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Personal Polarbear Effects Capsule Collection and Range Overview

Big Muff Style FuzzBitcrushing and Lo-FiBoostBoost and OverdriveDelayDigital DelayDigital ReverbEffects Pedal MakersFuzzFuzz-Drive and FuzzstortionGlitchLo-Fi DelayModulationOddball DelayOpAmp FuzzOverdrivePLBR EffectsPolarbear EffectsReverbShimmer ReverbSilicon FuzzTape DelayTubescreamer Style Overdrive+-
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I’ve had an odd sort of relationship with Polarbear Effects’ Darko Vadja since 2018, where in the interim I have acquired most of his pedals. In fact the only notable omission as far as I’m aware is the original BB-size Floral Drive - for which there was a plan - which never quite materialised in the end.

 

The early part of the relationship was relatively communicative - while I’ve not had a response from Darko - bar for a Christmas Greeting - in nearly two years...

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2021 June Pedal-Chain Update - Episode VI - Particle Acceleration

Alexander PedalsBeetronics FXBig Muff Style FuzzBitcrushing and Lo-FiBoostBoost and OverdriveBossCatalinbreadChorus and VibratoCornerstone Music GearDelayDigital DelayDigital ReverbDistortionDriveDrunk BeaverDryBell EffectsDumble Style OverdriveEl GaratgeEnvelope Filter and Auto WahFlower PedalsFuzzFuzz-Drive and FuzzstortionGermanium FuzzHarmonizerJoe GoreLo-Fi DelayMarshall Style DistortionModulationOctaverOverdrivePitchPitch-ShiftingPLBR EffectsPolarbear EffectsRedbeard EffectsReverbRotary SpeakerShimmer ReverbSilicon FuzzTone Bender Style FuzzTsakalis Audio WorksTubescreamer Style OverdriveWah and Fixed Wah+-
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June has been another incredibly busy month - with editorials going out on almost a daily basis - which kind of leaves me a little exhausted, but still warmly satisfied with proceedings. There has been something of a plethora of releases in June - a number of which were delayed from previous months because of parts sourcing issues and other production challenges.

 

A very respectable 23 pedals were added to the collection in June - and most have been featured on the site already, with ...

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Polarbear Effects' Drowner Fuzz/Crush/Reverb Combination Effector is the Absolute Perfect Shoegazer-Style Pedal

Ambient EffectsBig Muff Style FuzzBitcrushing and Lo-FiFuzzFuzz-Drive and FuzzstortionModulationPLBR EffectsReverbShimmer ReverbSilicon FuzzSpacey Reverb+-
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I’ve known about this one for a while - just haven’t been able to snag one yet - while I am hoping to get one from the next batch whenever that is - while Darko Vadja seems to be sort of suffering from the same parts supply issues that are plaguing most builders - so no word on when the next batch is likely, while these tend to be fairly short runs of just 10 or so pedals.

 

Per the above visual - the controls here are relatively simple - with 7 knobs and 2 x 2-way option ...

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2021 May Pedal-Chain Update - Episode V - Future Phase

Beetronics FXBig Ear PedalsBig Muff Style FuzzBlues Driver Style OverdriveBoostBoost and OverdriveBossChorus and VibratoCrazy Tube CircuitsD*A*MDemedash EffectsDistortionDrive WorkstationDrunk BeaverEmanating Fist ElectronicsEQFoxpedalFuzzFuzz Face Style FuzzFuzz-Drive and FuzzstortionGated and Velcro FuzzGermanium FuzzHarmonizerJoe GoreKlirrton ManufakturKuro Custom AudioMantic EffectsMarshall Style DistortionModulationMulti-DriveOctave FuzzOpAmp FuzzOscillating FuzzOverdrivePettyjohn ElectronicsPhaserPitchRat Style FuzzSilicon FuzzThird Man RecordsThorpyFXTone Bender Style FuzzTubescreamer Style OverdriveUtility+-
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May turned out to be another pretty busy month as far as new releases and the overall collection is concerned. I personally acquired around 20 or so new pedals - with some further acquisitions not having landed yet.

 

Obviously a fair amount of new Overdrives and Phasers in particular - while May covered most of the key pedal categories in one way or another. And most of the pedal-chain additions for the month have been reviewed or touched on in some way previously - with the exception ...

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The Emanating Fist Electronics Dope Priest DP-70 is the Ultimate Primal / Primitive High Gain Big Muff Style 4-Transistor Fuzz

Big Muff Style FuzzEmanating Fist ElectronicsFuzzFuzz-Drive and FuzzstortionSilicon Fuzz+-
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The Dope Priest’s original inspiration is quite a twisted origin story which touches on Guild, Mosrite, and Big Muff Creator / Electro-Harmonix Founder Mike Matthews. Back in 1967 during the height of Hendrix Mania - Guild Founder Al Drunge thought he could capitalise on the Hendrix Fuzz craze by commissioning Mosrite to OEM and essentially re-label their Fuzzrite pedal as the Guild Foxey Lady Fuzz. So very similar to all those Sola Sound projects where they OEM’d essentially their ...

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Preferred Spaceman Effects Capsule Collection and Ongoing Long-Term Targets

Big Muff Style FuzzBoostBoost and OverdriveEnvelope Filter and Auto WahFlangerFuzzFuzz Face Style FuzzFuzz-Drive and FuzzstortionGermanium FuzzModulated FuzzModulationOctave FuzzOverdriveSilicon FuzzSpaceman Effects+-
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The purpose of this article is two-fold really - to celebrate my favourite Spaceman Effects Pedals that I’ve acquired to date, and to detail the nature and quality of those earlier releases that I’m still missing / chasing.

 

Spaceman is quite a novel brand really in many ways and has perpetuated the whole Limited Edition Fever that the pedal world seems to be increasing infected with. Each Spaceman release used to reduce me to a bag of nerves - an almost sort of auction ...

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12 of the best Pettyjohn Electronics Pedals : Past and Present Day Preferred Range Overview

BoostBoost and OverdriveBufferCompressorDistortionDriveEffects Pedal MakersEQFuzzFuzz-Drive and FuzzstortionGated and Velcro FuzzLoop-SwitcherMarshall Style DistortionOpAmp FuzzOverdrivePettyjohn ElectronicsRat Style FuzzTubescreamer Style OverdriveUtilityVolumeVox Style Distortion+-
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Those more sharp-eyed among you will have noted that I’m currently engaged in exploring the Pettyjohn Electronics range - sort of one or two pedals at a time. And this would seem to be a good point within those proceedings to share some of my findings thus far.

 

As I’ve relayed elsewhere, I was initially highly confused by Stephen Pettyjohn’s output in that all the Foundry Series pedals were offered with a number of ’Upgrades’. Making it seem to me that the...

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2021 April Pedal-Chain Update - Episode IV - Concatenated Continuity

Big Muff Style FuzzBoostBoost and OverdriveChorus and VibratoCoppersoundCrazy Tube CircuitsDriveDrunk BeaverFuzzFuzz Face Style FuzzFuzz-Drive and FuzzstortionGated and Velcro FuzzGermanium FuzzModulationOctave FuzzOctaverOverdrivePettyjohn ElectronicsPitchSilicon FuzzTone Bender Style FuzzZander Circuitry+-
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April has been another pretty formidable month - and at last I have the CopperSound Triplegraph in my hands - which presented some challenges in being accommodated within the rig. I’ve had to significantly adjust and rejig various elements and areas - including of course the format of the above reference visual.

 

This indicates the physical position of the Triplegraph at position #14 in terms of physical pedal placement - where it sits just before the CBA Automatone Preamp, while ...

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9 of the Best Pigtronix Pedals

DelayDelay WorkstationDigital DelayEnvelope Filter and Auto WahFuzzFuzz-Drive and FuzzstortionGuitar Synth and SequencerLooperModulationOctave FuzzOctaverPhaserPigtronixPitchRing ModulationRotary SpeakerSilicon FuzzTremolo+-
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Beyond its most recent Mini Pedals, Pigtronix is another brand which seems to be floating somewhat under the radar today in most regards. They have a number of innovative and classic pedals - some of which alas have been discontinued fairly recently, but all are very worthy contenders in their respective genres / categories.

 

They’e one of the brands that has increasingly focused on Mini Pedals of late - which include some incredibly innovative and state-of-the-art pedals for that...

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Zander Circuitry's New Compact Edition Guitar Pedals are now up to a total of Six

Big Muff Style FuzzBoostBoost and OverdriveDistortionFuzzFuzz Face Style FuzzFuzz-Drive and FuzzstortionGated and Velcro FuzzOctave FuzzOpAmp FuzzOverdriveRat Style FuzzSilicon FuzzZander Circuitry+-
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I’m proud to declare that I own each of Alex Millar’s recent 6 Compact Edition Guitar Pedals - including of course the trio that was released last week. In that same shipment I received a plain version of the Siclone Silicon Chaos Initiator Fuzz - to which I myself applied the labels. You may recall from my ’Maverick Inflection’ article that I noted that I had some OCD issues with the splodgy nature of the graphics - to which ends Alex offered to do me a plain version - ...

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