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Comparing the Killing Floor & Pickup Booster

On the surface, the Pickup Booster and the new Killing Floor High Gain Boost might seem like they have a lot of similarities. (Then again, the vintage-toned ’59 Model and the high-powered Alternative 8 look pretty similar!) The contrast between the Pickup Booster and the Killing Floor is quite similar: each has its own character, and we’re going to have a look at what each one […] Continue Reading

Introducing The Killing Floor High Gain Boost

“Bluesy.” That’s the word that kept coming up time and time again when we asked our group of beta testers to try the Killing Floor High Gain Boost pedal. If that describes the sound you’re chasing, you have to step on this little monster.  Continue Reading

The Four Stages of Gain: Seymour Duncan Gain Pedals

Overdrive and distortion pedals tend to multiply if left alone for too long. At some point, every guitar player looks at the pile of pedals scattered around the room, and can positively assure an unsuspecting wanderer that every single one of those pedals are completely different, and just because they might be the same size, or have similar words on them, that they are certainly not […] Continue Reading

My Top 10 Tips for Effective Rehearsal

Performing live is harder than it seems. Sure, the band makes it look easy, and everyone has the perfect parts at just the right time. Bigger acts know just where to stand for certain lighting effects, and the guitarist is always under the spotlight for The Big Solo. However, what you might not know is that for every minute of stage time, there could be dozens […] Continue Reading

2014: A Year in Review

2014 was a year filled with ups and downs, triumph and tragedy. It seemed busier than normal as far as years go. It was a whirlwind in every sense of the word: socially, musically and in the entertainment world. Continue Reading

Guitarists Using Seymour Duncan Pedals

It’s only been a year since the Dirty Deed distortion pedal came out, and since then it has been followed by the Vapor Trail, 805 Overdrive, Pickup Booster, Vise Grip and now the Shape Shifter. In that time dozens of well-known artists have taken a liking to one or more of the new guitar pedals. here’s a current who’s using what. Chris Shiflett of the Foo Fighters is using the […] Continue Reading

The Seymour Duncan Pickup Booster Hi-Def Boost & Line Driver

If this pedal sounds familiar, it is because it is an update of an earlier Seymour Duncan pedal. This version improves on the original by adding the ability to start at unity gain (0dB boost) and make its way all the way up to a whopping 25 dB boost. It features a new drive path capable of pushing that signal through long cable lengths, and adds a […] Continue Reading

The Seymour Duncan 805 Overdrive Review

Make some room on that pedalboard, folks, because the Seymour Duncan pedal line is expanding. The new 805 Overdrive joins the Dirty Deed Distortion, Vapor Trail Analog Delay and the Pickup Booster while bringing much-needed updates to the standard overdrive formula. Continue Reading