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Tool's Adam Jones Has A Wicked New Pedal

Post by PlasticMoonRain » Wed Apr 12, 2006 9:15 am

Hey all:

Just reading the Guitar World cover interview with Tool's Adam Jones and he talks about this wild pedal his engineer made for their new album. It sounded so crazy, I figured you'd all get a kick out of it.

Jones talks about how he has this Gig-FX Chopper pedal he had worked on so he could go from a clean sound to tremolo and control the tremolo speed as well. The pedal let him slow it down and speed it up.

Jones tells his engineer that he wished he could do this with ANY pedal. So the dude does his thing and comes back with what looks like a wah pedal, but you plug your other pedals into it. It blends between your clean sound and the pedal effect, so you can fade in the effect gradually, "like a breath," instead of clicking the pedal on.


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Post by Derrick » Wed Apr 12, 2006 9:59 am

Don't they call those volume pedals? :lol:
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Post by YOUR KONG » Wed Apr 12, 2006 10:50 am

Huh, so like a wet/dry knob as a pedal! Way cool - sort of surprising that's not more common!

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Post by curtiswyant » Wed Apr 12, 2006 11:06 am

The wet/dry feature could be done easily with a splitter box and a stereo volume pedal...

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Post by lyman » Wed Apr 12, 2006 11:53 am

Derrick wrote:Don't they call those volume pedals? :lol:
sure, hardly a novel idea, but a good one nonetheless. starting in the 70's, jerry garcia had a knob on his guitar where he could control the dry signal vs. effects loop blend.

adam jones has always been a tasteful user of effects. actually, i've always meant to catch a tool concert but circumstance were never in favor.

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Post by leigh » Wed Apr 12, 2006 1:46 pm

lyman wrote:sure, hardly a novel idea, but a good one nonetheless. starting in the 70's, jerry garcia had a knob on his guitar where he could control the dry signal vs. effects loop blend.
Really? Here's a nerdy question: Do you know if they were sending the effects channel to and from his guitar, or was that knob sending a control voltage to some kind of remote box that was handling the signal blending?

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Post by pulse_divider » Wed Apr 12, 2006 3:40 pm

I'm surprised more guitarists aren't into modular synthesizers.

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Post by space_ryerson » Wed Apr 12, 2006 4:05 pm

This may clear up the Garcia question:
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Post by leigh » Thu Apr 13, 2006 12:48 pm

space_ryerson wrote:This may clear up the Garcia question:
Thanks, yes that answers what I was wondering.

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Post by Meriphew » Thu Apr 13, 2006 2:54 pm

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Post by fremitus » Fri Apr 14, 2006 8:26 am

i have a roland GP8 guitar effects rack that has assignable pedal control and i've done the wet dry thing a bunch. i also really like having a pedal to affect the amount of overdrive i'm using. it's silly fun to just sweep the drive up heading into a solo or section of the song requiring said saturation. i've always said that i was going to build on e for my live rig to a pedal or two, but i haven't. i guess that's item #4718 on the list of cool things to do today.

speaking of which it's an obscenely beautiful day up here in vermont and i'm going to go outside now.
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Post by Roman Sokal » Sun Apr 16, 2006 8:19 pm

well, given the fact that the great joe baressi recorded the upcoming Tool record, its no surprise that such unique pedal stuff was going on. joe is quite the crafty and knowledgable guy when it comes to pedals and guitars. his work with kyuss and the melvins are great examples of amazing guitar tones and treatments to signals. i can't bloody wait until the new Tool record comes out- may 2nd!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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