Filter content by area of interest
Amps
Boost and Overdrive
Delay
Distortion
Fuzz
Guitars
Modulation
Pitch
Reverb
Utility
All
All

The Overlooked Art of Pedal Manual and Instruction Guide Design

Beetronics FXChase Bliss AudioEmpress EffectsGuitar Gear Improvements and PrototypesStrymon+-
2020GPXPedalProtoManual700V4.jpg

Following on from features on enclosure design and artworks, interior circuit arrangements and packaging - I felt it necessary to focus on the much neglected art of the Pedal Manual and Instruction Guide. Over the years I’ve seen a huge variety of instruction guides included with my hundreds of pedals - from flimsy black-and white photostats - just overly-folded sheets of low-quality paper really with barely legible text - through to more well-considered and actually smartly engineered ...

Stefan KarlssonPopularCommentsRSS FeedContent Subscriptions

The Inner Beauty of Pedal Design!

6 Degrees FXBeetronics FXDecibelicsEarthQuaker DevicesEffects Pedal MakersFunction F(X)Guitar Gear Improvements and PrototypesGut Shot CultureJAM PedalsLauren AudioLeeVibe EffectsReeves Electro Guitar PedalsSpaceman Effects+-
2020GPXBeautifulGutshots700.jpg

This post was in part triggered by my constantly referencing certain pedal guts as benchmarks for appealing pedal interior / circuit design. The second trigger was Markus Reeves of Reeves Electro - who has been posting pictures of his exceptionally neat point-to-point straight-line-wiring examples of circuits to the Fuzztopia Facebook Group - all of which I’m rather taken with currently.

 

I’ve chosen not to have any legends for the above picture so that the more knowledgable...

Stefan KarlssonPopularCommentsRSS FeedContent Subscriptions

Analog Music Company & Noise Space Audio Deliver the Ultimate Live Breadboarding Experience with their Ultra-Modded DS-1 Evil Pumpkin Experimental Glitchy Oscillating Drive-Distortion-Fuzz-Synth

Analog Music CompanyBitcrushing and Lo-FiBoost and OverdriveBossDistortionDriveFuzzFuzz-Drive and FuzzstortionGlitchGuitar Gear Improvements and PrototypesGuitar Synth and SequencerModulationNoise Space AudioOverdriveTremolo+-
2020GPXBossDS1EvilPumkin700V2.jpg

I’ve been following this pedal’s development since it first emerged - now pictured in its second iteration with more evenly spaced toggle-switches around its perimeter. In short each of those 12 x 3-way switches is neutral / off in its middle position - while left/right or up/down gives you different pathways through the circuit which often impacts multiple circuit elements and component values simultaneously. In some ways this is something of a chaos-engine with around 500K ...

Stefan KarlssonPopularCommentsRSS FeedContent Subscriptions

JAM Pedals Receives Gold 2020 European Design Award for its Packaging

Chase Bliss AudioDr. No EffectsEffects Pedal MakersGuitar Gear Improvements and PrototypesJAM PedalsMatthews EffectsRedbeard EffectsThorpyFX+-
2020GPXJamPedalsPackaging700.jpg

Or more correctly speaking JAM Pedals’ Greek Design Agency Group ’Beetroot’ won the Gold Award in the ’17.8 Printed Miscellaneous’ category of this year’s European Design Awards. And well deserved in my opinion as JAM Pedals is one of the relatively few companies that focuses as much attention on its packaging as it does the enclosure artwork and of course its key circuit designs.

 

Modern day ’Unboxing’ has risen to a new level of artistry...

Stefan KarlssonPopularCommentsRSS FeedContent Subscriptions

Don't Worry about Missing out on Limited Edition Pedals - Original is Often The Best!

Ambient EffectsDigital ReverbEffects Pedal MakersGuitar Gear Improvements and PrototypesReverbShimmer ReverbSpacey ReverbWalrus Audio+-
2020GPXWalrusAudio3SLO700.jpg

In a recent piece I slightly bemoaned the prevalence of second edition pedal iterations that held more appeal than the originals - and how that if you bought to soon you might end up with an aesthetically inferior model. So this article is the direct antidote to that where I highlight pedals than in my opinion look best in their original release artwork.

 

Pedal Design is very much an applied art - where name, function, format and colourway are all expertly selected and combined to ...

Stefan KarlssonPopularCommentsRSS FeedContent Subscriptions

KMA Audio Further Improves Look of Logan Transcend Drive with Limited Edition Desert Colourway

Beetronics FXBitcrushing and Lo-FiBoostBoost and OverdriveChorus and VibratoEffects Pedal MakersFuzzGuitar Gear Improvements and PrototypesKMA AudioModulationOctave FuzzOverdriveSilicon FuzzZvex+-
2020GPXKMALogan700.jpg

I don’t typically feature coverage of simply 2nd iteration limited edition artwork or colourway pedals - unless there is some sort of significant underlying change. While on this occasion I would kind of like to raise the issue of ’First Mover Disadvantage’!

 

By which I mean getting in on the first round release of a pedal - where soon after you acquire one - you kind of regret not holding out slightly longer - as an even better version materialises later on. This ...

Stefan KarlssonPopularCommentsRSS FeedContent Subscriptions

Beetronics FX finally does the right thing and swaps the Octahive toggle-switch for a Second Footswitch - but only for Custom Editions

Beetronics FXEffects Pedal MakersFuzzGuitar Gear Improvements and PrototypesOctave Fuzz+-
2020GPXBeetronicsOctahive700.jpg

As far as I’m concerned this has been somewhat a long time coming and I’ve mentioned it a number of times previously. While the Whoctahell Sub-Octave Fuzz has had dual footswitches from the start - the Octahive Upper Octave Fuzz has always relied on a side toggle-switch until now.

 

I am generally a fan of Beetronics pedals and have 3 of theirs to-date - the Royal Jelly, Swarm, and the lower-right Octahive ArrowMint Edition pictured above. It always niggled me that the ...

Stefan KarlssonPopularCommentsRSS FeedContent Subscriptions

A GPX Deviation / Mock-up of the Ideal Compact Deluxe HM-2 Clone

Chase Bliss AudioDecibelicsDemedash EffectsDistortionGuitar Gear Improvements and PrototypesJackson AudioMetal DistortionNeural DSPXIX Tech FX+-
2020GPXHMDLX700V2.jpg

When I shared the recent update about the forthcoming Decibelics Angry Swede V2 with added Blend control I hypothesized on my ideal deluxe edition of the HM-2 style and what format that might take. I shared just a couple of basic ideas, but was further encouraged by several readers to visualize those ideas into one of my typical artworks.

 

So in my usual style, I have drawn together several of my favourite influences - which I will reveal in a little more detail further along - so you ...

Stefan KarlssonPopularCommentsRSS FeedContent Subscriptions

The Perfect Compact Guitar Pedal Design - 2020 Edition

Guitar Gear Improvements and Prototypes
2020GPXPrototypeX700V2.jpg

Readers of this blog will know that I periodically assemble and consider all the latest pedal technologies and interface innovations to produce a sort of extrapolated idealised composite for how compact pedal design might be improved/evolved.

 

I am constantly looking for more versatility and flexibility - as well as much improved usability and learnability - and more elegant ways to control and display secondary and advanced functions and scroll and activate presets. My very first take ...

Stefan KarlssonPopularCommentsRSS FeedContent Subscriptions

Neural DSP has Significantly Evolved and Improved on Pedal Interfaces and Controls

AmpsFloor-AmpGuitar Gear Improvements and PrototypesModelling AmpNeural DSP+-
2020GPXNeuralDSPQuadCore700.jpg

I’ve yet to feel the need to switch over to one of those floor amp-modellers - along the lines of the Boss GT-1000, Fractal Audio Axe FX8, Headrush Pedalboard, Hotone Ampero, Kemper Profiler Stage and of course Line 6 Helix - which popularised his sort of thing in the first place.

 

I’ve always felt that the Line 6 Helix and Hearush Pedalboard had a leg up on the competition because of their amazing colourful and intuitive control menus and topologies. In many ways for the ...

Stefan KarlssonPopularCommentsRSS FeedContent Subscriptions
News Navigation

2020 50

9 of the Best Compact Doom Drone Sludge Stoner Fuzz Pedals!
"Yeah - the Tyrant is slightly more bassy which is "...
4 days ago
9 of the Best Compact Doom Drone Sludge Stoner Fuzz Pedals!
"Yeah, that's what i thought about ex oblivione "...
4 days ago
9 of the Best Compact Doom Drone Sludge Stoner Fuzz Pedals!
"Hey there - glad you enjoyed the article. The Ex O"...
4 days ago
9 of the Best Compact Doom Drone Sludge Stoner Fuzz Pedals!
"Another great one man! You mentioned Minotaur S.T."...
5 days ago
Waiting