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akai pedals

lamf

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

lamf

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Thats what I thought.If it looks like a duck and sounds like a duck...
 

barron

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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?
 

Bluedano1

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Guitar player gave them 4 out of 5

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!
 

smoss469

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Yep. Same pedal, INSANE markup. Like $100+ pedals when Biyang sells them for around $40-$50.
 

barron

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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!
smoss469 Yep. Same pedal, INSANE markup. Like $100+ pedals when Biyang sells them for around $40-$50.
smoss469Yep. Same pedal, INSANE markup. Like $100+ pedals when Biyang sells them for around $40-$50.
Thanks for the heads up!
 

Madsen

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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?
 

BmoreTele

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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.
 

Bluedano1

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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!
 

drolling

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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?
 

blackba

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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?
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.
 

smoss469

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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?
It's like Freekish Blues on a more mass produced scale.
 

drolling

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It's like Freekish Blues on a more mass produced scale.
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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