New Builder: 323 Effects
Jul13

New Builder: 323 Effects

Brian Nelson is the owner/operator of 323 Effects out of Birmingham, Alabama. Like many smaller builders, he’s crafting hand-made products of his own design. With a background in engineering and a passion for worship his goal is to create high-quality stomp boxes without the high prices. As a man passionate in his faith, you’ll not be surprised when you find out that 323 is actually a reference to Colossians 3:23 which...

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New Builder: Cog Effects
Jun15

New Builder: Cog Effects

When poking around the Cog Effects website I came across a comment by an enthusiastic supporter who issued this statement,”Killer stomp boxes made by a Star Wars fan!” I’m assuming this comment was made in reaction to the Cog Effects very own Grand Tarkin Bass Fuzz. Willhuff Tarkin was the fellow in control of the Death Star and one of the few non-Jedi/Sith who we ever saw order Vader around. He was a skinny,...

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Dr. No Motherbrain
Jun13

Dr. No Motherbrain

Remember when Delays and Reverbs were all the rage? Oh wait, they still are! That must be why we keep seeing various iterations of both spilling out into the market on a daily basis. The previous statement just nearly meets the definition of hyperbole as new effects come into the market on a daily basis. One the major hurdles for new and old builders alike is to distinguish themselves from the pack. There are two basic ways to do...

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EarthQuaker Devices: Avalanche Run
May18

EarthQuaker Devices: Avalanche Run

EarthQuaker Devices is one of those companies with the Midas Touch. Honestly, every time I see a new pedal launch onto the market from these folks I just want it immediately. It’s come to the point where I don’t even care if I read what the pedal does – “just give me the damn pedal!” – because I know I’m going to like it. I’m not the only one who feels this way either. EQD has a loyal...

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Dr. No Effects: 11:11
May13

Dr. No Effects: 11:11

Sometimes a pedal can read less like a contributor to your tonal landscape and more like a concept album. Such was the case when I first started reading about the 11:11 pedal by Dr. No Effects in conjunction with Alain Johannes. Dr. No Effects should ring a bell to anyone who is serious about crafting their tone – they have a bevy of killer effects in their line. If Alain Johannes is a bit of a mystery to you, that’s more...

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Tsakalis AudioWorks Ocean
May06

Tsakalis AudioWorks Ocean

Tsakalis AudioWorks is a boutique pedal effects company based out of the amazing Athens, Greece. According to their website their goal is to make every guitar & bass player happy by offering 100 percent hand-crafted and handwired effects using high level principles. These high level principles include “Old School” Tube Amp Style Hand Wiring (TASHW), superior selected components and a passion for music and electronics....

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