gear Archives

  1. Cry Baby Mini →

    It looks like the baby Cry Baby pedal actually adds features to the standard version:

    Unlike many mini pedals the Cry Baby Mini doesn’t sacrifice features, maintaining the full range voicing and sweep of the current Cry Baby, not to mention that must-have fasel inductor and true-bypass switching.

    I am excited that there will be selectable voicings, but a bit disappointed that the switch isn’t accessible from outside of the pedal.

    In addition, there’s a choice of three voicings, available via an internal switch. Low voicing reduces the sweep for subtler moments, Vintage apes the original Cry Baby of the 70s and the GCB95 is the sound of the present day incarnation of the famed wah.

    My Cry Baby Mini is on pre-order, along with the miniature Tube Screamer and a Yoke 5 loop switcher. My hope is that transitioning to the smaller Cry Baby and Tube Screamer pedals will make enough room on my Pedaltrain JR to add the Yoke 5. Stay tuned!

  2. The End of Guitar Center →

    I don’t know anyone that would actually be upset by this. Make sure you read the whole way through and watch the video of Guitar Center’s Times Square opening.

    Sounds to me like a business opportunity:

    when I visited the NAMM Show in Anaheim, California only days ago, I found that the overwhelming majority of industry figures with whom I spoke spent very little time or energy on the critical analysis of a firm which represents 28% of the industry, a total $2.1 billion out of $7 billion. As a result, we can assume that few people will have contingency plans for potentially disruptive scenarios resulting from Guitar Center’s fate, but that is hardly unprecedented in the history of business.

    There are some good quotes in the article but my favorite is the author’s closing statement::

    We’re all analyzing the most mundane details of the terminal symptoms of this sickness that has seized American business culture in the past twenty years. Perhaps we need to heal that disease before we can back to fun things such as playing guitar and running profitable companies.

    (via Texas Blues Alley)

  3. TXBA 2015 Winter NAMM Report →

    Today’s Texas Blues Alley newsletter highlights some sightings from NAMM including a baby Cry-Baby and a mini Tube Screamer. I can see myself swapping both of these on my pedal board to make some room for other goodies…

  4. Hydro Flask, 18oz Water Bottle →

    I received an 18oz Hydro Flask for Christmas this year, and it has changed my life! I filled it with coffee for work at 7:30am this morning, and it is now 11:44am. The coffee is still hot!

    This is a great product, and is the first hot beverage container I’ve owned that doesn’t impede coffee flow when drinking and doesn’t leak while I drink from it. It is also small enough that it fits in my car’s cup holder. I highly recommend it.