The second of my articles for Premier Guitar has now been published. It's a slightly sideways look at the world of 70s guitar synths and goes in-depth into:
- the mighty Synthi HiFli (that's our own in the orange case in the image below),
- the Ludwig Phase II,
- Soundgas favourite the Maestro USS-1 (a multi-effects unit with Tom Oberheim designed circuitry),
- the Frogg Compu-Sound,
- and the unique-sounding Soviet Esko-100.
And of course all manner of other peculiar and super-are units get a mention as well.
It goes a little something like this:
"As I started researching and writing this story, it slowly dawned on me that guitar synth effects fall into two categories: the compact stomp-sized units and what I term the "big beasts"—the rare and desirable monsters that stretch the definition of “effect pedal.” While there are some superb compact pedals, it’s these gargantuan boxes that really set pulses racing with the epic scope of their designs, the wild and unpredictable sounds they create, and their sheer “I want one of those,” GAS-inducing magnificence. So for this story, I donned my pith helmet and stuck to big game..." Read the whole article now...