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TEST FOR ECHO

Earthquaker Devices' Avalanche Run

T

he story of Earthquaker Devices begins
with Jamie Stillman fixing his own
overdrive pedal and then deciding to get
into the pedal business himself. Twelve years
later, Stillman's Earthquaker Devices is one
of the most celebrated brands in the industry.
One of its latest, the Avalanche Run, is a
delay and reverb combo that produces an
"avalanche" of sound for players seeking to
create otherworldly tones.
Tested with a 1968 Princeton Reverb
and a '67 Telecaster, the Avalanche's reverb
proved very responsive, with a Decay knob to
control the delay time and a Mix knob that
allows everything from slight verbed tones to
100-percent effected tones. The effect itself is
quite lush and slightly modulated in nature.
The 100-percent effected tones lack attack,
instead swelling into a fantastic barrage of
beautiful verbed-out mess.

Price: $295 (list)
Info: earthquakerdevices.com

The Avalanche Run's Delay section
produces everything from tasty slap-back
echo to locked-in repeats via the Tap tempo
footswitch at a variety of subdivisions set
by a Ratio selector knob. It also offers a
toggle with Reverse and Swell settings
that produce backward tape sounds and
auto-volume swelled tones; a Tone knob
allows for dark to bright repeats. Using the
effects together produces especially beautiful and expansive tones from a single box.
In addition, holding down the Tap switch
causes the pedal to go into self-oscillation
with short delay times or infinite repeats
when utilized with long delay times. An

POST-WAR BLUES BOX
Kay's K161 Thin Twin

I

n his day, Jimmy Reed was a huge influence
on everyone from Eric Clapton and Mike
Bloomfield to the Rolling Stones and Stevie
Ray Vaughan. Among its reissues, Kay Guitar
has included the K161 Thin Twin, the guitar
irrevocably associated with the legendary
Chicago bluesman.
Strapped on, the Thin Twin is a hefty axe for
a hollowbody,

weighing in at roughly eight pounds, thanks
in large part to the all-maple construction -
three-ply flamed and bound top; sides, neck,
and arched back; and internal parallel braces
to reduce feedback.
The 20-fret bound rosewood fingerboard
sports pearloid block inlays, while the
headstock features the original outsized "Kelvon-a-tor" emblem - certainly an attentiongetter. The one-piece set neck has an
unusual 26" scale and 12" radius,
and the guitar features a chrome
saddle-mount bridge, trapeze
tailpiece, and vintage-style
tuners. Avail-

Price: $1,175 (list)
Info: kayvintagereissue.com

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expression pedal can also be attached to
control most functions.
The Avalanche Run is the perfect answer
for players looking to add both reverb and
tap tempo delay in a single pedal. It is
obvious that this unit was designed with
the ambient guitar player in mind. But no
matter the style, it is a fantastic-sounding
unit. - Zac Childs
able finishes are natural golden flame, red
'burst, and black.
The Thin Twin gets its name from its dual
single-coil blade pickups. Only a small part
of each pickup is visible above the pickguard.
A large bobbin sits under the pickguard and
the whole unit is mounted to the bracing and
pickguard with screws and grommets.
Made in China, the guitar exhibits nice
workmanship and a beautiful finish, though
the three-way pickup selector seemed rather
frail. The pickups are fine for dark, bluesy
cleans, but also on the noisy side when set to
bridge or neck positions (add overdrive at your
own risk). If you want to play old-school blues
like Reed, or even some Chet- or Merle-style
fingerpicking, there are punchy clean textures
in here. If you don't want any noise, set the
selector in the middle for hum-canceling
operation and big, fat tone.
The K161 Thin Twin has
lots of offer, primarily as a

stage guitar that will look
great under the bright lights
while delivering real vintage tones for postwar
blues aficionados. - Pete Prown

VINTAGE GUITAR


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