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Seymour Duncan 805 Overdrive

Seymour Duncan have created an interesting new overdrive pedal called the 805 Overdrive:

The Seymour Duncan 805 Overdrive pedal is designed using the same chip as in the legendary 808, but with an expanded gain range and an active 3-band EQ that isn’t common on overdrives. It’s so versatile that you can use it for a smooth, lyrical bluesy overdrive one minute and a modern metal crunch the next. We started with the classic overdrive tones we all know and love but we tightened up the bottom end and added more sparkle in the highs as well as more detailed note articulation. Whether you’re after ringing cleans, a subtle boost, fat crunch, or even screaming sustaining solo tones, it’s all in there. And unlike other overdrives that become thin when you refine the gain, the 805′s 3-band active EQ lets you take back control over the low end while also fine-tuning the mids and highs.

The 805 Overdrive can be used to give your sound a boost with full overtones or to provide harmonically rich heavy gain with warm tube character. It’s extensively developed and refined to be the perfect overdrive for pushing the front end of an already distorted amp, giving you plenty of output and tone-shaping capability whether you play hard rock, prog, metal, djent or whatever other heavy styles you’d like to throw at it. Whether you’re running it into a clean channel or an utterly angry one, the sound remains natural and responsive. Like the Dirty Deed and Vapor Trail, the 805 is assembled at the Seymour Duncan Factory in Santa Barbara, California and is true-bypass.

Here is the pedal in action:

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Farmland FX SIMO Supa Fuzz

Nashville-based guitarist JD Simo is a vintage guitar fanatic. He plays vintage guitars, vintage amps, and when he uses effects they are generally vintage. (He’s even started a vintage-focused guitar blog.)

One of the vintage effects he likes a lot is the Marshall Supa Fuzz, which can be very expensive to purchase if you can find them anymore. To make it easier to find this type of fuzz pedal, Simo has worked with long-time Warren Haynes guitar tech and Farmland FX owner Brian Farmer to create the Farmland FX SIMO Supa Fuzz, which appears to be a faithful reproduction of the original Supa Fuzz.

Check out Simo talking about and demoing the pedal:

The pedal is currently available from Carter Vintage Guitars in Nashville.

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Joe Bonamassa Fuzz Face Mini

Dunlop and Joe Bonamassa have recently teamed up to create a new, smaller version of Bonamassa’s signature fuzz face, called appropriately enough the Joe Bonamassa Fuzz Face mini:

The FFM4 Joe Bonamassa Fuzz Face Mini Distortion delivers the same thick, creamy fuzz tones as its big brother but in a much smaller housing with several upgrades for modern convenience. Equipped with NOS Russian military germanium transistors, the FFM4 sports replica top hat knobs and a rich gloss black finish. A bright status LED, an AC power jack, and a battery door bring modern convenience to a classic sound, and like all Fuzz Face pedals, the FFM4 features true bypass switching.

I’ve heard good things about the full-size Bonamassa signature fuzz as well as the fuzz face minis that came out a little while ago, and I’m glad to see them create a smaller version of Bonamassa’s signature fuzz for those of us with pedal board space issues. I’m definitely interested in checking one of these out at some point.


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Anthony Stauffer Demos the Wampler Velvet Fuzz

My Internet pal Anthony Stauffer of Texas Blues Alley posted a video demo of the Wampler Velvet Fuzz pedal earlier this week. I first heard and saw the Velvet Fuzz pedal at last year’s Summer NAMM show, and it’s been on my radar ever since. It seems like a really versatile fuzz pedal that can also get fairly smooth.

Check out Anthony’s demo below. I think he does a good job of showing off what the pedal can do.

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Circuits to Cure Cancer

Circuits to Cure Cancer is a group of guitar pedal builders, retailers, reviewers, and musicians who have donated either their products or their time to help raise money for St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital. Please take a minute to look around the website to see some of the fantastic people/companies that have been involved in making this event possible.

From May 8th-18th, a series of guitar effects pedals will be auctioned off with 100% of the proceeds going to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital. Last year we raised over $14,000, and this year is looking even more promising already. You know you want to purchase guitar pedals, so why not help children in need at the same time?

There are still a few days left to bid on some great pedals and help a great cause.

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Keeley Electronics Seafoam Chorus

Keeley Electronics had a great reputation among guitarists, so I was interested to receive a press release detailing a new chorus pedal that they’re releasing. I don’t use much chorus myself, but it’s something that I think really adds a nice effect when used tastefully. I’ll definitely be interested in hearing how this one sounds. Plus, the seafoam green color looks great!

Keeley Electronics today announced it is now shipping its Seafoam Chorus effect pedal. The 100% hand-built Seafoam chorus is a new design built from the ground up that was created for the most demanding modulation effects connoisseurs. The Seafoam chorus offers a wealth of studio-quality musical tones, from pulsating vibrato pitch bending to shimmering chorus doubling effects, all in a compact pedal design.

With controls for modulation Rate, Depth, and Tone, the Seafoam Chorus makes it easy for players to dial in a wide palette of sounds. A unique Blend control was also added to enable players to toe the line between pure vibrato or chorus sounds – and explore countless variations at settings in between.

“Our design team focused on solving the challenges and shortcomings of other modulation effects and so the goal of the Seafoam Chorus was clear: create a best-in-class product that balances versatility, musical tone, and low noise in a compact effect,” said Robert Keeley, founder and chief engineer, Keeley Electronics. “To achieve this, we deployed several industry-first technical innovations to the design including using an opto-coupler enhanced LFO that contributes to the Seafoam’s low noise and smooth, natural chorusing. The end result is the Seafoam Chorus is a studio-quality effect we are extremely proud of and excited to offer to our customers.”

Like all of Keeley Electronic designs, the Seafoam Chorus is hand-built in the USA using the finest components and construction techniques. It is housed in a beautifully power-coated and rugged enclosure, includes true bypass switching, and features a 2-year limited warranty with world-class Keeley customer support.

The Keeley Electronics Seafoam Chorus is now shipping to dealers worldwide at a street price of $229. Visit for more information about the full lineup of award-winning Keeley Electronics effects.


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NAMM 2013: Fuzz Face Mini Models

Perhaps the cutest new products at NAMM were the Fuzz Face mini models introduced by Dunlop. These are pedalboard friendly versions of the traditional Fuzz Face style pedal. They look just look like the original model, but shrunk down. There are three mini models, a Hendrix model, a Germanium model, and a Silicon model. At a street price of $99, these will likely sell like hotcakes.

Premier Guitar met up with Dunlop during NAMM to get a demo of these pedals as well as a few more new products:

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Wampler Pedals Factory Tour

Jon over at Guitar Noize recently linked to this video of a tour of the Wampler Pedals factory. It’s interesting to see the combination of machinery and hand wiring that goes into their pedals.

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Slash Octave Fuzz

As if Slash wasn’t already busy enough, he found time to work with Dunlop to create a signature pedal called the Slash Octave Fuzz. Here’s what he says about the pedal:

There are some octave fuzz tones on records that I love, but the pedals that created them are very unpredictable. They’re hard to use live and even hard to control in the studio. So I talked to the guys at Dunlop and I told them that there should be a pedal that can just nail those sounds reliably. That’s where the Slash Octave Fuzz comes in. I worked with them and we made a fuzz that’s controllable, with a low octave that didn’t warble too much—that took a bit of work—plus a vintage high octave fuzz and the ability to mix the two.

The pedal features:

  • Fuzz tone with a separate sub octave voice & and octave up fuzz
  • Internal gain & tone pots shape the octave up fuzz effect
  • All analog circuitry, true bypass

Here’s a demo video of the pedal:

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NAMM 2012: Fender Mustang Floor Multi-Effects Unit

Fender have introduced their first-ever floor-based effects unit, called the Mustang Floor:

The Mustang Floor is a user-friendly, versatile and high-performance floor unit that delivers professional caliber modeling and effects in a richly varied wealth of musical styles.

A natural offshoot of our Mustang series amplifiers (in essence, a Mustang amp without the power amp and speaker), the Mustang Floor is designed for a variety of applications, only one of which is a great multi-effects unit for any basic guitar amp that puts more than three dozen digital effects at your feet.

The Mustang Floor is also a modeling preamp with low-impedance speaker-emulated outputs for running direct to a PA system, a modeling preamp with line-level outputs for use with a power amp and speakers, a silent practice system with stereo headphone output and auxiliary input perfect for playing along with an iPod or other media player, and a fantastic tone machine for direct-to-digital USB recording.

Mustang Floor features include nine footswitches and a solid aluminum treadle-style control pedal, intuitive Mustang III control panel and LCD window, 12 amp models, 37 effects, 100 onboard factory and user presets, “individual stompbox” mode in which amp models can be bypassed, headphone output and auxiliary input, dual XLR and dual ¼” line outputs with level control (outputs can be programmed for optimal response with PA system, power amp or guitar amp), chromatic tuner, and easy USB connectivity for high-quality low-latency audio output and interface with free Fender FUSEÔ application.

The Fender FUSE software, included as a free download, offers on-screen parameter control, deep editing, “hidden” parameters, unlimited preset storage, easy firmware upgrades and additional free content from Fender, Fender artists and other users worldwide.

The Mustang Floor mates perfectly with the all-new EXP-1 Expression Pedal, an add-on accessory that also works great with Mustang III, IV, and V amplifiers. The EXP-1 Expression Pedal is a dynamic device that allows for increased control of volume and parameters such as the frequency of a wah effect, or the rate/time parameter of a modulation or delay effect.

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