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Cool Alternate Tunings
April 5, 2008, 10:02 pm
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I found this at Pretty fun.

HTTAG’s Guitar Tuner

Temporary Volcano mahogany/korina comparison
February 29, 2008, 2:17 am
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Until I figure out how to get these to play instead of you having to download them, here are links to the two files:

Volcano HB

Volcano H90

The HB is solid mahogany, the H90 is the newer korina body. I only compared the bridge pickups, since the H90 has a Mean 90 in the neck. Both were newly strung with GHS Boomers TNT set (10–52), played through a THD BiValve and THD 2×12 cab. I had a JJ E34L, JJ KT77, an two EH 12AX7s in the BiValve. We used a Shure SM57 to mic the cab, and then it went to some recording thing and then it was done. And I played a little out of tune, but you’ll just have to deal with that.

I have to purchase an upgrade to upload MP3s, so until I do that here’s a stop gap: thank you Rupert Murdoch!

Reverend Club King RT
February 22, 2008, 11:00 pm
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This is one of my favorite Reverends. The Revtron pickups are great (like I said in the Flatroc post), and they actually made the “clean” channel my old Mesa DC-5 sound good clean for the first time in a long time. Obviously the CKRT is similar to the Flatroc, and obviously it’s a semi-hollow, so the differences should be obvious to those who have played semi-hollows. For those who haven’t, there is a difference. Where the Flatroc is tight and focused, the CKRT is more open. I wouldn’t say it’s loose, just more open. It sounds like there’s a little more space behind the strings, if that makes any sense, like an extra dimension. This is starting to turn into quasi-hippy cat about feelings and stuff, so I’ll just say that ringing chords and chiming arpeggios were created to be played on a guitar like this. Plugged into an AC-30 (or even an AC-15, why not?) I can imagine that celestial would be an appropriate description.

The one in this picture is mahogany with 5mm spruce top and has also been sold, and the color has been discontinued and replaced with Honey. Rock Orange is still available as well, for the high value low price of $559.

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 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 Flatroc | Rock Orange
January 19, 2008, 3:50 pm
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This particular Flatroc has a chambered mahogany body with a 5mm spruce top. Reverend recently switched to solid korina on the solid body models. Some basic specs are Fender scale length, maple neck with rosewood fretboard, Tune-O-Matic bridge, and two Revtron pickups.

I think the Revtrons are under rated, or at least under appreciated. There’s a lot of talk about Reverend P90s and how great they are, etc, and they are, but the Revtrons are just as great. I hear them as a kind of Gretsch/Rickenbacker hybrid, but maintaining their own identity as well. They put out a crisp, ringing clean without being too cutting or harsh, but have the ability to get aggressive and crunchy if you want. Being mini humbuckers they have the powerful edge of a regular HB without the muddiness. With the Bass Contour Control you have added flexibility in the ringing/chiming/crunching department. Hooray for versatility!

Anyway, the best thing to do would be to show up and play it yourself. That way you’ll be so enamored of it that you’ll plunk down some cash and take it home. I only want the best for you, so I think that’s what should happen. $499 list, and a bargain at that price.