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tone shine through; increase it to find the
Hot Wax's dirty secrets.
Each circuit can be switched independently
or together; adjust the Hot Tubes section for
Stones-styled power chords and configure
the Crayon section for a hotter Aerosmith
lead tone, then kick on both for scorch in
the vein of Randy Rhoads or Slash. The Hot
Wax summons everything from Jimmy Page
overdrive to Zakk Wylde distortion, and it
doesn't take a genius to realize its two-ferone value. - Pete Prown
The EHX Slammi Plus, Hot Wax
HX's Slammi Plus and Hot Wax pedals
are not for the faint of heart.
Housed in heavy-duty plastic, the Whammy-shaped Slammi Plus may look like a wah,
but it has different tricks in its bag. This
polyphonic pitch transposer can shift a note's
pitch plus or minus three octaves and create
harmony notes (though it's not an Allman
Brothers "smart harmony"). The Pitch Mix
knob works with the pedal's switch settings
to tune intervals or determine the pitch-shift
range. The novel X-Fade feature provides a
cross-fade between a wet pitch-shifted note
and a dry natural note.
The Shift knob on the Slammi Plus offers
11 intervals, while the Direction switch
determines whether the note swoops up,
down, or both simultaneously. It's a great
Prices: $248.10 (Slammi Plus), $148.90
effect, particularly with gain ladled on and
the Blend knob bringing in just the right
amount of Slammi. If you want to create
Satriani- or Vai-style leads, the Slammi Plus
will get you there, with tons of pitch-shifting
sounds and variations to explore.
The Hot Wax combines two overdrives -
the tweed-flavored Hot Tubes and full-range
Crayon. The latter adds global Bass and
Treble controls, and a Blend knob mixes
dry signal into dirty tones. Turn it lower for
a more-transparent effect that lets natural
EVH 5150III 50-WATT
ERNIE BALL EVERLAST PICKS
Ernie Ball Everlast Picks are made from
wear-resistant/non-slip Delrin and
are available in eight thicknesses in
fluorescent colors: .48 mm (blue); .60
mm (pink); .73mm (orange); .88 mm
(green); 1.0 mm (purple); 1.14 mm (red);
1.5 mm (yellow); and 2.0 mm (teal).
The EVH 5150III 50-Watt 6L6 Head is
a three-channel amp with selectable
impedance, parallel speaker-out jacks,
effects loop, and MIDI input. Channels
one and two have independent controls
for Gain and Volume with shared EQ.
Channel three has independent controls
for Gain, Volume, and EQ. They share
controls for Presence and Resonance.
LINDY FRALIN HUMCANCELLING P90
Lindy Fralin Pickups' Hum-Cancelling
P90 is made in the U.S. with Alnico
rods and designed to achieve a balance
of fat, thick midrange with the sparkle
associated with Alnico V magnets.
It's available with soapbar or dog-ear
covers with 49.5m/52mm string spacing, and multiple output options.
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