Author: Richard MacLemale

The Ultimate Nano+ Pedal Board

I’m not above clickbait blog titles.  There’s no such thing as an ultimate pedal board of any type, because there are thousands of pedals out there, and no one is going to agree on the four best pedals (of more, if you use mini-pedals.)  This is actually about my own pedal board, and the four pedals I personally chose (and why.)  And also why I’m eventually going to need a bigger pedal board. If you could only pick 4 pedals, what would you pick?  For my needs, I chose: A compressor (Keeley 4 Knob) Delay (TC Electronics Flashback) Distortion/Overdrive...

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Guitar Podcasts

I listen to a handful of guitar-related podcasts, so I thought I’d mention them here on the site and give my thoughts.  My actual, honest thoughts.  What I do and do not like about them.  In no particular order: Guitar Nerds.  A bunch of guys with British accents who make fun of each other and talk about gear.  I love these guys – their energy and enthusiasm is always fun to listen to, and they’re very into guitars and gear (like me.)  My tastes are different, but that doesn’t damper my appreciation.  I don’t have anything negative to say about these guys – this is one of my faves, and the annual Gear of the Year series is always fun and interesting.  WELL, OK, I do have one gripe – sometimes they get product facts wrong.  Rarely, but sometimes. Chasing Tone.  This used to be one of my favorite podcasts, with the old cast of Travis, Brian, and Max.  Travis and Max no longer work at Wampler, so now it’s Brian and Blake Wyland, mostly.  I think even Blake would admit the show was better with Max and Travis.  I like Blake.  I don’t know him personally and we haven’t met, but I think he’s a standup guy and he knows a lot about guitars and gear.  But the banter between these guys can be painful at times.  They’re...

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Why I Dislike Fuzz

First, a disclaimer – there have been some great tracks recorded with fuzz pedals.  I think the world would be very boring if everyone liked the same things.  If you love fuzz pedals, I’m not going to try to change your mind.  But you might better understand why some people (like me) don’t like fuzz pedals. In 1983, I was 18 years old.  And there weren’t very many pedals that would distort your signal.  The Rockman was about as good as it got.  But there were a few fuzz pedals.  We were listening to early Van Halen and all...

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New Album!

I’ve just released my fourth album, “The One Thing.”  It’s what I would call retro-pop/rock.  It has catchy vocal melodies and lots and lots of guitars.  Lots of P90 crunch.  I think there’s a guitar solo in almost every song.  If you use Apple Music or Spotify, you can use these links: Apple Music Link Spotify Link If you’re into owning music, you can purchase the album on iTunes. This album will soon be available in old school CD format, hopefully by January 15.  I’ll link it here when it’s available.  But I STRONGLY encourage you, faithful site readers,...

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Review – Orange PPC112 Cabinet

I bought an Orange PPC112 Cabinet for Christmas this year.  I already have an open back one 12 cab from Ibanez, but I wanted a closed-back speaker with a single Celestion Vintage 30 speaker in it.  The Orange PPC112 is exactly that. My Ibanez cab has a Celestion Seventy 80 speaker, which is the stock Celestion that goes into a whole lot of amps and cabs.  It’s sort of THE generic stock speaker.  It’s a decent sounding speaker and I was fairly happy with it, but I knew from previous experience that the Vintage 30 sounded better.  And in...

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Squier FSR Bullet Mustang Mini-Review

One of the various Black Friday deals I ran across yesterday was a Squier Bullet Mustang for $120.  So I spent a little time with it, before deciding not to buy it.  But I almost did buy it. Good Deal? Well, it depends.  I liked the way it looked.  I dug the green color and the maple neck.  In my opinion, the wood alone is probably worth the $120.  Thing is, I already have a short scale Squier guitar (a Jagmaster) that’s a better instrument than this one.  If I didn’t, I might have bought this, as a project. ...

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The Big Redesign is In Progress

If you’re wondering what the heck happened to this site, it’s being redesigned.  All of the content is still available, but I’m messing around with some different ideas on how to best display it.  There are about 150 articles on this website, and many ways to organize them.  Please bear with me as I explore different ideas.  Thank you for your views and your support! Richard MacLemale aka The Budget...

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How Technology Has Changed Modern Music

Technology has ALWAYS changed songwriting.  The limits of each medium have forced artists to make compromises since the beginning of audio recording history.  Vinyl records had limitations that mastering engineers understood – the innermost tracks on a record had to be light on bass frequencies to prevent the needle from jumping out of the groove.  You could only cram so many minutes on each side of a record.  And so on. Modern technology has created some interesting changes in the way we write and record music, and I don’t see this discussed enough.  So here’s my take.  This is...

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