2015. február 11., szerda

Vintage Stomboxes

Vintage Stompboxes. You are wellcome to my page, Gitarvilagok.com from Hungary. First, please, say something about you?

Hello Udy, thank you. My name is Emanuele, owner of Vintage Stompboxes, a community of enthusiasts for effects pedals. Our network, active mainly on Facebook, Twitter and Youtube, tries to give information, videos, reviews and select the most interesting auctions and ads on the web, especially on eBay and http://reverb.com, about vintage effects pedals and similar stuff. I am a collector and expert on vintage musical effects, and talking about them with many friends, musicians and collectors, and also via the web forum of aficionados, I thought it would be great to publish this space trying to be helpful. You can find us on:

Could you explain two expression? I would like to see clearly, what does "vintage" and "stompbox" mean?

“Vintage” derives from Latin “vindemia”, and his meaning stood for high quality wine, identified as to year and vineyard or district of origin. Today is also usually used for old, classic, enduring appeal stuff, like clothing, musical instruments, etc. So it’s the right word for us! Stompbox is a simple percussion instrument consisting of a small wooden box placed under the foot, which is tapped or stamped on rhythmically to produce a sound similar to that of a bass drum… but this word is used for guitar effect unit which can be controlled with the foot, and today is an effect pedal synonym. So Vintage Stompboxes seems to be cool for us…

Every player is looking for the sound! What is the first step what you suggest them?

It’s not simple to find your sound: there are many things that makes the tone, so first I suggest to find a good feeling with guitar directly plugged to the amp. Then, it’s great to add some pedal effect to build your favorite tone: I suggest to use good quality cables too. It’s important to “feel” the sound under your fingers and try to play with different settings, alone and with the band.

I would like to build my "train of guitar effects". How can I start this work?

I suggest to start trying to play the pedals more able to replicate the sound that you have in mind, using every setting. It’s often useful to look for info on the web, on youtube and on the gear forums, but the most important thing is to play them, especially with your personal gear. About boost and overdrive, it is very important to feel them in the fingers, playing them “live”. About fuzz, I suggest to start with big muff and fuzz face, to try to understand their characteristics and peculiarities; they are more easy than tone benders to begin to know all kind of fuzz, Big Muff is a “bassy” wall of sound but a great lead sound (Ernie Isley, David Gilmour, The Smashing Pumpkins, Mogwai, etc.), fuzz faces are more controllable with guitar volume knob (Jimi Hendrix, …). There are a lot of Tone Benders versions, but starting with an MKIII or an MKII version (Jimmy Page sound) would be great: then, after a little learning, try an MKI version. 
About modulations, there are infinite possibilities, but I suggest to start with classic analog sounds (phaser, flanger, chorus, delay, reverb) and, after that, it would be nice to try to experience with digital effects and other great products. Very useful are compressors, especially for soloing or arpeggio. Filters (parametric or envelope) are great for funky and for some weird sound. Do not forget, if you have several true bypass pedals, to have a good buffer in your chain, to prevent signal loss.

Are there any boxes what you take next to the amps expressly?

The bigger, and best, in my honest opinion, box I use next to the amp is my Binson Echorec B2. It’s a fantastic machine, I love it.

Finally, which sompboxes are the good ones?

It’s a difficult and a personal/subjective question: your ears will decide it! Anyway, I love the Klon Centaur tone (great clones included), and in my pedalboard I need delay and reverb (Strymon Blue Sky and Dr. Scientist Radical Red Reverberator are currently my favorite reverb pedals). I love the fuzz effect, and I suggest to try all the different circuit (Big Muff, Fuzz Face and all the Tone Benders). My favorite fuzz is the Elka Dizzy Tone, an original Buzzaround circuit produced in Italy in the ‘60s. Another amazing pedal in my honest opinion is a germanium preamp/overdrive called D*A*M Grease Box.Enjoy, good music to everyone and all the best!

Thank you Emanuele!

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