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Effect Pedal Mods...what's The Point?

Brian Wampler (265) · [archive]
Style: Theory/Reference · Level: Beginner · Tempo: 120
Pages: 1 2 3

Many folks nowadays are turning to others for help in getting *that* tone that's in their heads...even celebrities such as Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, most of the nashville pickers, and many more are getting their pedals modded (modified) by companies that specialize in that.

Why would a person want to get a pedal modified, instead of buying a new pedal?

Modifying Pedals is the hottest thing right now...and with good reason! It's the best way to turn a $40 sounding pedal into a $400 sounding pedal!! 

Most guitarists wonder why the big companies put out such CRAP when it comes to guitar effects...Here's the reason!! 99.9% of the top companies design pedals and mods by mathematics--yet its a proven fact that the best pedals and mods are ones designed by ear, as mathematics alone simply does not always work the best when it comes to something as subjective as full bodied, jaw-dropping guitar tone. Craig Anderton, who is legendary among the DIY (do it yourself) effect building community has often talked about this in many of his books and articles.

Think about it this way...do you like microwave meals? Well, I think they are alright too! BUT...they don't even compare to the same meal that is prepared by an experienced chef, who prepares meals by TASTE!

If you look hard enough, you'll find a few 'cookie cutter' mods for pedals on the 'net...like the infamous Ibanez Tube Screamer TS-9 to TS-808 mods...

Forget the ts-9 to ts-808 conversion mods--99% of guitarists won't even hear the difference between the two versions! That's simply not even similar to most other pedal mods--most will make you drop your jaw--I've modded pedals for quite a while now, and even for BIG name professional guitarists...They always agree that the modified pedal is much better than the stock!! 

Here is the proof!

Want an example of what a pedal will sound like after its modded? Please see the next page!