Posts Tagged ‘Delay’

Tones :: Tele / Quadraverb / SDE-3000

Sold :: Electro-Harmonix Memory Man with Hazarai

Electro-Harmonix Stereo Memory Man with Hazarai – £95

For sale is an Electro-Harmonix Stereo Memory Man with Hazarai. Perfect condition, boxed and with power supply, home use only and never gigged. I bought this about 6 months ago and have used it as a loop pedal for practising. It’s a very full featured pedal, and can do everything from super-clean slapback and looping to reverse delay and classic EHX weirdness if that’s what takes your fancy.

The pedal is located in London, but can be posted anywhere within the UK at the buyer’s expense.

Please email forsale@zeblog.co or leave a comment if you’re interested.

Tone :: Telecaster / Overtone Special

Over the past dozen weeks or so, the Mark IIB Boogie has sidelined the rest of my gear, taking centre stage in almost all the rigs I’ve been playing with. Unfortunately, that amp has an intermittent problem with the channel switching relay which I have yet to rectify, and I was forced to bench it the other day when the problem returned.

One amp I haven’t played too much in a few months is my Ceriatone Overtone Special 50 (a 50W Dumble Overdrive Special clone), so I broke out an EVM12L-loaded Mesa/Boogie 1×12 cabinet and decided to give the OTS a go.

And I was super disappointed. All the settings I tried were pretty much failing. Of course, I blamed the strings, the room, the cables…but my Mark series amps were still sounding sweet in the same setting. I was getting pretty frustrated with myself at this point – why was it so difficult to set this thing up?

I asked myself:

‘Why did I buy this amp?’

And therein lay the answer: Larry Carlton.

I play in a very different style to Larry (and a very different guitar, too), but his tone is something I’ve admired for as long as I’ve played the guitar. If anyone has a decent bank of settings for a Dumble it’s going to be him.

A friend of mine actually went to see Larry when he did a gig with Robben Ford in London a few years ago, and had taken a few pictures of his Dumble rig. I knew they’d have the settings I was after, so I headed straight for Facebook (the, err, home of tone?!).

I punched Larry’s settings into the OTS and…yeah, I was totally right – he nailed it. This sound kind of begs for a bit (or a lot!) of spatial FX, so I stuck a BOSS DD-3 in the loop and I was away!

So enamoured was I with these new settings that I made a short clip of some very lonely lead playing so I’d remember. The playing is kind of inspired by Yo’ Mama, but there’s no backing.

That clip (including many, many mistakes – but great sounding mistakes, I guess) is embedded up top, along with the settings I used in the picture below. (You might have to right-click-> ‘Open Image in New Tab’ to view the large picture.)

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YouTube Picks: John Mayer, Way Huge

A couple of YouTube picks from this week, starting with this amazing look at John Mayer’s guitar rig. There’s some full-frontal Dumble action and 40 (!!) guitars on show, all in kinda-shaky 1080p HD. This is the rig John was touring with when I saw him in London a couple of years ago, and I can vouch for every single one of the considerable quantity of $$$ spent on this setup being absolutely worth it. Great player, great tone.

Sticking with the Way Huge Aqua-Puss theme, I happened across this amazing clip featuring some of the most exotic boutique delays out there. Scientific testing, quality recording and playing – really solid content. I’m very preoccupied with delays after hearing Mike Keneally’s tone on the Bakin’ at the Potato, so this video really hit the spot. The winner, for me, is the Roland SRE-555, but thinking practically I’ve dug the Aqua-Puss for ages now. Then again, the memory man is pretty sweet…this could get expensive.