The Mooer GE-200 Effects Pedal is a total game changer when it comes to live and studio recording tools. You might be thinking to yourself that this is another disposable digital effects pedal? right? Wrong! The Mooer GE-200 is kind of like the Kemper profiling amplifier mixed with a Line 6 Helix.
What does the Mooer GE-200 do? It allows you to use it direct to a PA system, mixer, or sound card for direct recording. Thanks to the amplifier, cabinet, and microphone options it makes recording a breeze. I also had a chance to use this live and it sounded great in the front of house mix. You can of course also turn off the Cabinet and amp simulation and use it straight into your favourite guitar amplifier.
One of the best things about this unit that a lot of reviews fail to mention is the fact you can use it with third party impulse responses. If you have a favourite Celestion IR for example you can load that into the unit and use it. Not only that but you can also arrange the order of the effects within the virtual chain of the unit.
The video above covers a lot of the features of the GE-200 but not quite all of them. There’s so much to cover but I tried my best to give a good overview of everything involved in the unit.
I had no expectations for this unit but I was really blown away by it and I am putting it in my top 5 pedals of 2018. Check it out here on Amazon if you want to pick one up cheap.
This is a list of my 5 favourite guitars I played at Jerry’s Lefty Guitars in Sarasota, Florida. I really enjoyed all of these guitars. Sound wise and feel wise they were all great. I absolutely loved the tone of the Dean guitar but the Floyd Rose is a bit too complicated for a guy like me. If it had a regular tuning setup I might of pulled the trigger on it for sure.
This video shows which guitars hold their value on the second hand market. If you buy a guitar and have to sell it down the line odds are it will not hold its value very well. This list is my opinion on which guitars hold their value best if and when you need to resell it.
Here’s a rundown video on all the pedals I am currently using live. I have been using these now for several gigs and I feel really settled on my tone and sound especially with the Les Paul and 335 electric guitars. This video features some live playing tones as well as a tone test of each pedal and how I use them together.
Let’s start by saying that the Zexcoil pickups have set the tone standard for me. I would choose them in a heart beat over any single coil pickups I have ever played and they do not buzz at all. Before I explain more about why I like them lets take a look at what I don’t like about other types of noiseless pickups.
My Experience with other Types of Noiseless Pickups
Fender Noiseless pickups have always been very touch and go when it comes to tone. Sure, they do all seem to eliminate noise but it has always come with a sacrifice with tonal characteristics on the most part. I’ve had a lot of noiseless pickups for my Strats over the years including SC Noiseless Pickups, Hot Noiseless Pickups, Vintage Noiseless Pickups, and D’Allen Johnny Hiland Pickups and they all were missing something. The D’Allen and Hot Noiseless were as close to the Strat tone as I could find at the time but they all had no where near the dynamics and feel of a single coil when you did a direct comparison. For some people this doesn’t matter so much but for me, it did. The D’allan Pickups were okay but they ended up taking my strat tone and turning it into something that wasn’t very “Strat-like” in the end so I ditched them as well.
One thing I always noticed with the Fender SC Noiseless pickups was there was a lack of low end warmth and a lack of high end chime and I also hear it on the N3 Fender pickups too. The high end ended up always sounding forced and brittle like it wanted to crack your fillings. It wasn’t a high frequency tone, it felt like it ended at a place that wasn’t natural or pleasing to the ear. This graph below illustrates how I hear the generic noiseless pickups in comparison to the single coil tones.
Why are Zexcoil Pickups so good?
Zexcoil pickups retain the entire frequency of the single coil sound giving your Strat a “Strat” tone.
They eliminate all buzz and can handle clean to high gain tones without any pickups squeal.
Each coil is tuned and stacked in a way that sound perfect for the string it’s under.
They feel great to play! Since having them in my Strat I have never looked back or questioned my tone.
In a direct comparison to Fender Custom Shop pickups I prefer to the tones of the Zexcoil pickups.
I literally have zero issues using this Stratocaster in any venue now, this is one huge advantage over my old pickups.
These pickups are as good in my Stratocaster as my Joe Barden Danny Gatton Pickups are in my Telecaster in terms of tone, feel, and usability.
In this video of the Swamp Thang Speaker I am using a left handed set of Zexcoil pickups. This video have the 500k pots in the Volume and Tone positions.
In these videos I am actually using a right handed set of Zexcoil Texas pickups in my left handed Stratocaster. This video have the 250k pots in the Volume and Tone positions.
I honestly feel that the Zexcoil pickups will be the last set of pickups for this Stratocaster. I have tried numerous sets of pickups both single coil and noiseless pickups in this guitar and none of them sounded as nice as these do in combination of reducing the buzz and hum. Replacing the 250k pots to 500k pots made a difference to the high end as well making it chime without getting too bright, too harsh or any of the characteristics I can’t stand about bad noisless pickups. These sound fantastic and you’ll see them in my main Stratocaster 10 years from now.
This is the newest Bass guitar from Little Crow Guitars in Western Australia. Dave and Viv at Little Crow guitars have put together a fantastic, yet very simple bass guitar which combines great tone, great feel and a mixture of the two most desired bass guitar tones with a Precision Pickup in the neck and Jazz Pickup in the bridge.
The first video below is a Little Crow Bass guitar run down feature Oscar.
The video below is a musical play-test and loop station jam featuring Oscar.
The bass was recording using an instrument input on a Joe Meek Twin Q Preamp into a ZOOM R16 recorder which was in interface mode to the PC. Some slight Compression was used on the audio track to keep it all in check. No EQ has been added.
This video demo is for the BOSS DM-2 Analog Delay Pedal. This retro/discontinued pedal is made in Japan is highly sought after by many guitar players due to it’s warm and wonderful sounds. My first impression of this pedal was “how good can it be?”. I am not sure why I didn’t give it the benefit of the doubt, but it’s probably because I am so happy with the BOSS DD-7 that I didn’t think that the BOSS DM-2 would live up to it’s newer counterpart. Although the DD-7 is a Digital pedal, it also has an analog delay setting that is usable and musical but to be honest falls short compared to the BOSS DM-2. This pedal commands high dollars on eBay these days and if you’re lucky enough to have one, hold onto it. I’m sure there’s a bunch of analog delay pedals that are just as good, but there’s not many that does what the DM-2 does and so easily.
While the newer DD-7 does a great job on the Analog setting, the DM-2 is a no-frills approach to a simple pedal, with zero hiss or crackle/noise in the circuit, so guitar nerds will enjoy the noise free goodness and warm analog settings that is so highly sought after.
These are definetely worth checking out but don’t pay too much for it – as I mentioned they are selling for a lot of money on eBay.