Guitar Moderne presents the ultimate in small pedalboards. Internet searches love this kind of pompous statement. I’m actually talking about my personal go-to board for jam sessions and quick recording work. Its three, extremely versatile, effects pedals cover many of the sounds I need, for a variety of genres. They are packed on a small, sturdy pedalboard, powered without batteries (in the pedals) or needing to plug into a wall. Whether the gig is blues, roots, country, Americana, rock, pop, jazz, improv, experimental, African, Latin, or virtually any other style of music, this pedalboard lets me create appropriate tones. Check out the video and “read more” for full pedal descriptions.
Mags and blogs love lists. They are fun and sure to generate controversy. I was recently asked to write a piece on my top five overdrive pedals for Audiofanzine, a gear site out of France. You can read it here. Feel free to comment there or here, but keep in mind, these are MY top five. I am sure you have yours. My feeling is, if you are looking for an overdrive pedal, and don’t know where to start among the dozens out there, this will give a place to read about and hear some. It was fun to do and I hope it will be fun to read.
The world is full of overdrive pedals. Ibanez Tube Screamer clones abound. All claim to offer amp-like distortion; some claim to offer amp-like feel; some even come close to both. The H.A.L.O. in the name of the Alairex H.A.L.O. pedal ($399 street) stands for Harmonic Amp-Like Overdrive, and this one actually delivers both sound and feel to the maximum.