Graphic Mugs | 18 Varieties
Make your morning coffee or tea ritual legendary, like all the gear captured on our series of Graphic Mugs.
Just about all of the gear displayed on our Graphic Mugs is owned by Mario / Axess Electronics - we are huge fans of every single piece and think each is the best, of the best! Scroll down for Mario's gear notes and stories...
- 11oz White Ceramic
- Height: 3.85″ (9.8cm)
- Diameter: 3.35″ (8.5cm)
- Black handle, inside, and rim
- Dishwasher and microwave safe
- All images and (source) photographs ©Axess Electronics
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Mario's quick gear notes and stories:
A/DA Flanger - I've been hooked on flangers ever since the first time I heard "And The Cradle Will Rock" and "Unchained". At one point my collection included 21 different flangers, not including multiples of certain ones. Vintage flangers need to be re-calibrated to make sure they perform and sound right, and so sometimes it was just easier to buy multiples to find one that sounded right(er) until I could find the service notes required for calibration. All this just to find which did the VH thing best, and the A/DA Flanger is definitely one of the best for that - plus so much more! For modern players with limited pedalboard real-estate, A/DA now offers the same flanger in a PBF (pedalboard friendly) version - I've had multiples and it sounds and functions exactly the same as its big brother. It's just smaller and conveniently runs off of 9VDC.
Axess Electronics FX1 - designing and getting the FX1 out into the market was an incredible time in my life, very rewarding to say the least, but looking back it also took a toll on me in many different ways. At the time, it was the most advanced MIDI foot-controller, built like a tank, and it served as the one-to-beat for many that followed.
Axess Electronics RX1 - I wish I had taken more pictures of the RX1 but for some reason I never got around to it. When I think back to it, I had the RX1 Rack Switcher designed and out to market quite quickly. Packing everything that I was able to into the 1U rack enclosure was a fun challenge and the quasi click-free relay switching (an industry first) worked really well. I remember being concerned about the +5V regulator getting over-heated if all 24 functions/relays were on at the same time. So I booked a local U.L. Certification Lab to do some thermal testing, and of course there was never an issue. Notable users of the RX1 include(d); Peter Frampton, Slash, Steve Stevens, and almost Eddie Van Halen (keep reading). Peter and Steve still use their RX1s. Shortly after Dave Friedman (from Rack Systems Ltd.) built Steve's rig with the RX1, which was one of the first one's Dave ever used, both of them agreed that Steve’s amps and tone sounded better with the RX1 in-line, then without. Peter’s RX1 survived the 2010 Nashville flood and only needed a clean-up! His FX1s needed plug-n-play 3rd party replacement LCDs, and a good clean-up of course. Fun fact - when Dave (Friedman) was hired to build a rig for EVH in 2007, he wanted to modernize Ed’s rig with the FX1 and RX1. So he arranged for himself, Ed and Steve to meetup at Steve’s storage space to checkout his rig. Eddie thought the rig sounded great, but he decided against it because; "it has too many lights”, ha!
- Boss BF2 Flanger - my first "pedalboard" was a Boss BCB-6 loaded with six pedals including a Boss BF2 Flanger. I bought it when I was 12 or 14 because it made whacky sounds at the store and through my Peavey Backstage Plus combo, and I really liked the color purple. But eventually I sold it to make room for another pedal that I thought was more important. Though the BF2 isn't as good as the A/DA or a vintage MXR 117, it still holds a special place in my heart, and we all know Boss pedals are made to last forever, whether on a pedalboard or in a closet...
- EVH 2004 (Half) Rack - basically, I needed a picture of a rack for an OTS1 Patch-Box connection diagram and user manual. The best and definitely coolest "rack" pictures on my hard-drive were one's I'd taken of Ed's 2004 touring rig. His rack actually included doubles of everything, so after some editing and artistic creativity, I ended up with an image I was happy with for the diagram and user manual, and (now) a mug, lol.
- EVH 2004 Touring Pedalboard & Axess BS2 - Ed was a HUGE influence to many, many people, me included of course! So when I found out he'd be using my BS2 it was a BIG deal for me, personally. It kind of justified all of the sacrifices I had made to reach the point Axess and I were at, at that time. Sales bumped up of course, but nothing too, too crazy, I still drove my old beat-up silver Nissan Altima for many years afterwards, lol. I took this pedalboard picture in November of 2004, it was Van Halen's second show in the Toronto area. The first show, and the first time I got to meet Ed was earlier in the year, in July. It was probably one of the toughest times in Ed's life ... so meeting him during this period was a bit of a shocker, but I am, and was very grateful to have had the opportunity.
- Marshall 1987X MKII - this was the third "plexi" amp I bought (after the Suhr and Tramble), and if I'm being completely honest, I really only bought it because of the name and logo on the head-shell, and it was a great deal! In the end, it really is a great amp, especially when you change or remove that bright cap!
- Maxon OD9 Overdrive - in my opinion, this is the best TS9, that's not a TS9, but looks closest to a TS9. Analogman offers great modifications and this pedal does what "we" know it does, when that's what I want, which is to boost my amp, boost my mids, and cut some lows...
- MXR 117 Flanger - this (the vintage AC powered version) is the Eddie Van Halen flanger! Don't get me wrong, Dunlop/MXR have done a great job with the modern interpretations of this pedal, but at the end of the day, THIS version is special! I had 4 of them at one point, and they all sounded just as great as the A/DA, especially for VH, but for me the A/DA wins out because it has a little more "range" in its "sweep".
- MXR Phase 90 - the "other" pedal that's a must have for Eddie Van Halen freaks! Once again, Dunlop/MXR have done a great job with the modern interpretations of this pedal, but I think the "script" version is the one, and of course it is! But, I have had a love hate relationship with these since the beginning, because I always thought the effect was just a little "too much". So I've modified the mixing circuit inside all of mine, to effect less, which does the trick, and I couldn't be happier!
- Naylor Duel 60 HD - the Naylor SD60 (Super-Drive Sixty) is quite simply one of the best guitar amps ever produced. People who've played them, know exactly what I'm talking about - they are extremely versatile, and feel and sound incredible! I bought one from Naylor in 2005, but sold it in 2009 when I decided to leave the industry and stopped playing. I regretted it ever since, but what's done is done. This dual channel with an added gain stage version came up on the used market here in Canada, and I quickly scooped it up! It's just as incredible as the SD60, and if you ever have the opportunity to try and/or buy a Naylor, do it!
- Suhr SL67 - the second "plexi" amp I bought, and did so after watching Al Estrada's Youtube demos/promos done for/by Suhr. The SL67 (and SL68) is one of the best "plexi" amps available today. Not only does it sound incredible, but it is also incredibly well built - open one up and it's a work of art! I have seen and heard lots of other "plexi" clones in recent years, but the Suhr is only one of two that I'd go for, and clearly I did.
- Tramble DJT - the first "plexi" amp I bought (it actually is the second Tramble, aka Dr. Dan amp I bought - I sold the first one to finance this one, which has Heyboer transformers. The first one had Classic Tone transformers and just like Glen at Morris Amplification will tell you, there's a bump in the high end of the CT output transformer that just can't be dialled out!). I was a high-gain amp player for most of my life, and I thought I was happy (amp-wise), but then one day I was at a friend's house and plugged into his old Marshall - I never looked back! Vintage Marshall's were not at the top of my list for a variety of reasons... So I looked for the BEST modern day "plexi" clones I could find and only two stood out, Dr. Dan and Suhr.