Throwback Thursday: Racer X shredding at the Omni

Throwback Thursday: Racer X shredding at the Omni

As I practice my ass off trying to get my skills back in place for Halo Orbit shows, I started to get nostalgic about my past shred days. Sometimes, at one of my clinics or at music schools, I will tell kids how I used to practice with Paul Gilbert at Musicians Institute. My routine would start with practice from 6am to 9am, then go to class, home to eat, then over to Paul's to rip on new Racer X riffs. I would practice 16 hours a day all in the name of speed and shred.

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Demo: SolidGoldFX Beta SuperDrive

Demo: SolidGoldFX Beta SuperDrive

Rarely, do I see an overdrive that really takes a totally different angle on the pedal’s tone. Usually, overdrives are designed to give you a grit or mild distortion to your sound.  It is not as over the top as a distortion or fuzz pedals but it is designed to push the front end of your amp into a distortion.

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Demo: Earthquaker Devices Space Spiral

Demo: Earthquaker Devices Space Spiral

Making its debut at this years winter NAMM, Pedals And Effects is comin' at ya with Earthquaker Device's latest offering, the Space Spiral Modulated delay! From vibrato, warm swells, tape breakup, and weird interval/octave harmonies, we've only begun to scratch the surface of what the Space Spiral is capable of!

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Show Me Your Pedalboard: Rob

Show Me Your Pedalboard: Rob

It's been a while since we've done a Show Me Your Pedalboard feature! Don't worry, I haven't forgotten about you guys. I see all of the emails you guys send me of your boards, and I super appreciate how awesome you guys are. I will try my best to get back to you with my thoughts on your board. Anyhow, today's board comes from Rob from Chicago! 

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Demo: Ibanez Echo Shifter

Demo: Ibanez Echo Shifter

Pedals And Effects is so lucky and incredibly honored to have a guy as passionate as Nick give us extensive demos of his favorite pedals!  In today’s post, he shows us his Ibanez Echo Shifter! I love the look, functionality, and sound of the Echo Shifter, but the Ibanez reputation is what I can vouch for more than anything else. Ibanez has consistently made great gear over the years and their pedals have always been top notch!

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Demo: A/DA Flanger

Demo: A/DA Flanger

There are times when it is clear why a pedal is the best there is in its category. This is the definite case of the A/DA (Analog/Digital Associates) Flanger. This effect is huge, dynamic over the top all the while remaining musical. But I have to say, I don’t hear a lot of flangers being used these days.

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Demo: Markbass Super Synth

Demo: Markbass Super Synth

The Markbass Super Synth was a craigslist purchase I made after checking out fellow bassist Dennis Owens’ of Free Moral Agents use of his. He used it in a very musical and inspiring way but when I got mine and shot this video, I was clearly not inspired and so the result is a lukewarm review. What I should add is that just because I am not a fan of the Markbass Super Synth, does in no way mean I think it is bad pedal for all musicians. It did not move me but it moved Dennis, and it may move you.

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Demo: Eradicator by Satellite Amps

Demo: Eradicator by Satellite Amps

Hey guys, Nick here, recently I had seen that Adam, from Satellite Amps, was getting into the pedal world. His amps are simple and super rock and roll. He hand builds 'em all and they come in all sorts of cool colors. His first pedal is basically one of his loud ass amps in a cool mid century-lookin' custom steel box. The casing is just a bit bigger than your average pedal and that's because it's got a dang 12AX7 tube in it!

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