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Davies 1510 knobs

Here’s a look at the first solid phenolic ivory 1510 knobs Davies Molding have custom made for Effectrode. This kind of quality 1510 knob has not been available until we started working with Davies last year to resurrect this classic design. Davies are an American company who have been in the knob manufacturing business for over 80 years. They know quite a lot about it! This is the way knobs … Read More →

Silver-Plated Circuit Board in the New PC-2A Compressor

Silver-plated circuit board

The new batch of PC-2A photo-optical tube compressors are built using custom silver-plated circuit boards. This is a first for Effectrode and we’re really pleased to be able to announce this as silver is an excellent, in fact the best conductor of electricity, being better than even pure copper or gold. We’ve also added some supplemental information to our website on how to adjust the internal trimpots to tailor the … Read More →

Delicious! – The New Delta-Trem

Delta-Trem gold graphics

Here’s a first look at the new Delta-Trem vactrol tremolo enclosure – with deep chocolate paint with rich gold graphics it looks good enough to eat! I’ve spent a great deal of time (much more time than is commercially sensible) working on the redesign of the logo and graphics for this pedal but I wanted this tremolo pedal to look exceptional – as good as it sounds! The tube and … Read More →

Delta-Trem Tap Divide and Mulitply!

Cracking the Enigma Code

Just another quick update on the Delta-Trem Vactrol tube tremolo. I’m pushing hard to get this project wrapped up and into production this year. Today I completed debugging the tap temp divide circuitry – a real brain drain as I wanted to add tap mulitply too for a total of 8 different ratios including triplets. The photo shows some of my timing notes. As I laboured through the calculations for … Read More →

Back of the Beer Mat Calculations

Back of he beer mat calculations

Behind every gleaming Effectrode effects pedal there are a myriad of scribbled notes, countless experimental prototypes and endless testing and fault-finding. Getting a pedal design fine-tuned and ironing out all those small, but important details takes time and is a labour of love, which is why I have literally dozens of notebooks filled with such scribbles. This particular scribble is related to the Delta-Trem tap tempo circuitry. The project is … Read More →

John Verity’s Blackbirds

John Verity's pedalboard

Here’s a nice photo of John Verity’s pedalboard sporting two Blackbird tube preamps and a Mercury tube fuzz – seven tubes in total which is more than are found in most guitar amps! This pedal board in conjunction with his Marshall 1974 tube amps and custom Tayden speaker cabs generates an incredibly rich, smooth, full-bodied tone. John reckons it’s the best guitar sound he’s ever had and after seeing him … Read More →

Mad March Giveaway


Each weekend during March, we will be offering one lucky Facebook user the chance to win a bunch of Effectrode Goodies. Go to our Facebook page to enter. https://www.facebook.com/effectrode Rules This competition is open to all Facebook users 18 years of age or older, excluding employees of Effectrode or anyone else connected with this promotion. The competition is run by Effectrode. Each Friday during March 2015 a Facebook Giveaway will … Read More →

Dabbling in Tube Power Amplification

Output transformers

Yes folks, it’s not all work at Effectrode – sometimes I like to take a break from tube effects pedal design and experiment with tube power amps too! For some time I’ve had the inkling of an idea to build a compact power amp using tubes in parallel to obtain more current drive – a high power low power amp if you like. There’s some great little tube amps already … Read More →

Oil and Alcohol: Binson Echorec Export Rebuild Completed!

Binson Echorec Export rebuild

The air in my workshop is now heavy with the strong scent of machine oil and alcohol. This marks the completion of my first Binson Echorec rebuild for a paying customer! The oil and alcohol were used during the endless hours of head alignment and idler wheel tweaking that were essential to get this old Echorec (1962) operating close to original factory new condition. Head alignment is fantastically fiddly to … Read More →