January 28, 1992. I was playing in a country band called Canyon and our bass player, Joey Click, was from Oklahoma and knew someone who knew Steve Ripley, I think it was a mutual accountant. Anyway, calls were made and somehow we got on the meet and greet list for Van Halen when they played Reunion Arena.
It started with a conversation with a friend of mine about using amp names and changing the names and that whole thing. I posited that at some point it has to become kinda moot. I mean, really, we’re using Kempers instead of amps. We may be using a profile of X amp but it’s not really X amp.
I’d like to first say that I hope everyone is staying safe out there in these crazy times. I’m sure that life for everyone has been turned upside down a little as I know mine has. I was doing the math and realized that this is the longest span of being off the road since 1992.
First of all, I have to say I am pretty excited to be a small part of this tremendous community, and for Michael Britt to have me dial in some tones to help your musical journey is both humbling and daunting at the same time. It’s daunting because we wanted you to have great tone,
NAMM is coming up soon and I was reminded of a super awesome guitar player that I met there a couple of years ago. We chatted about tone and Kempers and guitars and man, what a nice dude! Rod Castro was also kind enough to spend a few hours with me when he passed through Nashville this year
I happened to be watching Saturday Night Live a few months ago and saw The Jonas Brothers perform. I will admit to not being super aware of their music but their new song was pretty cool and the band sounded really good. I looked up who the guitar player was because he seemed,
Recently, I sat down in my office with YouTube guitar instructor/player/educator/guru Brett Papa for a conversation about the Kemper and a demo of some of my favorite Kemper features:
I know, it’s taken me a while. I made a couple of runs at them. I first started with my original Helix preset pack and tried to pare the presets down but just felt they were somehow “less” than I wanted. Then I did a couple of shows in Dec-Jan using the big Helix.
I know, I know. I already have a ton of profiles, why do I need more? The honest answer: I don’t. But I have G.A.S. (Gear Acquisition Syndrome) and feel like there’s always room for improvement. So I’m always looking for something I don’t already have.
Today’s quick tip is how to store Stomps Presets. Think of the Stomps section as a basic pedalboard. If you’re accustomed to having a stock set of fx pedals that you use on a lot of rigs, it’s really quick and easy to save that whole section as a preset so you can add that whole stomps group to any rig you pull up very quickly.