Les Paul vs ES-335 – Do They Sound the Same?

Les Paul vs ES-335 – Do They Sound the Same?

In this video I am showing you the differences between a Les Paul electric guitar and an ES-335.  Both of these guitars are Japanese Tokai guitars and are basically references of late 50’s Gibson electric guitars.  Tonally, there’s a not as much difference as I thought but there still is just enough to notice it – especially on clean.  When you add some overdrive into the mix, it’s pretty hard to tell the difference to the untrained ear.

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The Klon KTR versus the Wampler Tumnus

The Klon KTR versus the Wampler Tumnus

In this video I compare the Klon KTR versus the Wampler Tumnus overdrive pedal. The Klon KTR is the newest  version of the infamous Klon Centaur overdrive pedal.  The Tumnus crams most of the tones from the KTR into a much smaller box.  I say “most” because the Tumnus is different.  It also adds a little extra as well. What the Tumnus adds is low end and what it lacks is a buffer switch which is what might sway you one way or the other.  To my understanding the Tumnus is true bypass while the KTR can either be true or buffered bypass.   (Best Price on Amazon Here)

The Tumnus saves a lot space thanks to the smaller footprint but the jacks are on the side where as on the Klon they are on the top.  Top sided jacks offer the advantage of space saving too because you can literally bunch pedals together.  That said though, I think the Tumnus would still save at least one half of the space even with the side jacks.

As I mentioned tonally they are basically the same except the Tumnus has more low end.  In a live band situation, the low end is sometimes lost in the mix.

Cranking your amp loud for Tube Distortion or an Overdrive Pedal?

Cranking your amp loud for Tube Distortion or an Overdrive Pedal?

People say the holy grail for getting great tone is to have your clean channel up as loud as possible to get “tube distortion” that only occurs when the tubes are clipping. In this video test I compare running a Fender Blues Deluxe reissue amplifier on half volume against having the amp at a lower volume with an off-clean overdrive pedal.  The pedal in this video is called a VS Audio Royal Flush Overdrive Pedal.

VOX AC15C1X vs Fender Blues Jr III

VOX AC15C1X vs Fender Blues Jr III

The Fender Blues Jr III and VOX AC-15 amplifiers are two of the most popular and sought after 15 watt EL84 valve combos on the market today.  Even in 2016, these amplifiers continue to be the standard for most musicians in the World.  I’ve owned both a Vox AC15C1 and Blues Junior and both have their own unique pros and cons.  Let’s take a look at both amps and I’ll let you know my thoughts on them both.

Fender Blues Jr III

Pros:  Good price, small, lightweight, and good overdrive tones, FSR amps have a notable speaker upgrade added.
Cons: Cabinet can be too small for some people, no tremolo, stock speaker (the Eminence) is not very good.


Pros: Good price, larger cabinet than the Blues Jr III, great stock speaker, loud, great on board tremolo.
Cons: Heavier than the Blues Junior, stock valves can be less than brilliant, no mids control.

Below is a video between the VOX AC-15 and the Fender Blues Jr III amplifiers.

Overall:  Both amps are great so it’s up to you which one you like the best.  It’s all personal choice. For me either amp can do blues and classic rock.  The Fender has more mids which might work better in the mix of a band context but it’s not as loud and big sounding due to the smaller cabinet size.  If Fender boxed it up in a cabinet the same size as the Vox it would probably improve the overall live experience.  Playing at home or jamming the Fender will do the job and you could always mic it up.  The VOX sounds fantastic with a Telecaster and will be better for a dirtier sound thanks to the great gain control.  I like the physical size of the VOX a lot more because the cabinet size really improves the overall throw of the amp.  These are both great amps and I would go for the one you like the sound of the best because that’s what it comes down to.  If you’re a country player and use a Telecaster – go for the Vox. ;-).

Fender 65 Deluxe vs Fender 68 Custom Deluxe Reverb Review

Fender 65 Deluxe vs Fender 68 Custom Deluxe Reverb Review

I am the proud new owner of a brand spanking new Fender ’68 Deluxe Reverb amplifier.  These new silver-face amps are quite different to the regular ’65 Deluxe Reverb and not only in cosmetics but design too.  They do both feature the same size cabinet, power rating and selection of tubes, but that’s where it ends.  If you’re a fan of the ’65 deluxe but you wished it broke up earlier or had a little more character, then the ’68 Deluxe Reverb is a perfect choice.

The main differences between them both are:

  • The ’68 Deluxe has a Bassman tone-stack on the custom channel which totally kicks ass and has a fuller and warmer sound in the mids
  • The ’68 has a Celestion G12V70 speaker while the ’65 has a Jesnsen C-12k speaker
  • The ’68 breaks up quite a bit earlier
  • The ’68 also shares the reverb and tremolo on both channels which is awesome
  • The ’68 Deluxe’s reverb sound is not quite as washy as the ’65
  • The ’65 stays cleaner longer
  • The ’65 is a smoother sort of sound
  • The ’68 has more of a raunchy tone
  • The ’68 is made in Mexico while the ’65 is made in the USA
  • The build quality is awesome on both
  • Both totally rock and have their own unique sound
  • The taper on the volume is different.  I found the ’65 get’s louder faster early on.

This video below shows the difference between the two mic’d up with Rode M3 microphones at the same audible volume in the room.

All in all both amplifiers are awesome and it all comes down to personal choice.  I love both of them for different reasons but for me the 68 has more of the sort of Blues tone I really love when it starts to compress and overdrive and it does it at a less ear bleeding level which suits the pub/club gigs I do with my band.

If you have any questions just let me know.

Fender Blues Deluxe Reissue vs Fender Hot Rod Deluxe III

Fender Blues Deluxe Amplifier vs Fender Hot Rod Deluxe III

In this video below I compare the Fender Blues Deluxe tweed amplifier and the Fender Hot Rod Deluxe III amplifier.  Both are fitted with 6L6 Power Tubes and 12Ax7 Preamp tubes and come in pretty much the same size cabinet.  This comparison between the amps should help you decide which one you like more for your style of much, both are fantastic.

My personal choice doesn’t much matter as both amps are very similar and very usable.  Look at it this way, if you like the smoother and modern clean channel sounds go for the Fender Hot Rod Deluxe III.  If you’re into Tweed and slightly edgy sounds the Blues Deluxe Reissue is the way to go.  Either is fine for many styles of music and they both take pedals very well.

(4.5 / 5)
Overall, both amps are awesome which is why they get a solid 4.5/5 star rating.  My reasoning for the score is, they have two good channels (even though the clean is better then the drive channel), they take pedals well, they aren’t too heavy and they are a decent price for what you get.

Analogman King of Tone Overdrive Distortion Pedal Review

Analogman King of Tone Overdrive Distortion Pedal Review

This is the Analogman King of Tone Overdrive & Distortion Pedal. It’s one of the most hyped pedals on the internet for electric guitar players.

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The video below is the Analogman King of Tone vs The Klon KTR which is also another really hyped pedal.  Both are actually awesome but they can run a fair price tag!

Overall this is a great pedal.  You could simply daisy chain two of your favorite pedals to get the same sort of effect, but that said this pedal has a very open and natural sounding tone that will appeal to musicians and especially blues players.