About us

We are a small group of guitarists who happen to also be electrical engineers, an amp technician and programmer located in the Midlands UK, dedicated to quality workmanship and take huge pride in our work and customer service - currently we operate not for huge profit, but to establish our name and reputation.


Hopefully our prices reflect this, they only just cover our materials, import costs, equipment, chemicals & fuel to the post office. Every single surplus penny earned gets ploughed into the purchase of equipment and test pedals/pickups/leads for us to develop new mods on. However our customers are quick to point out that the quality of our work is second to none! Many mods are fine tuned with the help of professional musicians to meet their needs, and ensure they sound great at stage performance volumes.


Why?
Because we want the Holy Grail of tone also!

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Our research and development guys have been busy beavering away in one dark corner of our workshop for the past couple of months developing a true bypass system that can be dropped into most Ibanez/Dunlop and some Boss pedals (others manufacturers & models still to be determined). Finally the fumes have cleared and the end result is a small circuit approx 35mm x 25mm, that requires very little power to operate, that will actuate true bypass and LED indicator via a miniature relay.


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OUR DISCREET TRUE BYPASS SYSTEM

OK, the big question: Is true bypass essential... is it even needed at all?

Our thoughts.... We generally recommend installing true bypass only on pedals that really suffer with tone loss or noise induction into the bypassed signal. Generally the worst offenders are Ibanez pedals & Wahs, some older Boss pedals suffer from noise and can benefit from a TB mod.

Traditionally the majority of mainstream pedal modders have used the large 3PDT or even larger 4PDT switches to convert an Ibanez, Maxon or Dunlop pedal to true bypass. However there are 4 main drawbacks with this system.

  1. The pedal often requires a 12mm hole drilling in the top face, something that can never be 'undone'.
  2.  Some pedals can't be safely drilled - especially many Boss pedals, as it weakens the case.
  3. The switches require a hefty press to actuate, not usually an issue but just like the standard Dunlop switching results in fine on/off control of a Wah a little tricky. Wouldn't it be much nicer to use a soft touch and much quieter switching to activate your Wah?
  4.  4PDT switches are prone to failure - we replace quite a few original factory installed switches.

So there are the problems, often ignored by many but that's not the way we British do things!

Our research and development guys have been busy beavering away in one dark corner of our workshop for the past couple of months developing a true bypass system that can be dropped into most Ibanez/Dunlop and some Boss pedals (others manufacturers & models still to be determined). Finally the fumes have cleared and the end result is a small circuit approx 35mm x 25mm, that requires very little power to operate, that will actuate true bypass and LED indicator via a miniature relay.

The design had to achieve the following:

  • Small enough to drop into a pedal without having to physically alter the size of the PCB or enclosure.
  • No holes to be drilled in the pedal, pedal to look 100% original from the exterior.
  • Can be removed and original switching re-established to ensure full value of rare pedals for any future sale.
  • Use the existing soft touch switch (or in the case of a Wah replace cranky stop with a soft touch).
  • Require virtually no power drain whilst pedal is activated.
  • No huge 'pop' when engaged.
  • In the event of power loss the switch and LED must remain in sync and return to their previous position when power is restored.

The MK5 circuit as pictured achieves all of this. We etch copper clad board after UV developing (big thanks to Gee and Mr B for the first batch of 36!), build each circuit and test before deployment.

Production is a time consuming process but well worth the effort. To date most installations have been for R&D purposes, however now all test pedals have completed a two month heavy usage test program without any switching problems we're offering this mod to our customers. So far the only limitiations are that the pedal needs a good quality battery (or external DC source) for the relay to activate, and there is a very faint click on some pedals when the effect is turned on.

Email us for more details and pricing.