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So I'm back from Summer NAMM. Be prepared for a long post. ;)

I had a blast. I got to hang out with some of my favorite people in the gear building community, some Nashville guitar friends, and try out some cool stuff. I also got to check out a store that was pedal heaven. Oodles of new and used pedals that were oh so amazing. Stuff I'd only heard of before.

So I went to NAMM on Saturday. I was there for about 4 hours. I started off going to the XTS booth. I love Barry, Greg, and Eric from XTS. They are making some of the most thoughtful pedals that not everyone and their brother is trying to do. They have always treated me like a pro and are just genuinely cool cats. I got to try their new Fermata compressor and Shapecharger Boost/EQ. I told them how much their Winford Drive has changed my guitar playing life and how it's been a staple on my pedalboard. It had been 8 years since I last met them in person although I'm quite active on their Instagram (@xacttone). The Shapecharger is very cool. It's a full range boost and a mid boost in one pedal. You get a gain knob for each frequency and a knob to control the sweep of said frequency. You can either run both at once or one individually depending on how you have it set up. It really sounds nice and unlike most EQ pedals - has absolutely no noise/hiss. I then tried the Fermata compressor. Man. Where has this thing been all my life. It's optical based, but they do something that no one else has yet TTBOMK - they let you control how much squish there is on the low strings of the guitar and you can desensitize the compressor to those low strings. You can really tell when play low note riffs or doing stabs on the low E. It leaves them nice and fat and not squashed. You can also choose to squash them if you like. There is also your typical volume, sustain, attack, tone, and ratio controls. It is the best sounding compressor I've ever heard and I've tried them all by now. I'll get to that in a bit. It just makes for a really natural sounding comp.

So I then went over to Guitar Effects Pedals showroom. Ryan is a great guy and was willing to meet me even though they didn't run their typical hours during NAMM weekend. This place as I said above is heaven. All your big name boutique and mass produced pedals for sale new. Then he has like 2 cabinets of used pedals filled to the brim. And not your typical cheapo pedals you see used in a pawn shop or something. High end boutique pedals at a great used price in good condition and of course desirable mass produced pedals. I saw Cornish stuff too! I wish I had more money to spend as he had quite a few used gems I would have liked to take home. I ended up trying a few pedals. The Fermata and Shapecharger were already in my head as a purchase, so he had those as he's an XTS dealer. I then tried a XTS modded GE-7 BOSS EQ used he had. I also wanted to try a used Pettyjohn PettyDrive V2, a new Ramble Drive v3, and a new Cali76 compact non-deluxe. I knew that I'd probably have enough for about 3-4 pedals.

The ones I didn't get were the Ramble Drive and the Cali76. The Ramble Drive sounded nice. Very cool MIAB. One of the best for that plexi tone. I have like 10+ MIABs. I WILL be buying it someday, but it didn't make the cut for this time as to what I thought I need. The Cali76 was cool. Easily the SECOND best sounding compressor I've heard. Really, really transparent and sweet sounding. But once I was hipped to the Fermata's contour control for controlling that low string squash, it was no longer something I was interested in. Certainly a great compressor and like I said, my 2nd favorite. I can see why a lot of guys like those. But yes folks - the Fermata is better, IMO. Try one! The contour control makes the Fermata a game changer in compression.

The XTS modded GE-7 is a very nice pedal. Much improved over the GE-7 stock. Makes it more guitar friendly in the frequencies and I'm hearing less hiss with the level slider. I bought it to replace my GE-7 but I will keep the stock one as a backup. The PettyDrive V2 from Pettyjohn Electronics sounded fan-freaking-tastic. I really love that pedal. I'm able to pull some great drive tone combinations that make it so that I don't need as many drive pedals. I'm able to pull AC Vox tone and Tweed Fender tone out of one pedal. And use my Winford for the Marshall sound. Boom. I get my Blackface tone from my amps, and I'm set. I'm running less drive pedals now than ever before and I can truly say I'm the happiest I've been in a long time with my dirt.

So to recap - I came away with the XTS Fermata, Shapecharger, and GE-7 mod as well as a Pettyjohn Electronics PettyDrive V2. A nice haul for sure.

Some things that I took away from NAMM as gear that impressed me were the new Gretsch Malcolm Young guitar, which is freakin' sick. Also I learned of some new pedal companies. Seafoam Pedals has a couple cool OD pedals out. They sounded fantastic and I'll be on the lookout for them. I was also pretty darn impressed with the Friedman booth in general, but I thought that the BE-50 Deluxe sounded righteous for that big modded Plexi vibe while having a MUCH better clean channel than the old BE-100. There is a BE-100 Deluxe coming soon with that same great clean channel. I thought the old BE-100 had a pretty lame clean channel compared to the two dirt channels. The Deluxes have a really great Fender Bassman-like clean to them that makes them infinitely more versatile. Also I want the new BE-OD Deluxe pedal! It's a low gain BE-OD with a high gain BE-OD in one housing. Cool!

I had a blast and even if I never went pedal shopping at all, I'm still so glad I went and would have wanted to go. I got to re-visit old friends and make some new ones and try out gear all day. What could a gearhead want more? I'm so glad to have made friends in this industry that treat me like a king even though I'm not a professional musician. I have the feeling that with the guys I'm thinking of, it wouldn't make them treat me any different if I was. And for that I'm grateful. I'm not going to name names, but those who read this that know who I am, know who they are. I'm proud to play their gear.

TLDR: I bought 4 pedals, hung out with old friends and made new ones, got to check out some sick gear at NAMM, and had a really fun weekend.

And here is my post-NAMM board:

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What is that Gold pedal on top ??
 

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What is that Gold pedal on top ??

Jackson Audio Prism.

A desert island pedal. It takes a big loud high headroom amp and gives it the feel of a cranked Tweed combo but without the farty low end and without any gain. Unity gain, Unity level. I use it in amp mode on the low gain setting and it makes everything sound and feel better. It's a great, great pedal. It gives you that touch sensitivity and dynamics with touch that if you pick light it stays clean but if you dig in, it feels like a small combo.
 

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Jackson Audio Prism.

A desert island pedal. It takes a big loud high headroom amp and gives it the feel of a cranked Tweed combo but without the farty low end and without any gain. Unity gain, Unity level. I use it in amp mode on the low gain setting and it makes everything sound and feel better. It's a great, great pedal. It gives you that touch sensitivity and dynamics with touch that if you pick light it stays clean but if you dig in, it feels like a small combo.

Thanks my man I am going to check it out !
 

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Lots of stuff happening. Cool to see how you guys are doing and what not.

As a dad that has 13 and 14 year old, I can honestly say that, there is not a day that goes by where I wish I could of spent more time and emotional support and focus with my kids. My lack of those elements had more to do with my dysfunctional relationship with my wife, then anything else. It hurts me a lot to think that I missed out, at times, on really being there for my kids. On the bright side, I have been able to spend a lot of time with them and have been a soild dad. Just knowing my kids, makes me way more happy then the best, largest gig I have ever played, or even the greatest compliments that I have recieved from musicians held in high status. If you would if asked me if I could of felt this way, I would of said no. At one point in my life (and for a long time), I made all my decisions based on my drive to excell at music and be a professional musician. At one point in my life, I would say often “there is nothing I love more then Jazz”. It is amazing how things are. I just throw that out as support. Peace.
 

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Kid(s) first, everything else is some distant 37th or something, far away in the rear view mirror. I'm still amazed I managed to put out an album earlier this year!

Bede, I completely missed you've bought a TAFM! How's that working out for you?
 

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The TAFM is on its way. It id going to replace my DBA Apocalypse on my board. I am digging the Origin Effects RevivalDrive. Seems to be pretty solid. My nest purcahse a couple months from now is going to be the drybell vibe machine.
 

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Here is an old pic of my pedal board (the Origin RevivalDrive sit under the DBA). I still have to put some risers on and attach the power supplies underneath. Also, I am going to kick off the TBAC and place a vibe machine there.
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This EHX 45000 is awesome. Loving the untouched tones on my loops. I’ve acquired all these pedals in the last few months. Divorce has been an open door back into playing music again. My living room is accessorized perfectly now.

Looked at the new 95000 but it takes up way too much floor space and being able to adjust on the fly by hand with faders for live bass and guitar tracks is money.

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Line 6< PA

Got jumbled but the stereo chorus runs the twin and Bassman with the A channel of aby running the looper via the Line 6 with a line out to the pa.
Works awesome
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I promise, i put it to good use! Working as stagehand, soundguy and a fair share of gigs has helped with building my board. In about a month I'll move to study audio engineering, I guess my GAS will have to calm down ;)
 

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Kid(s) first, everything else is some distant 37th or something, far away in the rear view mirror. I'm still amazed I managed to put out an album earlier this year!

Bede, I completely missed you've bought a TAFM! How's that working out for you?

Send me a link to the album, I am putting a new one out end of this year. I have one out already on CD baby and iTunes :)
 

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