The guitar is a guitar player’s feather. However, we can forget about it – especially in the electric guitar world – but alone, this one just can’t function properly. Wires and cables as well as the pedals are essential to bring out the sound and feel of this wonderful multi-faceted instrument. Playing Steve Vai will not be the same as playing Buckethead or Petrucci, or even Tinsley Ellis, depending on the guitar used but also on the pedal it will be matched to to be able to resonate the desired effect.
Today, we bring you to focus on guitar and bass pedal, and more specifically on used instruments offered by the effects zone. Thanks to founder Anthony Alliod’s explanations, we’re fired up through this written interview, into the little cherry serving of these electrifying, badass cakes.
Let’s start at the beginning. Why did I want to focus specifically on the pedal, which is also used, rather than the electric guitar instrument as such?
I am a huge fan of music, especially rock. I always wanted to work in this sector but never had the opportunity to work as a musician. Between studies, life choices, etc., it’s complicated! After closing I wanted to develop an activity in line with my passion and professional skills.
I have long wanted to start a business in used equipment. In fact, there was not much competition except for very large companies such as Woodbrass or Thomann. Since I did everything with my own money, I realized that if I only focused on guitars, it would be complicated, not to mention the risks (breakage, manufacturing defects, etc).
Doing something about the pedals seemed to me more practical and, above all, responded to the current demand and craze in the flea market. These effects pedals often have beautiful designs that can be rolled out. Since its price is often lower than the gadget, it is more easily consumed and if you change your mind later, it is very easy to resell it. It is possible to start finding interesting products for about 70 euros used, which is not necessarily the case for guitars or bass. Volume level too. It’s much easier to stock a set of 20 pedals than 20 guitars! Of course, they can follow you for life, but that’s part of the reason I’m interested in pedals.
And to go back to what I said above, I’ve always hated the new home market. When you see that most new effect pedals cost €200 while you can find the same used model in excellent condition for €110, the choice is made quickly! So the machine was launched.
Why do you want to create the Effects Zone? What were your goals? And why this name?
I received a click during the first booking. I had just finished CDD, found myself with nothing and it was impossible to stay without doing anything specifically. So I decided to start Effects area But it was basically an exercise for the future.
What I initially intended to do was show companies what I could create and add value to my resume. Of course, I hoped it would keep working and I wanted to make a living out of it. I quickly set a sales target per month and got back to my old business school feedback (ROI & MarketingAnd the etc.).
As for the name, Zone of Effects, it was brought up during a long brainstorming session with my best friend (The effect area and thus the pedals: simple, elegant and efficient). In fact, it was the latter that helped me develop the first version of the site at that time. Unfortunately, things got a little complicated after that… that’s how it is!
Now let’s get to the heart of the matter. Can you explain to us what is a guitar pedal and what is a guitar pedal? I saw that you offer all genres, including rare ones.
In a simplified way, the effects pedal is used to modulate the original signal of your guitar or bass and thus to change the final sound. Impact pedals, there are many types. Transparency that will bring something more to your original sound but is also more extreme, which will drastically change the way you display your guitar and even turn your guitar into a totally Forbidden instrument! In fact, the pedal is said to be transparent when it doesn’t distort the basic sound of the guitar and amplifier. Let me take an example: You have a file Marshall JCM800 that you like, so you’re looking for a pedal to boost it up a bit but you don’t want it to look any different. So, you will get a transparent booster that will make it soar in the towers.
Correspondingly, we say that the pedal is colored, more “extreme”, while it really “distorts” the original signal. Basically, you have a very neutral subwoofer and you want to get close to a Vox AC30. Namely, there are colored pedals that will “copy” a file display Fox And jump! You will have a display near this amp. Effects pedals will above all allow you to enrich your sound palette, as if the painter had landed on the primary colors and decided to enrich them by making mixes. Here it is the same.
Even if it definitely means breaking a deep-rooted myth and frustrating a lot of people, I use very few pedals per day. Indeed because I am the only guitarist and percussion singer in my group, I only work on the accompaniment. So I especially need a good big bass but not a 1000 fancier, I leave that to the solo guitarist who uses 7/8 pedals! I would say you find effect pedals more in pop/rock than in metal. In metal, it is above all a good, well-burned subwoofer and subwoofer TS9 !
In general, can you give some advice for future scratchers who want to get started?
I’m not a professional musician and still have a lot to learn on my own so we’ll be back for advice. And most seriously, I think the most important thing above all else is having fun. I hate people who seek to force an X or Y vision of the tool. Everyone is free to advance at their own pace! There are still some inevitable rules to know and work on, but you have to love working out now. I think it should really remain a passion. And even if we have to go through sensitive moments of progress, we must always look further and think about the pleasure it will give us to successfully pass this course.
Regarding pedals, it is very difficult to answer. At the risk of disappointing the fundamentalists, I think it might be interesting for beginners to start with the simulation. Admittedly, the display won’t be like analog pedals but at least it will allow you to discover all the effects and their interactions, even if that means going to “real” afterwards. Simply because, the analog pedal is the “original” effect pedal. In the effects pedals there are components to give this or that width. In analog models, there are only analog components, such as transistors and diodes…but there are no “microprocessors” or other parts found in computers.
In general, analog pedals have a more faithful, warmer and therefore more “realistic” performance. But it is also more limited than its digital counterparts, even if there are also hybrid technologies that combine the two technologies.
What are the best-selling models and for what kind of musicians?
The models that I sell the most are saturation, followed by sarcasm distortion and the fluff. Guitarists are known to like to mistreat their cues. It’s hard to say who the biggest consumers are because they are often amateurs who want to have fun.
What pedal(s) and guitar(s) do you play? And what pieces can symbolize your career, your project?
Accurate question that article! I wandered a lot to be honest. The first pedal was a Fox Saturator… I bought it when I was 17, it was my first analog pedal and it was a real shock! Anyway, it was not expensive, and above all, I bought it at the same time with a file MXR stage 90 Who was wonderful. Now I’m using a file GE7 coach Modified from Msm Workshop, which I salute by the way. It’s a balancer pedal, it doesn’t produce any effect but it does allow you to tweak the frequencies of your guitar and this is the pedal that, in my opinion, 100% of guitarists should use.
To focus a bit on guitar frequencies, you should know that we are rather in the medium register. Guitar starts at a little – HP starts to work interestingly around 90 Hz – and ends up very high. But the most interesting frequencies in the guitar are in the mids and highs. After that, everything depends on the guitars: some like announcer It’s more generous at higher frequencies than others, but here’s a good rule of thumb.
For the style we do, I use a very old style BIG MUFF Stamped Made in the USSR For a very radical sound. For me, a good root sound is an amp orange I grew well and very fat. Next, I stick with a little extra velocity (more saturation flexible of distortion, which will drive your signal to distort it and increase the amp speed), to control it better. In this aspect, I use a file MXR Custom Shop II Diavolo And that’s it! Can I calculate my tuner in pedal format from CT ?
At home, I work a lot in pure voice with rStart Spring integrated on my RiveraI think it’s better to learn fair play.
At a guitar level, I started in 2008 and believe I owned at least fifty shovels. At the moment I mainly use 3 guitars: A Fender Signature Communications Director Brad Paisley, a Gibson Les Paul Special In P90 and old Epiphone Les Pauls From the mid 90’s which I totally modified which looks so good!
Finally, in terms of songs, I listen to many things. But if I had to pick 3 inspirational songs, I would say slow dance in burning room by John Mayer Africa by tutu and album Take off your pants and jacket From Blink-182.
As you’ll understand, the effects pedal is not just a simple guitar or bass accessory but a real continuation because without it, there couldn’t be a little extra “better taste” and that, the effects zone would have understood this. The Nice based company offers high quality second hand pedals for guitars and bass, ranging from reverb to saturation via modulation, a wide range of pedals that can satisfy any type of guitarist and guitarist. Now, today’s and tomorrow’s musicians, you know what you’re doing!
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Interview by Sarah Locklear
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