Marc Ahlfs and Austin Sims announce the opening of the Sweet Ear Recording Studio! If you would like to record a project in the lovely town of Carson City, Nevada, or would just like to check out what we've got, give us a call or drop us an email. Contact info on the above website.
Aimed at the earliest germanium Fuzz Face tones with super saturated fuzz at full guitar volume and overdrive when the guitar volume is backed off
Starting with the old Fuzztone/Tone Bender Mk1 circuit, I devised a friendly overdrive that can get those sounds from the 60's, in a milder, polite, and playable fashion, while still delivering your guitar's actual tone and attack and sustain characteristics as well. Available now!
Finally finished wrestling my Marshall Super Lead voiced preamp circuit into brutal perfection. Available now!
New clips added for the Cognitive Dissonance MkIV. Check 'em out!
Another amp-sim, this time in the classic Fender Deluxe vein. Check it out! Sweet, bell-like tones to be had...
You know you love the LMS at low speed. But you may not ever use it at higher speeds? Why not? Because I made it too "whumpy" at higher speeds. Dopey me, I thought I was designing it to be super open, but really I was adding too much bass. So I fixed that! Now features a neutral eq, without lacking any of the previous "openness" or beautiful tone, opening up the higher speeds to be more usable. New version begins at serial number 319. (You two folks with pending orders are getting the revised version)
Just finished with a minor re-design on the website to simplify the menu structure and make things more consistent between the home page and the product pages.
An articulate fuzz with just the right amount of gain. I love it so much I have decided to RETIRE the vaunted P19 and add this pedal to my line-up as THE Gilmour-flavored fuzz. Edit: okay; I put the P19 back on the main menu because folks are still ordering it, and far be it from me to try to manipulate what people want.
Not a fuzz but a dirty boost. A filthy boost, in fact, when the gain is up. Based on the volume-pedal-format booster that Jimmy Page used in Led Zeppelin's early days, and I've added a switchable, variable, amp-like clipping section so you can still enjoy it at unity gain if you happen to rock a clean amp with lots of headroom!
Chime, jangle, and grit! The soul of a mid-60's British tube combo amp in a versatile stompbox.
One of the best things about the first-edition triangle-knob Big Muff Pi was its versatility and amp-like quality. With my new 1971 pedal, I've taken this a step farther and lowered the gain just enough to eliminate the fuzz-like syrupiness of the circuit just to exploit that vast cranked-amp distortion quality. It doesn't swamp out your attack, so it retains an openness and is tight and very chord-friendly. It still sounds like you're playing your guitar and not just playing a fuzz pedal, but, since it uses oldschool parts similar to those you'd find in a vintage 1971 Big Muff, it has that delicious oldschool flavor. Very "blast from the past" when you plug in and play. Check it out!
By popular demand, I've made a lower-gain version of the Major Overdrive, and it sounds nearly identical to our ever-popular 5-knob Hybrid Fuzz Driver but at a lower price. The new Hybrid Overdrive is well suited to live Jimmy Page and Stevie Ray type sounds, with good headroom and great cleanish/dirty in-betweens, huge range, and a punchy attack that never gets mushy even when you crank its gain all the way up.
Sorry; it's just too temperamental to build. Germanium fuzz is great and all, but too many circuits turn out bad as a result of the touchy nature of these sensitive devices, and it has just become too much trouble and expense to make this pedal.
Now available, our limited-edition civil-war/tall-font green Russian fuzz
How do you like the new background image? it's the grain from the back side of my Strat.
"Gigged this weekend with a Hybrid Fuzz Driver as a med gain OD, and a Lunar Module Mini Deluxe for the heavier stuff. I wanted to use fewer gain stages and work things more from my guitars volume pot and man did it work. Both pedals sat great in the mix, and cleaned up beautifully with the volume pot on my tele. I was able to avoid a lot of tap dancing and the tones were perfect. I didn't really stack them (didn't need to) but both got along very well with my clean boost, wah and delay
Gotta love gear that makes a live show easier - thanks Marc!"
After falling behind because of a protracted recovery period after a bad Achilles tendon injury I sustained in January, I've been working double hard to get caught up on orders. Now that we've gotten through a huge backlog, I can announce that our current lead time / waiting list is only 2 to 4 weeks instead of 4 months!
Check it out! Will post sound clip/demo when I get time. Super awesome octave-up fuzz which tracks very well and does pure octaves easily with little effort and no need to roll back the guitar's tone knob.
I didn't put it up on the main menu, but you can find it here:
Check out my Uni-Vibe flavored small box phaser. You'll be amazed at the amount of vintage mojo packed into such a tiny space. I consciously voiced it a little bit smoother in its sweep than a typical 1969 specimen just so it's less floppy and somewhat more refined as it cycles through its range of moving frequency interactions. It's like you've found the smoothest classic Uni-Vibe and dialed the intensity in to just the sweetest spot where it's usable for everything you could ever want it to do at every speed without sounding clunky or distracting--just lovely and enchanting. Yes, it is optical, and yes, the sweep does have that funky asymmetry you would want and expect. It is very vocal and lush and has just the right amount of throb without overkill; it truly adds to and beautifies and interacts with your playing.
I've finished adapting my Giant Meat Pie BC239 into a small box enclosure. In the process I let it off its leash too. Nice and aggressive! Skreddy BC239 Fuzz
We are now accepting pre-orders for the Mayonaise MkIII.
I've decided to go ahead and make the BC109 Fuzz available to the general public, as it offers a great deal of awesomeness that I know a lot of fuzz lovers will enjoy. After sitting on it for months, I haven't found the need to tweak or modify it lately; so I recon it's finally fully ready now. This is a silicon Fuzz Face™ style design that is very tweakable but still retains every vestige of the vintage tone and response. It is not tweaked or modified in any way that makes it sound different from a vintage 60's-70's Fuzz Face™; it just gives you more control than any 2-knob version could and let's you go as wild or mild as you wish. From frizzy, soft, and gated to articulate, hard, and liquid, it will emulate a number of different 2-transistor fuzzes and even has a voice control to let you dial in everything from a sharp attack to a smooth "woman tone."
Note: "Fuzz Face" is a registered trademark of Dunlop, Inc., and Skreddy Pedals does not use this term to identify our product, only to draw a comparison.
Skreddy Pedals (in other words, Cynthia and Marc) will be in booth # 1659
in the Nashville, TN Music Center, July 11-13. Come say "hi!"
Here's the interactive floorplan...
Many thanks to Jeff Ruiz (awesome guitarist) and Michael Moody (Magic Amps) and Ron Ellis Pickups (the black LP in the video has Ron's pickups in it).
Catching up on our waiting lists! Should only take us a month to make your pedal now.
I've taken every single best aspect of the Screw Driver and Lunar Module and combined them into a format specifically tuned for humbucking pickups--quite a few changes and improvements! So if you love your Les Paul and haven't found a Skreddy Pedal you bond with yet, this one's for you.
Little Miss Sunshine: "Knobs? We don't need no stinking knobs." Well, we might need one. But the "perfect" phaser tone is already fastidiously dialed in; it gets you exactly what you want and expect from a mid-70's phaser and nothing you don't.
BC109 Fuzz: "Yet another Fuzz Face clone?" Yeah. Lots of different personalities in the one box, though.
The Echo and Paradigm Shift both get a $26 price cut today. We are willing to shave our profits on these (perhaps only on a temporary basis?) in order to get more into the hands of users who have passed them up because of price. They are both labor intensive and have high parts costs, but I hope we can support these lower prices for the time being.
Please welcome Deluxe Guitars, our newest dealer! Drop in and see them next time you're in Melbourne, Australia. They have the last few regular & deluxe Screw Drivers and Lunar Modules on the way to them right now; so if you want one, give them a call or an email.
We are accepting pre-orders on Lunar Module Mini Deluxes and Screw Driver Mini Deluxes now. They should start shipping out in mid December.
After a long hiatus from the main menu, the Top Fuel's back again. Why? I sat with it for a couple of days and re-tweaked it. I removed a bit more bassiness at the input, opened up the tone control a lot more so there's no constricted feeling, and trimmed a bit more harshness off the high end. I like it now! Very tight, articulate, modern, high gain, and open, with a powerful, screaming midrange that works in all pickup positions. I hope you enjoy it...
Making a new version of the Screw Driver and Lunar Module pedals. Stopping all direct sales of them temporarily until new version is released.
Did you know: The Skreddy Pedals Supa Tone makes an awesome bass fuzz/distortion? It does not cut your low end (with the tone knob at noon or lower), unlike most fuzz pedals, and it retains punch and dynamics (it doesn't turn your bass into a compressed, droning buzz). An interesting side effect also is that you can use the tone knob to control the level of fuzz, which is only present in the higher frequencies. You'll probably want the tone knob set down to 9:00 o'clock-ish for huge bass with still a generous amount of fuzz on top or turn it lower to trim that fuzz if it's stepping on the guitar's mix.
All orders placed after July 16, 2011, 1:00 PM Pacific Time, will have actual shipping charges added to the balance due when your pedals are completed. This will include all domestic and international orders. We ship domestic packages via USPS Priority Mail with Signature Required, and international packages via USPS Global Priority (where available). Some countries are a lot more expensive than others to ship to, and if yours is one of those, we may give you the option of receiving your package via a slower, less expensive method. Our postage costs have increased a great deal since 2004.
This will save us a ton on shipping and is better for the environment. I apologize to those of you who only use batteries, and I highly suggest that the brand of battery you use in our pedals is Energizer. Other brands tend to be a tiny bit larger and harder to fit inside the pedal.
We've got a giant batch of Skreddys on their way to Crush the Button this week. Check them out!
You asked for it; here you go! The Skreddy Supa Tone is on the main menu now. Thanks!
You can now order the Lunar Deluxe from the website
The month of June was very exciting for Cynthia and me; we moved into a beautiful house she and I purchased together. We are super happy and love it. I apologize, though, that June also kept me so busy that I had almost no time at all to spend doing emails. I will be going back into my unanswered emails and confirming orders, etc., in the coming week. Thank you all for your support!!! Without your patronage, we could never have made it into our new home.
Terms and Conditions page was updated today.
We are about even now with Pig Mines and all other orders. Unfortunately, all orders are now shipping at about 6 months after the order date. So I have updated the lead-time estimate on our product pages to reflect this.
After a long month's delay (I was planning on December deliveries), the Pig Mines that were ordered last July when I first opened the shopping cart and got swamped overnight are finally trickling out to customers. We're getting them shipped as fast as we can. Thank you all so much for your patience!!!
They turned out great! I built this one up right away to take a pic. Will open shopping cart in the next day or so.
(no it's not a joke) I'm just not liking this pedal any more. I'll come up with something else in this vein soon.
Thank you Chris Camm for coming up with the idea of moving the trim pots up to the top for total control. This really brings the Screw Driver into a new dimension of versatility.
It's been nearly a year in the making. I'm really happy and excited about sharing it with you. I truly believe it will help inspire music making.
It's always been my policy to not continue a pedal line that (in my opinion) depends upon a particular transistor's personality for its signature tone, once their supply has run out. I was planning on continuing the Pink Flesh after I ran out of its transistors and using modern parts tweaked for the same target application (i.e.; it has to have a certain 70's feel, not a modern feel).
After several rounds of experimentation, I've found that of course I can get plenty of nice Big Muff tones out of any number of different circuit permutations and various types of parts. But nothing that particularly satisfied my target application, considering the time constraint I'm under to release it. So I've decided to backpedal on my previous idea and that it is much simpler for me and fairer to all my customers to only have one version of the Pink Flesh out in the wild. No confusion over versions and dates and parts, just one Pink Flesh pedal. When it's gone, it's gone, just the same as the Mayo and the ? Lady.
For the time being I'm going to give the Big Muff design a rest and concentrate on getting out orders and finishing up another major project that's been on the back burner for several months.
I've determined that the cache of transistors I've accumulated is adequate for filling all pending orders for the Pink Flesh and Mayo and ? Lady pedals.
My supply of transistors that I use for Mayos, Pink Fleshes, and ? Ladys has unexpectedly dried up. The latest batch did not meet my gain requirements, and it doesn't look like there's any more reliable stream of these parts forthcoming.
I'm going to discontinue the Mayo and ? Lady pedals for the time being unless and until I find something else suitable to build them.
I plan to keep going with the Pink Flesh, and I have many
ideas and many parts that I am currently working with to finalize the its
formulation. Right now, it is on hold for a short time while I polish and