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    I'm a complete amplification and effects pedals n00b. I hear sounds I've heard in music all my life without ever considering how they're made, but I'm coming to grips with my first emando and suddenly I want to know, but the field is so broad that I don't know where to begin.



    Above is a track by Tim Eriksen, singing Rudyard Kipling's arch lyric about about 19th C smugglers, Poor Honest Men, to the tune of Spanish Ladies. It ends (beginning around 2:25) in a glorious electric guitar meltdown. Can anyone give me any clues about how he's getting that sound? I'd be a happy man if I could make my mandocaster do that.
    And now there was no doubt that the trees were really moving - moving in and out through one another as if in a complicated country dance. ('And I suppose,' thought Lucy, 'when trees dance, it must be a very, very country dance indeed.')

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    To me, that sounds like two electric guitar parts. Not a lot of effects running there really, distortion and/or overdrive, could be a pedal, could be just the amp (probably a tube amp). Perhaps compression as well. I'd probably try to replicate this sound using a compressor followed by a distortion pedal as a starting point.



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    Get a looper pedal. Add lots of distortion and turn everything up to 11. You should be able to find something similar.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lenf12 View Post
    Get a looper pedal. Add lots of distortion and turn everything up to 11. You should be able to find something similar.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vwfye View Post
    The Michael J Fox, Back to the Future method!
    Or Spinal Tap...

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    Does anyone make a Flux Capacitor pedal?
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    Quote Originally Posted by derbex View Post
    Does anyone make a Flux Capacitor pedal?
    Yes there are several models, even a special mandolin version optimized for the mandolin frequency range and overtones.

    But the problem is that a regular pedalboard power supply is not up to the task of providing the required 1.21 gigawatts to power the pedal. And it seems that all online retailers are currently out-of-stock of the special high-capacity power supply.

    Alternatively, you could try hooking up the pedal to 8,066,666,670 hamster wheels. Supposedly each hamster generates 50mA @ 3V. (Source: article 11 Things That Can Actually Make 1.21 Gigawatts Of Power).

    (Personally, I'd go with gerbils rather than hamsters. Gerbils seem to be more active. Yeah they're all nocturnal, but gerbils run that wheel *all* night whereas hamsters seem to prefer frequent breaks. You might not even need 8 billion gerbils, perhaps 6 billion.)


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    Overdrive, delay and flange or phaser ... I dig it
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