Pedal Builder w the Best Ears..

Discussion in 'Effects, Pedals, Strings & Things' started by SimonChimp TimeMaster, Jul 24, 2019.

  1. Kevy_Metal

    Kevy_Metal Member

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    Yup. @Tom Von Kramm continues to amaze and inspire me.

    Also, Jamie Stillman of EarthQuaker Devices.
     
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    Dunwich Amps, Nick Williams. Dude nails the sounds of multiple genres and the build quality is impeccable.

    The best Hm-2 (modified heavy metal) and FZ-2 (witchfinder) out there, amongst countless others.
     
  3. Vcaster

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    @SimonChimp TimeMaster, great idea for a topic! Here are my faves* in no particular order:

    Christian Livingstone of Magnetic Effects

    @Jack DeVille of Mr. Black Pedals

    Jamie Stillman of EarthQuaker Devices

    @BrianWampler of Wampler Pedals


    * I have stompboxes from all these guys on my pedal boards ... multiple, actually, for 3 of the 4 makers
     
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    I think it's pretty tough to argue with Robert Keeley. I've tried so many of his pedals over the years and I still don't think I've tried a 'bad' or 'useless' one yet. Usually at a good price point too.
     
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    Yeah, the only two builders who I haven’t sold any of their pedals that I’ve picked up are Keeley and Analogman.
     
  7. Moody Tuner

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    If I’m understanding you correctly: You’re advertising a builder whose pedal you’ve ordered but haven’t played yet in a thread about pedal makers who have great ears. How can you vouch for a builder whose products you don’t own or have tried yet?
     
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    Jack DeVille (Mr Black)
    Sean Michael (Lovepedal)
     
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    Not a single mention of Josh Scott? His ear for overdrive is second to none. The Morning Glory, Superbolt, Kilt, Moonshine and Twin Twelve are suburb and are the best in class for those kind of topologies. I could play a board with just the current JHS lineup and it would be awesome. AND I would still sound like the me I hear in my head because his stuff does not intrude on your personality, just enhance it and make it sound better than anyone else.
     
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    @analogmike has golden ears...
    Mike P. can look at a Transistor and hear it even before he solders it onto a circuit board... AMZAZING ears...
    It is rumored that he is hundreds of years old, some-kind-of ancient analog druid or elf!
    Analogman we do pedals right!
     
  13. Vaibhav Joshi

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    I am not advertising for anything here. I heard & read on these pedals, found them a good deal. The description of the the thread got me thinking about this builder since he used to play live. The last statement makes that pretty clear.
    If I have to go with experience, I can only vouch for Mooer but you tell me what you'd rather prefer..
     
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    Analog Mike, Bjorn (Mad Professor), Brian Wampler.
     
  15. Lupus87

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    The top for me (in no particular order):

    David Barber - Barber Electronics
    Marc Ahlfs - Skreddy Pedals
    Simon Jarrett - Kingsley Amplifiers
    Mike Piera - Analogman
    Björn Juhl - BJFE
    Stephen Pettyjohn - Pettyjohn Electronics
    Peter Rutter - VFE Pedals

    Most of their pedals are original designs or smart takes on classic pedals. All are well tuned extremely functional tools without unnecessary options.
     
  16. johnetone

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    Top Ears ime:

    A) Zak & Morgan @Spaceman
    B) @Dave Fox @FoxRox
    C) Guillaume Fairfield @FairfieldCircuitry
    D) John Lyons @basicaudio
    E) @Tom Von Kramm Spiral Electric FX
    F) Simon Jarret @Kingsley Amplification

    Edit: Simon is still awesome! But I inserted Guillame’s name in for FC. thanks @Tabor !
     
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    Nice list :aok (We seem to like a lot of the same builders).

    fwiw I'm pretty sure it's Guillaume Fairfield who is the founder of Fairfield Circuitry (and I assume the main creative force behind the company). Here's an interview with him about the Barbershop.

    Also you can see the shop at 10:50 in this video where @chaseblissaudio visits Guillaume to ask for his input on Joel's plan to destroy (or reincarnate?) Steve Bragg of Empress. Simon is the "carebear" at the front desk.
     
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    Nice man, yeah Simon always responds to my emails so I figured he was the one! Lol. But of course the guy with the last name that matches the company name is the real wizard! derp.

    It’s funny how out of my list they’re the company I’ve least researched about, but how epic I think their products are!

    Something about their aesthetic of being somewhat faceless and utilitarian in nature has kept me from looking into who they are, what they look like and all that stuff.
     
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  20. Lupus87

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    John Lyons! I concur, He's great.

    Don't forget Yuki Hayashi from Providence (formerly) and Free the Tone, and Jeorge Tripps from Way Huge/MXR/Dunlop.

    Honorable mentions to Michael Milcetic from MJM FX and Michael Knappe from Diamond Pedals (the canadian troupe is awesome).
     
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