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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The Process


Our process of modding pedals is based on three key considerations: tried and tested design, very careful implementation and final thorough cleanup.

We read the schematics, if one is not available we construct one, we understand how the pedal works. We don't just randomly fit components like some other modders have been known to in the past, a component change is undertaken to achieve a predicted result.

The design of the mod is based on our own research and development and customer requirements. Some mods can have a significant change on the pedals tonal characteristics, other mods simply clear up the signal path by removing cheap and noisy components and replacing them with the best available that are still suitable for the intended application. We try to keep capacitors in the 25v to 63v region, many high voltage caps simply don't function that well in a 9v circuit

We use a combination of Metal Film resistors, stacked metal film capacitors certified for Dolby noise reduction circuitry, expensive Silver Mica caps to further reduce background hiss, sometimes we'll even fit one of the best capacitor types out there - polystyrene, often avoided by many as they are so easy to damage during soldering but worth it to the serious audiophile!

  • FAQ's:

    • Does every capacitor or resistor change make a huge difference? - No, but it all adds up.
    • Can a mod be 100% reversed? - Usually its no problem, we keep the old components just in case, but it only if no holes have been drilled into the enclosure, in which case they can be plugged but it wont look 100% original.
    • Will my pedal be damaged? Not if we can help it! Pedals are positioned on high density foam, holes are masked off to help prevent scratching before drilling.
    • Can you drill the holes in a position of my choice? - Sometimes, but not always, occasionally we use a pre-existing smaller hole in the aluminium casting as a guide (TS9/TS9DX) so are forced to use certain locations. On some pedals we are very limited on internal space.
    • Can I have my old components back? - Yes, just ask before we start the work.
    • If you find additional problems during the mod will you fix them or leave them? Whenever possible we'll let you know and fix them, there may be a very small charge to cover the cost of the parts.
    • My ultra rare 1972 pedal is faulty, can you fix it but use old components, so it looks totally original? - Yes, but only if you let us know your exacting requirements before hand!
    • Above: Bucket loads of Silver Mica used on this mod, not every upgraded cap on this picture is essential for noise reduction but was requested by a customer who wanted the absolute best.

      The implementation is done in a way that is sympathetic to the original hardware, components and sometime fragile PCB. For example if lead solder was used originally, then rather than sit and remove all lead solder from the areas to be re-soldered, and risk damaging the tracks on your 30 year old pedal we simply de-solder what is necessary and use lead solder accordingly. The same goes for the more recent pedals that either use 'lead free' solder or Silver solder. We use whatever was originally used. Any fly-leads or wires that are added to the circuit and at risk of shock loading are hot melt glued onto larger physical components to stop fatigue of the solder joints.

      The cleanup is the most overlooked aspect of pedal modding, we don't want unhappy customers coming back two years after the original sale telling us that all their modded pedals are failing! Therefore we take the time to ensure a successful and permanent mod by removing all traces of flux from the board, cleanse it thoroughly and re-lacquer when appropriate to prevent any corrosion

      "What happens if I dont like a particular aspect of a mod?"
      Simple - depending on the pedal type you can return it for addition tweaking, if you want more or less bass, more or less gain etc, then we can usually accommodate these requests. THERE IS NO CHARGE FOR THIS SERVICE (other than postage costs).

      All mods are based on customer feedback and preferences, some mods were designed alongside professional musicians to give them a particular tone they were after, 90% of our customers are more than happy with the results of our regular mods, but we accept that not everyone wants the same thing, and many customers don't really know what it is they want from the mod in the first place, they just want it to sound 'better', but if you feel that there is something you want changing, don't worry, we'll do out best to help you out.