NAMM O’Clock News: Highlights from Dan & Mick’s Coverage in Anaheim

January 30, 2018 | By Andy Perrin

This week, TPS offered up a trilogy of episodes with daily coverage of all things NAMM. As always, it’s impossible to get at everything, but this week’s blog combs through the TPS coverage focusing on the most news-breaking gear announcements of NAMM 2018.

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Tour de Treble Booster: Tips and Picks for Boosting Your Top End

January 23, 2018 | By Andy Perrin

Admittedly, I’m drawn to gear that is dramatic. You step on it and it screams, echoes into oblivion, or squawks a wah so sweeping that Hendrix fans’ ears perk up 100 miles away. However, there is something to be said for the subtle items of gear. Somehow, by changing a little in your set up, they have a huge pay off. Treble boosters are a perfect example of this. Easily unsung and underutilized, these little gems have loads to offer yet do so with sophistication.

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Kirk Fletcher: A New Pedalboard Build and the Future of Blues

January 17, 2018 | By Andy Perrin

A little blues, a pedalboard build, and some unreal live jams. This week, TPS accomplished all that and more as Dan & Mick hosted next-gen blues pioneer Kirk Fletcher. Not only did we get to hear Kirk’s story as a guitarist—from his early days as a budding blues player in Compton to meetups with gear legends like Alexander Dumble—we had the opportunity to glimpse into where the blues are going with his brilliantly stylish playing that is a blend of old time inspiration and innovative vibe. The blues are in good hands in 2018.

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Venturing Beyond Vintage Fuzz Pedals

January 08, 2018 | By Andy Perrin

Fuzz: the final frontier. These are the voyages of Dan & Mick in the That Pedal Shed… Okay, well, not really. But this week Dan & Mick did push beyond the bounds of traditional fuzz into bold new territory.

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Finding Your Ideal 15-Watt Amp: Blues Junior, Bassbreaker, or AC15?

January 02, 2018 | By Andy Perrin

Dan & Mick got me out of a personal and precarious post-Christmas bind. I’d been trolling forums, demoes, and dealer websites for weeks in the search for my next 15-watt box. Then Friday morning rolled around, my YouTube subscription bell dinged. What did I find? TPS was took on the challenge for me! Thanks, gents.

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Dan & Mick’s Year in Gear: Top Ten Pedals of 2017

December 26, 2017 | By Andy Perrin

As holiday specials give way to re-runs in the days ahead, Dan & Mick undertook a retrospective of their top picks in pedals played in 2017 and presented a prospective of player tips as we press ahead into 2018. To give a sense of the gear side of things, what follows is a TPS rundown of the top ten pedals to make an appearance on the show with links to all associated content from our own Riff City TPS blog.

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Beyond the Klon Centaur with the Wampler Tumnus Deluxe and Keeley Oxblood

December 18, 2017 | By Andy Perrin

Fabled for its tone yet untouchable on the used market, the Klon Centaur holds an important place in the effect pedal pantheon. Due to this lofty position, the Centaur has inspired an army of clones. But what if you’re in the market for a Klon-esque stompbox that captures the original’s tone but also builds on it in new overdrive or EQ directions? This week, Dan & Mick curated a full board of pedals that do just that.

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TPS Live! Dan & Mick’s Take on Gain Stacking from Riff City in New Hope

December 12, 2017 | By Andy Perrin

This week on TPS, worlds collided: Dan & Mick took the show on the road and had a “shwang” in our Mount Hope location. With a live audience just steps away from a roaring Fender 1965 Deluxe Reverb and Victory Sherriff 22, epic sounds washed over the crowd as did insights and advice from Dan & Mick on gain stacking strategies.

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Thoughts On Five Spring Reverb Pedals And The Fender Super Reverb Amp

December 06, 2017 | By Andy Perrin

Throughout the history of TPS, Dan & Mick have undertaken a series of comparisons of effects originally achieved by analog and physically moving components vs. their digital renditions. Take, for example, the Leslie cabinet and its stompbox counterparts. And who could forget the Binson Echorec or Echoplex taking on their digitally modelled renditions. This week, TPS was spring-loaded as Dan & Mick undertook a comparison of spring reverb units with some guitar pedal parallels.

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Mid Scooped or Mid Pushed? Dan & Mick’s Take on Vox, Fender, and Marshall

November 29, 2017 | By Andy Perrin

This week on TPS, Dan & Mick used one simple term as a departure point to explore the characteristics and responsiveness of different amplifiers. That word is simply “mid” and used to refer to how different amps push or pull back from that frequency range. In the process they dabbled in three different amps from Fender, Vox, and Marshall and tag-teamed them with some essential pedals from Wampler, Fulltone, Catalinbread, Analogman and Ibanez. Half tutorial, half experiment, the task on TPS this week was to hear what the terms “mid-scoop” and “mid-pushed” actually sound like and to find strategies for optimizing them with pedals.

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