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Joe Gore Pedals Cult Germanium
Overdrive and Filth Fuzz
omposer, producer, and multi-instrumentalist Joe Gore's career path has been
multilayered and includes "guitar effects
builder." Two of his pedals are Cult and Filth
- effects capable of great and varied tones
that belie their simple layouts and designs.
One of the simplest pedal layouts ever
created, The Cult has just one control knob,
which increases gain. Don't let that simplicity
fool you, though - it's one of the most flexible
fuzz units imaginable. Running a '65 Strat
through the Cult and into a '65 AC30 then
playing with a variety of fuzz levels revealed
that the more the Gain knob was turned up,
the more responsive and dynamic the guitar's
Volume knob became, almost serving as an
extension of the pedal itself.
With the Cult's control at 3 o'clock and
the guitar's Volume on 7, the setup yielded
a great rhythm sound with enough clarity
to allow open chords to bloom. Turning the
guitar's Volume all the way up produced a
rich-yet-natural harmonic distortion that
jumped from the amp, unlike some fuzz units
that sort of compress the entire signal - very
important in a live setting with a band.
Like its little brother, the Filth pedal is also
easy to use, though it has four controls; Level
and Drive knobs increase the volume and
the amount of fuzz, respectively, but what
sets the Filth apart are two big sliders on the
top and right of the unit. According to Gore,
these alter the voltages through the pedal's
transistors, changing not only the tone but the
response, attack, and compression notes.
Running the Filth through a smallbox Marshall 50-watt rig, the pedal
produced an amazing assortment of
sounds with simple adjustments of the
sliders, which interacted nicely with
each other. From a '60s "Psychotic Reaction" type of fuzz to a Santana-smooth
overdrive and on to end-of-the-world Black
Sabbath heaviness, the Cult pedal displayed
an incredible amount of flexibility most
guitarists would have no problem employing
as the sole fuzz in their signal chain.
Gore's Cult and Filth pedals are notably
different from other designs in that they
don't squash the signal, but rather boost
note dynamics. They are solidly built, easy
to operate, and could be welcome additions
to any electric guitarist's pedalboard. -Tom
The Jon Kammerer Customs Dorado Series
uses a variety of woods along with customized neck shape, fretboard radii, and pickups.
The Deluxe version has a chambered body
and premium top wood, body contours, and a
relieved neck joint. Both have a 25.5" scale.
Prices: $199 (Cult, list); $269, (Filth, list)
TECH 21 BRIT, CALI FLY RIGS
Tech 21's Brit Fly and Cali Fly Rig 5
SansAmp-based direct units have reverb,
delay with tap tempo, tape-drift-style
modulation, and boost that operates
independently of other functions.
The Boss AD-2 Acoustic Preamp has
an Ambience effect to adjust reverb
to complement an instrument's voice.
Other features include two independent
outputs, low-frequency feedback reduction, notch filter, and footswitch mute.
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