akai pedals

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  1. lamf

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    Anyone notice all those Akai pedals in guitar players distortion overview look just like Biyang pedals.
     
  2. Bartimaeus

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    Well that isn't very punk, is it?
    That's because they are.
     
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    Thats what I thought.If it looks like a duck and sounds like a duck...
     
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    Not a big secret... Biyang also made the guitarfetish pedals.
     
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    What do you have against ducks?:D

    I wonder how they sound or did guitar player give their opinion in the overview?
     
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    Guitar player gave them 4 out of 5
     
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    nothing against ducks really,just an analogy
     
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    Yes but GP has taken "value" or "bang for buck" out of their judging criteria in this review. The Akai's are Biyangs ( I own a GFS and a Biyang) and are much more expensive- GP should let the customer know that, but of course, won't!
     
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    Yep. Same pedal, INSANE markup. Like $100+ pedals when Biyang sells them for around $40-$50.
     
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    Thanks for the heads up!
     
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    i'm guessing this applies to the newest line of Akai pedals & not their previous batches that contained the Deep Impact & Headrush?
     
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    Akai used to make their own pedals, and a few pretty good ones -

    Ultra Fuzz, HyperMetal, PowerDrive, HexaComp, Deep Impact, Intelliphase

    but they had no marketing skills and flopped. The only one left is the Headrush.

    Now they subcontract and count the cash.
     
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    Very happy to have gotten a hold of a GFS Brownie Classic ( same as a Biyang Mouse- the 'mod Rat' with clipping options) before Biyang/GFS stopped carrying them- a really fun OD/distortion with a great Gain range. $50!
     
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    Wait a sec, here. So, those fancy looking pedals in this month's GP are basically rebranded budget effects?

    If that's the case, it is just a bit galling that they'd label 'em "Analog Custom Shop". Seems somewhat misleading, no?
     
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    Very interesting isn't it. Its too bad too, I really like my Akai Headrush E1, thinking of picking up an E2 as well. I have some old Akai HiFi speakers as well, can't find any info about them on the web at all.
     
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    It's like Freekish Blues on a more mass produced scale.
     
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    That's what I was thinkin'..

    But I can totally understand why they've gone this route, too - except I'd be a little cheezed if I'd bought one, knowing I could've had the exact same pedal for a fraction of the price!

    Whether it makes sense or not, I also understand why people pay an extra premium for a guitar with Fender or Gibson on the headstock, knowing full well that it might be the only thing differentiating it from a much cheaper knock-off. But I just can't see your average guitarist attaching much monetary value to the "Akai" brand

    A deceptive & somewhat misleading move on Akai's part, IMO

    And I say this as a fan; Love my Headrush E2, which, to me, constitutes proof that they're perfectly capable of designing cool stuff themselves, if they felt like it. Obviously, there's a lot more money to be made 'middling' a hugely marked-up product to an uninformed client base
     

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