Pedalworx Tejas Overdrive – Handmade Underrated Gem

Okay, picked up for cheap a Pedalworx Tejas Overdrive pedal made by Pedalworx in the USA. From what I can gather Pedalworx is a small family business that produce some very nice handmade gear that is still very affordable. For example this pedal I got off EGay new for $71 shipped because it isn’t over marketed yet. Even Klon and Wampler pedals started off doing small batches and slowly grew to become just too expensive (yes I know that they produce amazing great pedals, but $1000+ for an OD pedal by Klon… I mean C’mon…you can get a vintage Fender Twin Reverb for that! lol)

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Tech 21 SansAmp British: Marshall in a Box?

Let’s keep the Tech 21 pedal train going. So today I’m looking at the Tech 21 SansAmp British, a Marshall in a Box. Marshall has a reputation for producing amps that are renowned for their hard-hitting crunchy rock tones, and although in many cases are not as immediately recognizable as the bell-like tone of a Fender or the trebily chime of the Vox’s, they are still a vitally important rock n’ roll tone that has been the driving sound of many iconic bands.

Tech 21 British: Marshall in a Box?

New! Tech 21 NYC Character Series British V2 Amp Simulator Guitar Effects Pedal

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Vox in a Box Pedals – What Is Your Favorite VOX in a Box Pedal?

Recently we published a review of the Tech 21 Liverpool Pedal : Vox in a Box and it got me thinking, Just how many Vox sounding pedals are out there?

So I thought I might have a bit of fun and list as many Vox in a Box Pedals as I can find. Now this list is by no means a comprehensive one, and I personally can’t vouch for the accuracy of their tone, but it should be interesting to see just how many pedals that claim (or have been rumored) too emulate that classic British sound in a stomp box.

Wherever possible, I have linked to both the manufacturer’s page where you will find a detailed description of the pedal and an eBay listing so you can see it’s current market value. A lot of the pedals listed below are either no longer in production or very hard to find, so If you find any of the links are broken or incorrect, please let me know in the comments below and I will update or remove the links. Also feel free to suggest any pedals that I may have missed.

I have tried to group the listings by manufacturer in alphabetical order. Here we go…

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Comparing An Original Lovepedal Eternity Burst To A Clone Build

If you followed my Instagram feed you would of known that not too long ago I embarked on a new hobby, pedal building using Vero layouts courtesy of www.tagboardeffects.blogspot.com

I am not educated in the ways of DIY electronics, I only learned how to flow solder when I started on this new undertaking, so I would very much consider myself a complete novice in this field.

But getting to the point of this article, I recently made a clone of a Lovepedal Eternity Burst, which I have owned and reviewed in the past but sold to fund other GAS related purchases, which to my ears sounded very, very close to the original.

So, just a few days ago a friend of mine popped over to compare his original Eternity Burst to the clone and here are a couple of videos we shot comparing the two.

This first video is with the two pedals set on a low gain boost setting.

Zendrive Vintage Alfonso Hermida Signed/Numbered Brand New Collector's Condition

$700.00
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Tech 21 Liverpool Pedal : Vox in a Box?

I must confess, I am a bit of a fan of the Tech 21 range and recently I was able to borrow some, with the first being the Liverpool, which is based on the classic Vox amp, the AC30. Secretly I love the idea of trying to get an amp in a pedal, it just intrigues me how they do it.

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Tech 21 Liverpool Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal P-01146

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A ProCo Rat2 thats a Brat?

Hi guys, I have a Proco Rat2 looking pedal that has a sticker on the back which says it’s a Brat. Can you help me identify it?

Here is a video I tried to record using my iPhone, unfortunately the sound quality isn’t very good, and I kinda had to rush it a bit before my kids came in and started jumping all over me, so the playing is a bit sloppy. But at least you will get to hear the difference between a US made Rat pedal and a Rat pedal that has a Brat serial number.

1979 ProCo Rat Super Rare "Fringe Logo" Vintage Distortion Pedal

$1,499.00
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Big White Monkeys Freaky – EQ shaping boost pedal

Okay another pedal review, and I will try to keep this short, as the Big White Monkeys Freaky is more of a functional boost pedal with EQ shaping capabilities rather than the usual effects stuff I normally review. The Freaky is a pedal the boys on the Gold Coast at Big White Monkey amps have had in their big yellow stomp box range for a while now, which I am finally getting around to checking out.

First up, I just want to give BWM a bit of a plug, then we’ll check out a couple of vids, along with my review. Now for those of you who are not familiar with BWM, please check out our list of growing reviews or their Facebook page, where you can get good discounts (as opposed to buying through EBay, which charges big fees and obviously gets added to your buying costs). I personally think their products are fantastic value for money and their amps and pedals rock!, but also, the customer support for an online distributor is fantastic. I have found that any thing I buy from them, I always receive excellent customer service and they stand by their warranty, so I can have peace of mind knowing that if I have a problem they will fix it! Okay there is my plug, on with the Freaky!!!

So first up, lets have a look at a couple of videos. This first video Darren has the Freaky at the end of his signal, meaning it’s the last pedal before it hits the amp. In front of the Freaky is a mid 90s ProCo Rat distortion pedal. The amp is a Peavey Delta Blues and the guitar is Darrens heavily modified ‘E’ serial MIJ Fender Strat.

Suhr Koko Boost Reloaded Clean/Mid Boost Pedal

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Carl Martins AC Tone – Vox in a Box!

I recently managed to get my hands on an AC-Tone by Carl Martin, but admittedly, turned it over pretty fast due to my slippery fingers not being able to hold anything for long. I must admit that I have always wanted to try the AC Tone by Carl Martin, a pedal regarded by some reviewers (such as Brett Kingman aka Burgerman 666) as one of the best Vox in a box pedals around.

Unfortunately, we don’t have a video review of my AC-Tone, so here’s a couple of Brett’s…

Sticking that pedal into a Fender or any other amp with ample clean headroom turns said amp into a great old Vox – instantly.- Brett Kingman

Carl Martin AC-Tone Dual Overdrive Pedal

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Electro Harmonix Big Muff Pi with Tone Wicker

Happy Belated New Year all you bedroom rockers, may Peace be with you, if you of course live in peace where possible! Okay, I am very guilty as I promised Mr J to do more reviews, but unfortunately I have been busy painting my house and doing many other put off jobs that only seem to get done at the end of the year!

Anyway… on with the review of the Electro Harmonix Big Muff Pi with Tone Wicker.

Electro Harmonix Big Muff Pi with Tone Wicker

Electro Harmonix Big Muff Pi with Tone Wicker

The Big Muff Pi needs no real introduction, I have reviewed the standard Little Big Muff already, which to summarize I felt was a great unit for the Big Muff tonal range. It worked very well with the Little Vox AC4 amp I had at that time and did my Gilmour thing really well.

Now a slight variation in this model is the tone wicker. This pedal still has the standard Big Muff Volume, Tone and Sustain knobs but adds a ‘Wicker‘ and ‘Tone‘ toggle to it.

So… What is a Tone Wicker? you ask…

Well the premise of this pedal is that it allows greater versatility, with the “Wicker” mode giving enhanced presence and sustain to an already cool pedal.

Actually being able to add extra presence can be a good thing for a Big Muff that can get dark and a bit ‘heavy‘, so some extra presence can certainly help you cut through a bit better.

You also have a tone switch that allows the tone stage to be bypassed for an even more scooped middle tone and some reviews claim a chunkier distortion. I would definitely say that when the Tone switch is off there is a big volume jump, a real boost and a more edgy ballsy fuzz sound.

It gets a little less smooth, a bit more raspy but yet still usable and fun. So really you have 3 or so tonal options, and for a fairly cheap pedal (around $100 which is not bad for USA made) it will satisfy most fuzz heads.

Electro Harmonix Big Muff Pi w/ Tone Wicker

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Digitech Screamin Blues – Another Polarizing Cheapy from Digitech

Oh I love Digitech stuff, partly because some of it is (I have to say), actually quite good! It also has the effect of polarizing some people who insist on boutique gear and can’t believe that a $50 pedal will produce an effect that’s really, really good or at worst good enough.

Digitech Screamin Blues pedal

Digitech Screamin Blues pedal

This is my second review of a Digitech overdrive, so if your in the market for a new overdrive pedal, make sure you also read my review of the Digitech Bad Monkey that I wrote a while back.

Okay, so the pedal itself is a nicely colored cool blue, with minimal graphics and the same controls as the Bad Monkey…

  • Level
  • Low
  • High
  • and the essential Gain.

The 9volt power input is at the top of the pedal, which I think should be standard with all pedals…, along with the standard left to right input output configuration.

Similarly it has an extra output (Output 2) so you can go straight into a mixing desk and use this pedal sans amp (no amp) ala Tech 21 Character pedals.

So it comes with all the features you could need and to top it off it’s built like a tank, seriously tuff steel case that you just won’t break!

Digitech Screamin' Blues Overdrive Distortion Guitar FX Effects Pedal

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Digitech RP155 – Multi Effects Doesn’t Have to be a Swear Word!

It had to happen, a multi-effects unit has finally come my way! The Digitech RP155 is a smallish unit, which comes in a sheet metal steel enclosure packed with over 100 effects, including amp and cab simulators.

Digitech RP155 modeling guitar processor

Digitech RP155 modeling guitar processor

Ideally, this effects unit is great for those on a budget and have very minimal floor space and need a good variety of effects such as delay, reverb, chorus, phaser/flange, distortion, OD, and the list goes on.

So before I get too far into my review of the Digitech RP155 I would like the opportunity to state that I am a little biased when it comes to effects, and my preference definitely leans towards individual pedals, and from what I gather a lot of guitarists feel the same…

So initially I approached this unit with that type of discriminating attitude before trying it out!

Okay, since I am used to simple stomp boxes, I found the controls a little hard to use.

So after I watched some YouTube clips to figure out how to dial this thing in, I had to put in at least 30 mins before getting about good 12 sounds set up, but after that it was pretty easy.

So when I was relatively happy with my set up I thought I’d try an A/B tests against a Big Muff and a couple of other pedals, and I must say that this unit did better than I originally thought it could do.

Actually, if it were a blind test (I am running into a Valvetone handwired amp so a very good quality tube tone is helping!!) and this was set up with the right settings dialed in, you could probably be fooled on quite a few of the settings when comparing this unit to their stomp box equivalent.

Brand New Eventide H9 Multi-Effects Guitar Pedal

$499.00
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Wren and Cuff Box of War – A Big Muff Civil War Clone for Boutique Muff tones

Okay, let’s enter the boutique zone for a while (don’t worry, I definitely can’t afford to live there!!) with the Wren and CuffBox of War‘ which is a Big Muff ‘Civil War‘ clone.

Unfortunately we don’t have our own Guitar Gas video demo for the Box of War, so I grabbed this very good demo from Pro Guitar Shop. Take the couple of minutes to check it out, it’s worth it…

Wren and Cuff Elephant Skin Troy Sanders of Mastodon Signature Fuzz

$370.25
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