I built a nice little pedal for Mike Fetting of EffectsWire, he asked me to do an interview too. Read more here:
Soundclips! As people will know, I’m not a legendary guitarist or bassist. Please be forgiving, listen to the tone and not the technique.
Guitar clips: Thermionic Guitar
Audio path: Rick’s fingers >>> Telecaster Custom bridge pup (HB) >>> Thermionic Overdrive >>> Roland Bolt 60 watt tube combo >>> Shure SM58 >>> Wavelab
Bass clips: Thermionic Bass
Audio path: Rick’s fingers >>> Washburn RB2500 five string active >>> Thermionic Overdrive >>> Roland Bolt 60 watt tube combo >>> Shure SM58 >>> Wavelab
It’s been a long haul, source parts, mathing FET’s, etching enclosure, but the SDR limited run is finally coming together. They’ll start shipping over the next couple of weeks.
Just finished this one for Nikola in Hamburg. He asked if I could implement power scaling, so this one has got a ‘Brake’ knob instead of master volume, which adjusts the B+ voltage from anywhere between 110v and 190v – nice feature, and very useful for scaling down the output which maintaining the ‘full on’ sound.
Only one left! Who wants it?
I’m pretty obsessed with phasers, built dozens, searched and searched for the ‘most swooshy’, didn’t ever find it – so I designed it! Most phasers stop at 4 stages, a few dare to go to 6 or maybe 8 – Sonic Death Ray is a 14 stage FET based phaser with some nice added extras.
Firstly, there are multiple regen taps available, sending the phased signal back to an earlier stage of the phaser for sonic emphasis – this is not a feature found on any other phaser I’m aware of, and a phaser needs to have a large number of stages to make it a viable option to add. In Sonic Death Ray the regen path can be selected over 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13 or 14 stages by using the Regen Taps rotary switch in combination with the Parity Switch. Each and every regen tap makes the unit sound like a different flavour of phaser – really versatile.
Secondly, Sonic Death Ray features Parity Modulation, found on no other phaser in the World. A second LFO allow the number of stages in the regen path to be toggled automatically between an odd and even number, imprinting another layer of cool on an already cool effect. Sometimes it’s like adding a kind of vibrato on top the phasing, sometimes it’s like the thing is talking! Parity Modulation has it’s own footswitch – it deserves no less.
When I first built this phaser I swore never to build another, because it’s a huge circuit (and therefore a tight build), and because I have to match 14 FETs for each unit – no mean feat in itself. But I’ve bowed to demand and am now offering a limited run of a maximum of 10 units. 9 are already spoken for. The production run is going to differ from the prototype – I’m using a bigger enclosure to make for and easier build. Each enclosure will be hand sanded/hand etched/hand painted and will look similar in artwork to the pedal shown below (which is not a Sonic Death Ray, but an uber-delay).
Here’s a couple of demos to give you an idea of what this baby can do. Signal path: Tele Custom (bridge HB) >>> (Big Muff on the dirty bits) >>> Sonic Death Ray >>> VJ Clone >>> Shure SM58.
Each of the numbered run of Sonic Death Ray will cost £275 GBP plus shipping. This is a strictly limited run on a first come first served basis. Please contact me by email at the following address if you would like to reserve one for yourself:
There’s been a lot of interest in my Obsession amp, so much so that I’ve had to have a re-think, I’ve decided to start building these amps for sale – but with a few changes. As you may have read on the Custom Amplifiers page, the prototype was a really time consuming build, mostly because it’s such a tight squeeze to shoehorn everything into the case – so I’m gonna be building them in a slightly bigger case to ease up the build process. First ones should be ready in about 4 weeks.
So – as a one-off special I’m offering the original prototype that you see pictured below for the ‘blow-out’ deal price of £200 plus shipping. I have vowed never to build another in the original sized case, so the prototype – aside from being pure art – is truely unique. Act fast if you want it – it’ll go quick judging by the interest I’ve already had. SOLD