The Glass-A triode buffer is built on a custom designed circuit board. The copper tracks are plated with pure silver, which is the best of all electrical conductors and superior even to gold. Additionally, the fibre glass board is coloured black and coated with a high-grade transparent solder resist for a truely distinctive and classy appearance. The Glass-A buffer pedals will begin shipping in late July.
After many, many months of email and phone conversations we’re delighted to receive our first shipment of Dakaware, Chicago 1510 knobs from Davies Molding. These knobs are available in either in classic black or ivory (no gourdy, bright colours) and from this point forward all our pedals will come fitted with them as standard.
Today I’ve been testing new old stock pencil tubes for the next batch of Fire Bottle tube boost pedals. The quality of these little tubes is phenomenal with zero failures and all the tubes are what I consider ‘A grade’ for microphony and noise. These U.S.A. manufactured ‘green-print’ tubes are some of the finest tubes ever made and I can really appreciate the high level of skill and workmanship that … Read More →
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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →