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)

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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 : Joao Castilho

Tell us about your musical background
I was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brasil, in 1970, and started playing at age of 9. During my musical life, I’ve played with many great artists like Maria Bethânia, Djavan, Lisa Nilsson, Ed Motta, Sandra de Sá, Simone, Eumir Deodato, Zé Renato, Leny Andrade, Nana and Dori Caymmi, Pascoal Meirelles, among several others. In terms of education, from 15 to 18 years old, I had private lessons of acoustic and electric guitar. Since then I became autodidact, but at 2007 I had the chance to study harmony in a revolutionary way for 3 years with the trombone player Vittor Santos.

I released two solo CDs called “Equilibrium” and “Percepções” (you can check them at Spotfy). I also released two books: “Toque Junto” and “EstudandoImprovisação.” With the bass player Jefferson Lescowich, the drummer Renato Massa and the saxophone player Marcelo Martins, I formed the group FOCO, with two CDs released: “FOCO” and “Tempo Bom com Chuva”.

joaoCastilhoWhat are you working on now?
Right now I’m back to Djavan’s band. We just finished recording his last album. Also, I’ve been playing with Nana Caymmi among other artists, and composing music for TV shows, films and publicity.

What is the role of education in music?
If you are talented but have no music theory education, you will never know how far you could get.

How do you feel about the current ‘state of the music industry’?
Things are changing fast, especially for recording industry. The streaming market is forcing an adaptation of this segment, which is affecting other music businesses in different ways, such as concerts, film score, composers, etc.. Let’s see where it goes… We, as musicians, producers, composers, should be prepared to adapt.

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Why do use Pickboy picks and Mooer pedals?
I’ve always liked Pickboy picks very much. Great quality, big variety of materials and lots of different shapes. About Mooer, they sound great, are small and light, which is everything I am looking for. Click here to learn more about Joao’s gear.

To learn more about Joao please feel free to visit www.joaocastilho.com.

Whole Lotta Blues Crab – Neal Walter

Let Neal Walter share a secret with you that he learned from Steve Stevens about Led Zeppelin’s classic guitar riff in “Whole Lotta Love.” Seems Jimmy Page played an open D string in the riff to give it that little bit of mojo. Watch Neal demonstrate the difference with and without the open string.

The Mooer Blues Crab is the perfect pedal choice to get the heavy, bluesy sound out of a small amp like a Princeton Fender.

The Mooer FireFly M6 : A Pedal Board that Fits in your Glove Compartment!

Osiamo Music Group and Mooer Audio are excited to announce the update to the popular Firefly pedal board. The Firefly – already the world’s smallest pedal board – now holds 6 Mooer pedals firmly and securely in place. It’s a small ergonomic gem. The Firefly features 6 form fitting slots,  a heavy duty polymer shell to withstand the abuse of being stepped on for many years, a removable lid and  a DC cable with 6 ends to power all your pedals with one power supply.

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Did we mention it can fit inside your glove box?

Image a pedal board with 6 true bypass micro pedals that weighs less than 6 lbs! Small enough to fit in a backpack; easy to carry from house to car to stage. Go straight to the gate on your fly dates. No need to check the Firefly at the airport just carry-on with you. And don’t forget, Mooer now has 54 models available with more to come! Imagine the sound and tonal possibilities.

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Kool Fact 1 : Customize your board for any gig with pedal swapping,

Kool Fact 2 : Say 6 is not enough, then chain 2 M6 boards together for 12 pedals!

tonynataliziomooer_01_700x5Join our the growing number of guitarists that are building micro boards for their fly dates and gigs were a backline is provided. We’ve quite a few artists making the switch because of the many benefits:

  • high quality, true bypass Mooer pedals
  • affordable, all Mooer pedals less than $98!
  • light easy to carry
  • nearly endless tonal possibilities
  • full 1 year warranty on all Mooer pedals

Not Band_Silhouette_01to name drop but a certain Guitar God from the most Iconic 80’s Pop/Rock band just picked up a loaded Mooer M6 for a Brazilian “fly date.” Stay tuned for a complete review!

Well 1000 words ain’t worth one video review so check out the informative video from Neal! He does a short demonstration of just one of the many possibilities available to you with Mooer micro pedals. His pedal choices: Repeater, Mod Factory, Soul Shiver, Solo, Funky Monkey and Sweeper. In all, 16 effects plus overdrive in a board that weighs less than 6 lbs!

Comment on this post with your 6 choices for a Firefly M6 would be and Neal will use his favorite suggestions in his next Firefly demo.

Let us help you find your tone and sound with Mooer pedals.

KC Music Grand Opening Party – a HUGE Success!

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Our newest dealer for Pickboy, Dr J and Mooer, KC Music, opened on October 4th with a big party, seven bands, prizes, guest appearances and so on. We asked the owner, Mark Ballard some questions about why he decided to get into MI retail.

You just opened a store so you must think the future of MI retailing is looking up.  Have you had experience working in MI retail? Would you share some of your thoughts with us?
I have never been in retail, not one second in my entire life – so I have no history to base my opinions on, just wild-eyed, naive enthusiasm. I have been told that I am insane to be be opening a B&M store period, but I believe I have a better idea. Once we get our store open and figure out a few more things we will begin lessons. We have five lesson rooms and lots of applicants for instructor positions. Our ace in the hole is our group/performance program that will commence in March once my non-compete contract is satisfied with School of Rock, LLC. At that point I am opening The KC Blues Academy, ,The KC Country Music Academy and KC Rock University, all  performance based programs that will maximize revenue. Individual lessons will be given in the store and group rehearsals will be held off-site because they are loud. The students’ discounted purchases will help the retail end survive the internet and GC who is opening a location about five miles away next year. I dislike them very much for the way they have treated friends of mine (former employees) and for the way they treated me during my 10 years at School of Rock

Why do you think Pickboy, Mooer and Dr J will do well at your store?
I am hoping that Mooer and Dr. J will be big sellers and I will be touting their compact, tru-bypass attributes and their affordability. Pickboy will be a snap to sell, I imagine I will be ordering more after Black Friday. Great stocking stuffers for the guitarist who things he or she has everything.

 

Biggest challenge for your KC Music for this year and beyond?
Our biggest challenge is making sure that *we never let down in terms of promotion and in-store events* (we have a cool stage, PA and backline permanently installed, we can also multi-track from the stage with a flip of a switch and a couple clicks on our computer) and seeking publicity opportunities. I am very good at this aspect of the business, so part of my focus will be there *every single day.*