The Black Box

IMG_3911.jpgThis pedal was made in a very limited edition of three for April Fool's Day 2021, but it's not a joke. While none of the knobs are labeled, all of them are doing something; in fact, they are highly interactive and dependent on each other. You may like or dislike the things it does to your guitar signal, but believe me when I tell you that it's an experience that is not for the faint at heart.

PEDALS MADE: 3
CURRENT STATUS: SOLD OUT
FUTURE AVAILABILITY: NO

The Espresso

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The Espresso is an attempt to revive a rare fuzz pedal from the early 1970s that has achieved something of a cult following after it was used by producer/musician Steve Albini in numerous recording sessions. The sound is wild, chewy and abrasive, and has a very distinct flavour. At low gain settings, it merely adds compression and harmonics, but it quickly breaks into an aggressive fuzz tone with the gain knob around the 1 o'clock mark. The clipping stage can be bypassed with a toggle switch, which allows the pedal to be used as a compressor or clean boost. Requires a 9V DC power supply.

PEDALS MADE: 11
CURRENT STATUS: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK
FUTURE AVAILABILITY: YES

The Astrolabe

astrolabe.jpgThe Astrolabe is my take on the famous Astro-Tone Fuzz by the Universal Amplifier Company, first built in 1967. It was one of the first silicon fuzz units, developed in an era when germanium was still the industry standard. Requires a 9V DC power supply.

PEDALS MADE: 5
CURRENT STATUS: SOLD OUT
FUTURE AVAILABILITY: NO

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: OUT OF STOCK
FUTURE AVAILABILITY: MADE TO ORDER ONLY

The Pink Punk

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: OUT OF STOCK
FUTURE AVAILABILITY: MADE TO ORDER ONLY

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: OUT OF STOCK
FUTURE AVAILABILITY: MADE TO ORDER ONLY

The Sunn

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: OUT OF STOCK
FUTURE AVAILABILITY: MADE TO ORDER ONLY

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: SOLD OUT
FUTURE AVAILABILITY: NO

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: 2
CURRENT STATUS: SOLD OUT
FUTURE AVAILABILITY: NO