Thursday, 15 September 2011

Digitech XP Series and the mysterious Jetpack

In other Digitech news, I have recently acquired a jetpack-modded Digitech XP-1000... it's amazing and definitely the most mental effects pedal I own (although the Shin Ei Companion Fuzz I got recently is a bit freakay)

Digitech, for the uninitiated, make pretty much universally-undesirable shite digital effects for guitar. There are a few anomalies though. The talker, their attempt at a vocoder, is awesome though and rightly scoured for on eBay by me and others. Also, they released a range of expression pedals prefixed by XP of which a couple are awesome. They failed commercially and they are now discontinued.

Firstly, the XP-100, also called the Whammy Wah, which is a slightly shitter version of their classic WH-1 Whammy pedal as used by Jack White, Tom Morello etc for those crazy dive bomb effects. This gives you the ability to pitch your signal up and down via an expression pedal, up to a range of two octaves. kewl.

Then, the best one, the XP-300, also know as the Space Station. This has crazy presets adding synth swells to your signal, the time warp delay presets (which can only be described as like someone doing drunken scratching of a record of your guitar playing), and other weird stuffs like bitcrushing, ring modulation, eerie resonant reverbs, sample and hold... Here's a demo of some guy who sounds like he's in a toilet doing a demo of all 40 presets. His trainers are well ugly:

There are also the Modulator and Reverberator pedals in the series, which are crap apart from the reverse reverb presets which are cooliamundo...

Anyway, the point of all this, is that there existed a legend in guitar nerd world, of a man, known only as jetpack, who could modify any XP series pedal so that it had ALL FOUR MODELS IN ONE, interchangable with a chicken-head knob that could be turned when the unit is powered down.

I had to have this pedal... and I managed to track jetpack down from a completed eBay auction. He actually no longer sells them on eBay and does them in incredibly limited quantities. Took a few months of negotiation, skip to the end, yesterday it finally arrived. I absolutely can't wait to reamp vocals, drums, synths through this thing... it's so so so so cool. Thanks jetpack!

1 comment:

  1. there is one for sale on UK gumtree