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.
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.
I finished this months ago but didn’t get around to posting a final photo.
The reason it took so long is that the first set of small knobs I ordered were ever so slightly too small, so the pot fastening nuts we visible. Then the next size up were a slightly different style to the large knob I had so I had to wait for a matching large on.
Anyway, I’m happy with the result. The white permanent marker I used was a little messy to write with on the surface but that’s OK, it’s meant to look a bit DIY. Also since finishing it I acquired an Epiphone Thunderbird bass, so the capacitor I added for bass just because I could actually has a purpose.
So the only mods I might still do is possibly wiring it permanently on instead of true bypass and putting it in a bypassable loop, and finding a way to hook an LFO up to it for weird phaser and/or autowah sounds. Neither are high priority.