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Musical Instrument Discussion => Guitar Effects => Topic started by: DannyDV8 on April 18, 2015, 09:11:40 pm

Title: Walrus Voyager Overdrive
Post by: DannyDV8 on April 18, 2015, 09:11:40 pm
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zo5E2tZHgfU (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zo5E2tZHgfU)

Traded in my TC Electronic Mojo Mojo for a killer deal on one of these!  I could get good sounds to come out of the Mojo pedal, but it wanted to be stroked, with four knobs and a toggle switch it was kind of hard to dial in.  This is a better sounding unit, with the simplicity of three knobs, Volume, Tone, and Gain.  What really sets it apart from the Mojo is I can't get any bad sounds to come out of this one!
Title: Re: Walrus Voyager Overdrive
Post by: KenBJammen on April 19, 2015, 07:42:03 pm
Walrus makes some killer stuff.  TC does way better with delay/modulation and has ok overdrive (better than Boss crap, but hell, everything is better than boss)
Title: Re: Walrus Voyager Overdrive
Post by: DannyDV8 on April 19, 2015, 08:14:26 pm
The Walrus is very transparent, not a lot of hiss, and just has a more realistic sound.  You can use it to make you amp sound like you wish it sounded on it's own.
Title: Re: Walrus Voyager Overdrive
Post by: KenBJammen on April 20, 2015, 12:35:04 am
Good players know how to use effects, great players know how to control their tone and their effects.
Title: Re: Walrus Voyager Overdrive
Post by: DannyDV8 on April 20, 2015, 02:38:43 am
Having the right effects is a lot of the battle.
Title: Re: Walrus Voyager Overdrive
Post by: KenBJammen on April 20, 2015, 01:22:37 pm
Having the right effects is a lot of the battle.

This is also true.
Title: Re: Walrus Voyager Overdrive
Post by: DannyDV8 on April 20, 2015, 02:34:14 pm
If I become a great player that should straighten out my tone issues?
Title: Re: Walrus Voyager Overdrive
Post by: RichR on April 20, 2015, 03:53:45 pm
Congrats on the new OD.  Haven't heard of Walrus before. 

I am still real happy with the Ethos.  Like you said, makes my amp sound the way I want it to sound.  Nice organic progression from clean to a little break up, to OD.

Went to a jam Saturday night and played through a kind of odd rig.  Amp was a Quilter Tone Block into a 12" speaker.  Pedalboard had a switchbox with all fx in/out through the switchbox.  Had some kind of tubescreamer clone OD in play.    Really want to find a Solid State rig I can love.  But I didn't love this one.  Maybe the way he had it dialed in.  Sounded OK, when I listened to him play his 335 through it.  Just seemed "boxy", sterile.   Still think I could probably put my pedalboard in front of a tone block and get a good sound out of it.  But these days, I just take a guitar, when going to a jam.  I think its good exercise to play on whatever rig is there, and rely more on feel, melody, technique.    But sometimes it is a battle, dealing with tone/sustain/volume/mojo issues from a strange rig.

Title: Re: Walrus Voyager Overdrive
Post by: DannyDV8 on April 20, 2015, 06:08:08 pm
Good luck finding a solid state amp you can "love".  I've never been able to find one I even like!
Title: Re: Walrus Voyager Overdrive
Post by: DannyDV8 on April 29, 2015, 08:07:19 pm
Well, the verdict is in!  The Walrus Voyager is easily the best pedal on my board.  No hiss or feedback, even when all the knobs are pinned, killer tone, sounds like an overdrive instead of a slightly tame fuzz box, easy to dial in, does a killer job of driving the other ODs and the distortion on my board, and it sounds killer with my JK-1 driving it!  I'm already looking to replace the MXR Classic Distortion I have after the Voyager with a Walrus Audio Mayflower.  If any of you have a used Mayflower you're looking to sell, I'm the man to meet!
Title: Re: Walrus Voyager Overdrive
Post by: RichR on April 29, 2015, 08:58:42 pm
Well, the verdict is in!  The Walrus Voyager is easily the best pedal on my board.  No hiss or feedback, even when all the knobs are pinned, killer tone, sounds like an overdrive instead of a slightly tame fuzz box, easy to dial in, does a killer job of driving the other ODs and the distortion on my board, and it sounds killer with my JK-1 driving it!  I'm already looking to replace the MXR Classic Distortion I have after the Voyager with a Walrus Audio Mayflower.  If any of you have a used Mayflower you're looking to sell, I'm the man to meet!

Have to check out Walrus stuff.  Never heard of them, till recently.  I just saw one of those FB posts about someone getting their van broken into and gear stolen.  The guy's (stolen) pedalboard had a couple of Walrus pedals on it.
Title: Re: Walrus Voyager Overdrive
Post by: BH on April 30, 2015, 02:42:43 am
Mentioning the JK  1 .  Jeremy and his wife have fallen off the earth !  Even though him and his wife were the age of my children , we were friends and i have heard nothing from him in a few years. I hope life has been kind to them.  he has no internet presence anymore.
Title: Re: Walrus Voyager Overdrive
Post by: DannyDV8 on April 30, 2015, 10:49:07 am
I used the pedal with a band tonight for the first time.  As much as I liked it before, I like it way better than that now!
Title: Re: Walrus Voyager Overdrive
Post by: RichR on April 30, 2015, 04:38:02 pm
I used the pedal with a band tonight for the first time.  As much as I liked it before, I like it way better than that now!

That is always the test!  Seen lots of stuff that seemed like a good idea in the bedroom, or the studio, that just doesn't work with a live band.
Title: Re: Walrus Voyager Overdrive
Post by: KenBJammen on April 30, 2015, 05:02:01 pm
Gave my JK-1 to a nationally touring group for exposure.  He has vanished. 
Title: Re: Walrus Voyager Overdrive
Post by: DannyDV8 on April 30, 2015, 05:35:08 pm
Just as I had imagined, the JK-1 was the perfect vehicle to drive the voyager pedal.  I was using the voyager alone and then kicking in the JK-1 for the solos.  Tone like you wouldn't believe!  Between them and the Firebird, I was free to focus on my playing, and not having to focus on my equipment at all.  It will be next month before I can order the Walrus Mayflower, but I'm hoping to give some of my MXR stuff the boot, and make room on the4 board for other stuff.  Another cool thing about the Walrus is no hiss when you aren't playing.  It's a really quiet pedal as far as unwanted noise.  One sad note however, Walrus has discontinued both the Mayflower and the voyager and expanding their line to become more commercially viable at the expense of no longer producing hand made pedals.  It's the same old story, a company builds a better mouse trap, and then when it catches on instead of leaving it alone, they always decide that they could make a lot more money cutting corners and sacrificing quality!  On the up-side, that will make the existing pedals a lot more collectable, and the price of used ones will shoot up. That doesn't matter much to me, I'm sure I won't be wanting to get rid of mine in the foreseeable future.
Title: Re: Walrus Voyager Overdrive
Post by: BH on May 01, 2015, 01:26:42 pm
I called Jeremy yesterday ,no answer but later in the day he called me back.  He is still at the same music store ,repairing and modding guitars. He lives so far out he can't even get a cell ph signal and has  no internet. He did mention when he gets a chance he would check in here.
Title: Re: Walrus Voyager Overdrive
Post by: JKennemur on May 01, 2015, 01:45:28 pm
Hey guys! I'm still ALIVE AND WELL! I talked to BH yesterday and thought I should drop in.

I still live out in the middle of nowhere, which I love. Been flying solo for almost two years now. I've been brushing up on my drum skills. A friend gave me an old set of '70s Tama Imperialstars with CONCERT TOMS! 14,15,16,18 and 24" kick drum. They are HUGE! First drum kit I've owned in 20 years, so I'm having a lot of fun with those. Still doing some pedal mods and building. I have a fuzz design that I'm doing, based on a Fuzz Face, with some tone tweaks and added controls for bias and low cut. Doing germanium and silicon versions of those on (built on eyeletboard like an old amp!). I have learned to do swirl finishes (I'll post some pics when I get a chance!) so the fuzzes look legitimately psychedelic! I haven't recorded anything of my own in a long time, so you guys haven't missed anything there, but I do some guitar work at a friend's studio from time to time.

OH! I almost forgot to mention that Joe Bonamassa paid us a visit when he was in town back in December! He bought a '52 (or thereabouts) Fender Dual Professional lap steel and a MINTY, MINTY '65 Champ. From Joe's Twitter feed:

Just finished stringing this ole girl!!
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/B4j-qdZIMAAX93c.jpg:med)

Day Off: Partying like its 1965
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/B42BCzHCAAAysr0.jpg:med)

I'm glad to report that he's a totally down to earth gear nerd just like the rest of us!

I'll try to check back in and post some pics later.
Title: Re: Walrus Voyager Overdrive
Post by: DannyDV8 on May 01, 2015, 02:36:41 pm
HI ya Jeremy!!!!!!!!  Good to hear from you!  If at all possible, I would love to get a true bypass switch put in my JK-1.  When you did mine you hadn't quite wired that dealio down yet.  I'd be glad to pay whatever the damages were.  That thing is still an integral part of my board though I've changed almost everything else!  That's a pretty hard little pedal to beat!  Glad to hear you are doing well and happy!  Don't be such a stranger!  God Bless........
Title: Re: Walrus Voyager Overdrive
Post by: RichR on May 01, 2015, 04:39:13 pm
Great to hear from you Jeremy!
Title: Re: Walrus Voyager Overdrive
Post by: JKennemur on May 01, 2015, 07:26:38 pm
HI ya Jeremy!!!!!!!!  Good to hear from you!  If at all possible, I would love to get a true bypass switch put in my JK-1.  When you did mine you hadn't quite wired that dealio down yet.  I'd be glad to pay whatever the damages were.  That thing is still an integral part of my board though I've changed almost everything else!  That's a pretty hard little pedal to beat!  Glad to hear you are doing well and happy!  Don't be such a stranger!  God Bless........

PM Sent!
Title: Re: Walrus Voyager Overdrive
Post by: JKennemur on May 01, 2015, 07:56:09 pm
Here's some of my fancy lookin' piddles!

(https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8708/17145312359_9351069bb1_m.jpg)

(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7707/16709067304_4dda4e290d_m.jpg)

(https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8800/17145294019_d7ef695246_m.jpg>)

(https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8734/17143978380_c6b2ea163e_m.jpg)

(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7726/17331149811_89c3613723_m.jpg)

No Ken, I haven't done a guitar body yet.......I know your thinkin' it.......
Title: Re: Walrus Voyager Overdrive
Post by: DannyDV8 on May 01, 2015, 08:49:57 pm
That's what I was gonna ask...
Title: Re: Walrus Voyager Overdrive
Post by: RichR on May 02, 2015, 02:13:42 pm
Wow!  Digging the paint!
Title: Re: Walrus Voyager Overdrive
Post by: BH on May 02, 2015, 04:21:00 pm
That's what I was gonna ask...

You couldn't have a guitar painted like that, It would clash with your tie dye T shirt !
Title: Re: Walrus Voyager Overdrive
Post by: DannyDV8 on May 02, 2015, 06:38:14 pm
Hell!  That's the whole idea, isn't it?
Title: Re: Walrus Voyager Overdrive
Post by: BH on May 03, 2015, 04:48:39 pm
Hell!  That's the whole idea, isn't it?

Yea ,you could pull it off if you were wearing your skinny jeans  :blink:
Title: Re: Walrus Voyager Overdrive
Post by: DannyDV8 on May 03, 2015, 08:07:23 pm
These days all my jeans look skinny, I dropped about 40 Lbs.
Title: Re: Walrus Voyager Overdrive
Post by: BH on May 04, 2015, 02:18:58 am
These days all my jeans look skinny, I dropped about 40 Lbs.

I picked up at least 1/2 of it.I hit 205 last week. My wife put me on a diet. Ate at the house all week.

At least you got a good reason to eat whatever you want. Start with a couple of large deluxe pizzas and a pitcher of beer and stop off for some ice cream.
Title: Re: Walrus Voyager Overdrive
Post by: DannyDV8 on May 04, 2015, 05:18:22 am
I haven't had a drink in at least two months, maybe three.  Meanwhile, Bet his on a diet, so she's been feeding me healthy stuff.  I lost the weight before Linda passed, but it started trying to creep back up over the winter.  I recently dropped 15 of the 20 Lbs I gained, and I'm still losing weight.
Title: Re: Walrus Voyager Overdrive
Post by: BH on May 04, 2015, 01:47:31 pm
Unexplained weight loss is not good. You should really try to put on some #'s.  When I was like 21 and still very active in sports, I weighed 180 and could go indefinitely by the time I reached my mid 20's ,I was at 205 and hitting happy hour every day with no interest in sports only chasing skirts.

In the early 90's , I put myself on a diet and went from 220 to 165. I took it a bit to the extreme and did not exercise which resulted in muscle loss. People thought I had aids. My body felt great @ 165 , it felt like it did when I was a kid.  I took a lot of flack from friends and family and put the weight back on.
 
i have been doing moderate weight lifting for over 2 years now , Im still fat in the middle but have gotten rid of my old man skinny legs and no ass syndrome. I also built up my chest ,shoulders and arms. Sometime in the future I will work on the middle. i finally came to the realization there is nothing more important thing I can do for myself than to exercise regularly. 
Title: Re: Walrus Voyager Overdrive
Post by: RichR on May 04, 2015, 03:12:54 pm
I haven't had a drink in at least two months, maybe three.  Meanwhile, Bet his on a diet, so she's been feeding me healthy stuff.  I lost the weight before Linda passed, but it started trying to creep back up over the winter.  I recently dropped 15 of the 20 Lbs I gained, and I'm still losing weight.

I've been experimenting with booze abstinence for a couple weeks, and have been losing weight, almost accidentally.  I guess just from cutting out a couple 100-200 calories a day.  I've never been a heavy drinker.  But having 1 or 2 had become an almost daily thing.  For as little as I drink, I've had way too many bad "day afters":  Tension/neck headaches, brain fog, lethargy, BP spikes.

Weight loss was a bit of a surprise.  I do remember a very heavy-drinking friend of mine going on a strict diet and losing 80 pounds.  Rule 1 was 'no alcohol', and he stuck to it.  Once he started drinking again (med-heavy), the weight came back.

Some people have or develop alcohol sensitivity or allergies.  And I almost never get anything good or fun from drinking.  Just groggy and foggy.  Maybe just the way I'm wired.

I've been working hard to control my blood pressure without meds.  And what really got me started on this was the question:  What if going 'dry' would help lower my BP?  Answer:  I would give it up in a heartbeat!  Not really that attached to it.

I don't expect to totally avoid alcohol, forever.  But, I am liking booze abstinence.  I didn't think I drank enough to matter, but my mental clarity has been better.   Better at getting things done.  Sleeping better.   Some physical ailments seem to be improving.  Mostly going to be more conscious of when and why I would decide to have a drink/wine/beer.  Which could be almost never!
Title: Re: Walrus Voyager Overdrive
Post by: DannyDV8 on May 04, 2015, 05:03:17 pm
I've actually been trying to lose the weight, so no problem there.  I haven't had the yen to drink in a while.  When Linda was sick I had to e on top of my game, so I didn't drink for the most part for quite a while.  Afterward I figured the last thing I needed to do was to try and drown my sorrows, no good was going to come from that.  Now if I could just lose the urge to smoke......
Title: Re: Walrus Voyager Overdrive
Post by: RichR on May 04, 2015, 06:25:32 pm
I've actually been trying to lose the weight, so no problem there.  I haven't had the yen to drink in a while.  When Linda was sick I had to e on top of my game, so I didn't drink for the most part for quite a while.  Afterward I figured the last thing I needed to do was to try and drown my sorrows, no good was going to come from that.  Now if I could just lose the urge to smoke......

Good on ya!  The stuff you've been through would have broke a lot of former drinkers.  I gave up the cigs 29 years ago, age 30.  Had brought my first baby home, and just couldn't raise him in a smokey house (no one went outside to smoke in those days!), in smokey cars,  with an example of smoking parents.  I saw him react to my second hand smoke once, and it grew into 'this changes now.'  My wife quit about a year later.

Hope you find your way off the cigs!  I have never regretted it.

Title: Re: Walrus Voyager Overdrive
Post by: DannyDV8 on May 04, 2015, 06:44:11 pm
I managed to quit from July to late November and it messed with me the whole time like a scene out of "The Man With The Golden Arm".  I finally caved in around December, and now I'm smoking more than ever and enjoying it way less.....Meanwhile, I'm pretty sure that the reason I failed was that I was using the patch, and vaping, so the nicotine never left my body.  I quit when Kris and I got together in '93, but I did it cold turkey.  It was rough for a few days, and every now and then I would get the urge to smoke, but I had it whipped.  When Kris wound up with bone cancer and passed away, I started smoking again in as much as I had quit for her, not so much for myself.  When I'm ready to put my toes out and cowboy up, I'll go cold turkey again.  Anything else and you're still keeping the monkey on your back, you're just not feeding him as much!
Title: Re: Walrus Voyager Overdrive
Post by: BH on May 05, 2015, 12:37:48 am
Nicotine is the toughest addiction I ever kicked. I have been off cigs since 92. Prior to quitting in 92, I never smoked over 3 years consecutively, I had quit for  1 year, 2 years, 3 years and every increment in between.

The easiest way for me to break bond was intense exercise,lots of water and a steam room.

I could still smoke a Kool Filter King and enjoy it . If the doc ever gives me the terminal diagnosis, Im a smokin MF !
Title: Re: Walrus Voyager Overdrive
Post by: DannyDV8 on May 05, 2015, 02:49:05 am
I was very bitten when Kris died.  She was an athlete, she didn't smoke, I never saw her have more than two drinks, she really took care of herself and played half a dozen sports a week.  When she died in my arms of the most horrible death I've ever seen, multiple myeloma, I figured I need a smoke and a whole lot of drinks, and I was hooked again.
Title: Re: Walrus Voyager Overdrive
Post by: BH on May 05, 2015, 03:37:32 am
Hey Rich !  Speaking of smoking parents. My mom was 18 and my dad wad 19 when they had me. If it weren't for great grand parents I would have wound up in federal penitentiary.   

I remember being in the back seat of our 55 Ford  sick as hell from their smoke , complaining and being told to shut up . When my dad caught me smoking as a kid ,he beat hell out of me. people are crazy , he should have known I was already addicted from 2nd hand smoke.
Title: Re: Walrus Voyager Overdrive
Post by: DannyDV8 on May 05, 2015, 10:04:37 am
My folks smoked 4 packs a day EACH!
Title: Re: Walrus Voyager Overdrive
Post by: RichR on May 05, 2015, 03:20:25 pm
Hey Rich !  Speaking of smoking parents. My mom was 18 and my dad wad 19 when they had me. If it weren't for great grand parents I would have wound up in federal penitentiary.   

I remember being in the back seat of our 55 Ford  sick as hell from their smoke , complaining and being told to shut up . When my dad caught me smoking as a kid ,he beat hell out of me. people are crazy , he should have known I was already addicted from 2nd hand smoke.

My Mom was 15 and my Dad was 20.  They stepped up and became parents (6 kids across 10 years).  My Mom ended up pregnant about every year and a half.  People used to ask me if we were Catholic.  I didn't know what the hell they were talking about.  My Mom became a Grandma at 35.  I was the oldest, and it wasn't from me.  One of my younger sisters; actually #3.

The always smoked.  I was born in '55.  Growing up in the 60s, everyone smoked.  And they smoked anywhere they wanted.  I remember people walking around the grocery store with a cig in their mouth, ashes fall to the floor, snub the butt out on the floor.  Even most non-smokers kept ashtrays out for their friends.  We had a 57 Chevy.  I remember piling into that thing, both parents light up, with the windows up if it was cold.   I used to complain too!  It was really bad.   When I complained, they might crack the window a bit, or open the wing window.

The first time one of us got caught with cigs, my parents staged a little "scared straight" drama.  They put us all at the breakfast table and said, "OK you want to try out all this grown-up stuff?  Here is a cup of black coffee, and a cig.  Be sure and inhale the cig."  Trying to make us get sick from it.  Didn't have the desired effect.

They bought cigs by the cartoon, and when I decided to try it; it was nothing to lift one of their cigs out of a pack, or a whole pack out of the carton.  My Dad smoked Kools when I was a kid.  I remember Camel filters for awhile.  I started smoking daily by age 15.  By then, they had switched to Vantage.  They were HORRIBLE.  I liked Marlboros, but certainly lifted and smoked lots of those horrible Vantages.

My Dad died about a month after bypass surgery at age 55.  My Mom has had breathing problems forever, but blames it on "allergies and asthma".  Total denial.  She has had a lobe of her lung removed from lung cancer.  She was back on them within a month of leaving the hospital.  I use her as an example when talking to my two sons who smoke.  At least my daughter didn't take it up.  My brother and my sisters all smoke.  It was kind of a big deal to me, to break the cycle.