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[4 Jul 2011 | Comments Off on Planet Waves SOS Tuner: LED Not Working | 7,721 views]
Planet Waves SOS Tuner: LED Not Working

I love these little Planet Waves SOS tuners. They call them SOS: Strobe On String and they work by pulsing two little LEDs at a particular frequency. You pluck a string and shine the light on it. If it’s out of tune, the pattern made by the light wobbles about. When the string is in tune, the pattern becomes stable. Easy peasy.
I’ve got a couple of these in my workshop as I frequently need to tune guitars (or even necks mounted on temporary—surrogate—bodies for refrets) with no pickups to plug …

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[7 Dec 2010 | Comments Off on Sanyo Bring The Juice – Battery Power For Your Effects | 7,341 views]
Sanyo Bring The Juice – Battery Power For Your Effects

So we all know that there’s never a 9V battery in your guitar case when you need it. Trailing sockets and extension leads do the trick but they do get in the way and there’s all those wall-warts and their associated knot of power cables to consider.
Sanyo reckon they have the answer. Pictured left* is the Pedal Juice (or KBC-9V3U Pedal Juice, to give it its catchy moniker). It’s a rechargeable, Lithium-Ion battery that provides 9V of clean, DC, power to your pedals. Neat.
Depending on use, it can supply up …

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[10 Oct 2009 | Comments Off on Batt-O-Meter Effects Pedal Battery Tester | 4,219 views]
Batt-O-Meter Effects Pedal Battery Tester

This is the Batt-O-Meter from Keith McMillen Instruments.
So what is it?
It’s a battery tester with an interesting twist.  It has a lead with a jack plug attached (they call it the ‘Power Probe’).  You just plug this into the input on your effects pedals and the Batt-O-Meter can report on the effect’s battery voltage and remaining life – even estimating how many hours of shredding you have left.
It also comes with a switch to more accurately measure between different battery types (alkaline, zinc-carbon and rechargeable).
All told, it’s a relatively clever …

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