Facts About Instrument Cables That You Need To Know

Blake Tone Talk

Recently, a certain instrument cable made it’s rounds on social media. This 10ft. cable was labeled as the finest, and best quality cable on the market. It promised all sorts of audible sound quality improvements. This type of marketing is certainly nothing new to anyone in the music industry. However it wasn’t just the promotional language that had everyone talking. …

Building a “Soundproof” Practice Space

Blake "Soundproof", Tone Talk

Wouldn’t it be amazing if you could crank up your amp at your leisure? To be able to play with the volume and feedback. To get those tubes working, and producing the lovely, glorious tones we all crave. Wouldn’t it be sweet if you could do this without irritating your neighbors, significant other, or anyone else not hip to your …

When is Bad Tone the Right Tone?

Blake Tone Talk

There is nothing quite like a good tone day, is there? You hit just the right notes and they bloom in just the right way. Everything is full, rich, and just plain gorgeous. It truly is one of the most inspiring feelings that I know of. But sometimes, my friends, that sound is exactly what you DO NOT want. That …

If You Have To Ask…

Blake Rant, Tone Talk

This whole Tone Mob project has been a seriously wild ride! I’ve been so fortunate to meet all these awesome new people, and listen to stories from all these incredible builders. There is one story however, that is really sticking in my craw, so to speak. A story I keep hearing over and over and over again from nearly EVERY …

Lunastone Wise Guy Overdrive

Blake News, Tone Talk

I recently had a rather unique opportunity laid out in front of me. I was contacted by the U.S. rep for a Danish pedal company called Lunastone. He asked if I would be interested in trying a new overdrive that was not officially available in the States yet. Given the depths of my gear addiction, it was somewhat similar to …

The Venerable Tube Screamer

Blake History

Todays guest post comes to you from John Sagers. John is a professor of history who happens to have a passion for guitars, effects, and cranked amps. The Ibanez Tube Screamer is a true classic in the realm of effects pedals and many revered boutique pedals have a Tube Screamer in their family trees. Originally designed to emulate the sound of …

All In The Fingers?

Blake Tone Talk

Some wise guy always brings up this whenever a gear discussion comes up. “The tone is all in the fingers man! Forget about all that gear.” In some regards, “that guy” is right. You could scour the earth and acquire every single piece of gear down to the vintage correct pick guard screws in your Strat, and you will NOT …

Mr. Black Announces a Wild New Pedal

Blake News

After teasing us with mysterious pics and hints for the last few weeks, Mr. Black Pedals has formally announced the Shepards End Infinite Flanger. According to Mr. Black, this is the first time this effect has ever been produced. By anyone. Ever   But what is an Infinite Flanger? I’m not even going to try to explain. Mr. Black lays …