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Just About Doable – The ‘Glass-A’ Triode Buffer

Glass-A triode buffer

Today I’ve been cutting out the metalwork for the Glass-A tube buffer. I was determined to fit the tube and and all the high voltage electronics into a tiny Hammond 1590B diecast aluminium enclosure. This was only just about doable and made more difficult by the fact that I always like to have all the sockets on the back panel to keep wiring between effects pedals as tidy as possible … Read More →

What’s on Rother’s Pedal Board?

Steve Rothery's Pedalboard

No, this isn’t a play on the famous Abbot and Costello comedy sketch, ‘Who’s on first base?’, it’s an enquiry into what effects pedals Steve Rothery (Marillion) is using on tour for his latest solo venture ‘The Ghosts of Pripyat’. Looking at the photograph of his board, it might be easier to ask, what effects pedals aren’t on his board! It’s extremely busy, but beautifully laid out and I’m really … Read More →

Inside David Gilmour’s Studio

David Gilomour's pedalboard

Guitarist magazine issue 390 is on sale now in print and digital formats and is a feast for Pink Floyd fans, featuring an in-depth look inside David Gilmour’s studio, sumptuous photography and details of the amazing guitars, amps and effects that powered The Endless River. As part of their 17-page cover feature, they also interview Floyd collaborator Phil Manzanera and David Gilmour’s long-serving guitar tech Phil Taylor.

Effectrode ‘Mercury’ Tube Fuzz at NAMM!

Mercury Tube Fuzz Has Landed

The Effectrode ‘Mercury’ Vacuum Tube Fuzz along with other Effectrode pedals will be making a splash this year’s 2015 NAMM show in January. Make sure you don’t miss us at ‘Big City Music’ in Hall A, booth #6735 from Thursday 22nd through to Sunday 25th. Big City’s booth is not set up with a guitar rig, however if you need a serious road test of any pedals Roger Cordell will … Read More →

Coming in summer – The ‘Glass-A’ Triode Buffer

Class-A tube buffer/driver

Coming this summer. The ‘Glass-A Triode Buffer’ is designed to do just one thing, but it does it exceptionally well. This compact audiophile buffer is based on a N.O.S. subminiature Philips ECG triode tube operating as a cathode follower at several hundred volts. The result is a superior buffer device with staggering dynamic range and a very wide, flat frequency response. This little buffer has some outrageous specs. Frequency response … Read More →

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas from Effectrode

“It came without ribbons! It came without tags! It came without packages, boxes or bags!… Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before! “Maybe Christmas,” he thought, “doesn’t come from a store. Maybe Christmas… perhaps… means a little bit more!” — Dr. Seuss, How the Grinch Stole Christmas! Wishing you a magical Christmas and a peaceful new year. The Effectrode Team

Fragile: Guided Missile Parts Inside!

Fragile: guided missle parts inside

It never ceases to amuse me when I see a carton of N.O.S. military spec. tubes labelled ‘Fragile’. These tubes are good for 80,000 feet altitude (getting on the edge of space), 500G impact acceleration (equivalent to the ‘Blackbird’ spy plane hitting a mountain at mach 3) and immune to gamma radiation. What to they think the postal service are going to do to them!?

John Verity – Tone Hound

John Verity Tone Hound

“Best known for his tenure with Argent in the 70s, John Verity has maintained a long and influential career. Still gigging with acclaim with both acoustic and electric outfits, his search for the ultimate blues tone continues, and here he’s nailed a classic British take on the genre.” – The Musician – Journal of the Musician’s Union Autumn 2014 You can find out more about John’s latest album, ‘Tone Hound’ … Read More →

Mercury Fuzz Update!

Mercury vacuum tube fuzz pedal

We’re very close to shipping the new Mercury tube fuzz pedals. This will be the first time I’ve got my act together to ship out a new pedal design before Christmas – a serious milestone for Effectrode! The circuitry of the Mercury fuzz is very similar to the Helios fuzz, however the N.O.S. blackplate Philips 6112 tube in the Mercury is a much more efficient emitter of electrons than the … Read More →

Delta-Trem Owner’s Manual is now online

Delta-Trem Owner's Manual

The Delta-Trem tube tremolo owner’s manual is now online. I’m really pleased with the way these manual covers are coming out – they are design classics in their own right. The Delta-Trem has been out of production for 5 years with a small batch of 100 made back in 2009. We aim to be shipping these beautiful pedals again in spring/summer 2015!