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The 9 levels of G.A.S.

The 9 levels of G.A.S.

Being a confirmed gear head has its down sides, you often have to traverse through the nine levels of Hell to realize your perfect rig… or, as we know it, the nine levels of G.A.S. You are shopping online, your offer has been accepted, you transferred the money at...

10 rules of jamming!

10 rules of jamming!

We had the pleasure of having one of the world’s finest Steel players sit in with us a couple of weeks ago, Sarah Jory. Now, this doesn’t reflect on the quality of the band I am in, we are not so good we command the world’s greatest players to come and play, we’ve...

Cutting out the middle person, who is ultimately yourself

Cutting out the middle person, who is ultimately yourself

As usual I’ve been watching some geeky stuff on the uTubez and, as always, one of the first videos that was recommended for me was something from That Pedal Show. This time it wasn’t a pedal thing, it was a video of Mick changing the saddles on his favourite Strat,...

13 years of You Tube, the birth of Wampler and having fun again!

13 years of You Tube, the birth of Wampler and having fun again!

  March 20, 2006. That’s the day I originally created my youtube channel. Originally, I wasn’t intending on creating a lot of youtube videos, but to be fair I don’t think many people that it would take off as big and as fast as it did. This was back when Myspace...

How do you review your playing? Do you?

How do you review your playing? Do you?

Seems like a weird question, doesn’t it? But the reality of your playing is completely different from your perception of it, I can almost guarantee that… well, it is if you are realistic about what you play and what you see/hear when you watch yourself back. Those...

What is the difference between Chorus, Flanger and Phaser?

What is the difference between Chorus, Flanger and Phaser?

Let’s face it, we’ve all used them before and I imagine that like me you’ve got them confused or not really understand what makes each different. As I started playing properly in the 80’s each of these pedals carry HUGE memories for me and I’ll always have a love/hate...

Sounds levels… power, dB and clean boosts

Sounds levels… power, dB and clean boosts

Following on from Brian’s video about wattage/power/dB, I thought I’d share something that has happened to me recently that has confused me considerably, until I quizzed Brian about it in regard to the video (released 26th Feb 2019, you can see it below). Like I’m...

Transparent Overdrives, are there actually any?

Transparent Overdrives, are there actually any?

When scrolling through social media - especially gear groups - you tend to see a lot of the same misnomers and inaccurately assigned labels put on things… One of the most common is the “transparent” overdrive. I mean, how many times have you seen a K style pedal...

Midi, the Terraform, loopers and you.

Midi, the Terraform, loopers and you.

  When I first started with Wampler, all those years ago, the conversion about Midi was often happening… if I am being completely honest, we didn’t have the need for it because our corner of the market wasn’t really there yet – but as we’ve got bigger and far more in...

Line6 HXFX – the gigging verdict (confessions of a tone snob)

Line6 HXFX – the gigging verdict (confessions of a tone snob)

Back on October 12th I made a blog post about getting a Line6 HXFX, I gave the first impression of it and am now ready to follow up on that as I’ve finally got it out to gig over the weekend! First of all, in regard to the purpose of the original post (I needed to...

Greta Van Fleet are actually pretty good

Greta Van Fleet are actually pretty good

If you’ve been in the trenches of the guitar community on Facebook, Instagram, TGP, Reddit, etc. then you’ll know Greta Van Fleet has become a bit of a hot topic lately. These are 4 guys between 19 - 22 years old from a small town in Michigan and blasted on to the...

Black Friday – is it all insane? YEP!

Black Friday – is it all insane? YEP!

Yes, you love it, we love it, EVERYONE loves it. So much so, last year the amount of money the great British public parted with was up +11.7% to £1.39B (thank you America, we are now adopting your retail trends) according to data from IMRG. And this was online sales...

Designing pedals – From frustration to Fuzztration

Designing pedals – From frustration to Fuzztration

You may have noticed we released details of our new pedal recently – a fuzz/octave called “Fuzztration”. Instead of waffling on about the origins of it, the circuit, and the tones within; I’m going to talk about the name, the look and the marketing angle of the...

Chasing the tone of  Billy Duffy – Love Removal Machine

Chasing the tone of Billy Duffy – Love Removal Machine

Was extremely excited to hear Brian’s latest chasing tone song choice last week, as it was featuring one of my favourite bands from the 80’s, and one that I consider to be HUGELY underrated… The Cult. The Cult signified a massive moment for me growing up, as they...

The Weekend Jam Excursion

The Weekend Jam Excursion

This past weekend was a bit of an anomaly for me. My wife was working two 12-hour shifts at the hospital, and my mother-in-law was keeping our two kids on Saturday, so I had a day pretty much to myself. Of course, there’s always something to do around the house like...