We're lucky enough to feature four incredible guitarists in Issue 17 of Gi with Guns N' Roses axe-slinger Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal gracing the cover plus ex-Megadeth thrash legend Marty Friedman and acoustic virtuoso Richard Thompson on the inside. Not only that, but we talk to Thank You Scientist's Tom Monda about his career so far and what the future entails.
REVIEWS_EFFECT PEDALS REVIEW
What do you do when one of your own team has a signature product up for
review? Why, you hand it to one of the others and tell him to show no mercy!
Rick Graham rose the challenge.
Having already released a host of successful
pedals voiced toward the rock/blues market,
Wampler has taken a slightly new direction
with their latest release, the Dual Fusion
pedal. Built in collaboration with UK fusion
player and my fellow GI columnist Tom
Quayle, the Dual Fusion offers two pedals
in one and is specifically voiced toward the
modern fusion player. Unveiled at the recent
2013 NAMM show, the pedal features a
whole host of stacking/signal path options
giving the user more scope to dial in their
sound to their needs.
When you are dealing with a pedal which
has two independent circuits, you would
expect to be faced with a lot of controls and
the Dual Fusion obliges. At first glance it
might appear confusing but in reality the
pedal is thoughtfully and very logically laid
out. Essentially, it’s a two channel device,
based on the same circuitry as two pedals in
Wampler’s existing range: the Euphoria and
the Paisley Overdrive, but with modifications
according to Tom Quayle’s specifications.
The modified circuitry allows for more
transparency, with a tighter and controlled
response on the bass frequencies than their
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counterparts and when stacked, offer further
possibilities for tone shaping.
As the pedal is dual channel, you’ll find two
inputs and two outputs, which, when used
in conjunction with the switching control
on the pedal itself, enable you to stack the
channels as you desire. So, for instance, you
can choose to have channel 1 going into
channel 2, or channel 2 going into channel 1
or to use each channel separately.
Moving onto the controls, channel 1, which
is based on the Euphoria pedal, has volume,
gain and tone controls and also has a
smooth/fat voicing switch. Channel 2, which
is based on the Paisley Drive, has volume,
gain and tone controls and has a throaty/
natural voicing switch.
For the purposes of simplicity we ran the
dual fusion with channel 1 going into
channel 2 and set the stacking switch
accordingly. Channel 1 sounded very
responsive and warm, and with moderate
gain settings produced a very transparent
sound, which followed my playing dynamics
very well indeed. Pushing the gain control
a little more, allowed for more bite but