As many of your will have seen, Warren performs on most of Produce Like A Pro’s channel performances. We have had some INCREDIBLY special guests including Louise Goffin, Steve Maggiora, Marc Martel, and lots more incredible musicians, artists and people.
As part of these performances, Warren uses a very specific yet simple guitar rig and, today, he shares his insights from both a musicianship and producer’s perspective.
Fender Tone Master Delux-Reverb
The Fender Tone Master Deluxe Reverb is a stunning facsimile of the timeless all-tube Deluxe Reverb, built using the latest in lightweight digital amplification and a premium neodymium Jensen speaker. Faithful modeling of the classic tube architecture gives the Tone Master all the headroom, output, and reactivity of the original at a massive weight savings — just 23 lbs. A solid pine cabinet further shaves off poundage. A 12″ Jensen N12K in the Tone Master delivers a massive, defined low end and a sweet top-end sparkle at a greatly reduced weight. Around back, a 5-way power attenuator transparently reduces wattage to let you achieve just the right tube-flavored cluck and breakup for any live and studio setting. You also get an XLR balanced output with your choice of flat-response or two onboard cab simulations for silent performance and recording.
Yamaha Revstar RSE20
Warren’s NEW love – the Revstar RSE20.
Yamaha’s Revstar Element RSE20 is an update of the original Revstar series of guitars, refined to offer improved comfort and even more striking visuals! This curvy double-cut’s lightweight chambered mahogany body is loaded with two Yamaha Alnico V humbuckers that deliver a versatile tonal palette with a rich midrange punch. Need a way to cut through a dense mix? Sweetwater guitarists find that the Revstar’s highpass “Dry” switch has much of the same articulation-boosting qualities of a good coil-split — but without any hum. If you’re looking for a high-performance, no-nonsense axe with explosive tones, rock-solid playability, and sleek modern aesthetics, you’ll be in your element with the Yamaha Revstar Element RSE20.
Carl Martin Echotone
The Carl Martin Echotone! 1200 milliseconds of vintage echo, foot-switchable Tap or Manual time settings, insert loop and switchable trail function at bypass. Imagine switching from a Manual time setting to a Tap time setting right at your feet, so you can play with your favourite slap-back echo on rhythm to a Tap (tempo) set echo for that massive lead or solo! Combine this with flavouring your echo by installing a chorus, flange or even distortion pedal in the insert loop, and the switchable trail function at bypass, and you have what our test players are calling ‘the best echo they have ever heard’!
The Nobels ODR-1 is not another green overdrive clone. In fact, it sounds nothing like the ubiquitous green stompbox. A cult classic among Nashville session players, the ODR-1 is a natural-sounding dirt box that fits sonically somewhere between the mythical transparent overdrive and the aforementioned mid-forward green pedal. This pedal boasts a 3-knob control set with Drive, Spectrum, and Level knobs. Drive and Level are self-explanatory; however, the Spectrum knob offers something different. Rather than operating as a typical tone control, Spectrum enables you to simultaneously dial in your bass and treble without affecting your mids. The result is extremely transparent, and it flatters any amp you plug the pedal into. You also get a bass-cut switch, a remote input jack, 18-volt power compatibility, and glow-in-the-dark knobs. With its ability to tackle light harmonic coloration, blues-like grit, and hard-rock crunch with equal aplomb, the Nobels ODR-1 Natural Overdrive is the secret to the coveted Nashville session sound.
The Fender Compugilist compressor/distortion pedal injects your playing with heightened sustain and satisfying grind in a way that’s sure to inspire. These two discrete, all-analog effects are independently switchable, so you can use them either by themselves or stacked. You also get a Bass Boost switch, which is a great way to fatten up thin-sounding single-coil pickups. Despite all this functionality, the Compugilist is a breeze to use, thanks to a straightforward control set. If you want the flexibility of having high-quality compression and distortion in one pedalboard-friendly chassis, plug into the Compugilist — it’s guaranteed to put a smile on your face.
Whether you’re chasing psychedelic Gilmour-ish textures, distorted EVH-style swooshes, or novel experimental soundscapes, the MXR Deep Phase is happy to oblige. This guitar effects pedal delivers the pronounced swirling, scooped mids, and vocal-like response of a 1970s-era phaser stompbox. With its ability to animatedly adapt to your playing intensity, it’s dynamic as all get out. And unlike vintage units, there’s no volume drop when you engage this effect. You dial in the Deep Phase with intuitive Speed and FDBK knobs; a Mode II switch toggles between a classic 4-stage mode and an ultra-animated 8-stage mode. Finally, the Deep Phase boasts a super-durable — and pedalboard-friendly — MXR mini housing.
EHX Clone Theory
Being a big fan of Joy Division, Warren came across the Clone Theory pedal by Electro-Harmonix. This re-creation of the original 1970’s Clone Theory is renowned for its very edgy chorus. Stereo outputs provide lush chorus and vibrato with a sparkling wash and liquid elegance.
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