Posts tagged ‘Bluetone’

21/05/2019

Nyt Rockway-blogissa: Viiden edullisten T-tyylisten kitaroiden katsaus

Rockway-juttu löytyy TÄSTÄ.

21/05/2019

Review: Bluetone Amps Fried Eye & Bugaboo distortion pedals

Finnish valve amp specialist Bluetone Custom Amplifiers has broken new ground by releasing a trio of handmade pedal effects, comprising a delay/reverb-unit, called Echoes, as well as two different preamp/distortion boxes, the Fried Eye and the Bugaboo.

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Bluetone’s Fried Eye Distortion (269 €) offers two high-quality effects in one box:

The boost circuit can be run separately from the pedal’s distortion side. It offers a considerable amount of boost (up to 12 dB), which is adjustable with the pedal’s Boost control.

But the Fried Eye Distortion’s main raison d’être is, of course, its comprehensive distortion section. The pedal’s distortion circuit is a solid-state version of the acclaimed Bluetone Fried Eye tube amplifier’s crunch channel. Its aim is to give you a wide range of Marshall-inspired crunch and distortion tones.

Bluetone’s Fried Eye Distortion pedal runs on nine to eighteen volts DC supplied by a PSU (not included) via a standard 2.1 mm plug (centre negative). A look under the hood reveals a large circuit board and clean and neat wiring.

Soundwise the Fried Eye pedal hits the bull’s-eye in my opinion, offering a wide range of Marshall-type tones from a light crunch to full blast. The effect’s three-band EQ works really well in tailoring the effects sound to your musical needs.

This short audio clip gives you an idea of the Fried Eye’s basic sound with the Gain control set to 12 o’clock. The first half showcases the distortion side on its own, with the boost kicking in for the second half. I used a Hamer USA Studio Custom with the bridge humbucker engaged. The clip was recorded direct off a Blackstar HT-1R’s speaker emulated output:

The Muse-inspired demo song shows you how the Fried Eye performs in a band mix. I used a Bluetone Shadows Jr. combo and a Shure SM57 to record all guitar tracks.

The demo features the following guitars:

• rhythm guitars – Hamer USA Studio Custom (left channel), Gibson Melody Maker SG (centre), Fender Stratocaster (right channel)

• reverse guitar – Gibson Melody Maker SG

• lead guitar – Hamer USA Studio Custom, Morley wah-wah

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The Bluetone Bugaboo Distortion pedal (249 €) is based on the company’s none-more-Metal Bugaboo valve amplifier’s crunch channel.

The Bugaboo is aimed more squarely at the Hard Rock- and Metal-crowd, offering much more gain and a lot more juicy compression than the Fried Eye pedal.

The wiring inside our review unit looks a bit less tidy, due to the long wires going from the circuit board to the pots and switches. I’d like to stress, though, that this specific pedal is a very early production model that has been superseded by a more compact version (but with completely identical specs and features) recently!

The Bugaboo-pedal, too, runs on nine to eighteen volts DC supplied by a PSU (not included) via a standard 2.1 mm plug (centre negative).

Bluetone’s Bugaboo does exactly what is says on the tin:

This pedal turns any amp into a fire breathing thing of beauty, offering plenty of gain. The three-band EQ has been bolstered by two very nifty mini-switches. Bite offers a presence boost that will help your guitar to cut through even the densest mix, while Tight helps you keep the bottom end from becoming too boomy.

This short audio clip gives you an idea of the Bugaboo’s basic sound with the Gain control set to 12 o’clock, Bite engaged and Tight turned off. I used a Hamer USA Studio Custom with the bridge humbucker engaged. The clip was recorded direct off a Blackstar HT-1R’s speaker emulated output:

The demo song shows you how the Bugaboo performs in a band mix. All guitar tracks were recorded direct off a Blackstar HT-1R’s speaker emulated output. The song contains the following guitar tracks:

• Rhythm guitars – Fender Stratocaster (left) & Gibson Melody Maker SG (right)

• Lead guitar – Hamer USA Studio Custom

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In my view, the clean, business-like look of the new Bluetone-pedals is a clear bonus, especially on stage. Sure, the Fried Eye and Bugaboo don’t sport any flashy paint jobs that scream ”Hey, man, I’m a weird boutique pedal”, but at least you can tell instantly what type of pedal you’re dealing with, and which knob (or switch) does what.

In terms of their sounds both units are winners, each offering a wide array of different shades of distortion, with the Fried Eye being a bit more ”Rock” and the Bugaboo a tad more ”Metal” in character. These are professional grade, handmade effect pedals at a fair price.Save

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13/05/2019

Edulliset T-tyyliset sähkökitarat tulossa Rockway-blogiin

• Vahvistin – Bluetone Shadows Jr.

• Mikrofoni – Shure SM57

• Klipit alkavat aina kaulamikrofonilla.

06/05/2019

Now on Soundcloud: Bluetone Fried Eye Distortion

Bluetone Fried Eye Distortion

• handcrafted in Finland

• distortion & boost

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Demo based on Muse’s song ”Supermassive Black Hole”

• rhythm guitars – Hamer USA Studio Custom (left channel), Gibson Melody Maker SG (centre), Fender Stratocaster (right channel)

• lead guitar – Hamer USA Studio Custom, Morley wah-wah

• reverse guitar – Gibson Melody Maker SG

• amp used – Bluetone Shadows Jr.

06/04/2019

Review: Raato Custom PenetRaatoR 6 Multiscale

Kitarablogi jumped at the opportunity to take a new Raato Custom Guitars PenetRaatoR Multiscale 6 for a spin.

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The PenetRaatoR 6 Multiscale (prices starting at 3,270 €; this guitar: 3,900 €) is a handcrafted electric solidbody guitar, which offers each string its own scale length. Here the bottom E-string has a scale length of 27.75 inches, while the treble e-string’s scale is 26.5 inches. A previous review explains the ideas behind multi-scale guitars in more detail.

I must say that I rather like Raato Guitar’s crossbreed of Gibson and B. C. Rich elements, which make for a stylish instrument. The body’s core is crafted from basswood, with an added pear back and figured maple top.

This model’s neck consists of three long strips of wood – a centre piece of hard rock maple flanked on both sides by sapele mahogany.

The PenetRaatoR sport’s a very strong bolt-on neck joint using six screws and washers.

The neck has received an oil-and-wax finish. The body, as well as the headstock’s facing, have been bleached and finished with a thin satin lacquer.

One of the custom options on this PenetRaatoR is Raato Custom Guitars’ Lichtenberg Figure process used on the body and headstock face.

Putting Lichtenberg figures into wood is a relatively dangerous procedure (”don’t try this at home”), in which an electrical current is carefully used to produce lightning-like burns in the wood. You can take a look at the process in this Raato Guitars VIDEO.

Mika Ruotsalainen has gone even a bit further by filling the figures on the front with a gorgeous mixture of blue resin and holo-glitter flakes.

The PenetRaatoR 6 Multiscale’s fretboard is made of African ebony, and it sports two octaves’ worth of expertly finished jumbo-sized frets.

This guitar comes with glow-in-the-dark side dots – and company logo – made of Luminlay.

Locking Hipshot Grip-Lock machine heads make sure you tuning stays spot on, even in the middle of Metal Mayhem.

The well designed hardtail bridge is also a Hipshot product.

This PenetRaatoR comes with a pair of Bare Knuckle Pickups’ Nailbomb humbuckers with ceramic magnets. You can already guess from the name that these pickups are meant for all types of Hard Rock and Metal genres.

The review guitar’s controls are spartan and to the point:

We find a three-way toggle pickup switch, as well as a master volume control with an integrated push/pull-switch for pickup splitting.

This is what a boutique class control cavity should look like. The soldering is clean as a whistle, and the electric shielding is thorough.

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Despite Raato Custom Guitars’ PenetRaatoR 6 Multiscale being a rather large electric guitar, its weight is surprisingly moderate. The instrument sits comfortably in the lap, proving equally well-balanced hanging on a strap.

This guitar’s lucky owner (thank you for the loan!) has chosen an asymmetrical neck profile for his own Raato guitar. The neck, which is thicker on the bass side, fits very nicely into my own hand.

The workmanship on this guitar is top notch throughout. Take the fretwork on the PenetRaatoR, for example, that makes this instrument very fast and easy to play. The owner requested his guitar be set up for drop-C tuning.

Played acoustically this Raato displays a fast and precise attack followed by long and smooth sustain.

Bare Knuckles’ considerable expertise in the field of pickup making is clearly evident in the Nailbombs’ sounds, which is couples merciless power with a high degree of musicality. Yes, these are high-octane pickups, but one-dimensional there not.

Here’s a clean audio clip that starts off with the split settings (neck, both, bridge), before switching to the full humbuckers:

The Raato PenetRaatoR 6 Multiscale has been crafted to rock hard, and rock it does indeed:

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It is very clear to me, judging by this review, that Raato Custom Guitars stands for top class workmanship combined with a fresh and fearless approach, when it comes to body shapes and different finishes. PenetRaatoR 6 Multiscale is a fine example of what a boutique grade modern Metal guitar can be.

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Raato Custom PenetRaatoR 6 Multiscale

Prices starting from 2,890 € (traditional scale) and 3,270 € (multiscale)

Reviewed guitar: 3,990 €

Contact: Raato Custom Guitars

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+ handmade in Finland

+ wide range of custom options available

+ workmanship

+ playability

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03/04/2019

Bluetone Bugaboo Distortion – now on SoundCloud

All guitar tracks recorded through a Blackstar HT-1R’s speaker-emulated output.

• Rhythm guitars – Fender Stratocaster (left) & Gibson Melody Maker SG (right)

• Lead guitar – Hamer USA Studio Custom

Handmade by Bluetone Custom Amplifiers.

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18/03/2019

Bluetone Bugaboo Pedal – testi tulossa – review coming soon

Info: Bluetone Custom Amplifiers

14/03/2019

Testipenkissä: Raato Custom PenetRaatoR 6 Multiscale

Kitarablogilla oli mahdollisuus testata Helsinki Tonefestilläkin esillä ollutta Raato Custom Guitars -mallia – kuusikielistä PenetRaatoR Multiscalea.

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PenetRaatoR 6 Multiscale (hinnat alk. 3.270 €; tämä soitin 3.900 €) on käsintehty sähkökitara, jossa jokaisella kielellä on oma mensuurin pituus. Basso-E:n mensuuri on 27,75 tuumaa, kun taas diskantti-e:n soiva pituus on 26,5 tuumaa. Multiscalen toimintaperiaatteesta voi lukea enemmän TÄÄLLÄ.

Raato Guitarsin risteytys Gibson Explorer- ja Flying V-malleista näyttää mielestäni todella tyylikkäältä. Rungon pääaines on lehmus, johon on lisätty päärynäpuusta tehty pohja, sekä loimuvaahterainen kansi.

Tämän mallin kaula on veistetty kolmesta pitkästä puupalasta – reunapalat ovat sapelimahonkia, kun taas kaulan keskeltä löytyy vaahteraa.

PenetRaatoRin vankka ruuviliitos on toteutettu kuudella ruuvilla ja alusprikalla.

Kaula on öljytty ja vahattu. Rungon puita, sekä viritinlavan etupuolia, on ensin valkaistu ja sitten viimeistelty ohuella mattalakkauksella.

Yksi tämän PenetRaatoRin erikoisvaihtoehdoista on Raato Custom Guitarsin Lichtenberg-sähköpolttaminen rungossa ja lavan etupuolessa.

Lichtenberg-viimeistely on suhteellisen vaarallinen prosessi (”don’t try this at home”), jossa puuhun poltetaan salamaa muistuttavia kuvioita sähkön avulla. Löydät Raato Guitarsin videon aiheesta TÄSSÄ.

Testikitarassa on täytetty rungon etupuolen Lichtenberg-kuvioit vielä erittäin kauniilla sinisellä hartsin ja hologlitterin sekoituksella.

PenetRaatoR 6 Multiscalen otelauta on afrikkalaista eebenpuuta, ja siihen on asennettu 24 jumbokokoista nauhaa.

Kitaran otemerkit – ja myös firman R-logo – on tehty Luminlay-materiaalista, joka hohtaa pimeässä.

Laadukkaat Hipshot Grip-Lock virittimet pitävät soittimen vireessä myös rankimmissa soittotilanteissa.

Hipshotin kiinteä multiscale-talla on tyylikäs valinta.

PenetRaatoRin humbuckerit ovat Bare Knuckle Pickupsin Nailbomb-mallit keraamisilla magneeteilla. Kuten jo mikkien nimestä voi päätellä, ovat nämä humbuckerit tarkoitettu juuri tällaiseen metallikitaraan.

Testikitaran elektroniikka on hyvin virtaviivainen – Raato-malli tulee toimeen kolmiasentoisella mikkikytkimellä, sekä master volumella, johon on lisätty nostokytkin humbuckerien puolittamista varten.

Tältä boutique-luokan elektroniikkalokeron pitää näyttää. Juotostyö on erittäin siistiä ja häiriösuojaus esimerkillistä.

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Raato Custom Guitarsin PenetRaatoR 6 Multiscale on hyvin kookas soitin, mutta sen paino on ilahduttavan maltillinen. Kitara istuu hyvin sylissä, ja se roikkuu myös rauhallisesti ja hyvässä tasapainossa hihnan varassa.

Kitaran tuleva omistaja (kiitos soittimen lainaamisesta!) on valinnut omaan Raato-kitaraan tuhdin ja epäsymmetrisen kaulaprofiilin (paksumpi bassokielten alla), joka istuu ainakin minuun käteeni erinomaisesti.

Työnjälki on kauttaaltaan erittäin siisti. Hyvänä esimerkkinä tästä voi pitää mm. PenetRaatoRin nauhatyö, joka tekee testikitaran soitosta hyvin vaivatonta ja nopeaa. Asiakkaan toiveesta kitara on säädetty Drop C -viritystä varten.

Akustisesti soitettuna löytyy Raadon soundista rutkasti potkua atakissa, sekä pitkä ja tasainen sustainvaihe.

Bare Knucklesin osaaminen tulee selvästi esille Nailbombien soinnissa, sillä humbuckereiden soundissa löytyy armottoman tehon lisäksi myös musikaalisuutta. Nämä mikit ovat tehokkaita, mutta ei missään nimessä yksitoikkoisia.

Tässä puhdas klippi, jossa soivat ensin puolitetut vaihtoehdot (kaula, molemmat, talla) ja sitten täydet humbuckerit:

Raato PenetRaatoR 6 Multiscale on kuitenkin tehty rokkaamaan kovasti ja vailla kompromisseja; ja sen se tekeekin mainiosti:

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Myös tämän testin perusteella voin sanoa hyvällä omatunnolla, että Raato Custom Guitarsissa yhdistyy vankka osaaminen soitinrakennuksessa ja taiteilijan näkemys sekä soittimen ulkomuodossa että viimeistelyssä. PenetRaatoR 6 Multiscale kuuluu mielestäni selvästi nykyaikaisten hevikitaroiden parhaimmistoon.

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Raato Custom PenetRaatoR 6 Multiscale

Hinnat alk. 2.890 € (perinteinen nauhoitus) ja 3.270 € (multiscale-nauhoitus)

Testisoittimen hinta: 3.990 €

Lisätiedot: Raato Custom Guitars

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+ käsintehty Suomessa

+ runsaasti custom-optioita

+ työnjälki

+ soitettavuus

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12/03/2019

The new Bluetone Plexi 10 demoed by Matti Vauhkonen

Bluetone’s own Matti Vaukhonen demoes the new Bluetone Plexi 10 head through a Bluetone 4 x 10 cabinet loaded with WGS Green Beret speakers.

BLUETONE PLEXI 10

• 10 watts maximum output

• 2 x 12AX7

• 4 x EL91

• two volume controls (Normal & Bright)

• 3-band EQ plus Presence control

• PPIMV master volume

• 3-step Output Power Control (OPC)

11/03/2019

Guitar Porn: Raato Custom PenetRaatoR 6 Multiscale

Raato Custom PenetRaatoR 6 Multiscale

• handcrafted in Finland
• multiscale: 26.5″–27.75″
• bolt-on neck – sapele/maple/sapele
• African ebony fingerboard
• 24 super jumbo frets
• Luminlay inlays
• body – basswood core with maple top and pear back
• Lichtenberg wood burning figures
• Hipshot hardware – locking tuners and hardtail bridge
• two Bare Knuckle Nailbomb humbuckers
• three-way toggle
• master volume with push/pull coil split

Contact: Raato Custom Guitars