Ep. 000018 - ahh, freedom

If you haven’t checked it out yet, be sure to go back and listen to our first ever LIVE episode!

Updates from the last episode: We talked about a bunch of cool Positive Grid stuff and just recently they announced that BIAS (the amp modeler) is coming to desktop! Fun!

UPDATE: This is a bigger deal than I realized. It has amp matching like that Kemper thinger. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZlLICu58_GQ

NEWS:

  • Electro-Harmonix B9

    • All new organ tone generator, similar to sounds you can make with a POG, but more focused on specific organ types

    • 5 knobs: dry volume, organ volume, modulation control, click (for actual organ key click sounds) and a rotary selector for different organ types

    • 9 organ sounds, some with trem or rotary speaker modulation

    • Two outputs, one dry, one organ. Standard 9v adapter included

    • http://bit.ly/UgJAEN

  • Third Man Bumble Buzz Fuzz

    • A fuzz pedal put out by Jack White’s Third Man Records

    • Designed and built by Union Tube & Transistor in Vancouver

    • NO CONTROLS! WHAT? Single button to engage.

    • Sounds very splatty, octavey, ring-mody, bit crushy… its a hot mess.

    • $325 at CME, cool for a unique piece if you’re thinking like a collector… but I want controls for that price.

    • http://bit.ly/Vn5ur5

  • PRS SE Basses

    • New SE Kestrel and SE Kingfisher

    • SE Line was introduced in 2001 to bring high quality Korean built guitars to the PRS line at a lower price point. Some say they’re underpriced on the market, they’re so good

    • SE Kestrel:

      • Looks like a larger standard PRS double cut body, “vintage style”

      • 34” scale, 22 frets, 7.5” radius

      • Alder body, 5-ply maple neck w/ walnut strips, rosewood fingerboard

      • Neck through construction

      • Passive single coil J-Bass style pickups (PRS designed) 2 vol, master tone

      • Hipshot bridge allows through the body strings, or top mount

      • http://www.prsguitars.com/sekestrel/

    • SE Kingfisher

      • Newer design, “modern style”

      • 34” sacle, 24 frets, 7.5” radius

      • Swamp ash body, 5-ply maple neck w/ walnut strips, rosewood fingerboard

      • 2 passive PRS designed humbuckers, looks like the musicman style pickup

      • same controls & bridge

      • Also neck thru design

      • http://www.prsguitars.com/sekingfisher/

  • Pedal Genie

    • Create a wish list of pedals you want to try out

    • TONS of gear from a great list of manufacturers

      • Coldcraft Effects, MXR, T-Rex, Z-Vex, Wren & Cuff, to name a select few

    • They send you one at a time, and you keep it as long as you like

    • $34.95/mo but the first month is only a buck!

    • Pedalgenie.com/tonecontrol

    • Good news everyone! if you get a pedal you can’t live without, you can keep it! Contact Pedal Genie and they will give you a buy-out option based on the pedal and your length of membership.

    • Pedal Genie PRO! 3-pedals at a time for $59.95/mo

  • Dr. Z Therapy

    • 35 Watt 6L6 based head “with the flavor of a low power tweed twin”

    • Post phase-inverter master volume

    • Front panel has master, bass, mid, treble, and volume

    • 5AR4 tube rectifier tube

    • Took elements from early Fender tweed amps and added the Dr. Z treatment

    • http://drzamps.com/amp/therapy/

  • DryBell Vibe Machine

    • Another original univibe circuit but in a normal enclosure this time!

    • Vibe/Chorus & Original/Bright switches, Intensity & speed knobs

    • 2 on/off jumpers inside: one for output buffer, and one for Leslie rotary speaker ramp simulation

    • External trim pots for output level, overall depth range, and symmetry which changes the wave shape

    • Expression pedal calibration mode from 5-250k so it works with anything

    • $295, but that’s a whole lot better than the Korg NuVibe we talked about last week at $500

    • http://bit.ly/TMlCkd

    • http://youtu.be/YeMgNpS1EmM

Question!

From Brian Rizzi (@brmetalfan) “You always hear of guitars from a certain year, or pedals / amps that are more desirable because they were made between a certain date range. Do you think that anything out now fits the bill? What (if anything) in 2014 is the equivalent of a 58 Les Paul or an early 90's rectifier.”