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

Making Your Solos Stand Out – part 2

This is the second part of my two-part article about the options we soloists have for being heard above the din when it's our time to shine. In the first part I covered some of the more tried-and-true methods for boosting a solo: the guitar volume, switching pickups, and using an overdrive, distortion, or compressor pedal. In this part, we will explore some of the more refined, "professional" options for making your solo stand out. Continue Reading

Eliminating 'Wolf Tones'

Throughout the evolution of the electric guitar, players have continually searched for more. More volume, more sustain, more gain, more tone. Some methods are better at achieving it than others, and some can actually hurt your sound if you’re not careful. Take for instance the pickup: early players knew that if they needed to balance out the volume from string to string, they could use the […] Continue Reading

The Ready Set Guitarist Deryck Stanek Brings A Whole Lotta Rock to Pop With Seymour Duncan

Beckoning guitarist, producer and all-around musical hybrid Deryck Stanek was born in Omaha, Nebraska. From his parent’s basement, he launched the band Go Crash Audio whom, within six years, would go from clueless musicians to performing alongside artists like Kevin Rudolf, Fall Out Boy & LFO. Deryck soon went on to pursue many other projects, including the production of EP’s for Kid Contagious, Rochester and others. It […] Continue Reading

Classically Trained Country Guitarist Dan Weller Knows how to Tailor his Tone!

Dan Weller is a multi-faceted guitarist-vocalist based in Nashville.  Over the years, he’s toured with several independent and major label artists in front of audiences as large as 500,000. Dan Weller began playing guitar at age 8. He kept disappearing with his dad’s classical trying to figure out how to play, so his folks decided to fan his interest and started lessons. Dan studied classical and […] Continue Reading