The Beginner's Guide To Gain Staging

If there is one thing nearly all guitarists are borderline obsessed with, it's the quest for that perfect overdrive tone. Whether it's a creamy lead sound, or an "in-yer-face" crunch, everyone has their own idea of a 'Holy Grail' tone.

To help you on your search for overdrive glory, I've put together a guide to 'gain staging'. Essentially, this describes how one stage of your signal chain interacts with and drives the next part. When we apply this to stacking overdrive pedals on top of each other, the result is a cascading series of dirty tones that can take you all the way from a mild crunch to a buzzsaw fuzz with just a couple of stomps.

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April 14, 2015 Written by James Di Fabrizio 4 comments

Keeping Your Loved Ones Safe...

Travelling With Instruments and Gear - Part 2

This is the second part of a two part series, in which we're looking at how to best take care of your precious instruments and gear on long haul trips...

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March 18, 2015 Written by Alexander Klomp 0 comments

Keeping Your Loved Ones Safe...

Travelling With Instruments and Gear - Part 1

In this first part of a two part series, we'll look at how to best take care of your precious instruments and gear on long haul trips. Preparation and planning is critical to the success of any tour or trip you make - as I have discovered time and time again, prevention is better than the cure! On my recent tour of the Caribbean and South America, I've had just about all the major problems with gear occur except for my instruments and pedals actually breaking - so I thought it'd be a great idea to share some of my mistakes and tips that I've learned over the years in regards to gear.

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March 11, 2015 Written by Alexander Klomp 1 comment

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