J Rockett Effects Pedals
J Rockett Archer Ikon Klon Inspired Clean & Colour Boost Pedal
J Rockett Archer Ikon Klon Inspired Clean & Colour Boost Pedal The Gold Horsie One of the most revered guitar pedals of all time in the Klon Centaur. It is a drive pedal from the �90s which has appeared on the boards of some of the greatest guitar players in recent memory. It was built under fairly unremarkable circumstances, just to be a lovely overdrive pedal roughly simulating the character of a Fender Twin pushed into the sweet spot. The pedal quickly gained a lot of attention, however. It appeared on some very prestigious pedalboards played by some very important players, and almost instantly became an object of extreme desire for a lot of other guitar players worldwide. Its new found fame presented some interesting conundrums though. Firstly, all of the original pedals were built by hand in extremely limited numbers. This means that the pedals are, and always have been, extraordinarily hard to come by. Nowadays, since production stopped in the mid-noughties, the only way to get your hands on one is through the second-hand market where prices are sky high. Silver or Gold? The original, Centaur came in two colour options, silver and gold. Within each of these versions there were also �horsie� and �non-horsie� versions but that isn�t particularly important as far as we are concerned here. Both versions were produced at the same time, there wasn�t necessarily a predecessor or any tonal shifts between the two. There was a very minor, non-tonal tweak to the circuitry in 1995 but otherwise everything has remained consistent since the pedals initial launch. The Archer Ikon takes its aesthetic cues from the gold Centaur which is a particularly gorgeous example to pull inspiration from, it must be said. Internally the pedal sticks to what some would call the �early� or �original� tonality. It sticks to what�s unambiguously Klon. What�s Inside? The Archer Ikon is the first complete internal remake of the original gold Klon Centaur. The key ingredients inside the original Klon itself were tactfully covered in black goop so as to hide them from prying eyes. Once people had managed to de-goop a Klon to see the parts, there was another key hangup. This hangup came in the form of two mystery unmarked diodes. Through wizardry, or an eye watering amount of trial and error, J Rockett have managed to track down and install. This was the missing link for a long time but now the gap has been bridged by J Rockett. What�s the Difference Between the Archer and the Archer Ikon? Quite simply, the difference between the Archer and the Archer Ikon is their tonality. Obviously, aesthetically, one is silver and the other is gold, but the main difference worth considering is the tonal difference within. Much like the original Klons, which could vary ever so slightly in tone, J Rockett have created each Archer to provide really subtly different flavours of the same ice-cream. The first Archer (the standard silver one) is considered to be slightly on the brighter, barkier side of things. The gold Archer Ikon is slightly warmer and more compressed. The difference is subtle between the two but they both harken to existing Klon characteristics on either side of a small spectrum. The overall character of the Archer Ikon will be more genuine to the tone of the original early Klons. If you prefer slightly warmer, fuller overdrive, the Ikon is the way to go. The Golden Archer If you�re looking for the most authentic copy of a Klon out there, this is it. Every part has been scrupulously sourced and matched to that of the original Centaurs. By virtue of that fact, this is an incredible drive pedal with a fantastic buffer which will sound incredible in any scenario. Why Bonners? Here at Bonners Music you have the opportunity to try one of these great J Rockett effects pedals yourself. Just give us a call on 01323 636141 or better still, visit our showroom! If you can't see the J Rockett pedal listed that you are after just call 01323 636141 for availability and the best price.
J Rockett Archer Overdrive Boost Guitar Effects Pedal
J Rockett Archer Overdrive Boost Guitar Effects Pedal The Return of the Silver Horsie One of the most revered pedals of all time is undeniably the Klon Centaur. These pedals sprung to basically immediate prestige when they burst onto the scene in the �90s with a heavenly overdrive tone which provided the perfect balance between saturation and clarity, a tone which was previously unforeseen. One of the strings to the Klon�s bow was that it was one of the first overdrive pedals to offer what has come to be referred to as �transparent overdrive�. This means that the pedal drives your signal creating distortion without altering your core tone too drastically. The Klon was not completely �transparent� (especially in comparison to today�s transparent overdrives), but the tonal influence that it does have is pretty slight and totally sublime. In fact, many consider it to provide a tonal enhancement, giving you beautifully seasoned colouring without a major deviation in the character of your overall sound. The Centaur is an enigma and still to this day one of the most desired drive pedals ever to have existed. There is a problem with them though. The Klon Centaur was made by hand in extremely limited runs. Snapping one up at the time was no mean feat and it has only become more difficult (and expensive) as time has gone on. This overlap of supply and demand, along with driving resale prices through the roof, has led to a multitude of companies producing clones of the illustrious pedal. How To Capture a Mythical Beast By all accounts, creating a clone of the Klon was not an easy job. The designer of the Centaur, Bill Finnegan, took measures to coat the internal circuitry in a tar like goop which hides the circuit board from any prying eyes. This has led to a number of attempts by a number of brands to approximate the components and routing with varying levels of success. J Rockett�s effort, however, the Archer, is definitely one of the success stories and is widely regarded as one of the best versions of the Klon out there. The Archer Itself The Archer by J Rockett is hugely versatile and sensitive. When dialling it in, J Rockett says that you can think of it as having two personalities. With the gain at 0, the pedal functions as a brilliant clean boost. This can be used to stack in with other pedals, or just to go into the front of your amplifier, to add a little kick without also adding a bunch of dirt and miscellaneous frequencies which would muddy or overpower your tone. As you turn up the gain, the pedal will attenuate the clean tone. This leads to a lovely richness in its versatility. The gain control can be left at any point and you�ll always seem to land on some truly magical tones. It invites exploration and discovery in a way that very few overdrive pedals can. This mirrors the tonal bliss that the original Centaur became known for offering. Buffer Another of the key alluring details of the original Klon Centaur was, ironically, the influence the pedal had when it was turned off. Buffered pedals are quite a divisive thing. A lot of guitarists prefer to seek out true bypass pedals so that their tone is left completely clear and untouched when their pedals are off. With a string of true bypass pedals though, you�ll quickly find that you�re losing an unhealthy amount of high frequencies and volume. A buffer, in this scenario, is an essential tool to revitalise and reinvigorate your tone. Buffers come in all different flavours. A lot of people give them a bad rap because they are perceived to colour ones tone in an undesirable way, but the Klon never just offered any old buffer. It�s buffer has become a thing of legend in and of itself. It�s even regarded by many to offer a better through tone than just the guitar cable by itself. J Rockett has gone the whole hog and incorporated their interpretation of the Klon�s legendary buffer into the Archer as well. You�ll be able to experience the same gorgeous sweetness it lends your tone regardless of whether the pedal itself is on or off. Knock� Loose The Archer is a great way to achieve all of the glorious, mystical tones of the Klon Centaur. In fact, in many people�s opinion, it is one of the most accurate clones that money can buy. It is also a fantastic stand alone drive pedal in its own right. If you�re looking to add some saturation to your signal, enhancing all the right frequencies in all the right places whilst retaining your core tone, then this is one of the best pedals to look at. On or off, you�ll get that signature mythical sweetness that has been lusted after by many for decades. Why Bonners? Here at Bonners Music you have the opportunity to try one of these great J Rockett effects pedals yourself. Just give us a call on 01323 636141 or better still, visit our showroom! If you can't see the J Rockett pedal listed that you are after just call 01323 636141 for availability and the best price.
J Rockett Boing Classic Deluxe Spring Reverb Guitar Effects Pedal
J Rockett Boing Classic Deluxe Spring Reverb Guitar Effects Pedal How to Hold a Cathedral in Your Hands Reverb is a key ingredient in the recipe of most guitarists' tone. It is a gorgeous, near essential marinade in which to bathe your playing. It is the sound of an expanse of space giving your guitar room to breath, swell, and bloom. Traditionally, the way to generate this sound would have been to put your guitar amp in a Cathedral or a cave and record the result. This is a fairly impractical solution it must be said and severely limits the venues in which you�d be able to play live! To bring the majesty of reverberation to the masses, a few companies got to work and invented alternatives to simulate the huge expansive sound. One of the most popular techniques is spring reverb. With this method, a spring is stretched gently in a space with a transducer on one end and a pickup on the other. The sound passes through the spring slower than through the amp and each note decays as the spring calms down. This simulates the sound of playing in a large space in a really pretty, slightly metallic, slightly wobbly way. Pretty early on, Fender latched onto this technology and started housing it within their combo amplifiers from the early �60s. Surf�s Up! Fender amps, already illustrious and widely used, became even more prolific. The reverb tanks were first added into Fender�s �brownface� amps but are best known for being in the body of their �blackface� range. The addition of these reverb tanks in these combos helped make them an essential companion for a myriad of gigging musicians and studio producers alike. Critically though, the arrival of this technology coincided pretty much simultaneously with the arrival of the surf rock craze which swept America at that time. To hear the splash and flutter of a spring reverb tank in full force, listen to surf music from the early �60s. That�s spring reverb to the extreme. Surf music was not the only thing the spring reverb tanks in Fender�s amps were used for by any means. Amps like the Fender Twin, Deluxe Reverb, Super Reverb, and Princeton have been recorded more times than you can shake a stick at across an enormous range of genres. Their signature spring reverb flutter has become synonymous with blues, pop, and R&B music to name a few. This tone, the soft flutter that�s so desirable from amps like the Deluxe Reverb, is exactly what the Boing from J Rockett harnessed as its inspiration. Springful Springlessness Authentically emulating the character and response of a spring reverb tank is not an easy task. In a real tank, each note triggers a physical, analog reaction which is an incredibly difficult thing to approximate with circuitry. J Rockett have managed it in their Boing pedal though. All of the distinctive flutter and warble you�d expect to find in a classic Fender amp can be found inside this little metal box and there�s not a spring in sight. Simplicity The Boing is part of J Rockett�s tour range of pedals. The main ethos behind this range is simplicity and ease of use. The Boing encapsulates this brilliantly as it only features a solitary, central knob. This knob simply controls the amount of reverb. Everything from a subtle wash of resonance to full on Dick Dale surf splash is possible just by twisting that knob to the left or right. The spring effect is uncanny too. All of the flutter, splash, warble, and spank is present which, again, is not an easy task. Should You Spring for the Boing? If you want to add a Fender voiced spring reverb tank to any amp, this is the pedal for you. Spring reverb in general has a beautiful character which has a place in any style of guitar playing. At more subtle levels, the warbly, quirky twang subsides and the pedal simply provides a nice thickening wash of resonance. However, should you want it, bags of splashy twangle (which is a technical term) is readily available at the twist of a knob. Why Bonners? Here at Bonners Music you have the opportunity to try one of these great J Rockett effects pedals yourself. Just give us a call on 01323 636141 or better still, visit our showroom! If you can't see the J Rockett pedal listed that you are after just call 01323 636141 for availability and the best price.
J Rockett Lenny SRVs Dumble Steel string Singer Boost Pedal
J Rockett Lenny SRVs Dumble Steel string Singer Boost Pedal A Helpful Nudge Towards Ultimate Tone Naming a pedal after one of the most beautiful songs ever written sets it up for quite high expectations. The Lenny delivers on these wholeheartedly in a very sensible, refined manner. The Lenny is a clean boost pedal. It is modelled after the heavenly tone conjured by guitarists like Mr Stevie Ray Vaughan. In fact, Stevie Ray Vaughan�s stunning tone is the main influence in the Lenny�s DNA. Stevie, after he�d been noticed by a few key guitarists in the scene for his unbelievable skill on the guitar, started gaining access to some seriously nice equipment. He started using a select few amplifiers and pedals to really hone in on his ideal clean tone. Most guitarists agree that he nailed his search and a lot of the gear that he was using at that time has now become widely revered as the best of the best. One of most legendary components of his rig were his Dumble amplifiers. Chiefly among which would be the Dumble Steel String Singer. That�s the Stevie amp. There�s also only a handful of them around and to buy one would set you back hundreds of thousands of pounds. Capturing a Dumble The Lenny is a boost which adds a good amount of colour to your tone. The pedal is designed to boost the low-end punch of your tone whilst also providing some extra clarity and sparkle on the top end. It is designed to emulate the distinctive, stinging, powerful tone of the Steel String Singer in all of its glory. It can be used as either a gentle lift, or quite a powerful push depending on what job you�d like it to do. It�ll play well with other pedals as well as pushing an amp over the edge of distortion. Controls The Lenny is designed to be as easy to use as possible. There are just two controls on the face of the pedal, �boost� and �tone�. The boost control allows you to set the level of boost. Anything from a very slight tonal pinch with a slight lift through to quite a significant amount of lift and squeeze is possible through this control. The setting which works best will be dependent upon the guitar you're using, what pedals it is accompanied by, and what amplifier you are using. Regardless of all these parameters, there will be a position that the boost control can sit in order to really bring out the best of your gear and add that signature Dumble punch. The tone control sets the level of brightness present in the circuit. This is a powerful way, again, to set the pedal up to accommodate the environment around it. You can add sharpness and definition to humbucking pickups or some warmth and punch to single-coils all with this fairly unassuming control. A Place to Hang Your Hat For many gigging musicians, a clean boost is an essential tool in the building of their rig. Gain stages with varying amounts of strength are an essential way of building a versatile and expressive pedalboard. The Lenny from J Rockett provides you with a very versatile boost which can be subtle, or quite powerful. It�ll also provide you with the added benefit of quite a distinctive tonal character which will help to infuse some of the Dumble�s majesty into your rig no matter what you�re playing through. Why Bonners? Here at Bonners Music you have the opportunity to try one of these great J Rockett effects pedals yourself. Just give us a call on 01323 636141 or better still, visit our showroom! If you can't see the J Rockett pedal listed that you are after just call 01323 636141 for availability and the best price.