When does ‘brown’ guitar tone get too brown? Dropping voltage to get the EVH sound

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Eddie Van Halen used a Variac to get his legendary ‘Brown Sound’ – by dialling down the voltage of his Marshall Plexi heads he started a quest for rock tones still followed by players to this day. When is brown sound too, well, brown? We love Johan Segeborn and his crazy YouTube channel. Why? Because […]

Six of the Best Free Instrument Plug-Ins You Need to Create a Rock Track

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With these free instrument plug-ins, you’ll be creating an instant rock hit in no time. No bandmates required.  1. Electrik GuitarZ For rock music, you’ll obviously need a great guitar. We have amps aplenty to grunge things up, or just go straight for an electric with Electrik GuitarZ. It features ten classic electric guitar models, […]

Joyo O.M.B – A One Man Band with looper and drum pattern generator!

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Joyo’s war on TC and other brands at the cheaper end of the pedal market continues unabated! The company has just announced its new O.M.B pedal, a versatile looper aimed at the aspiring one-person bands among you – or those looking to jam or find a new way to work out new song ideas.  Joyo […]

Ibanez Iceman PS1DM: Sparkly rock machine or Lady Gaga’s handbag?

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The new Paul Stanley Ibanez Iceman PS1DM is not subtle. But why should it be? The Kiss guitarist is hardly known for being subdued… Ibanez Iceman PS1DM Covered in 1400 rhinestones that make this Iceman guitar iridescently striking, it follows on from the purple cracked glass version we saw last October. I think if you get where […]

J Rockett Mark Lettieri Signature Melody Overdrive

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J Rockett is gearing up to release a second signature overdrive pedal with a built-in EQ section. The new pedal is produced in association with the fast-fingered Mark Lettieri of Snarky Puppy. Snarky Puppy Mark Lettieri has chosen to combine two great-sounding pedals into one compact unit for his signature overdrive pedal. The unit seems pretty […]