Vintage Guitar - February 2017 - Open - 124
VG APPROVED GEAR
Hall & Collins
or guitarists whose lives are dedicated to
replicating the echo effects heard on songs
like Hank Marvin's "Apache," Hall & Collins
Signature Echo is at their service.
Combining analog and digital technologies,
it re-creates multihead echoes emulating a
range of vintage sounds that would leave one
broke and alone if they had to find and buy the
real thing. The Signature has 64 preset patches
and 64 editable user patches along with Dry
Level, Echo Drive, Echo Level, Feedback, and
Wow/Flutter controls. It's a big, rock-solid
mono effects pedal that'll take a lickin' and is
powered by a 12-volt adapter. It also allows the
owner to scroll through preset patches using
the Patch Down and Patch Up buttons and
the LCD display (these also double as Minus
and Plus buttons in Edit Mode).
This U.K.-constructed analog-digital hybrid
was engineered to summon the
soughtafter old-school sounds heard from the
fingertips of Marvin and others, and the unit's
preset titles are aptly named to prove it. The
controls are easy to suss, but editing requires
less-than-intuitive combinations of switch
pushing; once they hear the results, though,
players won't mind the required extra effort.
The Signature Echo colors an amp's tone
even when bypassed, but that's a good thing.
Its preamp emulates the editable sounds of
the Meazzi Echomatic (1, 2, and Model J), the
Binson Echorec 2, Meazzi's Factotum Special,
the Vox Long Tom, Roland's RE-301, the Pearl
Echo Orbit EO-301, and Klemt's NG51 tapeecho machines.
The JangleBox J-Boost
welve years ago, Janglebox founder Steve
Lasko set out to create effects pedals that
capture the sparkling clean chime made
famous by bands like The Beatles and The
Byrds. Since then, his company has evolved
to offer more ways to enhance the electric
guitar's sonic capabilities.
The J-Boost Non-Compression Clean Boost
is the perfect companion to the JangleBox
compressor line (or any compressor pedal).
Designed to offset the lack of output when
dialing in low-level compression settings, the
J-Boost allows the player to maintain a desired
flavor of compression without sacrificing
volume. The J-Boost also lets the user lower
their compressor's attack to a lighter setting.
Once engaged, the J-Boost serves opulent
output with all the squish intact.
Made in the U.S., the true-bypass J-Boost
has four knobs offering simplicity and flexibility; its Master, Treble, Mid, and Bass
controls are accompanied by an input for
a 9-volt adapter, all in a small enclosure.
The J-Boost is an EQ boost as well as a
volume boost, providing lots of shaping and
control. The output is immaculate and can
be used as a treble booster, a mid boost, or for
cranking up the bass. In testing, it added vitality to flabby lows and warmed up screechy
highs. It'll push an amp to slight breakup
with a sharp richness and clarity and add a
new dimension to distortion pedals.
With a compressor's settings fine-tuned at a
gig, the J-Boost goosed the compressor's personality, making it much more prominent.
Once thought too subtle to make an audible
difference amid the wash of frequencies and
chaos of club noise, the compressor's unique
qualities came to life, with the J-Boost pushing it to shine in all its taut, strangled glory.
Indeed, the JangleBox J-Boost is a fine pedal
that provides a seamless volume increase and
sheen to any rig. - Oscar Jordan
Price: $215 (list)
124 February 2017
Yes, the Hall & Collins
Signature Echo is pricey, and it might be
too big or clunky for a lot of pedalboards,
but it'a a no-brainer addition to the rig of
any fan of beautifully lush vintage echo
sounds. - Oscar Jordan
Price: $860 (list)