Cult Germanium Channel. Release date TBD.
Boring Boost and Buff. Release date TBD.
- Richard Fortus (Guns N’ Roses, Crystal Method, Pink, BT, Dead Daisies)
- Joey Santiago and Frank Black (Pixies)
- David Torn (solo artist, David Bowie, k.d. lang, John Legend, Madonna, Tori Amos, Jeff Beck)
- Joe Barresi, producer (Soundgarden, Slipknot, Queens of the Stone Age, Melvins, Bad Religion)
- Lyle Workman (Beck, Sting, Frank Black, session guitarist, film composer)
- Matt Wallace, producer (Maroon 5, Faith No More, Replacements, O.A.R., Blues Traveller)
- Gary “Dr. Know” Miller (Bad Brains)
- John Parish, guitarist and producer (PJ Harvey, solo artist)
- Brent Paschke (Pharrell Williams)
- Adam Levy (Norah Jones, Ani DeFranco, Amos Lee, Allan Toussaint, Tracy Chapman, solo artist, and Chair of the Guitar Department at Los Angeles College of Music)
- Brian Ray (Paul McCartney and Etta James)
- Pete Loeffler and Dean Bernardini (Chevelle)
- Mark Goldenberg (Jackson Browne, Bonnie Raitt, Chris Isaak, Linda Ronstadt, Hugh Laurie, Waylon Jennings, solo artist)
- Pete Thorn (Chris Cornell, Melissa Etheridge, solo artist)
- Michael Beinhorn, producer (Ozzy Osbourne, Soundgarden, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Aerosmith, Korn, Marilyn Manson, Black Label Society)
- Jason Carmer, engineer and producer (Run-D.M.C., Vanessa Carlton, Camper Van Beethoven, Third Eye Blind, Kimya Dawson)
- Corky James, session guitarist (Katy Perry, Demi Lovato, Glen Campbell, Meat Loaf, LeAnn Rimes, Liz Phair, Avril Lavigne, Kelly Clarkson, Nick Lachey)
- Ronny Drayton (Defunkt, Labelle, Alicia Keys, Nona Hendryx, David Sylvian, Material)
- Avi Bortnik (John Scofield band, solo artist)
- Dan Vickrey (Counting Crows)
- Greg Ingraham (Avengers)
- Matte Henderson (John Medeski, Natalie Merchant, Screaming Headless Torsos, Mick Karn, solo artist)
- James “Roto” Rotondi (Air, Mr. Bungle, Hundred Hounds)
Gore Pedals Namm 2016 demo (courtesy of Premier Guitar):
I’m Joe Gore, and I’m obsessed with stompboxes whose tones change according to touch, technique, and guitar settings. Yes, some players prefer effects that compress and smooth their sound for more consistent and predictable results. That’s cool, but I’d rather expand the guitar’s dynamic range.
Circuits from the 1960s and ’70s are often my jumping-off points, but I usually jump pretty far. No clones here.
Example: As a single-germanium-transistor overdrive, Cult Germanium Overdrive has roots in the geranium boosters of the 1960s, though the apple has rolled far from the tree. The tone curve suits everything from a sizzling Tele bridge pickup to a woolly neck humbucker. The gain control operates in a novel way, so that every knob position yields usable sounds. And while you expect germanium overdrives to clean up when you roll off guitar volume, Cult takes the phenomenon to extremes: The rolled-back tone is nearly identical to bypass. You can literally leave Cult on all night and go from crystal to sludge by touch and guitar settings alone.
Or take Duh: Its schematic ancestors are the dual-transistor “brand x” fuzzes of the ’60s and ’70s, but it doesn’t sound like them. It’s not terribly “gainy”—note attack stays crisp even when it’s floored. It’s freakishly dynamic for a full-bore fuzz. (My sonic goal for Duh was “Pixies,” so imagine my delight when the band starting using it.)
Other products aren’t so minimal. Filth Fuzz and Gross Distortion are wide-ranging “tone factories” for studio sound sculpting, but they still provide crackling presence and hair-trigger dynamic response.
My pedals aren’t for everybody. Guitarists who focus on dynamic variation and touch sensitivity will probably dig them most. They’re designed in San Francisco and manufactured in Michigan by skilled craftspeople earning a fair wage. They’re available from Vintage King.
Joe Gore is a musician, writer, and music-tech geek. Joe has performed with Tom Waits, PJ Harvey, Tracy Chapman, Marianne Faithfull, Courtney Love, Flea, Les Claypool, and many other artists. He’s written literally thousands of musician interviews and gear reviews for the leading musician magazines, and he helps develop music products for various manufacturers (notably Apple, where he’s been a major contributor to Logic Pro and GarageBand software). He also runs tonefiend.com, a geeky guitar blog