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Friday, March 17, 2006

DR Strings Review

What can be said about these strings? Well, I've tried ALL strings. You name them, and they have had at least a few weeks on my guitar. I like DR strings. Are they my personal favorite...maybe. They are hand-made and exude quality. These babies really sing. The think I like most about DR strings are the long life. It truly seems as if they will last you about 1 week longer than other strings while still retaining that "new" string sound. As far as playability, these strings are in a class of their own.

I think that the best way to find strings is to simply experiment. I like a string that offers long life because I tend to bend the strings a lot when I solo (I ripped off Billy Corgan's techniques pretty badly). Experiment for youself to see what string you keep returning to. In a future post I will discuss proper string windings and some interesting techniques for getting more life and brightness out of each pair.

Big Muff, Big Sounds

You either love this pedal or hate it. This is the Electro-Harmonix Big Muff pedal. Do you like sustain that would make Santana say "Amigo!" This pedal has a fair amount of sustain, if you can get around the fact that it is very noisey. I suggest using a Boss Noise Reducer in your effect line if you are going to be using this pedal on stage.

What does it sound like? Well, this pedal will give you a nice, 70's style fuzz that is very warm and ideally suited for lead solo word. As for rhythm, you may want to use this pedal in conjunction with some other distortion boxes in order to get a beefer overall disortion tone. This pedal is a worthy addition to your rig, if you can get around the above criticisms. Personally, I use the pedal for a few live songs to give my solos a vastrly different tone here and there. I certainly don't use it heavily however. Musicians Friend has it on sale for $79.99.

Electro Harmonix Wiggler Pedal

This is a pretty amazing pedal. I picked this baby up roughly two weeks ago and am still finding new variations and ways to use it. For those of you who are unfamiliar with this pedal, let me give you a brief description of what this thing can do for ya.

First of all, what drove me to this pedal was the fact that it is made by Electro-Harmonix. I have reviewed products by them before. Each product has an underlying quality that is seldom matched in today's market. One of the best qualities of the Wiggler is the fact that it has tubes built into the thing.What does it sound like? Basically, the pedal sounds like a warm bath of tremelo and vibrator soothing your ears. I am very fond of this pedal. It definately turns heads at live performances and gives your sound lots of depth and movement.

It has five knobs: Volume, intensity, rate, selection mode, and 4 click mode. If you are interested in getting a tremelo pedal, I strongly recommend this.Finally, it is constructed of road ready metal that will take years of abuse. Check this out at your local music store and tell me what you think.