There’s circuit boards and then there’s Effectrode circuit boards. Our printed circuit boards (PCBs) are manufactured from high quality FR-4 glass-reinforced epoxy laminate, more accurately a composite composed of a flame resistant fibreglass cloth with an epoxy resin binder. FR-4 was created by NEMA in 1968 and its self-extinguishing properties make it the perfect material for Effectrode’s vacuum tube audio electronics, which operate at elevated temperature.
Additionally all our PCBs are finished in silver plated 2oz copper foil to ensure maximum conductivity and audio fidelity. Further, we are one of the few companies that insist on soldering potentiomenters, foot switches and other critical electronic components onto the boards by hand using silver alloy solder—this prevents leaching and the formation of brittle joints. What this means in real money is that our effects pedals not only sound superb but are extremely tough, durable and will withstand for many, many decades of use in the studio and on tour.