- Fender Blender
After reading it was a favorite of George Harrison, My Bloody Valentine and Gish-era Pumpkins I had been looking all round music shops, the want ads and flea markets all over New England and the Tri-State area.
This was one of my first ever online purchases made in the early days on eBay, round about 1997-98. The auction house began in 1995.
This late 60’s/early 70’s fuzz unit definitely did not disappoint. It was brash and unlike any of the overdrives, distortions and Muffs I had been using up to that point. And the clean blend sure does come in handy.
Checkout Michael Dregni’s article in Vintage Guitar Magazine.
- Time Shadows
The latest EarthQuaker Device actually is the same as the latest Death By Audio device. This new pedal is a joint collaboration that brings their sonic soundscape trips to your melted mind.
With the switch to the left, Time Shadows’ controls are completely the brain child of EarthQuaker Devices resident genius, Jamie Stillman. Flip the switch to the right and you enter the head of the madman Oliver Ackermann from Death By Audio barely clutching to reality.
Both sounds are wildly different from each other and yet share a perfectly designed harmony to be completely complementary and suitable for every style and genre of music. The EarthQuaker Devices side transforms whatever you play into the sound of a jazz space bazooka! It’s a pitch-morphed fuzz delay filter with so much attitude that you are actually intimidated. It takes the input signal, blows it out with the power of digital distortion, blends it with a polyphonic sub octave, feeds it into a delay, then spits it out into a highly resonant envelope-controlled lowpass filter. The Death By Audio side is a multi-delay filter remorphinator that goes from icy shimmers to cosmic space caves of bouncing repeats.
Between the two, you should have everything you need to break brains and destroy monotony!
Limited to 1,000 units worldwide.
- Space Echo RE-201
The Roland Corporation, introduced the RE-101 and RE-201 Space Echo units in 1974. The units use a 1/4″ open loop of tape. No reels, just a jumble of ever moving tape contained in the “tape tank.”
The RE-201 also features spring reverb.
These are legendary. Growing up, there was often heated debate at the local guitar shop whether the Echoplex or Space Echo was better. Much like Beatles vs the Stones, Next Gen vs TOS, Chevy vs Ford, Yankees vs Red Sox, there was very impassioned discourse. They only thing they could agree on was both were a pain to maintain and that neither could achieve the pristine, super long delays of the digital realm. Nowadays there are plenty of digital delays that seek to create the warmth and idiosyncrasies of these old tape delays.
In the end it is all about the sound. And the Space Echo has A SOUND. That unto itself is music to me. The various modes offer a variety of options. The backlit VU meter? Come on, so cool! There is a tactile element as well that makes the Space Echo a treat to use.
An informative article on these units can be found here: http://www.roland.co.uk/blog/the-roland-re-201-space-echo-story/
- Pink Beard
This Pink Beard is a collaboration with 323 Effects and Pure Salem Guitars.
Here is Pure Salem’s description:
Modern, high-gain transistor fuzz. And this thing is LOUD!!! It can handle anything from smooth distortion to over-the-top nasty fuzz. The three-position toggle switch takes the pedal from normal fuzz tones in the right position to a gated, splatty feel with fizzy decay in the left position, all while remaining musical and useful. The middle position takes you into synthy video game territory and lets the notes “bloom” slightly during the sustain. And for a more fizzy note decay, roll back on your guitar’s volume knob! Use the starve control to affect the voltage supplied to the circuit – depending on the toggle setting this can either smooth out the higher gain settings or enhance the sputters and splats. Playing higher up the neck can even cause an octave up effect! The starve, fuzz, and toggle are all very interactive, making for tons of tonal possibilities.
High quality components are used throughout. Relay based bypass makes for silent and smooth true-bypass switching. No annoying POPS that are common with high gain effects. All this is wrapped up in a pink powder-coated aluminum enclosure with screen-printed graphics and large, high quality, white fluted knobs. Standard 9V DC negative ground power adapter.
- What’s Happening?
We are keeping busy over here at Stompbox Sonic. Buying n’ selling pedals, providing effects consultations, and preparing for a Guitar Show (Northeast Guitar Expo May 23rd)!
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- Spring Cleaning 2021
Days are getting a bit longer & warmers. Time to clear out the shelves at SBS HQ.
Check out these discounted effects and accessories on our webstore.
Domestic USPS shipping or curbside pick-up available.
- Favorite Music 2020
2021 Is on the horizon. Here is some of the music released this year that helped us through 2020.
- +/- – 06/19/20
- AB – South Shore
- Animal Hospital – Fatigue
- Anjimile – Giver Taker
- Fiona Apple – Fetch the Bolt Cutters
- Boris –NO
- Emma Swift –Blonde on the Tracks
- Fu Manchu –Fu 30. Pt.1
- Geoglyphs – Earth Science Fiction
- Jason Isbell – Reunions
- Mrs. Piss –Self Surgery
- Mute City –Data Breach
- Mylets –Object Permanence
- Noveller –Arrow
- Old Man Gloom –Seminar IX: Darkness of Being
- SEA – Impermanence
- Throwing Muses – Sun Racket
- Travis – 10 Songs
- Waxahatche –Saint Cloud
- Weather Weapon –WW2020
Thankful to have music to turn to during the rough patches and joyful moments.
- New Webstore!
We launched an online store! Seeing as though we can’t meet up in person for effects consultations or host builder events and sound tastings we needed a way to get you your new favorite effect. Or a book about effects or other effect/music related goodness.
Only a teeny tiny bit of our inventory has been added so far. We’ll be adding more so be sure to check back often.
There is an option to pick-up the pedal in Allston, if you are in or around the Boston area. Or you can have the pedal shipped to you, anywhere in the U.S.
Stay warm, stay safe, and make some noise!
- Time Shadows
Here’s what EQD has to say on the Time Shadows; “Both sounds are wildly different from each other and yet share a perfectly designed harmony to be completely complementary and suitable for every style and genre of music. The EarthQuaker Devices side transforms whatever you play into the sound of a jazz space bazooka! It’s a pitch-morphed fuzz delay filter with so much attitude that you are actually intimidated. It takes the input signal, blows it out with the power of digital distortion, blends it with a polyphonic sub octave, feeds it into a delay, then spits it out into a highly resonant envelope-controlled lowpass filter. The Death By Audio side is a multi-delay filter remorphinator that goes from icy shimmers to cosmic space caves of bouncing repeats.”
- Stompbox Books
Ever since the Sixties, fuzzboxes, wah-wahs, phase shifters and a vast range of guitar effects pedals have shaped the sound of music as we know it. Now there are two books celebrating these devices and the community of guitarists who are using and collecting them. Stompbox: 100 Pedals of the World’s Greatest Guitarists and Vintage & Rarities: 333 Cool, Crazy and Hard to Find Guitar Pedals are the first books to treat guitar pedals as objects of art—showcasing prototypes and singular models very few have seen before.
These companion volumes showcase highly-detailed photographs of the actual effects pedals owned and used by Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Frank Zappa, Alex Lifeson, Andy Summers, Eric Johnson, Adrian Belew, Joe Satriani, Steve Vai, Ed O’Brien, J Mascis, Lita Ford, Joe Perry, Thurston Moore, Lee Ranaldo, Vernon Reid, Kaki King, Nels Cline among many. While Stompbox focuses on the pedals owned by these guitar legends, Vintage & Rarities shifts the focus to enthusiastic collectors and archivists, offering a remarkable look into the world of pedal connoisseurs.
Essential reading material for gear nerds, pedal collectors, guitarists, music historians and bedroom rockers, these lavish coffee table books meld visual aesthetics with encyclopedic detail. They make the perfect gift for the music and/or design lover in your life.
Expected to arrive Mid December 2020.
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