Taking a page from The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, here is the Second Ultimate Fuzz Roundup. The first one covered the ScreaminFX 1954 Fuzz, main.ace.fx’s Awdrey-Gore, Tribute Audio Designs’ The Big Fatty, RT Electronix’s Ultimate Analog Fuzz, Dusky Electronics’ Octomotron, Joe Gore’s Duh, and Animal Factory Amps’ Baron Samedi and Chemical Burn. For this one I was a tad less ambitious and tested one less fuzz, but it is an equally rousing group: Black Cat’s Monster K-Fuzz Stompbox, Pelican Noiseworks’ Pelitaur, the Supro Fuzz, the Haunt from Old Blood Noise Endeavors, Dwarfcraft Devices’ Necromancer, Yellowcake’s Pedals Furry Burrito, and Source Audio’s Kingmaker from their One Series.
Capos are not often seen in experimental guitar situations, but many Avant-guitarists, myself included, find themselves in more traditional, song oriented situations where a capo comes in handy, whether for matching a singer/songwriter’s chord voicings or maximizing open string usage. Thus when I came across (spoiler alert) the ultimate capo, I felt the need to share.
I recently decided that one of the culprits responsible for my back problems was the cheap office chair in which I spent way too many hours. Considering how long I spent practicing and playing guitar, writing articles, watching videos and movies, recording, etc. it was apparent I needed a better chair. When I got an email about a chair Carl Tatz was marketing, it looked promising, not just for the audio engineering purposes for which it was designed, but for all of the above as well. I reached out to Carl and he had one sent me for review. Here is what I found.
Synthesizer players understand the importance of being able to shape the attack, decay, sustain, and release of each note, also known as ADSR. This great demo by JustNick shows how the new Malekko Sneak Attack ($189 street) brings these sound sculpting abilities to guitarists. You can use it for a wide range of tremolo effects, auto-volume swells, chop and repeater sounds, It can also make the guitar’s sound more keyboard or banjo-like. The Lil Buddy expander adds tap tempo capabilities and manual triggering (also possible with the pedal’s bypass switch). The Sneak Attack can also be synced with an external click track. Thanks to JA Deane for hipping us to this cool pedal.
I am going to be representing Source Audio in Nashville to try and expose all the dealers and great players here to these sweet sounding and versatile effects. I am putting together a pedalboard of exclusively Source Audio products save for some new 1Spot Pro power sources from Truetone (formerly Visual Sound), cables from Planet Waves, and a Pedaltrain pedalboard. Eventually I will be hooking up a Keith McMillen SoftStep or 12 Step to program multiple pedal scenarios through the Soundblox Neuro Hub. Keep reading for some initial impressions.