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Review: DOD Bifet Boost 410

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DOD Bifet Boost 410 – status led

DOD has introduced an updated version of its Bifet Boost 410 pedal this year – the 2014-version adds a switchable buffer to the circuit.

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DOD Bifet Boost 410 – full top

The DOD Bifet Boost 410 (current price in Finland:99 €) is a signal level booster, giving you up to a whopping 20 dB of amplification.

DOD Bifet Boost 410 – right 1

The booster sports two controls – one for volume and one for tone.

Over the last few years, the term “true bypass” has become the new marketing buzzword, bandied about frequently to “prove” one pedal’s superiority over another. In reality there’s no mystique attached to true bypass – it simply means that when the pedal is switched off the input is hardwired straight to the output, without passing through any of the effect’s circuitry. If a pedal’s manufacturer doesn’t state true bypass in the spec list, chances are the pedal in question has an internal buffer, which…

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Review: Hughes & Kettner Red Box 5

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Hughes & Kettner Red Box 5 – opener

Hughes & Kettner’s Red Box has been a runaway success, ever since the first version was introduced in the late Eighties.

The Red Box is a specialised DI-box for your guitar amp. Traditionally, DI-boxes are meant to transform the high impedance signal of an electric guitar (or bass) into a low impedance signal fit for direct connection to a recording (or PA) console.

The Red Box, on the other hand, is inserted between the amp’s speaker output and the speaker (cabinet). Hughes & Kettner’s analogue cabinet modelling then makes it possible to send the sound of a miked up guitar speaker to the mixing desk (or sound card) without having to actually put a microphone in front of the amp’s speaker.

Hughes & Kettner haven’t been resting on their laurels, though. They have updated and improved the Red Box every once in a while, with the most recent version being…

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Review: Änäkäinen Rumble 1 x 12

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Änäkäinen Rumble Cream – logo 2

Puuverstas Änäkäinen’s Rumble 1 x 12 -cabinet (prices in Finland start around 580 €) offers a few fresh ideas on how to come up with a cracking guitar tone.

The fathers of the Rumble-concept are cabinet maker Kari Änäkäinen (try saying: Curry ANNA-kay-nun), who is also gigging as a guitarist and bassist, and Kuusankoski’s very own tube amp guru, Triodipaja’s proprietor Lassi Ukkonen (LUSS-cee OO-cow-nun). The guys hit upon the basic idea for the Rumble cabinet, when Kari asked Lassi to calculate the correct cubic content for a lightweight bass cabinet he was building for himself. The bass cabinet turned out very well and set the duo on the path to coming up with the Rumble.

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Änäkäinen Rumble Cream – angle right

When it comes to the cosmetics of his Rumble cabinets, Kari Änäkäinen is a dyed-in-the-wool vintage fan.

Änäkäinen Rumble Cream – back angle

We received two different Rumble 1 x 12 cabinets for this…

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