Monday, June 29, 2009

Updates [music and gear!]

I'm trying to get my board together. Right now Ive got my SD-1 (with "Passion Drive" mods), into a Modded Marshall GV-2 (different clipping distortion styles for more monster gain!), into a (soon to be acquired) pitch shifter for harmonies [either a cheapo Behringer, or an affordably-priced Boss PS-5 from Ebay], then the DD-20 (for delays obviously), a Modded Phase 90 comes next (on its way to my house from a guy on GG, itll have a depth knob and color switch in addition to the speed knob0 :) ), next comes a Digiverb (gonna get it off of Ebay, for all its huge verbs and reverse[which can be used with my pitchshifter for octoverb like Line6 or reverse pentaverb; fifths in harmony with reverse reverb ^_^]) into a Choralflange :D (got in a trade for my supermodded Small Clone!, also coming to my house soon), then my RC-2 ends the pedalboard and it goes into my Hot Rod Deluxe. I'm gonna be able to make some new music now. :D

Look for my new project, just me playing around with my gear; Dark Side of the Sun. Ill take a pic when my pedalboard is complete and then post clips as well, but Ive got a few songs in the works that I may upload soon!


Friday, June 26, 2009

Stargazer FX Demos!

I have finally started to get a few good demos together, and here they are:

Enjoy everyone! 

and for a preview of the pedals that are on here as of right now, June 26 '09, here they are:

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Stargazer FX "Draven/Cullen" Mod for Boss Metal Zone

So, I cracked open my Metal zone (MT-2). I have hated that thing every second that Ive had it. Now, I LOVE IT!

I modifed the tonal characteristics of the pedal to be much smoother and get rid of the stupid cocked wah sound. Now, the thing is a real monster.. With a small twist..

I have a switch on the pedal to change the "personality" of the gain. Stock, It is VERY fizzy and not pleasing in any way at all. Now, with the switch turned to the "Draven" side (think about the Crow ;) ), The Pedal responds to your playing with a demonic type of Drive structure. It replicates the sound of layers of volume overlapping and distorting the sonic soundwaves. This sound is much more open than the stock version. and the EQ is much more improved. If you play with the Midrange Freq, and the Mids turned up a bit, it will sound like youre sweeping a wah but not like the originalpedal would. This is a much more defined way, like a REAL equalizer would affect the midrange sweep. And if you find the secret spot... The pedal will respond to YOU! There is a spot where it will cause self oscillation, which is only barely felt by the user when the guitar is plugged in. But when you unplug the guitar at this setting (turn the volume down first though) the pedal will be self oscillating as if it were in a feedback loop! You can harness the sweep of the EQ and gain controls to vary the frequency/pitch of the note caused by the oscillation. But, be aware that it can get crazy; and its not available in every spot of the controls, but when you get the feel for the oscillation you'll know what youre doing. Within the "Draven" mode, the new Blue LED to show when the pedal is on will be lit.

In "Cullen" mode, the Metal Zone takes on a whole other persona; no longer will the orange LED show you the way to go, but now two eyes will watch and lead you. You may notice this more recent name, and the Lights to match the two phases of his hunger (shown within his eye colors; amber and red ). The amber that shows he is satisfied, and hungry no more, flashes opposite to the eye of bloody satisfaction, after the kill. this configuration, like any eyes, will blink in response to what is given to it. If you play, it will be watching you.. If you hold on to one good long note, He'll stare you down mercilessly.. Hungrily. This setting is best shown if at a cranked gain setting. The eyes will burn more intinsely upon you when the beast is fed more. if you turn his feast away from him, he will fade away. Ashes to ashes, and dust to dust.

As if that were'nt enough, the MT-2 now is a graverobber. Meaning that those batteries that you once thought were dead... Are Alive again! I prefer to use mine with a dying battery (one that has been looonng gone). It gives a more spongy feel to the response and gives a strong fuzz-like quality in the "Draven" mode. No lights will shine in this condition though. Would you expect something that's dead to shine anyways? You wont be able to see the difference, but you will feel and hear it. Just like the difference between a living body and dead, the feel is different as well as the response.

For a brand new Mt-2 with the Draven/Cullen mod installed and sent straight to you, I only as kfor $160 plus shipping costs.

To mod your existing MT-2, send it to me with $80 and yours will become a new monster!

Stargazer FX Blues Junior Mod

Do you lack a certain clarity in your Blues junior combo? Feel like it needs more of that punch and cut that is so evident in higher priced models? 

While working on John Mark's Blues Junior, I discovered this whole other realm of beauty and tones that this little amp is capable of! The tones are astounding out of such a small amp.

In the mod, I fix everything that is wrong with the stock Blues jr.; the volume jumps, the muddiness, the breakup harshness, and any other unpleasantry that you feel while playing. I take your Blues Junior and fix the volume control to where it is USEABLE! Fix it to the correct type of control it should be and adjust the range ever so slightly so that it can obtain bedroom levels and still reach gig levels! I also intall an additional control for the "Prescence" of the amp, which also effects the overall tonal response of the amp to you and your playing style. The EQ section will be shifted to allow much wider control of the tonal abilities in the amp. Instead of always having the Fender clean, You can crank the input volume, adjust the EQ to your favored response, and the prescence as well; after youre done tweaking those controls, hit the fat switch for a searing overdrive and turn the master up to wherever you prefer! For additional gain and grit from the amp, I like to use my SD-1 with the "Passion Drive" mod to boost the input and bump the EQ with a little bit more midrange and "umph!"

I'll make clips soon :)


Boss SD-1 "Passion Drive" Mod

Through my research of working with the SD-1, I have finaally came to the optimum conclusion of getting all that is attainable from this overdrive. All the greatest tones are coakable and every practical application as an overdrive or dirty boost is right under your foot!

The "Passion Drive" mod will convert your stock SD-1 (also can be done on any other tubescreamer type pedal) into a tone monster and throw all of the best dynamics, sustain, and crunchy goodness into yoursound. Before i even started playing, I knew there was this smooth, crisp, clear, and musically soothing sound that I was after. After six years of daily hunting; I've found it. The newfound stability, clarity and enhancements are amazing! The way the drive gets gritty in response to your picking strength and dynamics changes all the rules of playing. Just playing through this pedal gives me all the mojo I need for a good solo/gig/concert/performance.

  • Clarity
  • Full Range tone response
  • Tonal stability
  • Subtle to driving grit
  • Smooth dynamics
  • Plenty of Volume
  • Complete Tonal Domination

All of this and so much more is immediately at your disposal. Oh yeah, there's a Pink LED too!

So if you want the sound thats been boggling your brain for so long; get up with me and I'll give you what you need.

Stargazer FX "Passion Drive" Mod for the Boss SD-1 and other Tubescreamer-based pedals is available as a mod to your existing overdrive for $75 plus shipping and handling.

A brand new Boss SD-1 with the "Passion Drive" mod already installed for only $120 plus shipping and handling.

All the best,