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Category Archives: Guitar Tech

The Secret History of Guitar Effects Pedals

A Short History The sound of a guitar -as pure as it is- has been modified by performers for decades. The first amplifiers & portable PA systems came out in the 1920’s but were not originally intended for the guitar. Trumpets and trombones in the brass section ruled the roost in big bands of the time, pushing the guitar aside … Continue reading

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An Evening with Paul Reed Smith and Paul Miles from PRS Guitars

We are delighted to welcome Paul Reed Smith back to Sound Affects Paul Reed Smith returns bringing Paul Miles, the head of Private Stock at the company. The pair will discuss the company’s history, its current projects, and will provide insight into the private stock program, where you can specify a custom order PRS guitar of your own. There will … Continue reading

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JHS Reveal The Bonsai 9-Way Tube Screamer at NAMM 2018

One of the most innovative and interesting pedals to come out at NAMM 2018. JHS have absolutely knocked it out the park with this one. Following on from their own pedal released in 2015 called the Muffuletta -which packed six different Fuzz circuits into one pedal- the Bonsai packs nine (yes nine!) different classic Tube Screamers into one unit. This … Continue reading

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JHS Update Three Pedals for NAMM 2018 – Panther Cub Delay V2, Emperor Chorus V2 and Unicorn Vibe V2

The men and women at JHS Pedals in the USA have had a very busy NAMM 2018 so far. With the announcement of five new and updated pedals in their range. As far as the updated pedals go, here’s the lowdown on what’s changed and what’s not with the Panther Cub Delay V2, the Emperor Chorus V2 and the Unicorn … Continue reading

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JHS AT+ Andy Timmons Signature Pedal Revealed at NAMM 2018

In 2016 JHS Pedals brought out the JHS AT Signature Drive pedal for the amazing guitar player Andy Timmons. Featuring a 3-way toggle switch to go between 25, 50 and 100 Watts of headroom with dials for Drive, Air, EQ control and Volume. The AT could also run on 18v (rather than your standard 9v) for even more headroom. Now, … Continue reading

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Martin unveil Re-imagined standard line-up in time for NAMM 2018

C.F Martin & Co. is a Guitar company with tradition, innovation, and heritage as part of it’s DNA – It has remained a family-run company, passed down from Father to Son since 1833, and is an icon of Western music and American ideology. When you pick up a Martin, you can hear the company’s history – a company that has … Continue reading

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Chase Bliss Audio Reveal Two New Pedals for NAMM 2018 – Conder Analog EQ and Thermae Delay

New gear always excites any musician suffering from bad Gear Acquisition Syndrome (GAS) and today no guitar player is spared. The bath robe draped people at Chase Bliss Audio in USA have come out with some rather interesting new creations. Meet the new additions to the line up: The Condor Analog EQ   First up, the Condor. This pedal can … Continue reading

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Chase Bliss Audio Release Updated Warped Vinyl HiFi Vibrato/Chorus Pedal

Chase Bliss have a very good habit of putting out some of the highest quality guitar pedals on the market today. This new update is no exception. Rather than giving it the name ‘Warped Vinyl mkiii’ to replace the now discontinued ‘mkii’ they felt this pedal differed enough to be called something new. Enter the Warped Vinyl HiFi Vibrato/Chorus Pedal. … Continue reading

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New Richie Kotzen Signature RK50 Victory Amplifier Released!

Initially teased in February 2017 by a sneaky picture on his Instagram (below), the guitar/vocal powerhouse has finally released his long awaited new signature amplifier and boy is it cool! The Victory RK50 came about through Richie’s longstanding friendship with Victory Amplifier Designer Martin Kidd (who originally designed Richie’s old Cornford Signature Amp way back when) and it packs lots … Continue reading

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Akai Headrush Pedalboard – In-Stock Now

We’ve been quite excited about these arriving…And it’s now in-stock! New from Akai, this is the Headrush Pedalboard. The multi-effects unit contains a number of vintage and modern amplifiers and array of high quality effects which are easily accessible by the board’s integrated colour touchscreen. Not only is the Akai Headrush fully-equipped to accommodate all genres of styles, further features … Continue reading

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