Category Archives: guitar

The Quest for Tone – My Thoughts on Gear & Skill

I’m not sure if this is going to be a rant…or a guitar sermon…or just a little sharing of where I’m at. But here I go…

As a guitarist who is also very much into gear, I too have been on this “quest for tone.” It sounds dumb, but I’d say every musician probably holds this facet of their sound to a very high regard. Continue reading The Quest for Tone – My Thoughts on Gear & Skill

Malekko Echo 600 Dark & Ekko 616 Dark

Snagged this bad boy on Reverb this week. The Malekko Echo 600 Dark is the warmer version of the regular Echo 600 (bright??).  A little while ago – maybe 6 years ago – I had come across this pedal on YouTube, but I don’t think I had developed my own uses for delay with respect to analog vs. digital. So while I stuck around ’cause the pedal looked cool and the playing was good, I didn’t really add it to my list of pedals to consider buying (it was also really expensive). Continue reading Malekko Echo 600 Dark & Ekko 616 Dark

Maxon OD-820 Clone: Aion Electronics “Nimbus”

Pictured here is my newest completed pedal project.  It’s the Aion Electronics Nimbus Overdrive.  Recently I had built myself a Klon clone and found it useful enough to include in my rig. If you didn’t know, the Klon is kind of known for it’s prominent mid-hump EQ. At first, I wasn’t really too crazy about this, but ultimately I decided that the contrasting nature of the Klon to my other OD tones was a good thing and this secured it a space on my board.

While browsing the Aion Electronics shop, I came across the Nimbus. The one thing I really like about this site is that if a pedal has any interesting history/controversy at all, it will be clearly written about. Well, apparently, the Maxon OD-820 had some, and it had to do with the Klon.  Continue reading Maxon OD-820 Clone: Aion Electronics “Nimbus”

Klon Centaur Clone: Aion Electronics “Refractor”

Shortly after sharing about my new mini-board (here), I acquired a Pluetoneum Chi-Wah-Wah V2 (careful…oddly nsfw) to complete and maximize the usefulness of my new mini setup. I didn’t really feel like posting about it, although I may do a more lengthy demo in the future. Other than that acquisition, it’s all been Boss mods and new complete builds. This one pictured above is one of my proudest completed projects.

Continue reading Klon Centaur Clone: Aion Electronics “Refractor”

Pedaltrain Metro-16

Here’s my mini pedalboard mounted on a Pedaltrain Metro-16, one of their new offerings for 2015.

Previously, I had the old Pedaltrain Mini. Apparently, my model had gone through a couple of revisions. One of them is publicly known and visually obvious. The other, more or less nobody knows about and you really can’t tell just by looking at it. What it comes down to is that my Mini doesn’t accept any non-daisychain power supplies. Continue reading Pedaltrain Metro-16

Pedalboard as of 06/17/15

This is the latest version of my pedalboard.  The newest addition, my Sho ‘Nuff boost in the bottom right corner.


Here’s a closer shot of my drive section. Below is the complete signal path. Continue reading Pedalboard as of 06/17/15