Find instant inspiration in this collection of one-of-a-kind finds from years of searching thrift stores and pawn shops for tones unlike any other. The devices we profiled for this collection will suit your everyday needs as well as stand out when you need a unique sonic signature.
Nolan Rossi's Pawn Shop Finds Kemper profile pack. Find instant inspiration in this collection of one-of-a-kind finds from years of searching thrift stores and pawn shops for tones unlike any other. The devices we profiled for this collection will suit your everyday needs as well as stand out when you need a unique sonic signature.
I was driving in my parent's neighborhood and saw this old solid state mixer in someone's trash. Naturally, I turned around and had to get it home to see if it would work. 6 Channels. Each with gain, treble, and bass controls - and it worked! Well, kind of. If you want that vintage lo-fi direct guitar tone you hear on so many records - this thing has it. All the channels sounded pretty much the same, but Channel 6 had the real magic. Channel 4 was broken, but I loved how it farted out, so I included a profile for that channel as well.
One of my favorite pawn shop finds was this unmarked Valco amp. Pretty sure it’s a Supro, which is iconic for its tiny oblong internal speaker. The speaker on this one was actually ripped when I got it, but it adds the fire!
There’s a lot of mystery out there right now regarding the old B&H projectors. Different models, different mods, and when you actually can find one they can be really beat up. Mine came out of a high school AV dept. It needed a little love, but now it’s one of the first tones I reach for. You have a small collection of profiles here. Most are the projector going through a typical guitar speaker, but I’ve also included a few with the internal 4in speaker which sounds like the thing is about to implode.
I found this at a tiny music store in Ohio. It’s an old reel to reel recorder that was tube based. It’s not made for a guitar, but it compresses in a way that is unlike anything I’ve ever heard. It’s really great for dynamic playing, the high gain versions are really fun because of how much natural compression you hear.
This funky thrift store find is a cheap kids toy. It’s a short scale guitar with a built-in guitar amp. It sounds awesome for slide work, and anytime you want something completely out of the norm. The little internal speaker is so weird to try to capture so I did it a few different ways. I used a set of headphones, a cheap telephone style microphone, and a traditional 57 with tons of gain. I love each of these approaches for different reasons.
I’m really excited to share with you my collection of pawn shop finds! On a long tour, I would spend my downtime seeking out pawn shops and thrift stores, hoping to find some tonal treasure. After years of doing this, the result is a collection of gear unlike anything else. Broken amps, solid state mixers, tape decks - any old piece of gear can hold the magic of my next inspirational tone. The profiles in this collection reflect that. Sometimes familiar, often unexpected, but always unique - this collection of profiles will give you instant inspiration. It is unlike anything else!
When he picks up a guitar, you know that what’s coming will be inspired. His tone is as delicate as it is furious. You probably already listen to at least one of the artists that he’s shared the stage and studio with: All The Bright Lights, Johnnyswim, Jesus Culture, John Mark McMillan, Matt Redman, the list goes on. There is only one James Duke, and the "That's So James Duke" Helix Preset embodies his amp choices and his tonal approach. This preset works for Helix Floor & Stomp users.
Scottie has a unique two-amp setup that isn’t your typical, run of the mill stereo approach. We profiled his two favorite amps - yes, the ones you’ve heard on stage and countless records, and recreated his pedalboard in the Kemper effects section to give you access to the amazing variety of tones he creates.
Scottie Mills' tone is dialed in and timeless. You know him as the lead guitar player of Colony House, but Scottie has also been a session player in Nashville for years - sitting in with bands like Needtobreathe, Wilder Woods, and countless others. In this Helix preset, we broke down his unique pedalboard approach in meticulous detail, and we give you his creative two amp setup. It's the perfect harmony of throwback rock and modern detail.