Pedals… or… RIP My Fulltone Pedals

Sometimes it sucks having a conscience, but what’s a red head to do.

Look back through this page and you’ll read me singing the praises of a guitar pedal company called Fulltone. Also notice that you never see me singing the praises of a guitar pedal company called JHS, but that’s another story.

I own three Fulltone pedals. Two are OCD overdrives which are hands down the best higher gain overdrive pedals I’ve ever played. The third is a Clyde Deluxe Wah. I have been chemically dependent on wah pedals since the first time I heard “White Room” back when I was in Junior High School and I will go to my grave feeding that addiction. I’ve owned a bunch of wah pedals over the decades and the Clyde Deluxe is so much better than all of the others that there is no comparison.

Fulltone is a guy named Mike Fuller. Yesterday he posted some stuff about the Black Lives Matter protests that make me never want to touch any of his stuff again. I hate it when politics get in the way of something unrelated to politics, but I have to listen to my conscience because, unlike many of my fellow Americans, I like to think I’m a decent person.

Mike had it out with a guy who runs the “Fulltone Pedals” Facebook page yesterday and some screen shots were posted to reddit. I am going to try and post them here but I don’t know if reddit requires permissions to view their images without a login. If you can see it, cool. If not, oh well.

So I have an OCD on both boards. On the main board I will replace it with the Dan side of the Keeley D&M Drive. That circuit is based on the OCD and it sounds fantastic. I don’t know what I am going to do for the back up board. Is it time to buy a Rat? For the Clyde though…

I’ve never played anything that was even close to as good. I don’t know what I’m going to do about that. I’ll have to buy something. Wah pedals are like water to me, I can’t live without them for very long. I’m looking for suggestions. It’s research time.

Lights Out

Has there ever been a time when the President of the United States had to barricade himself inside of the White House out of fear of his fellow Americans?

https://nymag.com/intelligencer/2020/06/at-the-white-house-the-lights-were-off.html

Last night the fascist in chief did exactly that. Then today he had the nerve to tell a group of governors that they were weak. The pussy grabber hid from the scary mean people, but it’s the governors, who are actually trying to be leaders in these painfully difficult times, who are weak?

I swear, if that fascist were any more tone deaf his head would literally fall off of his shoulders.

We need to remove this prick. November can’t get here fast enough. If he had even a shred of human decency he’d resign tonight, leave the country, and never come back. It was confirmed earlier that he spoke to Putin. Maybe he was asking Putin if he could come stay at his place until things calmed down here.

They are never going to calm down here, cheeto. Not for you.

Another Night

Another night of violence on the streets of The United States.

I have never, and will never condone violence. Never, ever.

I’m afraid we’ve reached a point where there is no other way to affect change. I’m devastated that it’s come to Boston, but if this is the only way to affect change… Due to the luck of the gene pool draw I will never know how they feel or what they are going through, but I know they are in the right. Even though I believe violence is wrong, they are in the right. This is a nightmare.

The president was moved to a secure bunker last night. I never dreamed I would live in a time when protesters in the streets would cause the president to hide in a secure location and I wouldn’t be outraged by it.

I don’t know what to think. I don’t know what to do. I watched a bunch of live streams of protests in Boston and Washington last night and there was a crushing moment when two Periscope App users turned a corner and saw the national guard on the street. In Boston. Armed troops on the street in my city.

Now I’m hearing that there was a total media blackout (social and otherwise) in Washington last night starting at about 1:00am. What the hell is going on there? Why is the whole city blacked out?

I don’t know what to do, or think, or say, or feel.

I found a site that is accepting donations to help pay bail for people who are arrested during the protests. I will send a couple of bucks. If it turns out to be a scam I’ll do what I can to bury the fuckers, but I think it’s legit. I hope. We’ll see.

Be safe out there, please. Keep your masks on. Keep washing your hands. COVID-19 isn’t pausing because America is collapsing. Be safe and stay healthy.