteV. This is one of the many new models Kramer will have in stores this fall. We can’t show them all at once…the extreme G.A.S. could cause health problems!

The NiteV’s stealthy scarves set off this aggressive V shape that balances great. Unlike some of the other guy’s, your neck won’t be hitting the floor when you let go while doing your best rock god pose.


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Bid on the ULTIMATE Steve Vai gear collection!

AUCTION BEGINS: September 14 at 3:45pm PDT

This is a Once in a lifetime package for a special Steve Vai Fan!

You get everything shown in the photo, including Steve! This is a replica rig and contains many of the original items Steve used on the String Theory tour that was captured live in the, Live in Minneapolis: Where the Wild Things Are DVD. (*denotes original String Theory tour items)

(1) Original Steve Vai owned Jem (Bad Horsie II guitar used on the Fire Garden tour)
(2) Carvin Legacy II heads
(2) 4x12 Carvin Legacy cabinets*
(1) Bad Horsie wah pedal*
(1) Little Alligator Volume pedal*
(1) Ibanez Jemini distortion pedal
(1) Digitech Whammy pedal*
(1) Original SV TC –G force*

The following Steve Vai DiMarzio cables for the entire rig.
These cables are of the highest end guitar cables manufactured in the world.

(1) 10 ft Vai Cable w/ one end Right angle connector
(4) 20 ft Cables w/ one end Right angle connector
(2) 3 ft jumpers w/ one end right angle connector
(4) Regular jumpers both end right angle
(2) Speaker cables from head to amp


Steve will write and record an original song dedicated to the Highest bidder which will be made an iTunes exclusive. All proceeds from the sale of the track will go to Hollywood Arts. The bidder will have their name and a very special thanks included on the next SV record. A commemorative DVD plaque made out to the winner
A 1 hour private guitar lesson. If the winner lives in the LA area, Steve will make a personal house visit for the lesson.

The winner is invited to an EVO experience (including concert tickets) in the town of their choice on Steve's next concert tour tour.

All proceeds from this auction will benefit Hollywood Arts, an arts academy that provides creative and commercial art instruction to homeless and at-risk youth. Vai has been a member of the board of directors for Hollywood arts since 2007. For more, visit


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Sunday, September 13, 2009

Seymour Sustains Stompbox Line with New Compressor

Simply put, a compressor makes quiet passages louder and loud passages quieter. They’re used to make you sound more “professional” by providing smooth dynamics and enhanced sustain. But most compressors can get in the way of your guitar’s natural transients and feel. Not so with the SFX-09 Double Back™ Compressor, the newest stompbox by pickup-giant-turned-pedal-manufacturer, Seymour Duncan. The Double Back feature, which gives this stompbox its name, allows some of the uncompressed sound–specifically the initial “snap” of the string–to “double back” into the compressor output, thus preserving the essential essence and sensation of a string being plucked. And it’s extremely quiet.

At its heart, the Double Back is a low noise, low distortion compressor-sustainer pedal with very wide-range compression, exceptional sustain, and simple, intuitive control of compressor dynamics. One control knob adjusts the compression ratio from 1:1 to over 20:1, and simultaneously sets the maximum sustain, with an extraordinary 60dB of sustain gain being engaged at high compression ratios.

Added to this are three features that preserve the playing dynamics and “feel” that are lost with many other compressors. The first is the “Double Back” control. This feature blends some of your guitar’s uncompressed signal with the compressed signal, thus preserving the essential essence and sensation of a string being plucked. The second is a three-position switchable frequency filter which allows the tone of this sound to be tailored to fit the music and the player’s taste. The third is the “Attack” control which determines how fast the compressor responds to each pick attack. The range of this control is enormous. At its fastest speed, the compressor action is almost instantaneous – the guitar sound is compressed as soon as the pick releases the string. At medium speeds, the initial organic “thunk” of the guitar body gets through before the compressor acts. At the slowest speed, a massive explosion of sound precedes the sustained tone, hammering out the guitar dynamics while still providing incredible sustain.

Like all Seymour Duncan stompboxes, the Double Back Compressor features true bypass and is built like a tank. The SFX-09 is the cleanest, quietest compressor around. And with the Double Back feature, it’s one of the most unique and usable.

About Seymour Duncan:
Seymour Duncan provides a broad range of quality tone expression products including aftermarket and original equipment guitar pickups as well as boutique stompboxes for guitar players. Founded by Seymour W. Duncan and Cathy Carter Duncan in 1978 in Santa Barbara, CA, the company builds legendary craftsmanship into every one of its products enabling guitarists to find the tone that sets them apart. For more information about Seymour Duncan, please visit the company’s website at

SFX-09 Double Back Compressor Technical Specifications
• Compression Ratio: Adjustable from 1:1 to 20:1
• Maximum Compressor Gain: +50dB
• Attack Speed: Adjustable from 3.2ms to 50ms
• Double Back Gain: Fully “off” to +34dB
• Battery Life: 100 Hours with a premium alkaline battery
• Power Source: 9V battery or external 9VDC regulated wall transformer, center pin negative. 5mA current drain
• Input Impedance: 1 Megohm (1000K ohms)
• Output Impedance: 2.75K ohms maximum
• Output Clipping Level: 7V Peak-to-Peak
• Distortion: Less than 0.3% at 300mV RMS output at 1 kHz
• Noise referred to Input: -102dBV unweighted, 400Hz – 20kHz, input shorted
• Type of Circuitry: True bypass, class A
• Compressor type: Voltage Controlled Amplifier (VCA)
• Dimensions: 4.75” wide X 5.0” tall X 2.3” high
• Weight 1.5 lbs.
• Chassis material 16 Gauge Steel
• USA MSRP: $225


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Redland Music Products Introduces New Guitar Care Products

Redland Music Products™ has introduced 50 new designs for its Axe Mat™ premium guitar repair mats and Workstation Kits, including the new monochrome design “Paint It Black”, for those who do not wish to be limited to a particular type of guitar image. There are now more than 90 different images from which to choose.

Axe Mats, featuring high resolution photographic images of popular guitar models, make the perfect work surface for guitar maintenance and repair. The incredible images are permanently dyed into the supple top fabric, and will never crack, fade, or wash off. The mats are backed by high-density urethane to cushion and protect fine instruments and the work surface underneath. Measuring 19” x 29” to accommodate any size guitar, these durable mats are easy to clean, lay flat, and easily roll up for storage in the clear tube provided. The Workstation Kit includes an Axe Mat, Axe Jack™ headstand, and clear storage tube.

Additional new items in the Redland product line up include Axe Time™ clocks and Axe Pads™ mousepads, which make great gift items, and feature the same incredible images as the Axe Mats. Other Redland accessories recently presented at the NAMM Show in Anaheim include a complete line of products for guitar care, including Premium Guitar Cleaner, Guitar Wax, and Lemon Oil Conditioner. All of these products are environmentally safe, and contain no harmful solvents or silicone. Also highlighted were a professional-grade guitar tool kit, and microfiber polishing cloths that feature popular guitar images.

Redland Music Products is a division of Vision International, one of the world’s leading large-format graphic design firms, whose CEO, Tim Fullmer, also happens to be a world-class musician and guitar collector.

For more information contact Redland Music Products at 877-688-7584 or

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Friday, September 11, 2009

Remembering 9/11

I'm always touched when reading other accounts of 9/11. It's a day most of us will never forget.

I was on my third USO tour with my rock band. We were setting up for our first show in Bahrain (just south of Saudi Arabia. We had just arrived the day before soaking up the local atmosphere and getting to know the troops on base. It was about noon and we were getting things ready for our show that night. All of a sudden everyone stopped to see a breaking news feed from CNN. The base went into scramble mode and a base commander told us that our show had to be postponed until further notice. As we headed back to our hotel we were accompanied by Marines and were under guard and observation in the city.

Needless to say we were all in shock and our tour was cancelled. We spent a week and a half in that hotel and couldn't venture out during that time for security reasons. We spent a lot of time in the hotel bar since it was much too depressing staying locked up in our room. Our singer was very depressed and spent many nights crying in her room. Communication to the states that day was impossible. I tried calling my wife and family several times with no luck. Internet and phone service was quite different back then.

Security going back home was a HUGE ordeal. Getting all of our gear past customs over several countries was an amazing feat. When we finally made it home we were relieved and very overcome with sadness for all those lost in the tragedy.

The Pentagon did invite us back on tour post 9/11 and we were the first American rock band to play for the Allied troops.

Doing those tours for the troops was an amazing experience and was very humbling. There are so many things Americans take for granted. I for one am very grateful to have made it back home to my wife and family.

Here are some pictures of my old band performing at the first "real meal" for the Allied forces post 9/11 in Afghanistan. This super supper was the first time they had anything other than MRE's (meals ready to eat). We were fortunate to supply them with some good American rock music!



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Creation Audio Labs Release Limited Edition Holy Fires

We just released Limited Edition Holy Fire pedals! This is a limited run of 30 polished stainless steel pedals with the same finish as the MK.4.23 Boost pedal. They look great side by side on your pedal board... Each pedal comes with a personalized certificate and bragging rights.

Creation Audio Labs also has a limited number of Nashville Amp Expo t-shirts as well as CAL "Blow it out your amp" motto shirts too! Pick yourself a few HERE!


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Way Huge Launches Angry Troll

The mighty Angry Troll from Way Huge Electronics serves up gorgeous portions of volume and gain to pummel the input of your amp with up to +50dB of gain. It adds bite and punch while transforming your mild mannered tone into a beastly sonic onslaught!

The Angry Troll’s two controls interact like a vintage mic pre amp. The Anger knob—a rotary switch with six Fists of Fury positions—adjusts the amount of gain created by the Troll’s op-amp, while the Volume knob regulates the overall output level. High grade components are used for a precisely tuned circuit that works like an extension of your amp. Another tone monster from the mind of Mr. Huge!

· Delivers up to +50dB of boost
· Precisely tuned to work like an extension of your amp
· Adds a little dirt at higher settings
· Heavy duty foot switch with quiet relay based true bypass
· High grade components for low noise operation


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Thursday, September 10, 2009

ToneFreq's Daily Pedal: Mad Professor Mellow Yellow Tremolo

Mad Professor Mellow Yellow Tremolo is a hand-made pedal out of Finland that is made to deliver for tremolo tones from the of 50's. I really dig the fact that this pedal sounds like some of my favorite vintage amp tremolos. The level control is especially great for a more dramatic effect. If you like Duane Eddy, The Smiths or Aerosmith the Mellow Yellow pedal will help you capture that magical sound!

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Wednesday, September 9, 2009

ToneFreq's Daily Pedal: Visual Sound H20

I consider this pedal to be one of my "desert island" effects. This rugged pedal combines a lush chorus on one side with a versatile delay on the other side. I often use this pedal for creating lush soundscapes during verses or making solos stand out with a bit of warble. I especially like how you can stomp on both sides at the same time adding immediate "fatness" to a section of a song. This new V2 version has a neat stereo output which you would expect, however the only minor drawback is the lack of a tap-tempo. Otherwise this pedal is near perfection!


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Tuesday, September 8, 2009

ToneFreq's Daily Pedal: Creation Audio Labs Holy Fire

The PS 1813 Holy Fire pedal is an amazing 48 volt pedal that uses NASA technology from the 1950's to shape your guitar's wave form to create some astoundingly warm and responsive overdrive and distortion tones. It responds just like a tube amp! It's amazing and looks amazingly cool with all those cool led lights. On a dark stage it looks like a smoldering camp fire with these glowing embers. After rigorous testing the only real drawback is it's 48 volt power supply (similar to a type of laptop power supply), however with sound like that it's worth dealing with it.


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Monday, September 7, 2009

ToneFreq's Daily Pedal: MXR Auto Q

MXR's Auto Q stompbox is one of my all-time favorite envelope/auto-wahs ever! The wide range of adjustable parameters, ease of use, durability and dependability makes this a must have for funk guitarists everywhere. I really enjoy doing distorted solos using this pedal since it allows me to have that expressive wah sound without being anchored to my pedalboard.

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Sunday, September 6, 2009

ToneFreq's Daily Pedal: T-Rex Spin Doctor Overdrive Preamp

The T-Rex Spin Doctor is a new programmable guitar preamp/overdrive pedal. The Spin Doctor gives you four preset channels of all tube overdrive. Each channel has its own control for Bass, Mid, and Treble as well as adjustments for gain, presence, and even a boost switch. As you dial in your sound and store the settings (as you would your car radio) the knobs spin to the proper setting (looking like a Robot Guitar Pedal)!

The Spin Doctor can also be used as a preamp for recording. It features a built in cabinet simulator for direct recording with a level adjustment and a Frequency knob to adjust the character of your simulated cabinet. You can also store additional presets in another MIDI compatible device and load them in a flash when you need them.

This pedal was a breeze to use and it's very responsive to your playing style. The overdrive and distortion sounds are warm. If you are looking for a very aggressive distortion from one pedal(a la Dave Mustaine) you might want to look elsewhere. The unit is heavy and uses a special power supply so if you are looking for a small light-weight solution this won't help you either. However in spite of it's hefty price tag ($600 street) this unit delivers on rich tone and rugged construction. T-Rex once again proves that they are the Cadillac builders of quality guitar effects!

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Bob of Visual Sound Takes Us Backstage at Warped Tour 2009!

Bob Weil, president of Visual Sound, takes us backstage at this year's Van's Warped Tour! It looks like VS is doing some research on a new delay pedal. Thanks for backstage pass Bob!

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Gibson Custom Shop Tak Matsumoto DC Custom

Here's a guitar that I wish Gibson would make on a regular basis for the US market (it can be found in Japan). Perhaps even have one with a Floyd Rose! Now that would rock!

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Saturday, September 5, 2009

Van Halen Accused of Ticketmaster Scalping Scheme

According to journalist Russell Hall The Wall Street Journal has alleged that Van Halen colluded with scalpers to rake in an additional $1 million during the band’s fall 2007 tour. The financial newspaper reports that the band farmed out up to 500 premium seats — involving roughly 20 shows — to secondary ticket brokers.


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Les Paul: The Man, The Music, The Guitar

Les Paul worked hard with Gibson to create the Gibson Les Paul Standard, which was introduced in 1952, followed a couple of years later by the Gibson Les Paul Custom. The Gibson Les Paul’s remarkable tone, sustain and action quickly became admired by guitarists throughout the world. Some say the creative dynamic between Les Paul and Gibson that ensued in the subsequent decades became one that has never again been duplicated by any other manufacturer.


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ToneFreq's Daily Pedal: Keeley Fuzzhead

The Keeley Fuzzhead is one of my favorite fuzz/distortion pedals because of its clarity. I used this pedal a lot when I was in the band "The Everafters." The other guitarist in the band played with a very heavy distortion sound. I added texture by playing my P-90 equipped Flying V using this pedal. It simply sings! The overtones are rich and the tonal clarity was unbelieveable. I really dig the NPN Germanium Transistor and a Darlington Pair of high gain silicon transistors for tons of volume output. This is great for overdriving tube amps or other overdrive pedals. The Silicon/Germanium Toggle switch, this is like a gain Style switch. The "SI" mode inserts two diodes (one silicon and one germanium in parallel) in the distortion circuit so you can have a modern twist on a vintage sound, increases the gain and compression a bit for more sustain. This is more of an overdrive mode.

I strongly recommend this pedal if you love more dirt for your P-90 or single-coil equipped guitar. It's not to shabby for humbuckers either! Check it out for yourself!

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Thursday, September 3, 2009

Taking a well-deserved break this week!

I'm spending some well-deserved time with my wife out on the west coast this week so I'm taking a few days from updating the site. When I come back I'll more reviews and previews for you to drool over. In the meantime please follow me on and follow by fellow blog mates on my blog roll/link area. Thanks again for your support and check in with me in a couple of days!

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