Tag: electric guitar

More Pedals

Received two more foot pedals today (via Ebay) for my guitar pedalboard. Both in the same auction and both ‘manufactured’ by Tom’sLine Engineering (they are probably ‘badge engineered’ so could possibly be from the same factory as my Mooer but I’m not sure). They are an ‘Ocean Verb’ and a ‘Vintage Overdrive’. The ‘Ocean Verb’ has a shimmer option which seems to create quite a large ‘tail’ on the reverb – very nice on some settings an a little over the top on others. The ‘Vintage Overdrive’ doesn’t really have a lot of distortion but with the gain turned down and the volume turned up adds some valve character and a volume boost.

Very nice indeed.


Andy Summers

One of my favourite guitarists is Andy Summers and I’ve recently been working on improving my playing of his Police era style ‘guitaring’ to add texture to my Earth Balm re-recording and new track work. I admire the palm muting, chord voicing, tone, effects use and the philosophy of ‘less is more’ in the work. I might even invest in some Mooer effects pedals to model his sound (no, he doesn’t use or endorse them but they are a cost effective way to get his trademark sound). The Elec Lady (now I believe called the E Lady) is particularly good.


Retirement (from teaching)

Just five working days left now before I retire from teaching. I don’t know what I’ll be doing next, I’ll need to find paying work but I intend that whatever I do, I will have time for playing in a band. Hopefully, something proggy and with a broad sound palette. To start: perhaps some jam session attendance?

Photograph of Dale Warner in Born sinners LA club, Swansea 1985.
It’s me in Born Sinners @ the LA club, Swansea 1985ish.