Tone- ex­pand­ing gear

Guitar Techniques - - Intro -

If you’re in need of a shot of in­spi­ra­tion to pep up your play­ing and un­lock new ar­eas of cre­ativ­ity, some­times it takes a new piece of equip­ment in your rig to get the juices flow­ing. Thank the Gods of Gear, then, for the likes of Elec­tro- Har­monix, Man­sons Gui­tar Works and Digi-Tech, whose lat­est re­leases all prom­ise hours of sonic ex­per­i­men­ta­tion.

Man­son Gui­tar Works is the Ex­eter- based com­pany best known for those out­landish cus­tom axes wielded by Matt Bel­lamy of Muse, which sport ex­treme mod­i­fi­ca­tions such as in­built Kaoss Pads to pro­duce Bel­lamy’s oth­er­worldly sonic as­sault. For 2014, Man­son has re­vamped its af­ford­able MA line to in­clude the Czech- made EVO, which has a num­ber of tone- sculpt­ing op­tions and ad­di­tions in­clud­ing a kill­switch, and the op­tion of a Fer­nan­des FSK 401 Sus­tainer and a Z. Vex Fuzz Fac­tory. Prices start from £ 1,149, so check out the EVO at www.man­son­gui­tar­works.com.

Else­where, Digi-Tech’s new Drop pedal of­fers in­creased con­trol over poly­phonic drop tun­ings, div­ing any­where from a semi­tone to an oc­tave with one press of a but­ton. You can also use the Drop in ‘ mo­men­tary’ and ‘ latch’ modes for more per­for­mance- ori­en­tated pitch drop ef­fects. It costs £ 129; see www. dig­itech. com for more.

Fi­nally, if you’ve ever dreamt of turn­ing your gui­tar into an or­gan, the new B9 pedal from Elec­tro-Har­monix of­fers nine pre­sets of leg­endary or­gans, with added tremolo, vi­brato, ro­tat­ing speaker and other ef­fects, for £ 165. See www.ehx.com for more.

Three new prod­ucts that could in­spire your mu­sic, from Man­son Gui­tar Works, Dig­iTech and EHX

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