I just returned a Red Witch Fuzz God II which didn't work out of the box. It's unfortunate as the reviews looked pretty cool on that one. It's caused me to to reconsider some pedals with complicated circuits. I'm now considering a Fulltone Octafuzz instead.
Last edited by LSchefman; 06-28-2013 at 07:36 PM.
When I put my current board together and switched to them from George L's, my rig got a little quieter and less susceptible to induced hum and noise (not that I had major hums and buzzes, but I'm very picky about noise). Easy to hook up because they are pretty soft and flexible. The sound improved, too, less harshness on the top end, better lows.
I found that the 18' PRS cable sounded a bit quieter and had less handling noise than my 18' Mogami also. So I'm a believer.
Unfortunately, the PRS cables weren't long enough to reach the top of my TC delay near the bypass switcher, so I used Lava for that connection. And that sounds good, too.
I did get the Wampler Sovereign for the mean time. I really really like it so far. I needed a more modernish gain and I'm liking what I'm hearing out of the HXDA with this one.
Oh, as far as distortion goes, the Blackstar HT Dual is really bad ass tone wise. However, with it's 22v power draw, it's not the ideal pedal board... pedal. I'm using it mostly as a pre-amp for the Two Notes CAB since it's powered with a tube it delivers some nice sonic richness to a modeler.
I want to post my board but it's been in such a transition lately with the new amp. I'll post it soon.
Prs cables? In the lower left corner (purple?).
Speaking of noise Les (Les noise? NoiseLes?), I'm finding the Clyde a bit on the noisy side as compared to my RMC wah. Is yours whisper quiet?
Last edited by Kine; 07-01-2013 at 06:27 PM.
My whole pedal board is absolutely dead quiet. No hums, buzzes or noise.
But when pedals are on, they can hiss and make various noises associated with the type of pedal. Wahs tend to hiss a little depending on their sweep.
I had an RMC wah, and it was no more or less noisy than my Fulltone, although the RMC tended to pick up noise from wall warts near it, etc, and the Fulltone doesn't. So...I dunno. The Fulltone uses a steel housing, and the Teese is traditional cast zinc. I actually think the Steel housing rejects noise better. But you might be talking about what happens when the wah is on. I never noticed a difference between the two brands in that department, but YMMV I guess.
Re cables, I have used all Mogami for many years in my studio, since it was first cabled back in the early 90s at my old place. And I still wire all my equipment up with it.
But for guitar, I found the PRS stuff to be a little quieter. Everything BUT the purple cable on my board is PRS cable.
The TC Nova Delay would be a great sounding delay, but in front of the amp it can get a little hissy when the gain is up. It's in a true bypass loop so I can take it out of the signal chain. Typical digital pedal in that regard. The Eventide ModFactor is quieter but still has a small amount of hiss when it's on. It's true bypass, though.
However, the ModFactor is an absolutely amazing pedal that does a lot of things extremely well, and I love Eventide's modulation effects, had an Ultra Harmonizer H3000 DSE for years.
At some point, even though I love the TC's delays, I might try the Eventide Delay box just to reduce the hiss when the pedal is in the loop.
Last edited by LSchefman; 07-02-2013 at 12:34 AM.
I'm really looking forward to the '69. It gets rave reviews due to the germanium resistor. Can't wait!
As far as delays, I'm pretty much set as I really like the Strymon stuff. It's amazing stuff and I highly recommend you take a look in case you're looking for something along those lines. They're dead quiet. I may be a bit biased since the company is located in the town I live in! I simply had to place my order and go pick up the pedals. I love dealing locally since I figure if you have any issues you can simply pay them a visit. I have a couple of Blue mics for the same reason.
Funny, I like Blue mics as well, have been using them since they first came out with the Mouse in the late 90s. I'm also a Neumann fan. Well, actually, I'm an everything fan, I guess. LOL
I think the Strymon stuff is impressive, too. Could you try something for me -- if you turn the preamp gain up to, say, two o'clock with the Strymon on in front of your HXDA, is it still quiet? If so, that will be the direction I'll go in. I like running pedals in front of an amp for some crazy reason, and the HXDA I have doesn't have a loop anyway. So if you could check, I'd really appreciate it! It'd be a great help, as my local Strymon dealer doesn't have an HXDA to test it with.
Just played the '69 for the first time! It's a beast! Exactly what I was looking for!! I'm psyched for sure. It sounds epic with the HXDA. Givin me chills that the tones are sounding like Hendrix! Now I just need the skills... Thanks again for the tip, Les. It's a phenomenal fuzz.
And it worked for me, so that was a bonus.
But I'm glad I didn't let ya down with the advice, brother! To my way of thinking, a piece of gear is but a link in the chain, and the important thing is how it matches up with what you're running, and not so much the bells and whistles.
My stuff is pretty basic, tone-wise. Except that Eventide ModFactor box, which is a complex thing that I've barely scratched the surface of. It sounds good, though it isn't really "authentic" for the era of the amp.
Last edited by LSchefman; 07-13-2013 at 03:10 AM.
FYI, speaking of fuzzes, I happen to be the proud owner of a custom dual fuzz creation by a forum bro over at PRSforums.com, OliOli...the Cerberus. It's a combination of his Secutor and Spartan pedals, which he describes as:
Forge Spartan (previously Motherfuzzer) - NPN Silicon 2 gain stages 60's fuzz
Forge Secutor - PNP Germanium 3 gain stages 60's fuzz
Think ToneBender and Analogman Sunface in one box. Killer stuff!
Look up FORGE Effects on Facebook, the build thread over at PRSforums.com (registration required), or feel free to contact me directly.
+ '01 Custom 24 + '11 DGT Standard (Mr. Clean) + '09 SE One + Super Dallas + Stealth 2x12+
However, as good as those cables are, when I went from the Mogami guitar cables to the PRS, the first thing I noticed was that the rig was rejecting RFI/EMI better. The noise floor went down. With a very quiet amp like the HXDA, it was very noticeable (to me, as a studio weirdo, anyway). Any time you reduce noise, the tone seems to improve right from the start. And the sound of the cables is also excellent. They're very neutral and balanced. After trying the guitar cable, I cabled my pedalboard with the PRS interconnects. The overall result is a sonic improvement that anyone can hear.
And the bonus is that the cables are so flexible that they don't tangle, they're easy to bend and put in any position on a pedalboard without moving the pedals, etc. I'm sure they'd be rugged enough for gigging.
And thanks for the tip on Forge effects! I'll check 'em out.