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!

News


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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Repairs

The bulk of our work is in repairing or restoring pedals, due to demand we are only repairing the pedals that appear on our standard mod list, repairs take up the bulk of our time and 3 or 4 in the workshop mean that we can't do mods.

Sadly we can't repair digital pedals (this means - reverb, delay, loop stations, pitch shifters etc), but to date we have never yet had an analogue pedal that we couldn't fix.

If a pedal is declared faulty to us before sending then we will examine the pedal and after detailed component checking we will quote on repair costs, we charge a flat rate of only £6.50 for the inspection (plus return postage).

Typical repair costs are in the region of £20 - £30 for a repair taking 4 hours to diagnose and fix, but no work will be undertaken without the owners consent.

If the repair is successful then the inspection fee is knocked off the bill.

Most repairs take considerable longer but in these cases we will try and agree on a flat rate repair and fit the job in around other mods to keep the cost as low as possible, as such the bulk or repairs are done at a considerable loss to us, hence our decision to limit the number of repairs.

After the repair we could then perform a mod to your specifications, however please bear in mind that we prefer a minimum 3 day testing 'burn in' period after the repair before performing a mod, we cant rush this process!

If we cant fix it (never happened yet!), or if we find that there is actually no problem - for example its just a 'user error', then the only thing you pay is the £6.50 inspection plus return delivery - therefore it is essential that before sending a pedal in for repair that you try out everything you can to make sure that it's actually faulty - many 'pedal faults' are down to incorrect or bad power supplies, or bad patch cables, or even guitar or amp faults.

In these very rare user error event we still have to perform the bulk of the tests to establish that the pedal is indeed fine, and it is just the user that requires some instruction or training, hence the basic inspection charge.


Mod kits

Just bought a mod kit and suddenly realised that its not going to be as easy as you first hoped?

Stop and think about the damage you could do to those delicate tracks when trying to lift the bent component legs away! We can fit your mod kits for you, cost is approx £20 - £25 depending on pedal type.


Examples of a few recent repairs include:

  • Numerous failed PH-1's and CE-2's ... must be their age!
  • CE-2's that wont always switch on or off
  • TS-9 that randomly cuts out mid live performance!
  • Multiple DC jack replacements... mainly Boss pedals
  • Far too many Dunlop GCB95's and 535Q's that had botched true bypass mods.
  • Proco Rat that randomly switches off and generates line noise
  • DD-3 blown up by incorrect power adapter
  • TS-9 with intermittent output (cracked PCB)
  • MT-2 that switched off at random (faulty FET switching)
  • DS-1 DOA
  • DS-1 no LED illumination
  • CS-2 that had been 'modded badly' by previous owner and distorted
  • Lovetone Ring Mod with faulty rotary switch and poor internal wiring

Above: DC jack to Peppermint fuzz

 

Above:

Toadworks Death Rattle recently sent in for repair, total cost was under £25, and that included all new metal film caps, new opamp, transistors and all wiring to the pots and power jack replaced with multi-strand wire as the original was breaking up ! (Pic taken before repair)


Below: A vintage Japanese 'Echoman' analogue echo unit, this came in to have a custom footswitch made, and as the unit was somewhat noisy, a 'hi-fi' upgrade, pleased to say this was a remarkable success with a good reduction in unwanted hiss.

Check out these treats below!

What looked like a nice DOD JYM308 turned out to be a box of horrors,

The pifirst picture shows a replacement pot, fair enough but notice the rust behind the solder tabs.. someone used flux and didn't wash it off, now its corroding the internals

next, whoops, someone burned the track away whilst replacing the pot, lots of solder splashed all over the place

and finally, look inside the power jack.. you can just about see the green, yep - flux has corroded the copper contacts, not long to live, but what the hells that, look behind the power jack, the blue output jack has sheared away exposing the internal contacts.

Why?
Because someone fitted a new stomp switch that was so big the jack wouldn't line up properly with the case. An LED had been fitted but the wires connecting it to the power are bare and shorting out against the caseas well!

Luckily this one was in for a full service

  • 1st thing to do is the crap power jack, a nice standard Boss type is fitted.
  • The stomp switch is replaced with a 3PDT for true bypass
  • The opamp ditched and input cap changed
  • Most wires replaced
  • All bare wires are insulated with polyolefin
  • All parts de-fluxed with a industrial grade de-flux solvent
  • Excess solder removed and PCB re-lacquered
Not bad for £25!

Below: 

Guyatone phaser which needed new DC jack, stomp switch and in/out sockets.

Old MXR Micro amp that needed a new stomp switch, LED fitting, DC jack and internal component swap to hi-fi specs