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2 Ways to Use Amp in the Box (AIAB) Pedals

If you look at the entire product line of Wampler Pedals you will see a plethora of overdrives that often emulate famous amps. Some gear heads out there call these (A.I.A.B.) or for the non-initiated – Amp In A Box.  So what is an “amp in a box” type of pedal good for and how is it used? While there is no right or wrong way to use an A.I.A.B. pedal – I want to tell you about the two ways I personally use them.

Tone Shaper

 My personal favorite way to use an amp in a box type of pedal is - as a tone shaper. For example, lets say that I am using a Vox style of amp and some other pedals for a gig. That’s a great a tone. But being guitar players – after 4 hours of hearing the same tone at a gig – you might want something different – or in my case, you just get bored. This is where I introduce tone-shaping pedals to my pedal board. With something like the Black 65 or the Tweed 57 I can effectively help shape the tone of my current amp to help emulate those tones. This is a cool way, for me at least, to help create different tonal options for songs that might be very different from one another.

When using an A.I.A.B. type pedal as a tone shaper you can create more in-depth layers of tone by stacking different boosts and gains with it. You can stack dirt pedals either before or after it to make your rhythm tones a little chunkier or to add just something extra to your leads/ solos.

Gain Stage

The second way to use an amp in the box type of pedal is to use it as a gain stage. An A.I.A.B. can help you create some monster lead tones when you crank it up after your boosts or gain/dirt pedals. Essentially, this method would be very similar to running your favorite dirt pedal into an amp that has been cranked up!

You can also stack multiple A.I.A.B.s together to help create some interesting tones. Again, there is no right or wrong way to use amp in a box type of pedals,  these are just two ways that we personally like to use  here at Wampler HQ. So get out there and experiment!

 

 

- Max (Wampler Pedals)

Happy Birthday Brian Wampler!

All of us at Wampler Pedals would like to wish Brian Wampler a very happy 40th Birthday!

Amanda and Jason got a few friends together to make this little video :)

http://youtu.be/eIKHEHBdKCk

Latitude Tremolo Deluxe

Wampler Pedals are delighted to announce the release of the long awaited Latitude tremolo!

We could write pages and pages about what it can do (and most importantly doesn't do) for your tone, but these demos sum it up perfectly!

http://youtu.be/JsE3lPcYa-k

http://youtu.be/5xaHY9HyoIM

The Latitude is release globally on May 29th 2014,or you can purchase direct from our website.

Dallas Guitar Show

Earlier this month Wampler Pedals visited the Dallas Guitar Show (May 2, 3, and 4th) for the first time. For those of you who have never been, it is celebration of all things guitar with fantastic great musical performances and some outstanding new and used/vintage gear for sale everywhere! Over the three days we were there, we met some fantastic new and inspiring musicians, as well as saw some familiar faces.

Musical performance highlights were Mr. Scary himself, George Lynch, performing with Derek St. Holmes belting out catch scratch fever, and of course the always very talented Johnny Winter showing us all what Texas blues is all about!

Dallas Guitar Show Pic

 

- Max Jeffrey

Circuits to Cure Cancer!

Following on from the massively successful campaign last year, we are proud to be part of the "Blakemore Effects" Circuits to Cure Cancer charity auction. All proceeds to go to the St Jude's Childrens Research Hospital. We have donated a one off pink Thirty Something...

Pink Thirty Something

It is our hope that you will support this cause by bidding either for this pedal, or one of the many others (from excellent and generous companies), available.

http://youtu.be/qT8THipiI1I

The auction site is here and is open now and remains open until the 18th May 2014!!

Our heartfelt thanks and respect goes out to Blake for organizing this.

www.circuitstocurecancer.com www.blakemoreeffects.com

Nashville Bound!

Brian interviewed yesterday morning with Eric Dahl of the Rock and Review (Fox 17 - Nashville, TN) and talked about a few of his pedals. Eric is a player himself and has some great gear builders on his show. A big THANK YOU to Eric and the entire Fox 17 crew for the wonderful hospitality!

RockandReviewTVSHOW

Stay tuned for a link to the video after it airs in a couple of weeks.

 

- Max Jeffrey

Velvet Fuzz feat. The Depths by Earthquaker Devices

Recently, while taking a break from filming – Travis was showing off his vibe pedal, The Depths, that he bought at the 2013 Nashville Amp Expo from our good friends at Earthquaker Devices. Being the professed gear-nerds that we are, we love taking the chance to show each other some of the great gear that is available out there!

Travis paired up The Depths with the Wampler Pedals Velvet Fuzz. (Running The Depths before the Velvet Fuzz.) All of us in the studio were immediately blown away by what we were hearing! Such tone! Hendrix and Robin Trower on tap! Check out the classic 60’s tones that Travis was able to create.

 

- Max Jeffrey

A.C./D.C. – Not the Band

This week I wanted to take some time and talk about A.C./ D.C. (Alternating Current and Direct Current – not about one of the arguably best rock bands of all time.) Frequently I have customers ask me about what kind of power supplies they should use to power their pedals. While there are several great options out there – I wanted to just go over a few of our favorite options here at the shop.

Most pedals run off of a 9 Volt battery/ power supply. Most all of your off-the-shelf batteries will power up your pedals just fine with 9 Volt D.C. power. While most all of your off-the-shelf 9 Volt batteries are very close to providing 9 volts, not all of those batteries will register a perfect 9 volts when tested with a  multi-meter. If you test a 9 volt battery with a multi-meter your battery might read anywhere from 8.5-9.4 volts (give or take). Your pedal’s tone can sometimes fluctuate depending on how much power that pedal is receiving. Dirt pedals with weaker batteries can often sound muddier or have a weaker output. Delay, reverb, compressors, and some other types of non-dirt pedals will actually start clipping and will often times sound bad. Depending on your rig/ setup - this tone can some times be desirable to certain players. Wah pedal often fall under the same category. Many players claim that slightly weaker batteries produce a sweater tone. Recently, I tested this theory with a 9-volt battery from a smoke detector (I replaced the old smoke detector battery with a new one). I’m happy to report that it did in fact change the tone for the better!! While some pedals work better with drained batteries some pedals need a full charge or better yet a dedicated power supply – most often times modulation pedals, like delay pedals, fall under this category. Many fuzz pedals fall under this category as well and will sound different, often times better, with a lower level of power from a weaker battery.

A One-Spot or a Daisy-Chain type power supply is often a great option for smaller pedal boards or players that are on a limited budget. If you are looking for a lightweight option to power only a couple pedals, these types of power supplies will do the trick. A Daisy Chain type of power supply provides several D.C. barrel adapters on a single string of wire to provide your pedals with power. This will cut down on your need for remembering batteries at a gig. Because of this uninterrupted power flow, sometimes certain types of pedals will not “play nice together”. Some delays and some dirt pedals with these types of power supplies will create ground loops/ unwanted hum and other potentially annoying signal interference in your rig.

 Another popular option, and one of my personal favorites, is an isolated power supply. Isolated power supplies are made by several companies and greatly range in price. ISO power supplies, like Voodoo Labs, are often times heavier, larger, and more expensive. However, with a dedicated/ isolated power supply provided for each pedal, a player can effectively eliminate any unwanted ground-hum noise that may occur. (Like a bar with a hundred neon signs). Although some ground noise my still come through on occasions, a lot of it is taken care of. Most of these types of power supplies will regulate the current going in to your pedal at a nearly perfect 9 Volts. However, some isolated power supplies will have dip-switches that will allow you to “sag” your power to certain pedals to allow you to achieve that dead battery tone that some players have come to love.

So which option will work best for you? If budget allows and you have room on your pedal board – I personally think an isolated power supply, like a Voodoo Labs, is the way to go. But if space, weight, or budget is an issue there is absolutely nothing wrong with a Daisy chain/ One-Spot style power supply or even a good old-fashion store bought 9 Volt batteries. You be the judge!

- Max Jeffrey

Wampler Pedals - HAIRstortion - Awesome 80's glam metal lifestyle pedal.

Brian Wampler was raised on a diet of the most excellent 80's hair metal. From Winger, Dokken and even White Lion he knows the three things you need to be a living legend... Great tone. Great chops. Most importantly, you need awesome hair.

So, what did we decide to do about it? Well, we got the King of gain - Brian Wampler of course, to design a genre defining pedal, we packed it tighter than Derek Smalls pants with AMAZING tone - does all you need to do is bring chops? Not quite... That was not enough... We decided to give you the ultimate. Just check out the video to see what the HAIRstortion can do for your stage presence!

Awesome!

So, be excellent to each other and party on Darth. I think it was Darth anyway, I can't remember. The Wampler Pedals HAIRstortion. Because your tone is worth it.

http://youtu.be/rBDyv-EEZ9g