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

20/12/2013

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

10/12/2013

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

25/11/2013

Shake up your pedalboard with Earthquaker Devices

Earthquaker Devices are certainly making a big impact at the moment. The Ohio-based brand has become widely known for its awesome fuzz pedals, principally its Hoof Fuzz device. Fuss-free and easy to use, this device has become well-renowned for its versatility, producing a stunning array of dynamic tones for every set-up from bedroom to studio and stage. The Hoof Fuzz is a germanium/silicon hybrid fuzz which is based on the character of the classic green Russian muff, capable of creating everything from dirty and organic overdrive to monstrous fuzz madness. Building... Read More

21/11/2013

“Stompbox or Multi Effects”….

Dedicated effect pedals over multi guitar effects, what are the benefits? Recent technological advances within the past few years have once again ignited the debate that has raged between guitarists (and the musical community at large) when it comes to their sound and choice of guitar effects; which are better, multi-effects units or individual, dedicated effects pedals? From speaking to guitarists through our work supplying bass and guitar effects, we tend to find that whilst many players are attracted to the idea of using a multi-effect unit due to the... Read More

09/11/2013

Mr Black Pedals

Boutique pedal builders Mr Black are back, with a soaking wet spring reverb and tremolo effect known as the Deluxe Plus. Of course, we know all about Mr Black’s pedigree here, having been the first supplier to distribute Mr Black UK wide, all the way from rainy Oregon. Once again, Mr Black has delivered a pedal which would make a unique addition to anybody’s board, regardless of genre preferences. The Deluxe Plus essentially brings the classic 50’s US valve amplifier tone to the modern age, and makes an ideal choice... Read More

05/11/2013

Black Arts Toneworks New Look Pharaoh

“Unleash the fuzz.” This motif could be the company motto of Black Arts Toneworks, a brand which specialises in producing rich, dark growls from the depths of a guitar player’s heart. Black Arts Toneworks themselves claim to have their pedals firmly rooted in the DNA of “classic fuzz” but with a few surprises added to the repertoire. The basic premise of Black Arts was to bring to guitarists, and bassists, a pedal that could increase gain while emphasising the essential tone of both instrument and amp, without excessive dulling of... Read More

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