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Posted in Blog, Gear, Pedals    //    Post Date - February 13, 2019

Rodrigo from Fender shows us the new range of effects pedals at Winter NAMM 2019

Fender Musical Instruments Corporation (FMIC) recently announced the expansion of their successful effect pedals line as part of the brand’s ongoing commitment to the category. Debuting at Winter NAMM 2019 in Anaheim, Calif., Fender is taking its pedal offerings to the next level with the introduction of six all-new models featuring original designed circuits including: Bubbler Chorus, Lost Highway Phaser, MTG Tube Distortion, Downtown Express, Tre-Verb, and The Pinwheel. Priced from A$299 to $469, these additions provide players looking to enhance their sound and expand their tone a wide variety of expressive options.

Designed in Southern California, these new Fender pedals were engineered with insight from professional gigging and studio musicians, artists and some of the industry’s best minds. At the helm is in-house expert Stan Cotey, who spent 25 years in professional audio, as well as 13 years designing and engineering many of Fender’s digital and tube guitar amplifiers; he leads a team of engineers that are behind some of Fender’s most innovative modern pedals and amplifiers.

“The initial launch of our effects pedals line in 2018 was very successful. Our first wave of pedals featured a lot of distortion and overdrive effects, knowing that this year we would be able to focus on modulation effects to help further broaden a player’s palette,” said Richard Bussey, Director of Product Development – Accessories. “These new additions to our effects pedals play well into Fender’s rich history with amplifiers and amplifier effects, while also catering to the bass community with our first official bass effects pedal – The Downtown Express.”

These effects pedals are engineered for artists who are looking for stage-ready features and Fender’s signature sound and aesthetics, including sleek and modern exteriors crafted from lightweight, durable anodized aluminum. The enclosures are engineered for heavy-duty use, while switchable LED-backlit knobs show control settings at a glance, perfect for every performance environment. These six all-original circuits all have enhanced feature sets that provide players with maximum tonal possibilities, including:

• Bubbler Chorus (A$299) is a great way to add some dimension to your guitar tone—thick, wide and rolling, it’s been the foundation of many classic guitar sounds. It breathes new life into this classic analog effect, offering new ways to shape your tone. Switchable Slow and Fast speeds with independent Rate and Depth controls let players dial in the perfect sound for your music, while the Wave toggle switch lets you select between traditional Sine and Triangle waveforms. The Sensitivity control allows modulation rate changes based on your playing dynamics.

• Lost Highway Phaser (A$299) brings powerful, flexible analog phasing to your rig. Foot-switchable Fast and Slow speeds— each with their own independent Rate and Depth controls—let you easily alternate between slow, moody phase shifting all the way to rapid and warped modulation. The Wave toggle switch selects between Sine and Triangle waveforms while switchable 4- and 8-stage phasing makes it easy to add extra resonance on the fly. The Sensitivity control allows modulation rate changes based on your playing dynamics.

• MTG Tube Distortion (A$399) is co-designed with Bruce Egnater and is an all-original Fender circuit. Instead of trying to emulate the sound of tube breakup; we decided to use actual vacuum tubes and give players the real deal in a compact pedal. The heart of the MTG’s design is a NOS (New Old Stock) American made 6205 preamp tube. 3-Band EQ with Tight control and switchable boost—with its own Level and Boost controls—makes it easy to dial-in just the right sound.

• Downtown Express (A$449) is a one-stop shop for bass tone-shaping by putting everything a player would need for killer bass tone right
at their feet. All the bass essentials are there— compressor, 3-band EQ and overdrive—each switchable on its own, or kill the signal for silent tuning. The Direct Output makes it easy to integrate this pedal into any performance situation—stage or studio. This pedal also includes a switch that lets players reorder the compressor and overdrive circuits to taste.

• Tre-Verb (A$469) brings players the sound of genuine Fender amplifier Tremolo and Reverb effects. These lush, dynamic amp effects inspired entire genres of music. Included in the Tre-Verb are classic reverb voicings based on Fender’s renowned spring reverb units from 1963 and 1965 and multiple tremolo modes to make sure players can get the exact sound they need for their music. A full suite of tone-shaping controls, including tap tempo for the tremolo effect, make this pedal sonically flexible, while the stereo inputs and outputs ensure it’s easy to connect to any pedalboard or amp.

• The Pinwheel (A$469) gives a classic sound achieved with an organ speaker and amplifier. Featuring three different rotary speaker voices, including Fender’s very own Vibratone effect. Switchable Slow and Fast speeds let players spin up the perfect sound for their music, while the onboard Overdrive adds some texture to the tone. The Sensitivity control allows modulation rate changes based on playing dynamics

Fender’s new effect pedals will be available in 2019 at local dealers.

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NAMM 2019: NU-X Mighty BT Modeling amp and Bumblebee Pedalboard

Posted in Amplifiers, Blog, Gear, Pedals    //    Post Date - February 5, 2019

Monk Li from NU-X shows us the new Mighty 20 BT/40BT Modeling Amp and also the Bumblebee Pedalboard from their booth at NAMM Show 2019.

NU-X distributed in Australia by

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Posted in Blog, Gear, Pedals    //    Post Date - January 10, 2019

Welcome to Swiss Things™! Swiss Things is an all-in-one pedalboard reconciliation solution designed to really tie your rig together without resorting to some confusing loop-switching contraption bigger than a meatball party sub that eats up the entire bottom row of your board and kind-of-but-not-quite does what you need it to do.

Swiss Things™ combines two true-bypass Flexi-Switch™ enabled effects loops, a Flexi-Switch™ AB-Y box with transformer isolation between outputs, a buffered tuner output, 20dB of clean boost with adjustable gain, an expression pedal output for volume control and a quiet, high headroom output buffer into a compact pedalboard-friendly signal routing junction box that lives at the top-right corner of your pedalboard and really ties your rig together without any signal loss.

This is what you can do with it:
• Use as many pedals as you’d like without tone-suck
• Quickly and easily bypass or engage all of your effects with one click
• Use Flexi-Switch™ Technology with every pedal in your setup
• Eliminate volume pedal tone-suck by using any expression pedal to control volume
• Use multiple amps without phase issues, ground loops, or extra noise
• Tidy up your rig, shorten cable runs, and reduce tone loss by keeping all inputs and outputs in one location

EarthQuaker Devices products distributed in Australia by Yamaha Music

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Posted in Blog, Gear, Pedals    //    Post Date - December 10, 2018

EarthQuaker Devices and Yamaha Music Australia Announce Exclusive Australia Distribution Effective January 1, 2019.

AKRON, Ohio & Melbourne, Australia — EarthQuaker Devices, LLC and Yamaha Music have announced that effective January 1, 2019, Yamaha Music Australia will be the exclusive distributor of EarthQuaker Devices effects pedals in Australia.

EarthQuaker Devices was started in 2004 in Akron, Ohio, USA, by musician and entrepreneur Jamie Stillman. Since then, EarthQuaker Devices pedals have been used by artists such as Queens of the Stone Age, Boris, the Mars Volta, Mono, CHON, Asai Kenichi, and the Black Keys. Each effects pedal is built by hand at EarthQuaker Devices’ workshop in Akron, Ohio, USA, by a team of passionate artists and musicians.

EarthQuaker Devices is honored to work beside Yamaha Music Australia, and to play a part in Yamaha’s 130-year history. We are excited to deliver innovative and creative effects pedals which live up to Yamaha’s philosophy of “Kandō,” and it is our hope to supply musicians with effects pedals of supreme audio quality, build quality, physical appearance, and performance.

Yamaha Music Australia Pty Ltd, a subsidiary of Yamaha Corporation, is Australia’s leading importer of musical equipment, with many decades of experience distributing Yamaha, Vox, Steinberg, Paiste and more recently Line 6 and Ampeg products. EarthQuaker Devices is thrilled to join these legendary brands as we begin our partnership with Yamaha Music Australia.

For more information about EarthQuaker Devices and Yamaha Music Australia, please visit or

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Posted in Gear, Pedals    //    Post Date - May 16, 2018

XPRESSION FX BLACK MAGIC MOTION AUDIO FX CONTROLLER Distributed by Oz Inventions Overview by Reza Nasseri Hi everyone, after a long absence from writing and reviewing I’m excited to have a look at a unique Australian invention, the Xpression FX Black Magic Motion by Oz Inventions. Who are they you…

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Posted in Gear, Pedals    //    Post Date - March 16, 2018

Innovative Music Australia is extremely proud to welcome the legendary Morley and EBTECH brands to their catalogue. Morley create some of the world’s most highly regarded wah and volume effects for guitar, including the seminal Bad Horsie Steve Vai signature models, George Lynch Dragon Wah and many more. Alongside their sister brand…

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Posted in Accessories, Gear, Pedals    //    Post Date - February 13, 2018

Bryan Wickmann shows us some innovative and oh so handy products from Rockboard and RockGear this year at the 2018 NAMM Show. Distributed in Australia by Amber Technology

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Posted in Gear, Pedals    //    Post Date - February 5, 2018

At NAMM 2018 Austin Sandick guides us through the features of the GT-100O at the Boss booth. Delivering unmatched sound quality and musical expression, the GT-1000 ushers in a new era of performance in amp/effects processors. This premium tone machine debuts the groundbreaking new AIRD (Augmented Impulse Response Dynamics) technology,…

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Posted in Gear, Pedals    //    Post Date - January 26, 2018

Released at the NAMM Show this year, Fender EFX pedals give you full control over your sound, creating any tone you can imagine. Not mere copies or clones of existing designs, these effects are all-original circuits that were designed by Fender’s in-house team of experts. Fender consulted a panel of…

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Posted in Gear, Pedals    //    Post Date - January 9, 2018

A characteristic quartet of iconic vintage tones Most of the time all you need is your bread and butter 3-button overdrives, studio delays, and subtle reverbs but every once in a while, you need something special to nail the tone of your favorite artist or musical style. That’s when you…

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