Vintage Guitar - June 2018 - open - 133

Price: $199 (each, list)
Info: www.coppersoundpedals.com

A LITTLE MORE
BETTER

CopperSound's Foxcatcher Boost/
Overdrive and Polaris Chorus/Vibrato

O

ffering hand-built pedals from their shop
in Easton, Massachusetts, CopperSound
seems to be finding a niche among small-batch
builders, namely by rethinking some wellloved tones and technologies.
One recent offering is the Foxcatcher. True
to its Swiss-Army-knife livery, it combines util-

ity and versatility. Its soft-clipping overdrive
circuit is based on the Marshall Bluesbreaker
and can be operated independently or with the
clean, gutsy boost. When stacking boost and
overdrive, choose their order with the "First"
toggle: the bomb setting places boost before
OD for more gain; flip to the foxtail icon to

put the boost after the OD for markedly more
volume. The hero, however, is the Foxcatcher's
Nature knob. Operated in conjunction with
the Drive and Boost controls, it is essentially a
presence sweep, enabling a range of tones from
the glassy tube drive of a Fender to a boxy Vox
sound or Marshall growl. Accepting up to 18
volts, the Foxcatcher can maintain plenty of
headroom while pushing an amp.
CopperSound's Polaris is built on the chip
in the Electro-Harmonix Small Clone chorus
and, sure enough, it nails the rich and curling
tone of Cobain's "Come As You Are." Whereas
the Small Clone offers just a knob for rate and
a two-position switch for modulation depth,
the Polaris has Volume, Tone, and Rate, and
a full sweep of the depth via the Focus knob.
The Focus II knob covers the same sweep and
accesses a second depth setting by clicking the
right bypass - like a favorite button dedicated
to one parameter. Switch from chorus to
vibrato mode by flipping the toggle from the
moon to the crescent icon. - Rich Maloof

SWEET SUSTAIN
Guitar Tech Craig's Dino
Sauce Compressor

I

magine a Strat tuned to open G, a D chord
being floated at the seventh fret with a
Craftsman deep-well socket. What is that
ethereal sweetness and sustain under Lowell
George's voice? Oh, yeah... a compressor pedal.
The Little-Feat-approved Dyna Comp and
the Ross Compressor are the inspirations for
Guitar Tech Craig's Dino Sauce, which nails
the sound in a simple package with modern
updates like a 9-volt adaptor.
A hollow parts Tele was threaded through
the Dino Sauce and an overdrive into a small
combo amp for a small-room trio gig with an
amplified string bass and a small jazz kit. By
limiting spiky attacks from aggressive righthand techniques, the Dino Sauce proved a
welcome tool for achieving a dynamic sound
at low volume, with or without overdrive.
With Loud and Long controls at 12 o'clock,
the Dino Sauce's impact was clear and clean,
with a touch of compression's sweetening effect. Some classic Tele tricks - false harmonics,

Tone control wah effects, B-bender/pedal-steel
imitations - flowed like water with no excessive
gain. The bridge pickup, with the tone rolled
off and OD kicked on, created a semi-hollow
"woman tone" sustain for days, facilitating
the volume-swell techniques beloved by 335
aficionados.
A humbucker-loaded jazzbox appreciated a
little Dino Sauce on a solo gig. With the Long
knob dimed, a synth-keys sound rounded out
the chordal approach, though a less radical setting sounded natural and silky. The Loud knob
was handy for quick volume adjustments when
switching the pedal on, but at more aggressive
gain settings, the effect tended to accent noise
culprits like single-coils and old-building power
fluctuations.
Hard to believe, but there was a time when two
or three pedals served most electric guitarists
just fine. The Dino Sauce sounds and feels like a
welcome return to a warm, familiar sound from
back inna day. - Chip Wilson

June 2018

133

VINTAGE GUITAR

Price: $150
Info: www.guitartechcraig.com


http://www.coppersoundpedals.com http://www.guitartechcraig.com http://www.vintageguitar.Com

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Vintage Guitar - June 2018 - open

Contents
Vintage Guitar - June 2018 - open - Cover
Vintage Guitar - June 2018 - open - IFC
Vintage Guitar - June 2018 - open - 3
Vintage Guitar - June 2018 - open - 4
Vintage Guitar - June 2018 - open - 5
Vintage Guitar - June 2018 - open - 6
Vintage Guitar - June 2018 - open - 7
Vintage Guitar - June 2018 - open - 8
Vintage Guitar - June 2018 - open - 9
Vintage Guitar - June 2018 - open - Contents
Vintage Guitar - June 2018 - open - 11
Vintage Guitar - June 2018 - open - 12
Vintage Guitar - June 2018 - open - 13
Vintage Guitar - June 2018 - open - 14
Vintage Guitar - June 2018 - open - 15
Vintage Guitar - June 2018 - open - 16
Vintage Guitar - June 2018 - open - 17
Vintage Guitar - June 2018 - open - 18
Vintage Guitar - June 2018 - open - 19
Vintage Guitar - June 2018 - open - 20
Vintage Guitar - June 2018 - open - 21
Vintage Guitar - June 2018 - open - 22
Vintage Guitar - June 2018 - open - 23
Vintage Guitar - June 2018 - open - 24
Vintage Guitar - June 2018 - open - 25
Vintage Guitar - June 2018 - open - 26
Vintage Guitar - June 2018 - open - 27
Vintage Guitar - June 2018 - open - 28
Vintage Guitar - June 2018 - open - 29
Vintage Guitar - June 2018 - open - 30
Vintage Guitar - June 2018 - open - 31
Vintage Guitar - June 2018 - open - 32
Vintage Guitar - June 2018 - open - 33
Vintage Guitar - June 2018 - open - 34
Vintage Guitar - June 2018 - open - 35
Vintage Guitar - June 2018 - open - 36
Vintage Guitar - June 2018 - open - 37
Vintage Guitar - June 2018 - open - 38
Vintage Guitar - June 2018 - open - 39
Vintage Guitar - June 2018 - open - 40
Vintage Guitar - June 2018 - open - 41
Vintage Guitar - June 2018 - open - 42
Vintage Guitar - June 2018 - open - 43
Vintage Guitar - June 2018 - open - 44
Vintage Guitar - June 2018 - open - 45
Vintage Guitar - June 2018 - open - 46
Vintage Guitar - June 2018 - open - 47
Vintage Guitar - June 2018 - open - 48
Vintage Guitar - June 2018 - open - 49
Vintage Guitar - June 2018 - open - 50
Vintage Guitar - June 2018 - open - 51
Vintage Guitar - June 2018 - open - 52
Vintage Guitar - June 2018 - open - 53
Vintage Guitar - June 2018 - open - 54
Vintage Guitar - June 2018 - open - 55
Vintage Guitar - June 2018 - open - 56
Vintage Guitar - June 2018 - open - 57
Vintage Guitar - June 2018 - open - 58
Vintage Guitar - June 2018 - open - 59
Vintage Guitar - June 2018 - open - 60
Vintage Guitar - June 2018 - open - 61
Vintage Guitar - June 2018 - open - 62
Vintage Guitar - June 2018 - open - 63
Vintage Guitar - June 2018 - open - 64
Vintage Guitar - June 2018 - open - 65
Vintage Guitar - June 2018 - open - 66
Vintage Guitar - June 2018 - open - 67
Vintage Guitar - June 2018 - open - 68
Vintage Guitar - June 2018 - open - 69
Vintage Guitar - June 2018 - open - 70
Vintage Guitar - June 2018 - open - 71
Vintage Guitar - June 2018 - open - 72
Vintage Guitar - June 2018 - open - 73
Vintage Guitar - June 2018 - open - 74
Vintage Guitar - June 2018 - open - 75
Vintage Guitar - June 2018 - open - 76
Vintage Guitar - June 2018 - open - 77
Vintage Guitar - June 2018 - open - 78
Vintage Guitar - June 2018 - open - 79
Vintage Guitar - June 2018 - open - 80
Vintage Guitar - June 2018 - open - 81
Vintage Guitar - June 2018 - open - 82
Vintage Guitar - June 2018 - open - 83
Vintage Guitar - June 2018 - open - 84
Vintage Guitar - June 2018 - open - 85
Vintage Guitar - June 2018 - open - 86
Vintage Guitar - June 2018 - open - 87
Vintage Guitar - June 2018 - open - 88
Vintage Guitar - June 2018 - open - 89
Vintage Guitar - June 2018 - open - 90
Vintage Guitar - June 2018 - open - 91
Vintage Guitar - June 2018 - open - 92
Vintage Guitar - June 2018 - open - 93
Vintage Guitar - June 2018 - open - 94
Vintage Guitar - June 2018 - open - 95
Vintage Guitar - June 2018 - open - 96
Vintage Guitar - June 2018 - open - 97
Vintage Guitar - June 2018 - open - 98
Vintage Guitar - June 2018 - open - 99
Vintage Guitar - June 2018 - open - 100
Vintage Guitar - June 2018 - open - 101
Vintage Guitar - June 2018 - open - 102
Vintage Guitar - June 2018 - open - 103
Vintage Guitar - June 2018 - open - 104
Vintage Guitar - June 2018 - open - 105
Vintage Guitar - June 2018 - open - 106
Vintage Guitar - June 2018 - open - 107
Vintage Guitar - June 2018 - open - 108
Vintage Guitar - June 2018 - open - 109
Vintage Guitar - June 2018 - open - 110
Vintage Guitar - June 2018 - open - 111
Vintage Guitar - June 2018 - open - 112
Vintage Guitar - June 2018 - open - 113
Vintage Guitar - June 2018 - open - 114
Vintage Guitar - June 2018 - open - 115
Vintage Guitar - June 2018 - open - 116
Vintage Guitar - June 2018 - open - 117
Vintage Guitar - June 2018 - open - 118
Vintage Guitar - June 2018 - open - 119
Vintage Guitar - June 2018 - open - 120
Vintage Guitar - June 2018 - open - 121
Vintage Guitar - June 2018 - open - 122
Vintage Guitar - June 2018 - open - 123
Vintage Guitar - June 2018 - open - 124
Vintage Guitar - June 2018 - open - 125
Vintage Guitar - June 2018 - open - 126
Vintage Guitar - June 2018 - open - 127
Vintage Guitar - June 2018 - open - 128
Vintage Guitar - June 2018 - open - 129
Vintage Guitar - June 2018 - open - 130
Vintage Guitar - June 2018 - open - 131
Vintage Guitar - June 2018 - open - 132
Vintage Guitar - June 2018 - open - 133
Vintage Guitar - June 2018 - open - 134
Vintage Guitar - June 2018 - open - 135
Vintage Guitar - June 2018 - open - 136
Vintage Guitar - June 2018 - open - 137
Vintage Guitar - June 2018 - open - 138
Vintage Guitar - June 2018 - open - 139
Vintage Guitar - June 2018 - open - 140
Vintage Guitar - June 2018 - open - 141
Vintage Guitar - June 2018 - open - 142
Vintage Guitar - June 2018 - open - 143
Vintage Guitar - June 2018 - open - 144
Vintage Guitar - June 2018 - open - 145
Vintage Guitar - June 2018 - open - 146
Vintage Guitar - June 2018 - open - IBC
Vintage Guitar - June 2018 - open - BC
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/vintageguitar/201903_v2
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/vintageguitar/201902_v2
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/vintageguitar/201901_v2
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/vintageguitar/201812_v2
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/vintageguitar/201811_v2
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/vintageguitar/201810_v2
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/vintageguitar/201809_v2
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/vintageguitar/201808_v2
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/vintageguitar/201807_v2
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/vintageguitar/201805_v2
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/vintageguitar/201804_v2
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/vintageguitar/201803_v2
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/vintageguitar/201802_v2
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/vintageguitar/201801_v2
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/vintageguitar/2018priceguide_v2
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/vintageguitar/201712_v2
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/vintageguitar/201711_v2
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/vintageguitar/201710_v2
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/vintageguitar/201709_v2
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/vintageguitar/201708_v2
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/vintageguitar/201707_v2
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/vintageguitar/201706_v2
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/vintageguitar/201705_v2
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/vintageguitar/201704_v2
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/vintageguitar/201703_v2
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/vintageguitar/201702_v2
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/vintageguitar/201701_v2
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/vintageguitar/201612_v2
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/vintageguitar/201611_v2
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/vintageguitar/201609_v2
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/vintageguitar/201607_v2
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/vintageguitar/201606_v2
http://www.nxtbookMEDIA.com