I first heard about jazz picks when watching an interview with Kirk Hammett. Kirk expressed his love for the jazz pick, and claimed that it improved his playing to the extent where it feels wrong to play with anything else. So, naturally, I went out and bought some of my own to try out. The first thing I have to say about jazz picks is that they are absolutely teeny tiny, about the size of a 20p coin. This does take some getting used to and requires you to dedicate much of your time to finding the darned thing when you repeatedly drop it while playing. But, alas, it does get easier, and playing with the pick isn’t such a struggle after a couple of days. The first thing I noticed when playing with the jazz pick is that it made my strings sound warmer and more pronounced. It also helps your dexterity and speed, as there is not a heaping great amount of excess pick impeding your godlike guitar abilities. They are also thick and sturdy, so none of that flimsy nonsense which sometimes makes it difficult to give your rock n roll the gusto it needs. In short, I wholly recommend you get on down to your nearest guitar/musical instrument establishment and pick (pardon the pun) up some of these beauties for yourself.
Dunlop’s MXR team is proud to present the M77 Custom Badass Modified Overdrive. The MXR engineers took a classic overdrive circuit and then “hot-rodded” to their own custom specifications. In keeping up with modern players’ needs for extreme tonal versatility, the pedal features not only an EQ shaping tone knob but also a 100Hz knob that either cuts or boosts one of the most fundamental and pronounced frequencies found in the electric guitar. For even more tonal variety there is an additional “Bump” button which provides an alternate EQ voicing that boosts lows and mids. For a touch sensitive, amp-like, true bypass boutique overdrive pedal at a working musician’s cost, look no further than the Custom Badass Modified Overdrive from MXR.
Please visit http://www.jimdunlop.com/ for more information M77 CUSTOM BADASS MODIFIED OVERDRIVE: FEATURES AND CONTROLS - True Hardwire Bypass - Hot-Rodded classic overdrive circuit with added versatility - Gain, Output, Tone, and 100Hz cut or boost control knobs - Bump Button adds alternate EQ voicing with boosted lows and mids
This year, Dunlop is celebrating MXR’s 40th anniversary, and we’re taking the opportunity to educate the playing public about the brand with a ton of blog and YouTube content to be rolled out through 2014. Let’s start with some tasty little morsels of information to whet your appetite. Have you ever wondered what the letters MXR stand for? What the first four MXR pedals were? Or what the most popular MXR pedal is? We put together an infographic to answer those and other questions.