Bill Wardlow: Wizard of Molten VoltageAs the boutique guitar pedal scene expands, we begin to see inventive builders push the limits beyond the typical overdrive, fuzz, distortion, modulation and time-based effects that have been put out over and over again.

It even opens up for other types of pedals to be created…such as pedals that don’t actually make sounds themselves, yet offer sophisticated control and syncing capabilities with the inventive boutique pedals that we already own.

This is the gap that is filled by Molten Voltage, the world’s leading (and most inventive) MIDI foot pedal control company. We spent some time getting to know these peculiar devices in this interview with the wizard of Oz himself, Bill Wardlow.

For readers who aren’t yet familiar with Molten Voltage, how would you describe your products…especially to someone who is not very familiar with MIDI electronic applications?

Molten Voltage has two goals – to simplify your pedalboard, and extend the capabilities of your existing gear. Simplifying your pedalboard is done using MIDI, which is a system that lets music electronics talk to each other.  It’s been around for over 30 years, but in the last few years guitarists have finally embraced it. A lot of this has to do with manufacturers finally putting out gear that can call up presets and sync tempos using MIDI. [Read More]

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Which is The Most Popular Electric Guitar?

The Most Popular Electric Guitar (Infographic)

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Interview with Jon Herington

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DLS Reckless Driver Review & Giveway

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There’s a new wreck in town, and it’s the DLS Reckless Driver. This new overdrive pedal is an incredibly versatile, “swiss army knife” dirt device that covers everything from rhythm to lead with its two channel setup. Dave Sestito, founder of DLS Effects, has offered to give away a brand new Reckless Driver to one lucky email […]

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101 Ways to Improve as a Guitarist

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There is a concept called the aggregation of marginal gains, which is based on the principle that vast improvement can be achieved through continuous small improvements. When thinking of this concept in terms of guitar, we realize that there are nearly limitless opportunities to improve guitar playing, skills, tone…any aspect of guitar. Here’s 101 ways […]

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New Guitar Gear from Winter NAMM 2014

New Guitar Gear from Winter NAMM 2014 (Guitars, Amps & Effects)

We’ve been keeping our eyes on the new guitars, amps and pedals coming out of Winter NAMM 2014 in Anaheim, CA. There’s some very cool gear coming out from the likes of Fender, Magnatone, Bogner, JHS Pedals…even new strings from Elixir. We break down some of the gear that perked our interest and also offer some […]

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Acoustic Guitar Amplification Essentials

Martin D18VS | Acoustic Guitar Amplification Essentials

In recent weeks, we’ve set out to understand acoustic guitar amplification essentials by creating a high quality amplification system that can be recreated by any guitar player…using commonly available parts. Through this quest, we’ve explored various techniques for acoustic amplifiers, pickup impedance exploration and vocal amplification options as well. Below is the amplified acoustic guitar […]

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Electric Guitar Setup Secrets from 12 Luthiers

Electric Guitar Setup Secrets from 12 Luthiers

If you’re a guitarist who likes to do your own electric guitar setup, then you’re in for a real treat. In this article, a collection of renowned luthiers/builders from some incredible electric guitar companies (Novax, Blindworm, Rickenbacker and more) each offer an insightful tip on how to set up electric guitars—covering topics like neck relief, nut and […]

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Bjorn Juhl: Tales of Mad Professor & BearFoot FX

Bjorn Juhl: Tales of Mad Professor & BearFoot FX

One of the most revered pedal makers of the modern boutique scene, Swedish pedal master Bjorn Juhl has designed guitar effect circuits which have stood the test of time, and evolved through multiple brands. In our 2005 BJF Electronics interview, Bjorn offered incredible insight about the tones available from (the now discontinued) BJF pedals, and […]

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Best Guitar Pedals? 24 Builders Choose Favorites

24 Builders Choose the Best Guitar Pedals

Who better to suggest the best guitar pedals in the world than the very makers, themselves? We interviewed a selection of the most reputable guitar effects manufacturers from around the world by asking them two questions: Which is your favorite guitar pedal from your own product line? Which is your favorite guitar pedal from another […]

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2013 Summer NAMM: New Guitar Effects Pedals

2013 Summer NAMM: New Guitar Effects Pedals

The Summer 2013 NAMM show in Nashville, TN, once again brought some new guitar effects pedals from boutique gear manufacturers. The following pieces of gear really stood out to us, and would be great to check out for your rig. New Boutique Pedals from 2013 Summer NAMM ToneConcepts: The Distillery EQ/Boost/Overdrive Pedal The guys at […]

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How to Build a Guitar: 6 Great Resources

How to Build Electric Guitars

Learning how to build a guitar can seem like an impossible feat at first. With a little guidance, however, it’s certainly within reach. Here’s a curated list of resources on guitar building that will get you started down the right path toward becoming a budding luthier. Building Electric Guitars If you prefer books as learning […]

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8 Essential Guitar Pedals for Your Pedalboard

Essential Guitar Pedals (Must Have) - Klon Centaur

If you’re building a pedalboard, whether for the first time or rebuilding  your current pedalboard, there are a few essential guitar pedals that need to find their way into your signal chain. This article breaks down the the major must-have guitar pedals by type, and offers suggestions on their applications. Note: To find tips on […]

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NAMM 2013: Guitar Gear Review

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Thanks to the good folks at Anvil Case Company for the badge, a select portion of the great new guitar gear hitting the market in 2013 can be found here in this guitar review of the 2013 NAMM show. See the bottom of this post for a complete gallery of pictures. Here’s a few highlights: Moollon […]

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