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Crusty old tubes
February 16, 2008, 9:31 am
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I pulled these tubes out of a wrecked piece of junk Hammond console organ. They have been tested and they all work.

There was one Sylvania 5U4 rectifier tube and two GE 6V6s. There were some metal tubes as well (RCA), but those aren’t quite as fun.

Reverend Limited Edition H90
February 9, 2008, 8:17 am
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Reverend has made a limited amount of H90s—Daredevils and Volcanos with a GFS Mean 90 in the neck position in place of the standard humbucker. I just ordered three of them, so raid your sister’s piggy bank and give me a call. I’m not much of a collector myself—I don’t keep my guitars in glass cases or whatever—but for those of you who might be, each of the H90s is signed by Joe Naylor on the back of the headstock. These are gonna be cool guitars. I’m serious!

I also ordered a Roundhouse 290, which I have heard many good things about—just like every other Reverend. Ken of Polka Floyd recently told me he’s been using a Roundhouse 290 on stage lately. Can’t beat that for an endorsement.

Update edit: The shipment should be here Monday the 18th. I don’t know if you’re as excited as I am, but you should be.

Reverend Buckshot
February 3, 2008, 10:10 pm
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Sort of like a Flatroc, but sort of not. That’s a T-style pickup in the bridge, which is don’t-sue-me-code for Telecaster. So this is like a Telecaster with a Revtron (Gretsch/Rickenbacker vibe) mini-humbucker at the neck, and a Tune-O-Matic set up. So not really exactly like a Telecaster. 25.5 inch scale length bolt-on neck (the 3 tone burst finish comes with a rose wood fret board), and solid korina body. Rave reviews all around for this one, and it’s not just for chicken pickers or country and western troubadours. Rockin’ folks can use it too. To rock with. Check the video.

Reverend Warhawk II HB
January 31, 2008, 11:27 pm
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Rock machine. Solid mahogany with raised center section ala Gibson Firebird, set neck, rosewood fret board, Gibson scale length, Bass Contour Control. Looks kind of Rickenbackerish, doesn’t it? Really, it kicks serious tail. Also available in metallic blue. $499 suggested retail price.

Pigtronix ASDR Attack Sustain
January 31, 2008, 11:13 pm
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Attack indeed. This is one more for the Thurston Moore noise maker crowd (but not exclusively, I don’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings). I don’t know exactly what to say about this one. Pigtronix says the ASDR is a “polyphonic amplitude-envelope synthesizer that provides volume swell with variable attack time, compression / sustain and variable decay with automatic reset.” Yup. Also, it makes really crazy noises.

Apparently, with the Attack and Decay functions off but with the pedal engaged, it’s a compressor. With the functions engaged, it’s all bets off. Volume swells, reverse-type sounds, jagged tremors, stuttering chords—there are a lot of interesting sounds to be had here. Just be careful. $280 street.

Pigtronix EP-1 Envelope Phaser
January 31, 2008, 10:59 pm
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Well, envelope filters aren’t really my thing, and by that I mean that the way I play would rarely require the use of one. As for the EP-1, it does what it does and does it well. Judging by the Pigtronix website, bass players use this as much as—if not more than—guitar players. It sounds good, it doesn’t wreck your tone, and it’s versatile. Just like the other Pigtronix gear, it can be controlled by an expression pedal, which is pretty cool. $220 street price.

Pigtronix ODO Disnortion
January 31, 2008, 8:20 am
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Octave, Distortion (Fuzz), and Overdrive in one unit. They’re wired in parallel so they can be used together, which can produce some pretty wacky results. All Thurston Moore wannabes take note. Or Neil Young, or Black Dice, etc. This is a nifty little box for less than what a “boutique” fuzz would cost you. Again, see for sound clips. Street price $190, my price is unadvertiseable.

Pigtronix Echolution
January 28, 2008, 10:25 pm
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Oh, the Echolution. What fun. There are enough switches and knobs on this to keep you busy for hours, but it’s easy enough to use that you won’t get confused by it. Trust me, I’m easily confused and I can make it do cool stuff. You should have no problem. I’ve been able to impress people with the reverse function, which plays back the delay in reverse, and you have the option of cutting the original signal totally out of the mix so all you hear is the reverse. Look out Jimi! I also like the multi-tap switches, which set the delay at fractions of your selected delay time (which is set with the tap tempo foot switch). The multi-taps include one called Phi, which sets the fraction at a value based on the Golden Ratio. Oh yeah. No one can resist the Golden Ratio. This will enable you to write a song about Fibonacci or Pythagoras, or possibly both.

Sound clips available at the Pigtronix site. Standard street price is $469. Let me see what I can do for you though.

pigtronix echolution

Reverend Charger 290
January 28, 2008, 7:52 pm
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Rock, country, & whatever else there is out there. This is a chambered mahogany w/spruce top version, which is now discontinued. Very cool guitar. More later, the baby is crying.

Charger 290

Contact Information
January 23, 2008, 2:12 pm
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I can be reached by phone at 509–308–0845, or by email at Regular business hours do not apply. I’ll answer the phone whenever it’s on, which is from around 7 in the morning to 10 or 11 at night. Pacific Standard Time, of course.