On A Deserted Island With Your Guitar – What Pedals Would You Want?

Picture this.  You suddenly find yourself stranded on a desert island with nothing but your guitar, amp and 5 guitar pedals.  Luckily, you have electricity to run your amp and enough nine volt batteries to last years.  Quite a scenario!  Well, let’s think of those five pedals you happen to have with you.  Which ones would you want?

Here are my choices:

BossDs11.  I’m definitely going to want some kind of overdrive/distortion pedal.  There are a lot of different ones out there but I think that in this scenario, I would want to go with something “trusty” and for that, there’s nothing like a Boss DS1.  This isn’t a place for more finicky boutique overdrive pedals, you need something that is gong to last with every stomp!

This delivers and it’s well under $100 too!  Click here to check it out.



MXRM169CarbonCopyAnalogDelay2.  The next thing that I will want is to add a bit of color to my tone and a well placed delay fits in quite well.  Just because I am all alone on an island, it doesn’t mean that my guitar tone should not have a bit of a more pro vibe and three dimensional quality!  My choice?   The MXR M169 Carbon Copy Analog Delay.

It’s reliable, built like a tank, simple to use, has a nice slick warm tone and decently priced!  Click here for more info.



Electro-HarmonixLBP13. I’m going to need some kind of boost pedal so that my lead tones can cut through the sound of waves crashing during one of those deserted island storms.

If you have been reading here for awhile, you probably already know my chouce because of my review here – the Electro-Harmonix LBP-1!  My favorite pedal ever and it’s less than $50 too!  Click here to get it!




DunlopCrybaby4. Just because you are stranded, it doesn’t mean that you cannot bring some kind of human quality to your tone (and possibly a little funk too!).  Kick it up with a bit of Wah!  And nothing is better than a Crybaby!

These things are solid, versatile and extremely simple to use.  Click here!



bossrc3loopstation5. So you are all alone and need someone to jam with?  Since you don’t have anyone with you, a looper pedal may be the next best thing.  My choice here is the Boss RC-3 Loop Station Pedal.

It will record up to three hours of loops in true stereo so you can jam away and keep on jamming!  Lay down a track on the fly, stomp and then jam away with that track!  Click here to check it out!




Tell us what you would choose in the comments!

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Do You Know How To Do A Proper Guitar Set Up?

I had been playing guitar for almost 20 years before I really sat down and figured out everything I needed to know in doing a proper guitar set up.  Intonation, neck and truss rod adjustments, setting up the action on the fingerboard, trem set up and all that stuff.  I always just took my guitars into the local shop and had it done for me.

That’s all fine and good but after 19 years, I figured that it was time.

The first thing I did was did some looking into what tools and supplies I would need to get started.  I settled on the Gigmate Guitar Tool Kit because it was not only fairly reasonable priced at less than $30, it had all the tools I would need, but it had some great reviews too!  It also has this cool “Trem Poker” tool to help get strings out of your trem when/if they get stuck while changing strings (i don’t know about you but I have had problems where the ball end of a string gets stuck in there and can be a pain to get free – this tool is great for this!)

Click here to check it out!

The next thing I needed were some gauges.  This is what I picked up:

1. String action gauge:   Estone String Action Gauge Ruler Guide Setup Guitar Measuring Fork Bass Luthier Tool

Click here to check it out!

2. Radius Gauges (set of 9):

Click here to check it out!

3. Guitar Neck Straight Edge

Click here to check it out!

One thing that I haven’t purchased yet but it is on my list is a mat for doing the work – one of the ones that holds that guitars neck up so that it is easy to work on:

Click here to check it out!

But this Planet Waves Guitar Headstand, which is just a prop for your neck is a helluva lot cheaper so I might go with it instead:

Click here to check it out!

Finally, I had to teach myself how to actually do it. Well, I did some searching online looking for free resources and there are some good ones out there. However, I wanted something that offered a little more. I ended up finding the Learn & Master Guitar Setup And Maintenance 3-Dvd Set which ended up being a little pricey but definitely worth it considering it is going to cost you about the same amount just to get your set up done at your local shop.

Click here to check it out!

This Kid Can Shred! Cover of Racer X “Scarified”

An eight your old from Japan that goes by the name of Li-sa-X has a sweet video that is making the rounds over the internet today. Take a look!

Is This The Holy Grail Of Guitars?

I read an article earlier today talking about a very rare Martin OM-45 guitar that is coming up for auction at Guernsey’s Auctions.

I took a look at the auction page and I have to say that there are some interesting guitars there including many old Gibsons, Martins, and more.

John Frusciante’s Gear – A Lot More Than I Expected!

I recently came across a recent article on Premier Guitar that interviews John Frusciante. Excellent interview but it also gives quite a list of his current gear. HNGD has decided to get a bit more indepth and give you all a run down of this gear.

Take a listen to one of his most recent video releases:

The Guitars.

Take a look at the guitars that John uses and some demos on Youtube for them. Only one Strat? Interesting!

1. Yamaha SG2000s

2. Yamaha SG1500s

3. Ibanez Artist

4. Fender Bass VI

5. ’62 Sunburst Stratocaster

The Amp.

Marshall Jubilee

Other Effects and Gear. Some cool electro stuff here that I didn’t expect.

1. Roland MC-202
2. Roland 100-M
3. Roland TR-606
4. Roland GR-500
5. Roland GR-300
6. Tap Audio modular synthesizer
7. Synton Fenix modular synthesizer
8. Elektron Monomachine
9. Various vintage drum machines
10. Four Mackie mixers
11. Neve console
12. Electro-Harmonix Stereo Electric Mistress flanger/chorus
13. Pyramid light-guage strings
14. Dunlop Tortex picks .60 mm