Pedal Builders Who Have Disappeared - Unsolved Mysteries Edition

Discussion in 'Effects, Pedals, Strings & Things' started by axdxm, Apr 13, 2016.

  1. MasterEvan07

    MasterEvan07 Supporting Member

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    Coldcraft went quiet, sadly.

    @aziltz
     
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  2. teleking36

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    I'm a month away from turning 33, and this thread is making me feel super old. Here's what I remember from my early TGP days and getting into the effects game as a ripe 21-22 year old kid fresh out of college:

    Psionic Audio - I own the Lavaflow ABY Switcher. Insanely impressive piece of gear that I still use. Don't know the whole story on them, but I don't think it ended well for that company.

    Burriss Effects - Boostier... remember that one?

    Dreamtone - Sexy Vibes - This guy built me a tremolo in 2005/2006 that still half works to this day! My younger brother has it and absolutely swears by it as a clean boost. He used little kid stickers and wrote in paint marker on the enclosure

    Phoenix Custom - Someone else mentioned this company. I was an early adopter of the Lady Stardust fuzz and another pedal I can't remember the name of. Long gone by now, but I remember digging the Lady Stardust! Cool graphics too!

    Blackbox - Oxygen Comp and Quicksilver Delay - I had both of these pedals at one time or another, before I really knew how to use either effectively. I recall the Quicksilver being an expensive delay at the time (2005).

    If I go through the first few pages of my Photobucket account, I'm sure it'll bring back a ton of memories and nostalgia. It's crazy how far guitar effects have come in 10 years.
     
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    I miss Frostwave pedals, but Paul Perry moved on to other endeavours some time ago. Would love a Fat Controller to go with my Resonator...
     
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  5. Nebakanezer

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    I actually looked up his pedals on eBay the other day! I saw a Boost, Electric Smiles and Not So Ole Yeller. I remember Alpha Music selling them because HL worked there. They were the first "boutique" pedals that I remember seeing. He had some mean chops and great feel when playing! And just a nice, laid back kinda guy, I randomly saw him in a Walmart a few years ago. I said hey to him, but he wouldn't have known me from Adam.
     
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  6. AuroraTide

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    I still have my Drive-O-Matic. Paid $15 for it 10ish years ago. I'll throw it in my board from time to time. Too many memories to let it go now.
     
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  7. MasterEvan07

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    Lyle Caldwell (Psionic Audio) is still active. He produces a batch of Telos pedals every so often, but it seems like he's doing more amp repair and mods than anything else these days.
     
  8. fendergeek

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    Asonix- I had the Nite-Owl (early one with effects loop), their take on "American amps" (Boogie). I could only get Carlos Santana out of it though. I'd like another crack at it.....
     
  9. Pedal Dan

    Pedal Dan The Island of Misfit Pedals

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    I've got a Cobalt preamp.

    It really has got it's own sound.
     
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  10. Chadley

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    This thread makes me really appreciate companies like Analogman, Keeley, Fulltone, etc. Lots of hard work and dedication to stay around for for so long.
     
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    jdsgilmour Suffering from chronic gearitis Gold Supporting Member

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    Whatever happened to Fireman FX from way back in the day? The Red Baron and the Beagle Boost?
     
  12. Jack DeVille

    Jack DeVille Gold Supporting Member

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    Says something to still be here.
     
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    fenderjapan World Heavyweight Champion Silver Supporting Member

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    You don't know what you've got till its gone I suppose.
     
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  15. kushman

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    what ever happened with H.B.E. Homebrew Electronics? I have 3 of their pedals and they're great
     
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    I thought I remember looking up Phoenix Custom Electronics not too long ago and seeing that they're still active? I'm probably mistaken though, as I never hear anyone mention them anymore, and rarely see their pedals on the used market. It's a shame because they made some cool stuff. I still have a very cool custom fuzz of theirs.

    That Blackbox Quicksilver was one of the first boutique delays I remember pining over back in the day, wow that brings back memories, hah!
     
  18. Agent76

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    Amazing thread. I had no idea several of these werent still around. I guess I havent paid much attention in the past few years.
     
  19. jaymeister

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    Axess Electronics made some great gear... a cool buffer, midi loop switchers, and a couple of midi contollers. Catered mostly to the huge rack crowd at at time when everyone was going to pedal boards. If Mario would have integrated his technologies into a form factor that catered to us pedalboard guys, he would have been way ahead of anything in the market.

    Last I heard he was working for Mesa Boogie.
     
  20. cerebralpaul

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    I wish I still had mine! I haven't liked any octavia as much since....
     
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