Guitar Effects Pedals: The Practical Handbook (Handbook Series) (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 24. Oktober 2013
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DAVE HUNTER is an author and musician who has written extensively on guitars, amplification, effects pedals, and recording technique. His books include Guitar Amp Handbook, The Home Recording Handbook, Star Guitars, Guitar Rigs, and several others. He is a regular contributor to Guitar Player and Vintage Guitar magazines.
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Here are the pros: Hunter does a good job explaining the evolution and history of stomp boxes in the opening chapter and he does a nice job of explaining how the effects work technically in a way that a general reader could understand. I was curious to learn more about a lot of vintage pedals that I have read about in the author gives a nice overview of these classic effects. The section on the new and contemporary builders is superb providing a survey of all the boutique pedals that are out there. I was surprised but happy that Hunter gives quite a bit of love to the Danelectro line of budget stompers too. The book comes with a CD where the author demonstrates a wide variety of effects and that is really cool. There is a chapter where Hunter interviews the most famous boutique makers and he asks them all good questions. The interview with Pete Cornish, Roger Mayer, and the guy from Earthquaker Devices were all really interesting.
Now for the cons: one negative is the author’s fault and one is not. What is not Hunter’s fault is that the book is somewhat outdated. The problem with handbooks and bibliographies is that they are out of date the moment they hit the shelves. Speaking as someone who has published in music, publishers do not rush to press books that deal with the arts. So I am sure that after Dave Hunter submitted his final manuscript to the publisher it probably took one or two years for the book to actually make it to the shops. It really does take that long. So unfortunately, some really worthwhile makers were left out of this handbook the two that come to mind are Alexander pedals and VFE pedals. Now, there is something that I wish the author had not done, and that is put negative opinions about effects into his history and overview. For example, he basically says that flanger effects, with the possible exception of Barracuda by Heart, and Boom Boom Out Go the Lights by Pat Travers, are pretty much worthless. This completely ignores all the great tones that many artists have sculpted with those pedals. One thinks of goth music for example and bands like The Cure and Bauhaus. Or even Duran Duran Hungry Like the Wolf. Hunter needs to expand his horizons a bit. He talks like a guy who has never heard any music in his life except for a classic rock station. The author also says some things that I believe are factually not true. For example Hunter says that Rat distortion pedals have more bottom end than a tube screamer, but that is not the case, a Rat pedal is far more midrange heavy and more nasal than a tube screamer ever thought about being. Also he says that the Danelectro Tuna Melt has a honk to the sound but that has definitely not been my experience, and every other review I have read comments on how amp like and musical that stomp box is, it even won an editor’s pick award from his magazine. So anyway, that is my two cents. Overall I would not hesitate to recommend this book.