The Tone Garage

The Sounds of the Catalina Chorus

Seymour Duncan has been busy building some new pedals lately. One of the newest offerings is the dynamic new Catalina Chorus, a brand new effect with a few features that have never appeared on any chorus pedal before. Continue Reading

The Seymour Duncan Loaded Pickguards

Why does everything have to be so hard? Why can’t I have those pickups and wiring already finished? All of those wires and switches frighten and confuse me! Well, whether you don’t like to wire up your own guitar, or just want a great sounding already-wired-up pickguard that is tested and ready to go, Seymour Duncan has got you covered. Continue Reading

Effects Basics: Chorus

You’ve heard that sound before: that watery, bubbly, thick guitar sound slathered over almost every clean guitar part from the late 1970’s throughout the 1980’s. That is the sound of a chorus effect, and when I was young, it was everywhere. It was the second pedal I ever bought (right behind the Next Distortion X), and when I needed a clean guitar sound, the chorus was […] Continue Reading

Friends of SD: Prestige Guitars

It is always refreshing to see a North American-based guitar builder that can make breathtaking instruments and keep the prices so a working musician can afford them. Based in Vancouver, Canada, Prestige Guitars specializes in a line of traditional solidbodies, semi-hollowbodies, full hollowbodies, a few acoustics and even a bass. Using exotic woods combined with beautiful inlay work, they look and feel like quality instruments. With […] Continue Reading

Guitar Pedals 101 : Sound and Color

It’s rare to open a guitar magazine, or walk into a club and see a guitarist using only one or two, much less NO pedals. Seemingly everyone loves effect pedals for guitar. OK, except for a few purists who plug straight in, believing anything in their signal path ruins their tone. But pretty much everyone else – loves them. Continue Reading

The Infamous Pickle Jar Pearly Gates

Seymour W. Duncan and Billy Gibbons have been friends for a long time, and they’re always kicking around interesting ideas. Once upon a time Billy and Seymour had a particularly wacky brainwave: test just how hardy the Pearly Gates humbucker is by submerging it in water and seeing if it would still work.  Continue Reading

My Top 10 List of Forgotten Les Pauls

  For a company many perceive as traditional, Gibson sure had a lot of forward-thinking folks over the years. First of those might be Les Paul himself, whose name sits on the headstock of one of the most iconic guitars of all time. Continue Reading

The Complete Guide to Guitar Upgrades

Even some of the nicest guitars are not above the fray of guitar upgrades. In most cases a guitar, right out of the box, isn’t going to be perfectly suited to your own preferences and playing style. Like an archer tweaks and adjusts his bow, so a guitarist will customize and upgrade their instrument until it sounds, feels and reacts exactly how they envisioned. Continue Reading

Effects Basics: Reverb

One of the earliest and most popular effects for cleaner styles is reverb. When Fender started making amps with a reverb unit built inside the amp case, we had the birth of surf music, and instrumental rock. This was a huge influence on guitars sounds for decades. and fueled the British Invasion bands that swept over the US and the rest of the world. Music that influences […] Continue Reading

Cage Match: Vintage Output vs Hot Single Coils

I read online forums a lot and I always have to laugh to myself when I read that someone wants a chime-filled single coil sound from their hot humbucker, or when someone wonders why their Les Paul sounds nothing like their Strat. True, I didn’t know these answers when I first started, and there were no forums to ask. Wood/scale length/other factors aside, there has been a […] Continue Reading