The Rodent

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A classic 1980s distortion pedal that features a picture of a white-faced rodent - it should be easy to guess the lineage and the sound. This one adds an optional upper octave that can be dialed in for extra presence. No battery operation; requires a 9V DC power supply.

PEDALS MADE: 1
CURRENT STATUS: CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE
FUTURE AVAILABILITY: UNDECIDED

The Pink Punk

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pinkpunk.jpgThis one started out as a commission. Rick Sell of PureSalem Guitars bought the Fat Cat pedal I had built a while ago and asked me if I could do a clone of the DOD Punkifier for him. The Punkifier is a combination of a DOD250-style distortion and a rather abrasive fuzz in one box with a blend control that allows to mix the two signals. The pedal can do anything from classic distortion to walls of noise. No battery operation; requires a 9V DC power supply.

PEDALS MADE: 1
CURRENT STATUS: CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE
FUTURE AVAILABILITY: UNDECIDED

The Astronaut

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The Astronaut is in fact the Chasm Reverb by Deadastronaut, assembled by myself and put in a box of my own design. It's a particularly nice ambient-ish reverb that can go into self-oscillation or just pleasantly hold atmospheric tones for long periods of time. It's pretty unique in what it does, and it's perfect for the ambient guitar music I'm playing. The knobs set the overall output level, the mix of wet and dry signal, oscillation on/off, signal damping (a low pass filter), and the length of the reverb decay. The combination of the Damp and Decay settings heavily affects if and how the signal will go into self-oscillation. No battery operation; requires a 9V DC power supply.

PEDALS MADE: 2
CURRENT STATUS: CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE
FUTURE AVAILABILITY: UNDECIDED

The Sunn

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sunn-anubis.jpgIn 2019/20, the drone doom band Sunn O))) and the pedal company Earthquaker Devices collaborated on a boost/distortion/octave pedal called the Life Pedal, named after the band's recent album Life Metal. It's essentially a Shin-Ei octave fuzz placed before a whiteface RAT distortion, followed by a clean boost; call it a fierce mutant RAT. The pedal was issued in four limited edition batches, all of which sold out within a few days. Obviously, there have been multiple attempts to replicate this pedal. PCB manufacturers have been producing PCBs that approximate the original, and pedal builders have published veroboard layouts. I decided to try out some of these designs.

PEDALS MADE: 2
CURRENT STATUS: CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE
FUTURE AVAILABILITY: UNDECIDED

Secret messages?

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Since I've been asked, "what's the deal with these secret messages that you put in your pedals?", I should possibly clairfy that while they're easter eggs, they're not secret messages. They're simply lines from song lyrics, some of them pretty obscure, some pretty obvious, but if you want to find out where they're from, Google will be able to help you.

The Free Range

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The Free Range is based on a classic treble boost pedal, specifically a modified circuit that allows switching between germanium and silicon transistors and a pronounced treble or a treble/mid boost. The bias for the transistors can also be adjusted to allow fine-tuning of the sound. Requires a 9V DC power supply.

PEDALS MADE: 1
CURRENT STATUS: CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE
FUTURE AVAILABILITY: UNDECIDED

The Tape Machine

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The Tape Machine is a digital delay pedal that simulates a tape echo. Delay times are between 30 and 600ms, and there are modulation controls to simulate wow and flutter (although it occasionally sounds more like a vibrato). The pedal can be sent into self-oscillation and used as a weird noise generator. Overall, it has a warm, pleasant tone. Input gain can be adjusted. Requires a 9V DC power supply.

PEDALS MADE: 1
CURRENT STATUS: SOLD OUT
FUTURE AVAILABILITY: NO

The Double Dodo

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Based on one of the most iconic American Overdrive Preamp pedals from the late 1970s, the Double Dodo offers twice the distortion goodness by combining two such pedals in one enclosure. The two distortion stages can be used separately with different settings, or stacked, or one can be used to boost the other. Although referred to as an "overdrive", these are actually hard clipping distortion circuits built around LM741 opamps, but with an extremely wide range of distortion intensity. The Double Dodo extends the sound range of the pedal that inspired it by offering symmetrical silicon diode clipping, asymmetrical silicon/germanium diode clipping, and opamp clipping. As a result, it can be used as a clean boost, for subtle to heavy crunch, full-on distortion, and, with both circuits engaged, even as a fuzz. A tone switch allows two voicings for the distortion. Works with a 9V DC power supply or a 9V battery.

PEDALS MADE: 23
CURRENT STATUS: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK
FUTURE AVAILABILITY: YES

The Fishtank

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Mostly, this is a chorus, but it's also a tremolo, vibrato and weird pitch-shifty thing that can do hall-of-mirror spaciousness as well as underwater bubbly noise. True bypass. LEDs indicate status and modulation shape and rate. Requires a 9V DC power supply.

PEDALS MADE: 1
CURRENT STATUS: SOLD OUT
FUTURE AVAILABILITY: NO