Category: Guitar Gear

Eddie Kramer Tim Pierce Edstortion PhazeVibe Guitar Pedals

Eddie Kramer Edstortion PhazeVibe Guitar Pedals

Eddie Kramer came over for a visit and brought his Edstortion and PhazeVibe Guitar Pedals. Eddie Kramer brought his new Signature Stompbox Guitar Pedals over to my studio recently. He and his partner, Francesco Sondelli, who is the founder of F-pedals, are creating some great new products. The two pedals I tried were the Phazevibe and the Edstortion. I used my Nash Stratocaster, through my Divided by 13 RSA 23 head, recording through an SM 57 microphone. The mic went straight into a BAE mic pre and then through Apogee converters and into ProTools Eddie Kramer is a very talented, and meticulous producer and engineer. He hires me to play on projects somewhat regularly. I’ve known him for quite some time. You have to go to the Eddie Kramer Website and look at his discography. Every Hendrix record! Five Led Zeppelin records, including Led Zeppelin II, and Houses of the Holy. You’ll see Beatles records, Rolling Stones records, Frampton comes alive… Eddie recorded Woodstock!! Discussing Jimi Hendrix with Eddie is one of the greatest pleasures I’ve ever had. I’m talking to the man whose pictures and name I saw on the records that literally changed my life when I was a kid. If you had told me when I was 12 years old that someday Eddie Kramer would be hiring me to play guitar and that we would be friends, I would have passed out right in front of you… Please check out Eddie’s Facebook Page, and his website, and the F-pedals website. I can tell you firsthand, Eddie is better than ever at recording music and capturing performances. Subscribe to Tim’s newsletter and get access to a private collection of videos and more. There are lots of lessons on soloing, a beginner strumming video, at a studio tour where…

Veillette Guitars Tim Pierce

Veillette Guitars

Veillette Guitars Presentation of the Avante Gryphon, Merlin and Terz. I discovered Joe Veillette through my longtime association with producer Rob Cavallo. Rob has done extensive work with Dave Matthews, and Rob acquired a Gryphon after falling in love with Dave’s. I played a single strummed A minor chord on the Gryphon. The sound was so beautiful and unique that I immediately got on the phone and ordered one from Joe. The guitar took months to build, but was well worth the wait and I’ve used it constantly ever since. So, now Joe is making the Avante Gryphon. It’s essentially the same guitar but at a greatly reduced price point. All of Joe’s instruments are wonderful, but the first instrument on my list to recommend purchasing will always be the Gryphon, and now the Gryphon sound has become very affordable. About Veillette Guitars Veillette Guitars are built by Joe Veillette, And E. Chase, and Martin Keith, in Woodstock, NY. Experiences gained as players & performers have defined our idea of what instruments are really for. Though we appreciate fine marquetry, artistic woodworking techniques & exotic woods, these things don’t necessarily have any bearing on the artistic or spiritual processes that result in the creation of music. At Veillette Guitars, we make tools for musicians. Avante Gryphon Veillette Gryphons have found their way onto the biggest stages been and heard on some of the most listened-to recordings in the business. The Avante Gryphon® continues in this tradition delivering the same exciting tonal personality: mandolin-like punch, with shimmering, naturally chorused top end character. Celestial, sparkling highs and punchy mid-register allow the Avante Gryphon® to shine in a wide range of applications. Guitarists can immediately play mandolin-style parts in a new high register without learning a new tuning. As a songwriting tool, for…

Tim Pierce Guitar Tone, Amps, Gear with Brett from Papastache

Guitar Tone On A Budget

Here’s a video I did with Brett from Papastache.com where I talk about some of my Guitar Amps and Guitar Tone. We go through some of my amps and pedals such as my Wizard and Diezel Amp, and some of my Delay, Reverb, and Fuzz pedals and more. I demonstrate playing through them and how to get a good guitar tone. Sign up to the newsletter to get access to more private videos incl. an extra video with the breakdown of the licks I played in the intro. Please leave any comments you may have and I look forward to hearing from you. Enjoy! Subscribe to Tim’s newsletter and get access to a private collection of videos and more. There are lots of lessons on soloing, a beginner strumming video, at a studio tour where you can explore the secrets of getting great sounds! Yes! Please sign me up!

Wizard Modern Classic II

Wizard Modern Classic II Amp Catalinbread Echorec

A long time ago I fell in love with Wizard Amps they were somewhat of a rarity out here in LA but I always loved how they captured the sound of a Vintage Plexi Marshall. A couple of years ago I was able to buy one and the one I chose, was very traditional and very simple – It’s called the Modern Classic. The folks at Vintage King, (which is a an amazing store) asked me to do a video demo on an updated model of the one I have. I said yes and after I heard it, and played it, I’m really glad that I did!!! These amplifiers are designed by Rick St. Pierre. Rick has worked with AC/DC both in the studio, and live, for 30 years so you can imagine what kind of animal this amplifier is – big, clean and dirty at the same time!!! Very much like the sounds you hear on AC/DC records. I couldn’t believe how good it sounded when I patched a little delay pedal into the effects loop!! Hope you enjoy….. Subscribe to Tim’s newsletter and get access to a private collection of videos and more. There are lots of lessons on soloing, a beginner strumming video, at a studio tour where you can explore the secrets of getting great sounds! Yes! Please sign me up!

Tim Pierce Signature Overdrive Pedal from J. Rockett Audio

Tim Pierce Signature Rockett Overdrive

I’m very excited, the folks at Rockett Pedals have designed a dual overdrive pedal with my name on it!!! The pedal has two stages. The first stage is called power amp, it has one knob and is designed to emulate the power section of one of my lifetime favorite amplifiers – the Naylor SuperDrive 60. The second stage is a four knob distortion pedal, with enough tonal variation to enable the guitarist to find the “sweet spot”, no matter or what guitar and amp he or she is using. I just did a video that demonstrates the pedal which you can see below. I deliberately set the amp to a very uninspired tone, basically about one on my divided by 13. This was on purpose to demonstrate the pedal, and force it to do all the work. I have found in general, that overdrive pedals tend to blossom more, and sound better with single coil pickups. But, in general single coil pickups sound more open and offer more dynamic expression than humbucking pickups. This pedal seems to really open up and also offer many more tonal variations with pickups like single coil fenders, P90s, and the Gretsch style pickups. That being said, I use my Les Paul in the video demonstration and the tones are great!! I wanted to offer many thanks to everyone at J. Rockett Audio…… Please check out the video hope you like it!!!! Subscribe to Tim’s newsletter and get access to a private collection of videos and more. There are lots of lessons on soloing, a beginner strumming video, at a studio tour where you can explore the secrets of getting great sounds! Yes! Please sign me up!

Carl Martin Compressor

Carl Martin Compressor & TremO’Vibe

This latest gear demo by Tim is about the Carl Martin Compressor/Limiter and the Carl Martin TremO’Vibe which you can have a chance to win in the new Carl Martin Contest! Tim demonstrates both pedals on a recorded track and talks about the qualities and the settings he use. To enter for a chance to win either of these pedals please do the following 1 – ‘Like’ the Carl Martin Facebook Page – www.facebook.com/carlmartineffects – (if not already) and share the contest link found on their facebook page to your friends. 2 – ‘Like’ the Tim Pierce Guitar Facebook Page at www.facebook.com/timpierceguitar  Carl Martin will draw the winners February 28th 2013! Please post any questions about the video below. Best of luck in the contest and thanks for watching. Subscribe to Tim’s newsletter and get access to a private collection of videos and more. There are lots of lessons on soloing, a beginner strumming video, at a studio tour where you can explore the secrets of getting great sounds! Yes! Please sign me up!

PRS HXDA Guitar Amps

PRS HXDA Guitar Amps

PRS HXDA Guitar Amps. PRS HXDA Amps – I haven’t known Paul Reed Smith that long, but we have become great friends. I invited him to a session three or four years ago, and he was so excited about the process of recording here in LA that we instantly started a dialogue and discussing instruments and amps. I had bought and sold a few PRS guitars in my time, and I was familiar with the products, how playable they were and how well they stayed in tune. He was embarking on a new mission to make the best sounding Paul Reed Smith’s ever made. Part of that process was the development of the PRS signature guitar. About a year later he started showing up here on the West Coast with amplifiers. The PRS HXDA amplifiers I’m demonstrating in this video are both modeled after a Marshall amp that he borrowed, that was actually owned by Duane Allman. Both of these PRS HDXA amplifiers sound identical to late 60s Vintage Marshalls. I personally find the PRS HXDA 100 W a little more useful because it has a tighter and more held together bottom end. But, the PRS HXDA 50 W also sounds great and once again, identical to the Duane Allman Marshall that it was patterned after. The PRS HXDA amps have a switch that theoretically transforms them from a Duane Allman Marshall to a Jimi Hendrix Marshall. For me using a Stratocaster on the neck pick up does the trick for Hendrix, and of course using a Gibson Les Paul does the trick for the Duane Allman sound. I turned on the PRS HXDA 100 W just the other day, and it sounded even better than I remembered the last time I turned it on. That’s a good sign!! Subscribe to Tim’s newsletter and get…

Rock N Roll Relics Townshend Model Guitar

Rock N Roll Relics Guitars

This is the latest video featuring Rock N Roll Relics Guitars. Tim owns 2 Rock N Roll Relics models – The Sixty-One Model and The Townshend. All of their guitars are hand built and custom and has an amazing relic’d design. for all their bolt on neck models they use light weight Alder & Ash. All bodies are two piece and light weight. One piece bodies are available for an additional charge. These guitars are a current favorite and we are happy to provide this video. Rock N Roll Relics Sixty-One Custom (available with two or three pickup) Body & Neck: African Mahogany Radius: 12″ Profile’s: 60’s .8 @1st Fret | 59 .877 @ 1st Fret Fingerboard: Rosewood or Ebony Fret wire: Jescar 45 X 100 Medium Jumbo Pickguard: 5ply Black | 5 ply Parchment Pickups: D. Allen Capacitors: .022 Russian Military Pots: 500K Volume | 500K Tone Dog Ear Covers: Black | Parchment | Cream | Nickel Bridge: Tone Pros Nashville & Stop Tail Available Colors: Cherry Heritage Red, Gold Top Gold, Black, Pelham Blue, Aged Pelham Blue, Tv Yellow and Aged White. Rock N Roll Relics Townshend Model Body & Neck: African Mahogany Radius: 12″ Profile’s: 60’s .8 @1st Fret | 59 .877 @ 1st Fret Fingerboard: Rosewood or Ebony Fret wire: Jescar 45 X 100 Medium Jumbo Pickguard: 5ply Black | 3 ply Parchment | 3Ply Mint | 3ply Tortoise | Pickups: D. Allen – Stray Cats | Cool Cats | Philthy Cats Capacitors: .022 Russian Military Pots: 500K Volume | 250K Tone Soap Bar Covers: Black | Parchment | Cream | Nickel Bridge: Tone Pros wraparound AVTII or Vintage Style Available Colors: Cherry Heritage Red, Gold Top Gold, Black, Pelham Blue, Aged Pelham Blue, Tv Yellow and Aged White. More info at: www.rocknrollrelics.net Subscribe to Tim’s…

Vemuram Pedals

Vemuram Guitar Pedals Demo

This is the newest Demo Video with Tim Demonstrating The Vemuram Pedal Line. Vemuram Pedals is a Japanese Company that is 100% hand built. Tim shows current 4 Vemuram pedals – The Karen, Jan Ray, Neoplex and Rage e. Vemuram Karen This has Marshall written all over it. Really nice and tight overdrive, without all the compression. Very harmonically rich as you turn the gain up. Think 50 watt Plexi/JTM 45 sounds. Vemuram Jan Ray This is my personal favorite. It sounds and reacts like a turned up blackface Fender amp. More specifically, a Super Reverb. This is a superior drive pedal to pretty much anything I’ve stacked up against it. The bass response is so superb that even bass players are using this thing. Like the rest of its family remains articulate even at its highest gain. Vemuram Neoplex Super limited run of pedals to maybe 100. This has deadstock transistors from an EP3 Echoplex. It is probably the most formidable boost pedal I’ve ever played. Plug in and it sounds like an echoplex, just without the repeats. Vemuram Rage e This is a higher gain pedal. Marshall-esque with a little Bogner, perhaps? Still very articulate while being gainy – very musical, with a punch it up to the next level boost thrown in for good measure. Subscribe to Tim’s newsletter and get access to a private collection of videos and more. There are lots of lessons on soloing, a beginner strumming video, at a studio tour where you can explore the secrets of getting great sounds! Yes! Please sign me up!