Hamstead Soundworks: Odyssey Subspace Driver with Simon Francis

Hamstead Soundworks: Odyssey Subspace Driver with Simon Francis

We are so happy to welcome back to Pedals and Effects our homie, Simon Francis. Last we saw Simon, he was playing bass with Ellie Goulding and now he's playing with Kylie Minogue too! Even when working with these pop stars he has been allowed the experimental freedom to get gnarly with his bass tones. On the LA date of his tour, Simon was kind enough to drop by and even bring me a gift. He brought a Odyssey Subspace bass driver by Hamstead Soundworks all the way from Cambridge, UK. Check it out as we catch up with our good friend Simon, and give this boutique distortion/overdrive a test run!

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Fender: Pugilist Distortion

Fender: Pugilist Distortion

Diving deeper into the new Fender effects pedal line, today we're checking out the Fender Pugilist Distortion! The Pugilist has not one, but two distortions, which you can A/B, stack, or even blend. Like a pushed Fender amp, the distortion is well defined, but you can absolutely get gnarly when you start to stack the distortions. In case you were curious "Pugilist" means "boxer", and this pedal is a knockout!

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EarthQuaker Devices: Pyramids

EarthQuaker Devices: Pyramids

New to 2018, the mighty EarthQuaker Devices have announced the debut of the Pyramids stereo flanger pedal! If you know me, I LOVE Flangers, so I was super stoked for this pedal when we caught wind of it. There's a lot that's new to the Pyramids, EarthQuaker has gone out of their way to change the flanger game. There's a lot to dive into with the Pyramids, so let's get to it.

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Fender: Santa Ana Overdrive

Fender: Santa Ana Overdrive

Earlier this year at NAMM, Fender announced that they were putting out a new line of effects pedals. Fender went all out! The entire line includes Overdrive, Distortion, Reverb, Delay, Compressor and Buffer pedals. (All with appropriately California themed names!) If the pedals are anything like their instruments we knew they would be worth checking out, and they absolutely were. Nick and I got to playing with the Santa Ana Overdrive, and we dug what we heard!

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Fuzz Wars 2018

Fuzz Wars 2018

Nick is out on tour and I'm backed up with fuzz pedals! I decided to roll solo for this one, and shoot out some cool new fuzz pedals. On deck we got Dusky Electronics, AC Noises, Way Huge, and Spruce Effects. We haven't done one of these in a while, but I'm super stoked to see what's new in the fuzz world!

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Rainger FX: Reverb-X

Rainger FX: Reverb-X

Mad scientist David Rainger of Rainger FX is consistently conjuring up crazy cool monstrosities in his laboratory. Whenever we catch wind of something new from Rainger FX, we do our best to keep our eyes peeled. Previously we've rocked their Dr. Freakenstein fuzz on Fuzz Wars and we got to play around with the incredibly unique Deep Space Pulsar side-chaining pedal too. We missed out on NAMM this past year because we were on tour, but we definitely weren't going to miss out on Rainger FX's newest pedal, the Reverb-X. 

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Red Panda: Tensor

Red Panda: Tensor

Pedals and Effects has nothing but love for Red Panda, we've featured just about every pedal they've put out! Kurt and the crew in Detroit are on the cutting edge and we always make a point to stop by when we're passing through on tour. So when we caught wind of something new brewing in the lab, we were super curious and we knew that whatever it was, it would be great. That time is now, and the next great Red Panda effects pedal is the sampling and time warping, Tensor. 

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The World's Strangest Weirdest Guitar with Spencer Seim

The World's Strangest Weirdest Guitar with Spencer Seim

If you're playing in a band that's as innovative and out there as Hella, you're going to need a guitar that's equally as crazy! Picking up where we left off last week with Spencer, we take a look at what might be the world's weirdest, strangest, guitar. Plenty of knobs, switches and even a built in egg shaker? Spencer takes us through his history with the instrument and more.

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Interview: Spencer Seim from Hella and The Advantage

Interview: Spencer Seim from Hella and The Advantage

A long time ago, in what seems like another lifetime, I was fortunate to have met and toured a few weeks with Spencer Seim who was the guitarist and co-founder of the legendary Sacramento band, Hella. Spencer and the ripping Zach Hill on drums were one of the fiercest guitar/drum duos ever created. The duo had just turned their band from a two piece into a four piece and were opening a tour I was a part of, that was headlined by System Of A Down and Mars Volta.

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