Friedman releases BE-OD Deluxe & Golden Pearl pedals!

Because what’s better than one BE-OD? Right, two BE-ODs!

Friedman released news about two new pedals joining the line-up. The one that really got me all excited was the new BE-OD Deluxe, which will be priced at $269.99 MAP/MSRP in the US.

This “BE” dual overdrive pedal captures the tone of the now legendary Friedman BE-100 amplifier, which has graced the stages of world class musicians the world over.  The original Friedman BE-OD single channel pedal took the industry by storm. Tens of thousands of pedals sold worldwide and it’s still going strong!  This new BE-OD Deluxe pedal employs the exact same circuit but adds another channel and dual midrange controls. The top row (Channel 1) is identical to the original BE-OD pedal while Dave voiced the bottom row (Channel 2) with slightly lower gain.  Dual “BE” channels in your arsenal allow you to perfectly set both your rhythm and lead sounds.  The BE-OD Deluxe delivers authentic tube amplifier sound with the controls needed to shape your tone. Controls include: 3 position tight switch, volume, gain, bass, middle, treble and presence knobs.

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Diezel VH4 Pedal Demo & Review

It doesn’t get any closer!

 

At least that’s what I thought back then when I tested the Diezel Zerrer, which had just been released as Diezel’s first ever pedal product. But Peter told me that he was working on something more simple and affordable to get that Diezel VH4 Channel 3 sound.

And he delivered! Because the Diezel VH4 Pedal is definitely the closest recreation to that very sound. You’ve heard it on recordings from so many artists, not matter what kind of genre we’re talking. And that’s because the VH4 takes literally anything and it sounds right, regardless of guitar type, tuning, pedals in front or not.

The VH4 Pedal comes with a simple set of controls, but they have a huge impact on the overall sound. You can select to use the pedal as an overdrive/distortion in front of your amp or just plug it into a power amp or the FX return on your amplifier.

For this video though, I decided to put the VH4 Pedal to the test for direct recording…which worked out great. Straight into my audio interface and with two cabinet IRs. All the tracks you hear in the video were recorded like this. Enjoy and be sure to check this pedal out yourself.

Get all info and details on the VH4 Pedal here: http://www.diezelamplification.com/vh4pedal/

If you wanna get one yourself, here you go: https://reverb.grsm.io/papapete

Thermion Engineering Gasoline Demo & Review

Massive Amplifier-in-a-Box

 

While the Heartbreaker I tested recently is a full-blown British rock amp in a small pedal format, Thermion’s Gasoline is a complete different beast – with the emphasis on beast!

The compact and handmade pedal recreates the sound of American high-gain amps, using high-quality components. Thermion Engineering really took their time to not only find the right parts for the Gasoline, but also make it as versatile as possible. Three modes (Vintage, Raw & Modern) offer different gain & tone shapes in addition to the very effective 3-band EQ plus Deep and Presence controls.

Since the Gasoline also comes with the SE2 technology, I connected it directly with my audio interface and applied to of their cabinet IRs to record all the guitar tracks in the demo song. I was really impressed how good that sounded. I didn’t even have to use a boost oder overdrive pedal in front to tighten it.

But…see and hear for yourself!

You can get all the info & details on the Gasoline here: https://www.thermion.eu/en/pedals/gasoline/

If you think the Gasoline is for you, get it here: https://reverb.grsm.io/gimmegas

Diezel Zerrer – Review & Video

Diezel soul in a small format!

Everybody who knows me personally, knows that I am a Diezel worshipper! I picked up my VH-4 head back in 2004 and never actually bought another tube amp. I was used to my old 2-channel Dual Rectifier and I loved it, but the Diezel VH-4 opened up a new dimension of tonal options, apart from having an insane low end response, which comes in handy when you play down to Drop A ;).

What I liked most about Diezel Amplification, is that they always stayed within their course and never lost the original vision they had. But being a small boutique company with only a few employees, Diezel has to follow at least some trends to be on par with other manufacturers. While portable live setups become more and more important for the busy traveling musician, the Diezel Zerrer definitely comes in handy when you need an aggressive distortion section in your rig.

Diezel Zerrer full

Diezel Zerrer Frontview

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BluGuitar AMP1 Review & Video

A true innovation…mindblowing!!!

At last year’s NAMM and as well at Musikmesse, Thomas Blug introduced his new company to the world: BluGuitar! He has been developing full-tube & digital amplifiers for almost 20 years, while also being a session player on numerous records. His most known achievements in the amp world include the Hughes&Kettner TriAmp MKII among other amps from the German manufacturer. But he also developed one of the most sophisticated digital amps back in the days, the Hughes&Kettner Zentera!

In the past couple of years, he was focused on the development of a vision he had. He wanted to create a compact amplifier with authentic tone and feel, that should be able to cover a wide range of different sounds, everything from vintage clean to modern high gain. Now this vision has become reality… and it’s more compact and light than anything else I came across so far!

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NAMM 2015 – ENGL Amplification releases the legendary E651 Artist Edition Head

An amp that has been used by legends!

The E651 Artist Edition is based on the inner circuit of the E650 Ritchie Blackmore Head, which is one of the best-selling ENGL amplifiers of all times. It also sticks out of the ENGL range as the most open-sounding and dynamic model, apart from the E610 Savage. In 2005, ENGL made a slightly different version of the E650, requested by long-time ENGL artist Doug Aldrich (Whitesnake, Bad Moon Rising).

It was equipped with EL34s in the power amp section and also featured a new and totally different 3-band EQ. Aldrich loved it and the rumor about this specific amp spread to other famous player like Gary Moore, Jimmy Page, Ken Hammer, Vivien Campell, Paul Stanley and many more.

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The Boogie Session – Mesa Boogie CabClone Review

Hello guitar people,

after just doing Youtube videos for some time, I thought it might be helpful to also share my experiences with guitar gear in a blog. Just because… well, there are still some guys out there who actually like to read about stuff, instead of just watching videos or listening to the manufacturer’s Soundcloud playlist.

MESA BOOGIE CAB CLONE

Speaker simulators and load boxes have been around for quite some time. While most of them worked fine in terms of protecting the amp from possible damage, the provided cabinet simulation always disappointed me. Then a couple of years ago, small companies like Koch, Two Notes or Radial started to take this thing to the next level and invented versatile load boxes/speaker simulators that would not only sound decent, but also react in a way guitar players would expect it to.

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