Saturday, May 30, 2009

Round Table with Jason Becker, Jeff Loomis, Rusty Cooley, John 5, and Richie Kotzen

Here it is, the link to the Round Table with Jason Becker, Jeff Loomis, Rusty Cooley, John 5, and Richie Kotzen! -



Saturday, May 23, 2009

New podcasts

It looks like our subscribers are not being notified when I post new pod casts, but they are being notified when I make new posts. I've been thinking about revamping the blog anyway- maybe to a Wordpress blog.

Anyway- here are link s to the last 2 pod casts-

Podcast #10 featuring an interview with Pete Evick of The Bret Michaels Band and Evick

Podcast #9 featuring an interview with Mark Gemini Thwaite of Mob Research, Peter Murphy & Mission UK

Sorry for any inconvenience, I just want to make sure that everyone is notified about these... they're both entertaining shows.


Sunday, May 17, 2009

Pete Evick of The Bret Michaels Band demonstrating his P.E. Delay+ digital delay from Pro Tone Pedals.

Cool huh??? Now go buy one!

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Why are we making the Shrunken Heads?

I'm getting a bunch of questions regarding the Shrunken Heads... Most of you know from experience that I read and answer everything personally. However, I find that I'm answering the same few questions over and over, so I thought I would put together a series of FAQ style blog posts. Most of the questions are fantastic, and require much more attention than a 1 line answer... so off we go:

The hands down most popular question I'm being asked- Why? Sub question: What is Pro Tone trying to accomplish with the Shrunken Heads that hasn't been done before?

The answer to that can be broken out into 4 bullet points
  1. Authentic recreations of classic tones
  2. The flexibility of the original amp
  3. Ease of use
  4. Affordability
Lets tackle these one at a time:

  1. The tone is key. If we cant recreate the tone, we don't have a product... its a good thing we did some serious woodshedding while developing the Jason Becker Distortion. We put a staggering amount of R&D into the Becker Distortion knowing that we would be able to use the theories and techniques to build a full line of analog amplifier emulators that sounded authentic. Since the launch of the JB Distortion many reviewers are calling it the best Marshall-In-A-Box on the market today. Guitar Player Magazine liked it so much they featured it in their rundown of the best gear at the 2009 Winter NAMM show!
  2. Pedals emulating amps set to 'everything on 10' have been around for a while, some convincing, most not so much. However, the devil is in the detail... or in this case, the tone is in the subtlety. Think of it this way- Eric Johnson, Pearl Jam, Van Halen and Danzig have all used the Marshall Plexi- the wide array of tones presented by that list of artists would never be achieved by a pedal emulating an amp with 'everything on 10'
  3. A primary goal of the Shrunken Heads is to get the great tones without all of the fuss and 'analysis paralysis' associated with the overly complex digital offerings. Lets face it, when you provide a guitarist with the dizzying array of options found in the digital realm, we tend to tweak settings more then we actually play our instruments.
  4. If you were to buy the amps emulated by the Shrunken Heads you could expect an investment of roughly $14,000!
I hope this clears the air for you on why the Shrunken Heads are a necessity in the market.

Next time I'll answer some of the questions regarding the benefits and the down-into-it functionality that might not be so obvious.

Be well!


Wednesday, May 06, 2009

The Shrunken Heads- Coming Summer 2009

Shrunken Heads Coming Soon from Pro Tone Pedals
Analog Amplifier Emulations that kill! We're not fucking around with
the standard Fender or Vox emulations... we're going for the bone
crushing tones of modern amps along with some time tested metal giants!
Sound clips and testimonials from the beta testers coming soon....
Whats that? YOU want to be a beta tester for the Shrunken Heads? Go sign up for the Pro Tone news letterto stay on top of things, including how to get these filthy little babies before anyone else in the world!

For best results, watch the HQ version.

Tuesday, May 05, 2009

Garage-Sale Gold

Dave Hunter | 04.28.2009

Internet auctions might have swept away many under-the-bed vintage bargains and put them out on the open market, but you can still find some hidden gems at the traditional second-hand haunts. When it comes to buying guitars at pawnshops, garage sales, and estate sales, however, the trick is twofold: first — you’ve got to find the gear; second — you’ve got to know how to discern the bargains, without getting stung by the clunkers.

1) Find the right pawnshop. Where pawnshops are concerned, one key to making the big finds lies in finding the right shop first. Main Street and big city pawnbrokers don’t usually let any quality goods go cheap: they’re in the business of making money, and even long before the Internet made market-price checks easy and instant, they knew the value of everything they received in stock. More out-of-the-way pawnshops, on the other hand, those in smaller towns and on back roads, might still carry some bargains, provided they’re not already hip to selling online.

2) Keep checking back, again and again. The other key is sheer persistence: Once you’ve found your treasure trove, you’ve got to stop in regularly to see what has come through the door, because the good stuff will go quickly. In any case, pawnshops, by and large, simply aren’t a great source of cheap vintage guitars any more. They know the names Gibson, Fender, Gretsch and Rickenbacker mean money, and if anything, they’ll overprice any instrument wearing these brands — however rough their condition, or limited their desirability — to avoid getting had themselves. That said, you might get some great bargains in B-list brands and accessories by keeping your eyes peeled, and the real gem might occasionally find itself on the wall.

3) Check your local listings. As for garage sales and estate sales, the first thing to do is also to learn where to look. Find out where these things are listed — local papers, online classified ads, trade papers — and comb the columns for hints of good gear. Anything listing “musical instruments” outright is a no brainer, and plenty of them will (estate sales in particular). But any sale that implies an eclectic mix of a wide range of goods might also be worth dropping in on.

4) Be early. Browsing hours for estate sales will usually be strictly regulated, but as far as garage sales go, as the old woman scouring he curbside for Delft will tell you, you can’t be afraid to be the early bird (someone’s got to get there first, right?). Get up early, and get there: If there’s a 1957 Martin D-18 leaning against a bag full of rusty golf clubs at 7 a.m., it’s not going to be there at 7:30 a.m.

5) Carry cash (and an amp). While larger estate sales might take checks or cards, you want to have enough cash in your pocket to take away the big fish from any garage sale now, rather than having to beg the seller to hold it for you while you find an ATM. Also, if at all possible, take a small practice amp along; unless an electric guitar is such a steal that you can afford to replace or repair all of its electronics without blinking, you’ll want to plug it in — for a quick strum, at least — before laying down the loot.

6) Know thy gear. Of course, finding the “bargain” is only half the battle. It isn’t a bargain at all unless you can discern its quality, authenticity and functionality. I’m not even talking about buying vintage guitars with any significant collector’s value; many other considerations come into play when shopping for guitars from the ’50s, ’60s and early ’70s that might have values of $3,000 and more (WAY more, in some cases), and authenticating any of these should be left to an expert, or a trusted dealer at least. I’m talking about simply ascertaining that the guitar in question is worth at least the asking price, and ideally something less, and that means determining that it’s in good playing condition and not adversely modified.

There are still plenty of bargains to be had, but there’s also plenty of junk waiting to claim your hard-earned dollar. Equip yourself, and shop wisely. Happy hunting!