About Effectrode Pedals
From the 1950′s up until the present day the world’s finest tube studio compressors, tube microphone preamps, tube tape delays and plate reverbs have stood the test of time to become highly desirable and sought after by musicians, sound engineers and enthusiasts of classic gear. Effectrode is fueled by a sense of nostalgia and fascination with the full-bodied, rich tone, clean lines and simplicity of such vintage vacuum tube equipment. I wanted to recreate this wonderful tone and classic styling in a stompbox format and began pursuing an alternative path to design effects pedals – pedals that might have been built if the transistor hadn’t been invented and tube technology had continued being refined and developed towards perfection.
Effectrode pedals are unique, original and meticulously designed from the ground up, taking several years of research & development before they reach maturity. I often work with professional musicians to ‘tweak’ (official engineering language for ‘fine-tune’!) each design to take it as close to perfect as possible. Clients include Adrian Legg, Paul Stacey (Oasis and The Black Crowes) Phil Taylor (David Gilmour) and John Verity (Argent). Only the finest audiophile components are utilised in the construction of each pedal – polyester coupling capacitors, instrumentation grade resistors, N.O.S. and modern triode tubes operating at real amp plate voltages (300 Volts!). The signal path is all-tube, class-A circuitry – some designs are very linear and transparent whereas others are gorgeously non-linear and rich in harmonic overtones. These are effects pedals built from the “Right Stuff!”.
The result of all this obsessive attention to detail are beautiful pedals having more in common with high-end vintage studio equipment than the transistorised stompboxes normally found on guitarists pedalboards. For example, the Tube-Vibe is a rebuild of the classic Uni-Vibe effect made famous by Jimi Hendrix except it’s constructed with tubes instead of transistors. And the PC-2A compressor is built on an all-tube signal path and photo-optical gain attentuator just like the legendary LA-2A studio compressor – the devil really is in the details when it comes to sound quality and you can be sure that not one single stone has been left unturned in an obsessive pursuit to build the best of the best and push the limits to take guitar tone to the farthest possible point!