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Catalinbread Fuzzrite

catalinbread fuzzrite
The Catalinbread Fuzzrite is a faithful reproduction of the classic Fuzzrite sound that can be heard on The Ventures’ “2,000 Pound Bee”, Iron Butterfly’s “In-A-Gada-Da-Vida”, to the Black Keys. “The Fuzzrite has a rich history of taking guitar tones to new levels; it is splatty, raw and unapologetic. We’ve brought back the classic silicon circuit and added the option for a 9v power supply.”

To honor the original Fuzzrite, Catalinbread put this circuit in a minimalist enclosure. The Depth control adds brightness and gain, while the Volume knob controls your overall output volume.

Catalinbread Fuzzrite Features:

  • Faithful recreation of the original classic circuit
  • Saturated, gnarly, sixties fuzz
  • True bypass
  • Hand-made in Portland, Oregon, USA
  • Accepts standard 9v center-negative power

Check out this great demo from Andy at who demonstrates the different types of fuzz tones you can squeeze out of this cool pedal:

For more information check out Catlinbread’s website.

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Andy Timmons & Doug West Demo The MESA Mark Five: 25

Ok MESA you win, the best demonstration of an amp I’ve seen in a long time. Mesa’s Director of R&D, Doug West, explains each of the modes on the insanely great sounding mini head, the MESA Mark Five: 25 with the one and only Andy Timmons, a long time user of Mesa/Boogie amps, feeding the little monster with his splendid licks. In this demonstration the Mesa Mark Five: 25 is running into a Rectifier 2×12 cab loaded with Celestion Vintage 30s, Mic’d with a Shure SM57, Shure KSM 313 and the internal Mesa CabClone set to the Open Back Cab Mode mixed with 40% SM57, 40% KSM 313 and 20% CabClone.

I am blown away, I definitely want to try this amp in person after seeing and listening to this video… if only I could play like Andy Timmons!

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Tosin Abasi demonstrates the Seymour Duncan Vise Grip Compressor

Animals As Leaders’ Tosin Abasi dropped in by Keith Merrow’s gaff to record some videos including this demonstration and interview about the Seymour Duncan Vise Grip Compressor pedal.

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IK Multimedia Amplitube 4 for iOS is coming

IK Multimedia have announced Amplitube 4 for iOS is coming and it looks and sounds great. In fact I think the interface looks a lot more polished on the iPad version of Amplitube 4 than the desktop version of Amplitube Custom Shop and the interaction with moving mics and effects seems very intuitive. Amplitube 4 also inclues a new looper although it looks very similar to the popular iOS app Loopy? Anyway check out the promo video below:

One of the best new additions to the iOS app is the new Cab Room (see video below) which lets you select speaker cabinets and mics, then position the mics by dragging them around on screen in a 3D space.

Amplitube 4’s new Cab Room:

For more info check out

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Periphery’s Misha Mansoor talks about his Jackson Juggernaut HT6

Total Guitar managed to sweet talk Periphery’s Misha Mansoor into letting them onto their tour bus and showing them his Jackson signature model Juggernaut HT6 (in Amber Tiger Eye).

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Turbo Trem Arm aka The Way Cool Whammy Tool

How much time have you spent over the years searching around for the allen wrench to unlock your locking trem? I remember on my old Ibanez RG550DX I had a little double allen wrench holder on the back of the headstock and that was probably the only time I knew where they were… as long as I remembered to put them back in once I had finished using them. If you have watched the video above and you have a Floyd Rose trem you may be interested in the Turbo Trem Arm which includes an Allen wrench built into the short end of the unit, what a great idea.

The Turbo Trem is available in chrome, black or gold finish. Cost is $25 and comes with 3 FREE Springs. To order a Turbo Trem head over to

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Strymon DIG – Dual Digital Delay

strymon dig
Strymon are back with their latest effect, the Strymon DIG. The DIG is a standard Strymon enclosure, this time in questionable pink, that is a dual digital delay. Now the idea of dual delays in pedals is not a new idea, my old TC Nova Repeater from years ago is a good example for instance, but in true Strymon style you get a huge amount of features and controls packed into their rugged enclosure.

“…two simultaneous, integrated delays with the captivating rack delay voicings from the 1980s and today, for incredible expressive potential. Effortlessly create your own world of intricate and synchronized echoes, along with hypnotic and atmospheric repeats that blur the line between delay and reverb.”

Delay 1 is your master delay featuring delay times of 20ms to 1.6s using either the Time knob or Tap Tempo switch. Delay 2 is the companion delay, set the ratio between the two delays with one of five rhythmic subdivisions: triplet, eighth note, dotted eighth note, dotted quarter note, and the golden ratio. Engage Free Mode to disable subdivisions and allow Delay 2 to be its own independent, free-running delay. Dial in short delay times for chorus/flange sounds to run alongside Delay 1.


  • One modern and two classic digital delay voicings: 24/96, adm, 12 bit
  • Three choices for delay line modulation: Off, Light, Deep
  • Five “hidden” knobs for deep dual delay control: Delay 1 Subdivision, Sync/Free Mode, Filter, Config, Delay 2 Repeats
  • Press and hold Circular Repeats effect
  • Selectable Trails Mode with high quality, transparent Analog Buffered Bypass mode
  • Analog dry path for a zero latency dry signal that is never converted to digital
  • +8dBu maximum input level easily handles instrument and line signals

For more information and heaps of awesome demo videos check out

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Rocktron Announce The HUSH 2X Noise Reduction Pedal

Rocktron HUSH 2X
The Rocktron HUSH was first introduced in 1984 and fast became the go-to Noise Reduction product for guitarists. Now Rocktron have announced a new version of the HUSH pedal, the HUSH 2X which includes two completely separate channels of HUSH noise reduction in a single small unit designed to sit on top of guitar amplifiers or in a rack drawer, freeing up space on a player’s pedal board.

The HUSH 2X allows players to utilize the HUSH after the pedal board and into the input of a guitar amplifier with one circuit, and into the effects loop of the amp with the other circuit for total HUSH control both in front and in the effects loop of an amp. Another way to use the pedal is to use of one HUSH circuits before, and another after, a single pedal or with two different pedal chains on a pedal board.

Selector switches allow the ability to turn each HUSH circuit on or off. As with all HUSH products, signal cleanup is provided with up to 65dB of effective noise reduction for eliminating stomp box hiss, unwanted feedback, and noise from pickups and stage lighting. The HUSH signal cleanup is provided with up to 65dB of effective noise reduction for eliminating hiss, unwanted feedback and noise from pickups and stage lighting.

Rocktron recommends placing the HUSH after distortion and modulation effects (chorus, flanger, phaser, etc.) but before any delay or reverb effects for maximum results. The HUSH 2X is TRUE BYPASS. (Retail Price $249, £214.95, €211.65).

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Kiesel HP12B Passive Greg Howe Parallax Humbucker

The Greg Howe Signature Parallax Bridge humbucker was made specifically to meet Greg’s musical needs. Here is what Greg Howe said about his new signature Parallax pickup: “A pickup is essentially an amplifier, which is why my assessment of a pickup is largely based on the same criteria in principle. For me, a good pickup is one that can convey a sense of warmth, power and openness while remaining dynamically responsive to my touch. I feel like we successfully addressed all of those needs with my signature Parallax pickup.”

“These feature an expensive Alnico V magnet to produce a rich, powerful sound with warmth that is not available from less expensive ceramic magnets. The Kiesel Parallax pickup was designed in house with extensive testing, recording and feedback by Greg Howe, and are proudly made in our Southern California Custom Shop. These feature one coil loaded with adjustable pole pieces and the other coil loaded with non-adjustable slugs. These are installed on every Carvin Guitars GH24 Greg Howe Signature guitar model as a bezel mounted bridge humbucker. As parts, these are offered in a direct mounted configuration (no bezel), but are also available as bezel mounted. The HP12B features industry standard sizing so these are direct replacements for brands such as Duncan, Dimarzio, Bare Knuckle, and Lundgren. Includes all mounting hardware. Bridge position. 5 year warranty.”

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Seymour Duncan Shapeshifter Stereo Tremolo Pedal

Seymour Duncan ShapeShifter
The Seymour Duncan ShapeShifter Tremolo pedal looks and sounds really cool, check out the info and demo video below.

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The Shapeshifter was designed to be the ultimate Tremolo pedal, with all the features players have been asking for. Building on the original Shapeshifter, it’s now significantly smaller and features stereo inputs and outputs, Phase control between outputs and an expanded rate range, while a blinking LED knob (like the one found on the Vapor Trail analog delay) gives you a visual representation of the tempo, and stays engaged even when the unit is in bypass so you can alter the rate in between parts of your song. The Shapeshifter provides a natural, first-class sound that is rich, authentic and highly customizable. Wave, Shape, Depth, Speed and Tap Tempo controls allow you infinite ability to craft your own unique signature Tremolo tones, while the Phase control lets you adjust between left and right output channels to find the ideal mix. Whether you’re looking for the classic shimmer heard on many hits or some truly mind-blowing severe helicopter chops, piano stabs or backwards swells, the Shapeshifter can do it.

True stereo inputs and outputs allow the Shapeshifter to be used in both live and studio applications for all types of instruments. The Shapeshifter joins the Seymour Duncan guitar pedal lineup with the Dirty Deed, Pickup Booster, Vapor Trail, 805 Overdrive and Vise Grip – each pedal is true-bypass and hand assembled at the Seymour Duncan Factory in Santa Barbara, California.

Pure analog signal path, Stereo Input/Output, digital tremolo timing
True hard-wire bypass
Continuously adjustable depth from 0 to 30dB
Continuously adjustable rate from 0.5 to 15 Beats per second
Rate/Ratio Switch: Changes functionality of Rate Control from direct linear adjustment of rate to a multiplication factor for tapped tempos.
Shape (Duty Cycle): Continuously adjustable from 10% to 90%
Wave: Continuously adjustable, sine to triangle to square waves
Phase Control: Continuously adjust phase between left and right output channels from 0 degrees to 180 degrees

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