Alairex HALO (H.A.L.O.) Overdrive Review

I’ve been plenty surprised to find an overdrive/distortion pedals that didn’t sound remotely to my liking on demo videos but yet in-person, I immediately get hooked on them. For the case of Alairex HALO (H.A.L.O. = Hamonic Amp-Like Overdrive) it was the designer/founder Alex Auilar’s demo videos that made me go “I gotta get my…

Kingsley Minstrel Tube Overdrive Review

I’ve been looking at Kingsley’s line of pedals as a possible pinnacle of overdrive pedals, mainly because of the amazing demo videos that the builder of Kingsley amps/pedals himself, Simon Jarrett, put out.  I could tell from the videos that their pedals had supreme feel and broad range.  Of his various offerings, Minstrel seems to…

Okko Diablo Gain + Review

Now, this is a pedal I’ve been curious about for years — there are a number of clips on YouTube but the astonishing thing is, they all sound wildly different from each other!  As if they are playing completely different pedals.  Both beautifully warm low-gain tone and fizzy, bashing hard rock tone have been sighted.…

Wampler Dual Fusion

Wampler Dual Fusion Review

If you’re into shredding on guitar, who isn’t fascinated by Tom Quayle?  I am — I’m not remotely into jazz/fusion but his legato style seems so effortless, just note pouring out like water from a waterfall.  And his tone is smooth yet fast and articulate. So when Wampler came out with his signature pedal, I was…

Wampler Cranked AC

Wampler Cranked AC Overdrive / Distortion Pedal Review

I’ve been wanting to check this pedal out for a while, as some of the clips I’ve seen indicated this saturated, mid-heavy high-gain tone that I was attracted to.  This is my first Wampler pedal to try and it certainly didn’t disappoint.  While this pedal is discontinued, Wampler recently announced release of Ace Thirty and if…

Is Your Amp Noisy? The Problem May Be Your Outlet.

If you’ve seen any of my videos then you know that I’ve been struggling with noise issues in my home studio.  Well, the other day I finally got around to doing some testing.  I knew that the noise didn’t exist if I played my rig elsewhere — but I never tested it by plugging it in…