Discussion in 'Effects, Pedals, Strings & Things' started by gitpicker, Aug 12, 2019.
The Pedal Bored
Pete Thorn, then Brett Kingman, then maybe Andy or Mike Hermans.
BK has a fairly similar ear for tone as myself, if not in playing style. I can usually know that if I listen to his stuff he'll be aiming for the same kind of sounds that I would be, which is a help. Andy is probably still making the most useful demos for pedals in context though.
My favorite is Mike Hermans. However, he's such a good player that he makes pretty much everything sound fantastic. He could demo a Danelectro Pastrami and make it sound like the greatest pedal ever. How he puts together songs with different parts to highlight different aspects of the pedal is really amazing.
Same characters that most have said. Overall, Andy. He runs through a variety of tones, song types, uses, etc. which is really helpful. It's not a random demo, it's well thought out.
That Pedal Show for its in depth coverage. I like how they will review a pedal type; fuzz, delay, etc. Sometimes they can run a bit long, but the info is good.
I like the Anderton's videos for the various shoot outs, rigs on a budget, etc. to see how things compare and work in a set up.
Ola to see if it chugs and also for the burps.
I like that Scottish guy Collin for various info. He doesn't usually do specific pedal demos, but he has good info.
There are so many terrible demos too. Like the guys that strum a chord twice, then change a setting, or record with an iPhone.
have to agree. A ton of great youtube demo-ers out there. Love Pete Thorns stuff, Brett Kingmans are always great. Knobs for that really alternative, "out-there" type demo. Andy's are always good but he tends to showcase just a few sounds. Overall Mike Hermans are generally the most in-depth b/c it's all playing and no talking.
edit: That pedal show is cool if you have a good hour to spend geeking out, but there's way too much talking IMO and generally 10 mins in I just move onto something else.
Johan Sageborn, Paul Gilbert, and Steve Vai hisself
I like Aaron Sternke. His tone, amps and playing is more my style. Has a good mix of rhythm and tasty leads.
I’m not a pentatonic, blues noodler. This makes it hard for me to watch any of the main guys listed here.
I’ve purchased pedals based on the lead guys overwhelming endorsement just to find out it didn’t work for me. It’s crazy how many guys will do a 10 minute review and never strum a cord.
Andy Martin at Reverb and the guys at That Pedal Show are my go to's. Lot's of other dudes do it well also from time to time..
I like watching Pete Thorn, That Pedal Show and Andy Martin. Awesome players and very knowledgeable. Josh from JHS also makes some great videos, as does Brian Wampler.
There are also some underrated channels, including:
JayLeonardJ-Amazing player. He's why I own a Quilter Interblock 45.
Shnobel-I always like his pedal shootouts. He's a good player.
R.J. Ronquillo is one of my favorites if I'm in the mood for someone who uses different amps and guitars for a lot of his gear reviews instead of the normal DRRI, Marshall, Les Paul, Strat, ETC setup
I like the Australian lefty guy. InTheBlues
Living Room Gear Demos
There are a bunch of good ones. I like Thorn’s approach if a track, them isolated guitars, followed by using a looped guitar and twiddling the knobs.
Also, please...always refer back to your tone often without the demo pedal engaged.
Ok, I'm going say it...Henning Pauly...let the flames begin!
How did he disparage their playing? I don't see why he should get attacked for not liking Knobs. His criticisms were polite, legitimate and not disparaging. I actually found your reply about pentatonic noodling to be more disparaging than his.
As a pedal demo, I don't particularly like Knobs either. I don't find the demos useful in understanding how the pedal will work in practice or what it will sound like in the music I play.
I enjoy listening to the demos very much and hearing what he can do with a pedal. I enjoy the shoegazy stuff. I'll often put on Knobs demos while I work and listen to them as pleasant gear related background noise. But, as far as a demo that makes me decide whether or not to buy a pedal, I don't USUALLY find the Knobs stuff useful in that regard. If anything, it perhaps supplements the other more traditional demos.
Burgs just feels like i know him. He is a really talented man.
Sean Gibson (one of our own), Johan Segeborn, Classic Andy (none of this post-classic dotcom Andy). Also not guitar related, but an AMAZING YT music gear channel is run by Alex Ball. He re-creates classic 80's John Carpenter soundtracks with vintage synths and stuff. Also Sam Vilo, while not a great demoist, he is a very entertaining player who has a YT channel.
I like your picks. Gotta mention Andy. I think I'd switch Brett and Pete although for me they are so close maybe they tie. Living Room Demos and Joe on Reverb.
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A Bunch of Pedals