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
Jam Pedals might be a new name to many of us but already they boast confirmed
users like Billy Gibbons, Dweezil Zappa, Kenny Wayne Shepherd and Steve Lukather.
Tim Slater couldn’t wait to try some.
At first glance anyone might be forgiven for
assuming that Jam Pedals are the progeny
of an eccentric Californian effects guru, or
possibly even a British electronics boffin with
a penchant for retro tones and leather elbow
patches on his tweed jacket!
However, if we were to tell you that these
striking-looking stomp boxes are actually
manufactured in Greece, you’d probably be
as pleasantly surprised as we were!
The majority of boutique effects pedals
base their very existence on claims that they
capture the unique sounds of highly sought
after vintage stomp boxes and Jam Pedals
appears to have a particular penchant for
the likes of MXR, Electro Harmonix and
some of the early Roland units, like the
CE-1 Chorus Ensemble. To fully capture the
correct vibe, Jam Pedals uses period correct
circuitry beefed up with NOS (‘New Old
Stock’) components that accurately replicate
the right types of vintage chips, transistors
and resistors according to the type of effect
STAR RATING: CHILLI TREMELO WATERFALL ANALOGUE CHORUS
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The Jam Pedals range currently includes
roughly a dozen pedals and includes at least
two different types of fuzz box, an overdrive,
distortion pedals, a very nice analogue delay
(plus a variant with extra features), boosters,
a wah wah and a handful of modulation
effects, including the Chill tremolo and
Waterfall analogue chorus featured in this
Each pedal is also individually hand painted,
making each Jam pedal slightly different
from the next, which adds another unique
twist. The paint isn’t lacquered, though,
and we found evidence that the paint had
already started to chip slightly around the
edges, which makes us wonder if these
painstakingly hand-painted finishes would
withstand six months of hard stomping?
You’ll have to ask someone who has been
using one for a while, I guess!
The Chill analogue tremolo pedal is a sine
wave tremolo pedal that offers a soft, slightly
more modulated tremolo that sounds closer
to a vintage Vox amplifier than the rather
abrupt ‘on-off-on’ judder usually associated
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