Blackout Effectors – Guitar FX Direct

Something true of all guitarists is their propensity to lock themselves in darkened rooms and fiddle with knobs. Of course we mean the hours spent crafting their sound so for the ultimate darkened room experience we suggest a few hours with Blackout Effectors. This State-side company promise, and deliver, hand crafted effects suitable for any taste and while there are few surprises in the range, there is clearly a lot of thought and love involved. Blackout’s owner, Kyle Tompkins, is himself an aficionado of experimental and psychedelic rock and this... Read More


New in From Mojo Hand FX

Within the pantheon of solid state and boutique effects, a few brand’s new releases always cause a bit of a stir; mostly because these brands are the epitome of quality, playability and versatility. This year so far, one of the biggest names to be rocking the guitar expos, and indeed our shelves here at Guitar FX Direct is Mojo Hand FX. With four new releases fresh from the soldering table, Mojo Hand has launched 2014 with two new pre-amps, a spring reverb and a mod/delay. For those already in the... Read More


New Arrivals at GFXD

It is always a pleasure to introduce new members of the Guitar FX Direct family; a family bristling with innovation, clever design and passion. In keeping with our ever expanding (and far from nuclear) family unit we present two new nephews – Darkglass Electronics and Recovery Effects. If it seems sometimes the bias leans towards the six-string, then Darkglass is a rallying call to all bass-heads. Designed in Finland and built in the USA they are, unsurprisingly, aimed more toward the Metal market than anything else, but are equally at... Read More


Death By Audio Ghost Delay

We like to think of our collection of boutique boxes as extensive and eclectic; which is not to say we do not have our favourites. Firmly fixed in the top ten are some (if not all) from Brooklyn based Death by Audio. If the name sounds familiar, it is hardly a surprise. Death by Audio, one of the longest serving independents, has supplied to Nine Inch Nails and U2 and with a successful side-line as musicians and impresarios are no strangers to the loud and live. This mix of talents... Read More


Delay Pedals

How do you like your delay? Few would argue that delay is as much an integral part of most rigs as overdrive or the amp. Strangely, the development of delay started in the orchestra as some twentieth century composers, the first to be able to record their compositions, began to experiment with layered sound effects. The first, slightly unwieldy, delays relied on tape and magnet technology so although their rich, warm sounds can be heard on studio recordings it was some time before delay was available at the touch of... Read More


Wampler Pedals

Once again, you lucky guys and gals, we have been scouring the globe to bring you some mind-blowing new toys and we think Wampler Pedals will more than do the job. It is surprising how many of the brands we stock were developed as a circumstance of fate, for want of a better word. Wampler is no exception. Founder and developer Brian Wampler was an accomplished guitarist with a promising career but a passion for adapting pedals. Soldering iron in hand he soon moved to designing his own aiming to... Read More

Which guitar effects pedals should no guitarist be without?

When you are just starting out as a guitarist, you have a lot to learn. You don’t just need to master your instrument – you also need to start to learn about guitar effects, pedals, amplifiers, monitors and all sorts of other stage equipment. It can be quite daunting, but don’t think that you need one of every single pedal straight away. Of course, as you get better and start to explore different styles and genres you will want to grow your pedal collection, but when you are just starting... Read More


December news

In a never ending search for the best in boutique, our stock roll is something like a living, breathing entity. With so many new playthings, a tour of the shelves seems appropriate. First up is the reintroduction of VFE Pedals, a relatively new company but with a solid reputation for quality, hand-made effects. They are perhaps best known for a warm tonal range (especially on the mods and phasers) and a six control layout – something developed almost by accident. This layout makes VFEs the ideal toy for a player who... Read More


Introducing JHS Boutique Pedals

A true string-slinger is never really comfortable without his foot hovering over a bank of guitar effects. Although undoubtedly still relevant, traditional pedals and boards are giving way to the rising popularity of boutique pedals. We therefore feel duty bound to keep on sourcing the best on offer and are pleased to introduce JHS Pedals. JHS is a company founded by accident. According to founder Josh Scott, while repairing a Boss blues driver, he conceived not only the company’s bespoke range but also identified a niche for mods to more... Read More

An Introduction to Guitar Effects Pedals

Distortion Boxes   Distortion boxes are the most popular and variable of all the guitar effects pedals and they range from a smooth, tubular effect to the nastiest, dirtiest, overdriven sound imaginable. One of the earliest examples of a distortion pedal being used is on the Stones’ classic ‘Satisfaction’. These days, most bands will use distortion pedals at some point, whether they play rockabilly, punk or death metal.   Wah Pedals   The popularity of wah-wah pedals seems to fluctuate periodically for some reason, but there is no doubt that... Read More