Oh… Memories. I found this digging through old stuff. My first MP3 player. I was so awesome I was the first in my school to carry around a 512mb one. I remember blasting Siamese Dream or Futures through my skull everyday. It also had a tiny microphone and I recorded song ideas on it too. #imold
NPD! And it’s a free one! Thanks @walrusaudioeffects & @effectordie !
#npd #pedalporn #walrusaudio #descent #descentgiveaway #guitarporn
Looping. #verellen #verellenamps #verellenamplifiers #fender #telecaster72 #widerange #boomerangiii #looper #boomeranglooper #strymon #timeline
Teh Toanz. #squier #bassvi #verellen #verellenamps #verellenamplifiers #spaldo #guitarporn #ampporn
Tonight is a night for Bergerac. This one was made for a friend to celebrate the birth of his daughter. It’s sick. I’m going on a trip soon and I know I’ll miss the Friday night glass of wine at dawn. So I’ve decided I’d make an exception tonight. Afer all, I still have a free @walrusaudioeffects descent reverb to celebrate for. #wineandpedulz
I told some of you I’d demo the Verellen. This as close as i can get to demoing a piece of gear. I’ll shoot another video soon playing a guitar and not the VI.
I recently had Ben Verellen build me this wonderful amplifier (read more about this here: http://tmblr.co/Zrj9Go1OPWcW5 ). I promised a couple people I’d showcase it. Here’s a first video with a Squier Vintage Modified Bass VI, stock except for a Staytrem bridge. The amp was miked using an SE R1 through a UA 710.
Sorry for the sometimes sketchy pedal switching and looper operation, it was all improvised. Apart from the first riff you’ll hear, I had pretty much no idea about what I was gonna play and how.
It’s been pretty much a week now that I’ve had the luxury to play this magnificent yet tiny amplifier. I have to say I’m very happy with it and promised Ben, the man behind Verellen Amplifiers a little testimony.
I should start with a bit of info on my previous amps. When I started playing guitar after years of playing bass in 2007-08, I got into a kind of stonerish posthardcorish band. Actually, I was first recruited into that band to replace the bass player… Who ended up not getting fired as the dude who composed the music decided he wanted me to play guitar after a couple sessions we spent composing music together. And here’s pretty much how I started playing guitar, happy accident I guess. One of my bandmate was kind enough to lend me an old and prone to failure Marshall JCM800 combo. After moving on with the pedalboard and guitars, I decided it was time to get myself some serious amp.
My first real amp was an Orange Rocker 30 head which I liked very much, both for it’s clean and distorted sound. I then added a tiny Fender that I would use at home and recording to space out delay ambiance and stuff like that in the quieter parts and it worked great. We disbanded pretty much around that time and I struggled a lot finding a new band in which I could fit. I decided to replace the Fender Superchamp XD I had used in conjonction with the Orange with a Vox AC15C1 that I could get at a great price. The music I was playing was a lot more fuzzy, I decided it was time to move away from the Orange and sold it to fund a vintage ‘69 Fender drip edge Bassman with a 1*15” cabinet from the ’80s. I then got an opportunity to upgrade my AC15C1 to the HW1 as a friend was looking to buy one and willing to grab mine as it was pretty much new and he could get it cheaper that way than from the store.
I honestly liked this setup very much. The cleans were awesome and distorted fuzzed tones were amazing. Except for the fact that at home, living in an apartment, I could only run the Vox at lower volumes. I played the Bassman less and less as it was way too loud and incontrollable at home and I was not really playing out anymore.
A couple months ago, I decided I had enough of needing two amps to get the right sound, the sound I was into. Falling in love with the VI didn’t help on that front either as the Vox was very lacking in the low end and I couldn’t get things to sound the way I wanted. Both the Vox and the Bassman had to go and to be replaced by a single amp that would provide me with the sound I wanted at a lower wattage, handle the VI and be split in a head and cab format for ease of transportation. We’re seriously working on playing out live with the project I’ve been in with a mate for the past two years, therefore the combo form factor was to become an issue.
I immediately thought of Ben Verellen’s work. I knew he could definitely provide me with a guitar amplifier that could handle the VI as his amps found their way in the rigs of many players who used extended range or downtuned guitars. After lurking a couple other builders websites, I was dead set on Verellen.
My idea behind this project was basicly this: a mix of the AC15, my Bassman and the Hiwatt DR503 in a tiny form factor. I wanted the clarity, definition and punch of a smaller british voiced amplifier like the Vox, the extended low end of the Hiwatt and the cleanness of the Fender. It’s difficult to word but it was pretty clear in my mind.
I realised the Spaldo would fit the bill perfectly. Plus, it’s a dead simple amp, volume and tone, a gain boost and bright push-pull on each pots. Nothing more than what I needed.
My only concern was about the speaker. Ben had designed the amp with a WGS Veteran 30. I thought it wasn’t gonna be the right choice for me, as it was probably not gonna be to my taste in the midrange and maybe not present enough in the low end. I emailed Ben and he responded he was happy to use any speaker I’d have delivered at his shop.
After a long hesitation between the Eminence Delta Pro 12 and the Fane Crescendo modern replacement, I decided to take a chance on the Weber Fane style speaker as it was the only one that I’d have an hard time sourcing on this side of the Atlantic ocean. I’m glad I did.
I honestly couldn’t be happier with this amp. It both looks incredible and sounds great. The build quality is stunningly high. I honestly never had witnessed such pristine work on an amplifier. The bass response is amazing, it is simply awesome wether it’s clean or with massive amount of fuzz, wether I play a regular guitar, standard or drop D tuning and it handles the VI extremely well.
I should also mention that it’s a pleasure to work with Ben. He’s a great dude, very patient, and didn’t fail at answering as accurately as he could my every stupid question. My amp got delayed for a 2-3 weeks after it was finally built as the 240v power requirements didn’t make it to the production documents. They realized at the shop during packing. The output transformer had to be ordered and replaced. Ben wasn’t only straightforward enough to keep me informed, he spontaneously threw in a Big Spider to make up for the extra wait.
I realize I promised some of you a demo video and I swear I have something coming on that front soon.
So, it looks I’m getting a super rad pedal thanks to @effectordie ‘s index finger with the help of @walrusaudioeffects & @ambientnotes. Thanks so much guys!
This coffe and riff stuff is getting old. How about wine and pedulz?
Disclaimer: I don’t play blues, don’t sniff cork, and I’m actually from the country in which this beverage is a national deal.
A couple tips:
- don’t put ice cubes in wine, this will get you a spot on a guillotine
- hold the glass by its stem, not the bowl, your fingers would warm the glass (and the wine) up
- properly cut out the piece of metal that protects the cork (there’s a kind of lope that you can use as a guide for a knife) if the wine comes in contact with it, it will affect its taste
- if you spill it on cloth, salt (like you use in the kitchen) will get rid of the stain and prevent it from leaving a mark
This is a 2012 Saumur Champigny “Domaine des Coutures”. A light red wine which I’m very found of.
Done! Staytremed, D’Addarioed, cavities copper shielded. Now gig worthy. Maybe could use a pickup swap but the stock ones are not bad at all.
#staytrem #offsetguitars #bassvi #fendervi #tort #guitarporn #viporn