Mini Pedal Madness at Gear Gods

Trey Xavier of Gear Gods contacted us about contributing some Mooer micro pedals for a “shoot-out” style review he was doing to build his “dream” fly rig  pedalboard. We jumped at the opportunity and sent Trey a Baby Tuner, a Funky Monkey, a Hustle Drive, a Noise Killer, a Repeater, and a Tres Cab for the shoot out.

This week is the first installment of his shoot out. First up are the wah pedals. At the time of the review, we didn’t have a Wahter pedal so we sent Trey a Funky Monkey Autowah to use against the mini wah pedals from Dunlop, Morley, and Hotone. Even though the Funky Monkey does not have a rocker pedal it still compares well. Trey really likes the compact size, quality of sound, and options of the Funky Monkey. If you don’t use a wah that often the Funky Monkey saves quite a bit of space over even the smallest of the wah pedals and may be your best option.

Check out the video for the full test results and check back next week for the next installment.

(Funky Monkey starts at 9:40)

Winner of Guitar Player / Osiamo Gear Giveaway

Michael-Irvine-1k-winner_10Congratulations to the winner of our Guitar Player / Osiamo Gear Giveaway, Michael I of California. Michael is the lucky recipient of a bunch of great gear including a Rockready Volo gig bag, Mini, and Snap! Strap, a Dr J Planes Walker Fuzz, a Bigfoot Engineering Trouble Booster, a Taurus Dexter Octaver, a Mooer Trelicopter, and a great selection of Pickboy picks. Michael was really excited to hear the news and says, “Thanks again for the great gifts. I will enjoy all of them.”

Michael, we hope make some great sounding music with your new gear!

Exclusive Interview : Gennaro Esposito

Tell us a bit about your musical history.

Italy. New York. Paris. Madrid. From my university studies at the Conservatory to Master Classes with jazz/fusion, pop and gypsy musicians in multiple countries, I have tried to combine different techniques and styles because I have always believed that music is a global language. Training in classical, flamenco, folk, rock, jazz, and more – across 2 continents – forms the basis of the rhythm and melodies behind my sound.

What projects are you working on now?

I’m in the process of my second CD that reflects my experience here in NYC and includes talent from both the US and abroad. Other projects I am involved in now include a new CD with an R&B/Jazz singer, playing classic funk with a 13-piece band, and performing original rock music with a local rock band. Collaborations aside, I produce curated pieces for independent filmmakers and am in production for a video series launching in 2014 called “Fashion Compliance.”

Gennaro-Dr-J_1000x714What role does music education play in your career?

Ongoing music education is an integral part of my professional career and musical evolution. Having discovered a way to make this fun, I spend countless hours each week fine tuning my tone, learning new materials, and identifying up and coming artists.

What do you think of the current state of the music industry?

Technology’s impact on the music industry requires musicians to be in a state of constant adaptation. Producing and marketing with an understanding of the current marketplace for music is integral to success within the music industry today.

Why do you use Mooer pedals?

From the gig bag to the pedal board, Uptown to Downtown, being a musician in NYC means Mooer pedals are a key element of my gear. Not only because of the conveniently small size but also because of the rich tone it puts out without any compromise.

Exclusive Interview : Kyle Ragan

1) Tell us about your musical background
I grew up playing classic rock with my stepfather who is a fantastic drummer. honed my skills playing with his band, a bunch a great guys all over twice my age at the time. Though that music wasn’t my real passion, the 90’s really shaped me as a musician. I really loved a lot of the acoustic based rock groups and songwriters during that time. That really shaped my songs and playing style.

Kyle-Ragan_01_464x6492) What are you working on now?
A couple of things actually. My band Screams and Whispers is in the midst of recording our 3rd album. We are very DIY so we are engineering and producing it ourselves. We are very excited about that. Aside from that I also run a Youtube Channel, where I do gear reviews for guitarists. I have been building that up for the past 2 years. That is also a big focus for me.

3) What is the role of education in music?
Music education is VERY important to me. I grew up in vocal programs throughout my school years. It stimulates creativity and fosters teamwork. It teaches you how to be a part of something bigger than yourself. So important.

4) How do you feel about the current ‘state of the music industry’?
It is a double edged sword. The path to be heard is open to everyone now. The platforms exist, the opportunity is there. That said the days of the mega star are over except for a select few break through artists. Making a living is MUCH harder through the business. Also getting heard over the abundance of people making music is very hard. The options are limitless, the opportunity is there but you have to creative.

5) Why do you play Dr J pedals?
Being somewhat a gear head I have amassed quite a collection of pedals and run a pretty large board live as as result. With Dr.J, quite simply they make pedals that are exactly what a guitarist like myself needs. The Armour Buffer REALLY helped me tame my pedal board and deal with any signal loss I was getting across that many jumps. The Aerolite is a very Flexible Compressor allowing 2 options not commonly seen in other compressors. One, being a mix control which I find extremely useful and the other being an input level select which really comes in handy when switching guitars and allows me to quickly compensate for differing pick up output levels. This was key for me. Dr. J offer innovative solutions for these problems and others we commonly encounter, as well as tried and true mainstay gain pedals. Just a great company really trying to push the boutique sensibility into its more, mass market, parent company Joyo.

Click here to learn more about Kyle, and click here to check out his YouTube Channel.

Mooer Mini Flight Rig MF

This Mooer Mini Flight Rig was inspired my Michael Fenimore, one of our Mooer local artists. Neal really like Michael’s pedal selection and with the addition of the Mod Factory created a pedal board great for gigging or song writing. Click on the above video to watch Neal’s play through of the board. This board really has lots of possibilities.

Mooer releases Woodverb and Varimolo

Mooer just released 2 new pedals : the Woodverb and the Varimolo. The Woodverb is a digital delay pedal design specifically for acoustic guitar players to retain the tone and warmth of an acoustic guitar. The Varimolo is a digital tremolo pedal normal, filter, and variable modes. The filter acts like an auto wah and the variable mode changes the rates of the tremolo.

Get 10% Off when you order now through 22nd Oct and use promo code VARIWOOD.

Click here to start shopping.

Seventh Annual Woodstock Invitational Luthiers Showcase

The Seventh Annual Woodstock Invitational Luthiers Showcase (and Tonewood Festival) will be held October 23, 24, and 25, 2015, at the Bearsville Theater and Utopia Soundstage, 291 & 293 Tinker Street, Woodstock, NY 12498. The Woodstock Invitational is an alternative guitar show, featuring fine, contemporary, handmade acoustic guitars and stringed musical instruments, exhibited by their makers.

The Woodstock Invitational Luthiers Showcase is an intimate gathering for the community of acousticWILS poster 2015 stringed-instrument builders, players, collectors and aficionados, and has become one of the premier events of its kind in North America. Fine, handmade acoustic instruments such as these are not usually available in music stores or other retail environments. This is a rare opportunity for the public to see, hear, play, buy or commission custom-made instruments – the finest examples of the luthiers’ art – gathered together in one place. Nylon-string classical and flamenco guitars, steel-string guitars – flattops, archtops, manouche, resonators, hybrids – plus mandolins, lutes, ouds, ukuleles, banjos, and stringed oddities will be on display in the Bearsville Theater. Other vendors include tonewood dealers, parts and tool suppliers, string and accessories manufacturers, publications and instructional materials, our Sponsors, plus Special Exhibits of rare and significant historic, vintage and contemporary instruments loaned by collectors and institutions, all right next door to the Bearsville Theater in the Utopia Soundstage Vendors Annex. In the “Tonewood Tent” in front of Utopia Soundstage, in conjunction with Northwind Timber, is Tonewood Festival, a pre-Showcase shopping opportunity featuring a number of fine tonewood dealers, open to the public with free admission on Thursday October 22, and continuing Friday, Saturday and Sunday October 23, 24, and 25.

There is continuous live music, including luthier mini-concerts, demos and special appearances during show hours, 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM Friday, Saturday and Sunday, by some of the nation’s finest musicians, in the Bearsville Theater Lounge, included in the price of admission. There is a series of Instructional Clinics and Workshops for players, plus seminars and colloquia for builders, by separate admission. Plus our annual String Sampler Concert of acoustic music featuring internationally known artists, by separate admission, Friday, October 24 at the Woodstock Playhouse.

Click here to visit the official Woodstock Invitational site.

The L.A. Amp Show Report

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Hey guys, Neal here. Here’s my overview of The L.A. Amp Show last weekend.

I met with JP Cervoni, he had our Rockready Volo on display. I tried out the amps he was using there, Mezzabarba (big Italian name) and they rock, def a big rock tone. I got to play a ’61 Strat that Jeff Beck wanted to buy for $70k but was turned down (so they say).

I ran into Larry Mitchell there too and introduced myself, took some picks, super nice and cool dude.

Something The L.A. Amp Show did new this year is that Guitar Center rented out all 3 banquet rooms and basically made a mini GC with high end boutique amps and some vintage guitars on hand. The stage was loaded with Freidman Amps.

Robbie Kreiger jammed on Sunday – Love Me Two Times and Riders on the Storm – with a full band in the GC room. They gave away a Kemper Amp (they’re around $2k) and everybody wanted one, the funny thing is the winning name drawn was Bob Bradshaw (rack systems) but he wasn’t in the room so he didn’t win. Everybody was like “awww, c’mon!!” Everytime they drew a new name everyone shouted “he’s not here!”