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Our Leveling Amplifier is one of “Best Guitar Effects” pedals of the Year!

The Ultimate Leveling Amplifier

Our new Leveling Amplifier has been selected by “Best Guitar Effects” as one of their pedals of the year. This is real honour as these guys really do know their stuff when it comes to guitar effects – their pedal reviews are arguably the most comprehensive and in-depth you can find leaving no stone unturned.

We’re now working on building another batch of Leveling Amplifiers and anticipate Best Guitar Effects will review it early in the new year.


  1. Douglas Robertson says:

    Your accolades keep mounting!
    Congratulations, Phil! I hope 2018 is your best yet.

  2. Andy says:

    It’s a wonderful instrument. A tool from a classier era. Thanks Phil. Great pride in owning this one.

  3. Troy says:

    The Levelling Amplifier keeps delivering in new applications. Here’s one use that some might find helpful – pushing a great crunch tone on an amp & also providing something extra to a lead tone when kicking in an overdrive pedal.

    I spent some time dialling in new Effectrode tones with the bridge pickup on one of my Les Pauls hitting the Tube Drive recently. Going into the more vintage gain mode of my Marshall Vintage Modern 50w head that I have set for dirtier tones (have a 100w that I leave set for cleans that I normally use with drives & boosts).

    I also love the higher gain mode of the amp too but the gain difference when kicking in the extra preamp valve in the dirt-tuned amp is too intense (gain that can be maxed out in “low dynamic range” mode needs to be rolled back by about half for “high dynamic range” mode), so it’s one or the other, rather than a two-channel amp.

    No problem, the Tube Drive into the maxed out gain in lower drive mode (which by itself is still pretty mild by so-called “modern” standards, think cranked JTM 45) sounds even better (& provides more control) than an optimally dialled in high gain mode on the amp.

    Kicked on the LA-1A after it & it took the tonal radiance to a new intensity. The synergy between these valve tone devices when stacking them in series is a wonder to experience. Way more of a batter thing rather than “too much of a good thing” I didn’t even think to kick on the LA-1A’s boost this time. Something to look forward too for next time!

  4. Kevin says:

    I’m interested in the Leveling Amp. Would like to be notified when available.


    • Phil says:

      Hi Kevin, Your name has been added to our Leveling Amplifier waiting list. We’ll notify you as soon as it becomes available. Best regards, Phil

      • Daniel Urgo says:


        I hope you’ve had a wonderful holiday season. I have most of your pedals and am in love with all of them. I would definitely like to be on the waiting list for the Leveling Amplifier please. Thanks so much for your constant genius.

        Daniel Urgo

    • Mark says:

      Contact Charles at electric mojo. They may still have a few…

    • Don Neumann says:

      I too am interested in being added to the waiting list for this pedal. Thank you,

      • Phil says:

        Okay Don, I’ve forwarded your details to Sam and she’ll make sure your name is added to the Leveling Amplifier waiting list. Thank you, Phil

  5. Justin Wiggins says:

    Hello I would like to be on the waiting list please, this seems amazing.

  6. Raven Clayborn says:

    Hi Phil and Sam,

    Love your Tube Drive, Tube Vibe and Blackbird! I learned my lesson and would like to go on the waiting list for the following pedals, since I keep missing out, ha:

    Leveling Amplifier
    Delta Trem

    I would always set money aside for your pedals. So much heart and soul and they stack beautifully, hope 2018′s good to you.

    PS are you planning on (re)releasing these or any other full size pedals? Like the phaser? Looks like you have enough support as it is ha. Does the Leveling Amplifier sell in the US? Never saw it on the store.

    • Phil says:

      Hi Raven, We’re closing in on completion of the Delta-Trem and the Phaseomatic will follow soon – will be making an announcement about these pedals shortly. Yes, we intend to sell the Leveling Amplifier in the US. The next batch is under way. Best regards, Phil

      • Raven Clayborn says:

        Thanks for the update Phil–that’s great news, especially on the Phaseomatic! May I be put on waiting list for everything please? I will buy all of them (Delta Trem, Leveling Amplifier, and Phaseomatic); no other pedals compare.

  7. Matthew Downer says:

    I’d Like to be put on the Waiting list for the Levelling Amplifier please.

    • Phil says:

      Hi Matthew, Just to confirm, I’ve forwarded your details to Sam and she has added you to her waiting list for the Leveling Amplifier. Thanks, Phil

  8. Andy says:

    Love those old videos of the Blackburn Mullard Factory – my dad used to work there!

    I’ve emailed sales@ to be put on the list for the Levelling Amplifier, would love to experience one of these.

  9. Randy says:

    Can you add me to the waiting list for a Leveling Amplifier? Also, what’s the best way to get notified when products are back in stock? I’d want to order a Tube Vibe as well.

    And thank you so much for making these incredible effects! I got a Tube Drive for Christmas, and in 20 years of playing guitar I’ve never been so happy with a new pedal… it makes my Vibroverb sound like it looks but at reasonable volumes, and with tons of gain to spare. I’m so happy I found you guys!

  10. Robert Merriman says:

    Haven’t checked on the status of the new Delta Trem pedal for quite some time. What’s the status on that? Released yet? Release date update?

    • Robert Merriman says:

      Just paged up and found my answers. Been waiting a long time on this pedal. Hope the new run lasts long enough to ship me one.

      • Phil says:

        Hi Rob, We’re aiming to release the new Delta-Trem in summer. This batch are all spoken for however I expect we’ll be making another (second) batch this year as well. Best, Phil

  11. John Bruns says:


    Which delay pedal do you regard as the closest to the Echoplex on today’s market?

    Thanks, JohnnyB

    • Phil says:

      Hi John, In my opnion the FullTone Tube Tape Echo represents an excellent engineering effort to replicate (and improve) on the Echoplex. Regards, Phil

  12. Johan says:

    Could you please add me on the waiting list for the leveling amplifier?
    Best regard Johan

  13. Don Neumann says:

    I too would like to be put on the list for this pedal. Thanks

  14. Ara says:

    Hi Phil,

    I have your PC-2A and FireBottle pedals and I LOVE them!

    David Gilmour being my one and hero, I’m most comfortable and at home with his clean tones both for rhythm and solo with obviously some level of overdrive and distortion.

    That being said, I’ve NOT been able to get his relatively clean tones with slight overdrive/distortion for solos with my B.K. Butler Tube Drive. It’s almost impossible to dial in “clean” tone with it in bedroom setting.

    So my question is, would your Tube Drive or Delta Trem give me the DG’s “clean” tone for solos. I’ve listened to sound clips for both pedals and liked it very much, but wanted to get your thoughts and recommendations on it.

    I would also be interested in your Phaser pedal since I have not found any that delivers the basic phaser effects without being incredibly noisy! I must say that I’ve been spoiled with your dead silent pedals…!

    On a different topic… what would it take to be a dealer for your products in San Francisco Bay Area or Northern Cal? The nearest dealer is in So Cal in Studio City 300+ miles away!

    We, x-employees of closing music store, are setting up a hi-end Music Store and one stop amps/instruments repair shop. We’re going to cary hi-end, vintage gear/instruments, and pedals to go with them.

    Feel free to emeil me directly to discuss the your terms if you like.

    Keep up the fenamonal work, you guys put a smile on lot of amature musicians and I’m sure pros alike!


    • Phil says:

      Hi Ara, Thank you for your kind words on the PC-2A and Fire Bottle. If you’re aiming to get cleaner tones from the Tube Drive, which has quite a lot of gain on tap, then I advise replacing one or both of its stock 12AX7 tubes with lower gain tubes such as 12AY7, 12AV7 or even 12AU7. If you contact sam@effectrode.com she’ll be able to email you with our dealer price list. Thank you, Phil

  15. Troy says:


    The Blackbird’s blue channel would be a better bet for what you’re after than than the Tube-Drive which is thicker in the mids (& works well as a solo boost before the Blackbird). I don’t think of that light crunch or edge-of-breakup tone that you are referring to as “clean” as being clean per se but I know what you’re referring to.

    You might prefer a 12AU7 valve in your pedal rather than the 12AX7 if that lower gain dirt is hard for you to dial in – or just experiment more with both the pedal & amp tone controls (maybe your amp is mids-deficient & exacerbates a mids-light pedal? Try eliminating any Boss-type buffered pedals from your FX chain too.

    Maybe use your PC-2A at the same time (before the drive) to help get the right feel (dial it in for light compression). Either way compression helps get some of the feel of a louder amp when you;re playing at lower levels. The PC-2A into good valve drives like the Effectrodes used in this way really allows for some enhanced & unique tones.

  16. Scott Anderson says:

    Please add me to the wait list! Thanks

  17. Are you still taking names for the list for the LA-2A? If so, please count me in. I have an Origin Cali76 GP (the bigger box, with the Germanium Drive and parallel control.)
    I want one of your tube compressors.
    I think it will give me more of what I am looking for, than the Origin.

    • Phil says:

      Hi Steve, We’ll be working on another batch of Leveling Amplifiers shortly. I’ve passed on your details to Sam so she can inform you as soon as they become available. Thanks, Phil

  18. Scott Kaufman says:

    Hi, I’d like to be added to the list as well! I don’t know how I missed this the first time. It is the main two ways I’ve used with my Effectrode Compressor (you know it’s been on your board a really long time when you don’t see a model number, but just creamy warmth box) even in Jam Up Pro lol.

  19. Eduard says:

    Hi Phil, is it possible to be added on the waiting list for the echorec 3? How is the phaseomatic and deltatrem coming?

    • Phil says:

      Hi Eduard, Yes, just send an email request to sam@effectrode.com and she’ll make sure you are on the waiting list. The Delta-Trem and Phaseomatic pedals are pretty much complete – I just need to choose a momentary foot switch for the tap tempo. Best regards, Phil

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