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Whether you're shopping for your first guitar or bass effects pedal or looking to add some new sounds to your pedal board or collection, Pedal of the Day reviews a different guitar or bass effects pedal daily for your enjoyment.

Using a HubBub Junction Box with an OBEL Equipped Guitar (Video)
Using a HubBub Junction Box with an OBEL Equipped Guitar (Video)

Credit for coming up with this idea is attributed to Jerry Garcia, and the term OBEL, or On Board Effects Loop is widely used to describe a guitar that has this optional feature. Guitars that have an OBEL also have the ability to bypass the effects loop, or not use it at all.

Ernesto vs DockStar: What are the Differences?
Ernesto vs DockStar: What are the Differences?

The Ernesto and DockStar are quite similar in many ways. Inspired by the amplified tone of Trey Anastasio's Languedoc guitars, they are not exactly Languedoc copy, or Languedoc replica guitars. Continue reading to learn more.

How to use an On-Board Effects Loop (OBEL)
How to use an On-Board Effects Loop (OBEL)

OBEL stands for On-Board Effects Loop. It is a wiring design inside the guitar which uses a separate 1/4" stereo jack to allows the direct output from the pickups to go to effects pedals and then back into the guitar for post-effects volume control.

Barefoot Buttons: The solution to your pedal problems.
Barefoot Buttons: The solution to your pedal problems.

Barefoot Buttons appears to be one of those products that was built from an idea, fulfills a need, and designed to solve a problem. If you've ever played guitar barefoot, or even with just socks, you understand the challenge of trying to power on an effects pedal with your foot, sometimes with just your big toe.

 

DIY: Build your own 2x12 Speaker Cabinet for under $450
DIY: Build your own 2x12 Speaker Cabinet for under $450

I started this project with a budget of building a 2x12 speaker cabinet for under $500. The 2x12 speaker cabinet will be paired with a MosValve Tube Works RT-2100 amp that was purchased used for $250. The RT-2100 is a 1x12 hybrid amp, with a tube pre-amp stage and solid state power amp. It has two speaker outputs on the back, each capable of putting out 100 watts of power.

Deconstructing the Solid Body Sound of the Electric Guitar
Deconstructing the Solid Body Sound of the Electric Guitar

The solid-body electric guitar is a rather modern instrument with a history that dates back to the around the 1920s. This article will attempt to understand the electric guitar tone and how the instrument’s body, neck, bridge, scale length, and headstock interact in order to create the resonance which is then transferred to, and enhanced, by the magnetic pickups.