review: electroharmonix Small Stone (nano)

[I’ve been spending most of my idle-mind time messing with guitars n such, so when on the net, looking at websites related to that. This is why I haven’t been writing much here. Here is the first of reprinted reviews for products I have purchased in recent times.]

The thing that made me finally say ‘Yes, I will buy the nano small stone’, was Larry DeMarco demonstrating its sound on the EHX webiste. Go check it out–now, then come straight back. ( <a href=””>EHX</a>  -> go to effects, modulation, nano small stone. )
Larry is just a regular bloke like you or me. There’s is one point near the end of the clip where he grabs the tremolo bar that will bring on acid flashbacks even if you never had the stuff.

Eventhough I can’t play guitar very well, I really like the sounds they make, and what better way to mask bad playing than with a bunch of pedals? As Larry says, the Small Stone compliments many different rig set-ups and can add a really nice, scuzzy 70s sound to your playing.

This pedal also works great with keyboards. Just look at Frenchman, Jean Michel Jarre. Look at him ( <a href=””>JMJ</a> ). He relied heavily on the Small Stone when recording the top selling album, Oxygene, _in his kitchen_.

Simply put, when it comes to analog pedals Electroharmonix produce the best (affordable) options on the market, including the nano Small Stone.

If it was lost or stolen would I replace it? I’d definitely spend a lot of time looking around for where I might’ve lost it or whoever stole it.

happy cycling

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I realised it’s been a while since I put a picture up here of a saucy oriental dame, so here is one. It’s spilling out over the side of the blog, but to reduce the size of the picture any more would be to lessen the sauciness which just isn’t on.

The tour de france is on at the moment, although from where I’m sitting, you wouldn’t know it. I suppose I haven’t really tried, but there doesn’t seem to be much opportunity for us here to get a look at it. Apparently there’s almost none of the top names in there this year anyway. I was dragging myself (cycling) up a hill yesterday and got to thinking that maybe they should let all the druggies back in.

Pound on this

I happened to get my hands on some british pounds stirling the other day and noticed that they sported the likes of Charles Darwin and Adam Smith.
It’s true that Britain may not be able to win it’s way out of a paper bag competition these days, but in their time have produced some fairly gangsta kinds of gangsters. Darwin, literally the Godfather of science — and when I say godfather I mean the, “Godfather I have a stone I  my shoe” kind. Adam Smith is of the same calibre except swap science for capitalism. You can’t point to too many other people with a name as seemingly mundane as Adam Smith who still manage to evoke as much feeling as he does, and the feeling is usually _not good_.

Look at america  in comparison – they have people who were famous for not much more than being american. A kind of self-publicising, self-pumping-trumping kind of thing. Franklin; owned the company that employed a guy who tested out various filaments til he came across the right one that would work in a lightbulb. Franklin; an oldtimey version of Steve Jobs. Maybe america should get honest with itself and put steve jobs on one of its bills. And get popular and put Tony Hawke, pro-skater on another. Paris Hilton & Britney Spears together on the fi dollar.


I’m very tired but I feel like I should write here. I’ve recently been watching a lot of you-tube. I think I’m just starting to fully understand the implications of it. I have been watching people play guitars. It’s fascinating. Bedrooms. Facial expressions concentration. These countless anonymous (usually) white young men wailing on their axes, then sometimes talking about them.

In another leagues is watching famous people, in this instance talking about their Fender Jazzmasters. I don’t usually like to funk up the weblog with utoob windows, but as I said, the whole thing is being deliberated on by the committee. For the moment here’s a few.

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Elvis Costello — I’ve only ever been mildly interested in his music, but this interesting hearing of the randomness involved with how he ended up with a distinctive looking guitar. I could relate to how he had a guitar for ages that just wasn’t very comfortable, but didn’t know that much could be done about it. He seems like a pretty don-to-earth kind of guy.

Nb. Ask Elvis if he will be compare/interviewer for my ‘people talking about their guitars’ TV series.

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Next was J Mascis formerly of Dinosaur Jr. I always thought he was a wanker — don’t know why, just did. May have had something to do with the way he drawled the vocals in songs like Freak Scene, the only one I can remember.

However, I could relate to things that J was saying, like how he travelled hours to get to this guitar shop only to find that the one he had been saving up for ages for was actually 50 bucks more than he thought, so couldn’t get it. That happens to me all the time. J didn’t seem like a wanker at all.

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Next was Lee Ronaldo of Sonic Youth talking about his Fender Jazzmaster. Unlike the first two, there is no Ronaldo signiture model Jazzmaster. In the past I’ve quite the Sonic Youth fan but everything comes and goes. Having dozens of guitars with different alternate tunings is a very convenient way to get around not having to learn how to play guitar. Ronaldo seemed kind of pretentious.

The last one (not embeddable) is <a href=””>Johnny Marr</a> n’ his guitar. I never would’ve guessed it from those effector-driven razor licks from songs like ‘how soon is now’ but Johnny seems to be the ‘goofy but lovable’ type of person when I hear him talking about his kids and stickers from Wamart used to decorate his Jazzmaster.