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Overview of Black Arts Toneworks

Chattanooga, Tennessee, famed only (until now) for its “Choo-choo” currently plays host to one of 

the most successful boutique effects pedal brands – Black Arts Toneworks. 

Black Arts Toneworks, established in 2010, is a small team of enthusiastic engineers who have made 

it their mission to lead the field in tone shaping foot-switches and effects pedals. 

Working out of what is known as the “BAT cave”, Black Arts Toneworks quickly assumed its foothold 

in the world of dark, gloomy distortion. Through innovative design and clever variations, Black Arts 

Toneworks has amassed a sterling range of fuzz, distortion and overdrive pedals. 

Perhaps due to a signature low end definition and subtle, dynamic controls; or possibly due to 

shadowy occult connotations, BAT has accumulated a dedicated coven of followers, ranging from 

pro-guitarists to bedroom twiddlers. 


Black Arts Toneworks products 

Black Arts Toneworks pedals have a pleasing artisan quality to them. Unlike so many, the designers 

are as free with the paintjobs as the circuitry; but don’t assume aesthetics overshadow the beauty of 

the tones and ephemeral output of an incredible range of effects pedals. 

Most pedalheads will be familiar with the Pharaoh but it is worth checking out some of their other 

boutique effects when adding a new frisson to the sound-banks. There is everything from the very 

simple (“no knobs, no nonsense”), to circuit blends, to complex boxes with player control over 

clipping model selection, pitch shapers and beyond. 

Above all what sets Black Arts Toneworks aside is a dedication to variety; it is this and an 

uncompromising build quality which has seen its pedals receiving rave reviews across the world. 


Black Arts Toneworks at guitarfxdirect.com 


Guitarfxdirect.com provides one of the most comprehensive catalogues of Black Arts Toneworks 

online in the UK. Browse Black Arts Toneworks at Guitar FX Direct for an opening into the seamy 

world of dark, sultry tone control.