With hundreds of fuzzmeisters building and selling guitar pedals out of garages across the land, how can a guitarist keep up? These days, the market seems more suitable to a platform like Etsy than Guitar Center. It’s kind of glorious, actually.
I had been intrigued by the pedals that Dwarfcraft have been building up in Eau Claire, which is only a few hours away from my headquarters in lovely Madison, Wisconsin. Even though my current guitar sound is more organic and rootsy than ever, Dwarfcraft’s demo videos made me want to dust off my old Atoner and Noise Swash and make a horrible din. They also made me want a new pedal.
My conscience resisted the spend for a pedal that would probably never leave my basement. Then I noticed that Devi Ever FX (Dwarfcraft’s sister company) was selling kit versions of some of their pedals for half the price of a retail model. My conscience weakened. I ordered a kit (a Hyperion). When the package arrived, however, I was in bed, sick, sick, sick with a case of cellulitis (do not search Google images). Once the antibiotics and pain meds kicked in, however, my fancy turned towards tinkering with electronics.
Housebound? Need to keep that leg elevated? I prescribe a few hours of soldering. After a few painful trips to the basement for tools and wire, I settled down to a restful day of attaching stuff to other stuff – with molten metal. And by the time the kids came home from school, I was making a horrible din with my new stomp box. It almost even worked right away (I just had to correct the power jack wiring)! And the usual toll I pay for building electronic stuff – cuts and burns – was minimal. Considering that I was suffering from a painful illness, it was a great day.
No time for fancy paint job (yet, anyway). Must rock now! (audio clips forthcoming)
Now that my noisemaking arsenal is fully stocked, wouldn’t it be fun to have a side project that actually makes use of it? Perhaps something along the lines of Roman Centurion Drone Metal.