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RADIO KING
Square Amps' Chippy

M

att Richards builds basic cathodebias amps housed in the carcasses
of vintage radios. They're designed to be
compatible with various tubes, giving the
user a range of output and tone choices.
His Chippy amp has a single Volume knob
on the front and a negative-feedback loop pot
on the back that acts as a combination Gain/
Tone control that alters (subtley) the amp's

Price: $700
Info: www.squareamps.com

response and brightness. We experimented
with everything from KT88 to EL34 tubes,
and each imparted its own character; KT88s
were warm and silky, 6L6s were tight and

compressed, while EL34s made the Chippy
roar and croon with toppy bite.
No matter the tubes, the Chippy's 8"
speaker sounded thick and warm, its simple
circuit nicely responsive - low-end was a
little loose (lending an excellent vintageFender sag) while mids were brash and
raunchy with balanced dynamics that didn't
overemphasize high or low mids. With
cleaner settings, highs sounded rolled-off
- again keeping the Chippy's vintage-tone
footing. When the Volume knob was turned
up, however, high-end bite jumped more the
harder we dug in.
Pushing the volume with a 2x12 extension
cab allowed this "little radio that could"
to keep up with loud drumming. Tubes
(specifically power tubes) really make a
difference in sound and response.
The Chippy offers looks and feel that
reinforce its stellar sounds. Far from gimmicky, it packs versatility and punch. A
quick swap of tubes can send it in many
sonic directions including classic favorites
and - more importantly - to something
unique to each player. Plugged into a 2x12
or 4x12, it'll keep up with a band while offering dreamy dynamics and incredible tone.
The Chippy is beautiful, but it's far from being all style and no substance. - Yoel Kreisler

DELIRIOUS
TREMORS

Walrus Audio's Monument
Harmonic Tap Tremolo

A

t some point, nearly every guitarist
realizes they simply can't function
without an effects pedal that creates warm,
pulsating modulation.
Walrus Audio's Monument Harmonic
Tap Tremolo not only works as a standard
tremolo, but its Harmonic Mode provides
even more options. The Harmonic/Standard toggle allows the user to change from
a "traditional" tremolo sound (Standard) to
a "Fender brownface"-style vibrato with a
Lo and Hi pass split signal. This Harmonic
mode produces a throbbing, dreamy vibrato, similar to a Rotovibe.
The pedal has controls for Rate, Depth,
Division, Shape, and Volume to construct
beat divisions, curves, speeds, thicknesses,

and tempos. The Division
knob can be set for quarters,
triplets, eighths, or 16ths.
With additional inputs
for tap switches and expression pedals, the Monument can
replicate pretty much anything. It uses a
9-volt adapter and its Tap switch adjusts
tempo. The Bypass Momentary Function
can be used to add texture when held in
the off position.
The pedal's Standard Mode lets the player
tweak a variety of waves to add subtle fullness or mind-altering twistedness with the
Shape knob's Sine, Square, Ramp, Lumps,
and Monument modes. The pedal offers a
range of sounds with smoothness, minimal

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Price: $249 (list)
Info: www.walrusaudio.com

coloring, and the kind of warmth that
complements the amp's signal.
For the guitarist seeking a certain lush nuance and beauty, the Monument Harmonic
Tap Tremolo makes a great addition to the
ol' box of crayons. - Oscar Jordan

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