For us, building effects and electronics is not only an intellectual challenge, but it's a highly creative one. From our most simple, economical SMD-based clones all the way to these high-end, point to point hand made pieces of "furniture"--we love it all. Different challenges and creative problems to solve. The Custom Shop is a highly limited-batch series that we'll be adding to slowly and dropping at various times throughout the year. These effects are built with the finest NOS and rare components we can source. We are happy to announce that we are moving all of the Custom Shop designs to turret/PCB hybrid construction for incredible looks, low noise floor, and ruggedness. They sell out fast, so if you're interested in something and it's showing in stock, grab it!
Our take on the mysterious Percolator fuzz using awesome NOS 2n404a and NOS globe top Fairchild transistors. This pedal has an interesting history, as the jury is out on what it's "supposed" to sound like. We did a pretty deep dive analysis of as much source material as we could find and think this circuit is unique and offers a really great take on the HP sound. We added a 3 way NOS Centrilab rotary switch to go between 3 different clipping options: stock Germanium diodes, a Germanium and Silicon diode setup, and no diodes. All 3 options offer a lot of volume, gain, and clipping flexibility. It's kind of like having 3 pedals in one!
Our take on the classic Fuzz Face using awesome Mullard/Phillips AC series transistors (125 or 128), tuned to perfection. We've made a lot of fuzz faces in our day, but this is our favorite. It cleans up to get that glassy bite, does the wooly, thick fuzz thing, and is clear and articulate.
The "Big Muff" is an iconic fuzz/distortion device created by Electro Harmonix in 1969. The first version, known as the "Triangle" is said to be the best sounding muff, with more clarity and definition, more sweep in the controls, and overall better for a larger variety of tones. There are many versions of each circuit variation, some with variances in tone and parts. We've combined some of the schematics to work best with our transistors and parts selection. We think they sound incredible, unique, and will fill a hole in your fuzz or muff sound. Not only do these sound great, they have unique and special internals that are unparalleled in their build quality and aesthetics.
The Tone Bender Mk3 is one of our favorite fuzzes of all time. It's got the right amount of sizzle and smoothness. It's more mid-focused than the early benders and has a pretty huge range of tones. This is our take on the circuit and it's a well balanced tone machine! Each color is limited to 10 at a time.
The Rangemaster needs no introduction. It's one of the most famous and sought after vintage effects on planet earth and for good reason. It's perhaps our favorite effect of all time. Simple, powerful, and makes everything sound better. Each unit is 100% hand made, 1 at a time. We do all of the woodwork and finishing in-house and spare no expense. Our version of the Rangemaster includes a "depth" control which allows you to dial in the frequency being boosted. It will now be a rotary switch to go between different input capacitor options.