Tone- expanding gear
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