Chicken on a raft June 10, 2013 at 2:17 am

V-Front head cabinet that just headed out the door March 19, 2013 at 3:54 pm

I probably should have posted a picture or two earlier, but here’s a box that headed out the door today. Philipine mahogany with figured maple in a V shape on the fascia panel. Turned out nicely, considering the fact that I had no idea how I was going to piece things together when I started, but I got it done with a little help from John Cherry and I’m pleased with the results.


V-Front cabinet

Physicist of Sound | Carsten Nicolai January 31, 2013 at 1:07 am

Get some ToneSlut Schwag December 10, 2012 at 3:03 pm

Let your Freak Flag Fly

ToneSlut schwag is available at the Cafe Press store. I don’t make much money off of these, but it’s great to have our logo out there on T-Shirts, Coffee Mugs, Shot Glasses, and even Beer Steins that hipsters find ironically whimsical but, in truth, really like though they are afraid to admit it lest they seem too sincere to be cool.

So, go and have a visit, buy a T-shirt, coffee mug, or whimsical-yet-ironically-hip beer stein (handlebar mustache optional) and show the world that your tone is your passion, and you aren’t afraid to shout that to the world.

The store is available here:


New pedal design November 13, 2012 at 4:37 am

The Buzz-Fuzz — based on a buzzaround. Quirky, versatile, and surprisingly vibey fuzz tones in a package that will cause seizures if you stare at it too long.


Now for something completely different November 6, 2012 at 7:10 pm

Here’s a little project I’ve been working on with my friend Doug Danker. Video and audio recording for singer-songwriter types.

This is recorded through simple, inexpensive mics. The guitar was mic’d with a Shure 849 and a cheap Naiant omni, the vocals through a Heil PR22 dynamic, which is an inexpensive stage mic (about $100 — a lot like an SM57).

All were routed through components I built —  the Toneslut Model 312 preamp and a compressor — and into reaper.  The results make me quite happy.



Behold!: The Performance Enhnacer — SLK Edition October 1, 2012 at 11:24 pm

That’s right, the venerable Performance Enhancer is undergoing a bit of a makeover, and we snapped a pic of one in red and white on the bench today.

Not only is the PE getting updated graphics, but it is getting a new PCB design to make it consistently easy to build to the quality you expect. Don’t worry, the basic circuit is still the same and so is that fabulous tone that is so addictive. Only now it is a little easier to work with and build, and is even more securely mounted for years of trouble-free abuse. This is important as — like all our pedals — these are made completely by hand right here in the USA.

“But,” you wonder,  “what’s with the name change to SLK Edition?” We’re glad we pretended you asked that question! SLK stands for “Silly Lighted Knob” because the new PCB includes a gloriously cheesy, yet über-cool, light up volume knob.

Go ahead. Click on that image to see the new graphics in all their glory. Go on! You know you want to!

For those who don’t know this pedal, it’s the most popular in the ToneSlut line. It is deceptively simple, with only one knob and the fundamental promise of NOT changing your tone, but it can do so much. It makes a wonderful front end for any guitar, bringing back some of the bite and sparkle that is occasionally lost between the guitar and the pedalboard.

It isn’t limited to just electric guitars, though! Many PE owners use it on all the time for their acoustic guitar, as it retains the crispness and sparkle pickups were meant to have. Of course, it can be used with an electric guitar to provide a little extra drive — or even a lot of extra drive — when you need it. I routinely use one to hit the front end of my amp harder when using single-coil pickups. And it can even be used to buffer vintage effects like Rangemasters or Crybabys, that don’t always play well when first in line on a crowded pedalboard.

Be warned, however, these can be addictive.  When a PE is working for you, it is almost completely out of the way of your tone, but when you turn it off you suddenly know something is missing.  Try one for yourself, and you’ll understand.

If you want one of these SLK Edition Performance Enhancers for your very own, we have a few in stock. Limited time offer, $69 shipped to the US. Drop us an Email and we’ll talk.

Want a double pussy boost? at 10:29 pm

It is possible that I’ll have a second Double Pussy Boost available at the end of the week. This will be the second of two.

If you are interested let me know. This is a first come, first served offer. Price is $115 shipped to the US. Outside the US add actual shipping costs.

The Love Vibe — Vintage Style Tremolo at 2:54 am

Here’s our new product offering — the Love Vibe.The Love Vibe

This is a vintage style tremolo with a really nice sounding wave shape and a good range of speed and depth. Simple, straight forward, and very useful. The gain control gives significantly more boost than needed for makeup, so you can set it to less volume than bypassed or a whole lot louder.

Since it is a ’60s style tremolo circuit, we went with a ’60s style theme.  Tie dyed and fancy free, with easy to read controls and an LED that flashes in time with the tremolo pulse to let you know how you’re set.

Get yours for $89 shipped in the US (shipping outside the US will be extra) by dropping us an email, this is a new product and we only have a few in stock, though lead time on more will be less than two weeks.

As with all our products, these are completely hand made, hand wired, and hand decorated right here in the USA.

Sound samples soon, but until then we’ll whet whistles with  some photos.


The Love Vibe

Back to the beginning — by request September 30, 2012 at 3:48 am

A local player likes my clean boost, and was really starting to dig my top boost when he asked me if I could make them both in one pedal.

One of my very first custom builds was for a friend who loved Hello Kitty. I needed to make something she’d appreciate personally, so I popped out a Good Kitty/Bad Kitty pedal. It was a clean boost and a dirty boost in one box, swirl painted and decorated with the evil Japanese feline.


When asked “Can you put them both in one box?” I brought up that I’d done it before, and would gladly do another with a less horrific theme. Of course, when I mentioned it to him, he whispered just out of earshot of his wife and her friends “I don’t want a good kitty. I want a good pussy…”

I am both ashamed and smugly happy with the results. Behold, the Double Pussy boost — another one of a kind:


This one is a normal Performance Enhancer clean boost and an NPN based top boost. NPN transistors are not what I would use in a regular Rangemaster style germanium top boost, so I can’t use my normal boards. However, it is worth the hassle because it plays much more nicely when sharing a power supply with modern electrionics.