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The Vexter Series Instant Lo-Fi Junky ™ was designed to emulate the sounds and textures of the ZVEX Lo-Fi Loop Junky ™ in real time, but it goes far beyond that. Click it on and mix your sparkly clear compressed signal with the smashed, lo-fidelity warbled signal and listen to it become a luscious emulsification that can be blended to the most perfect depth. Achieve new haunting chorus sounds and pulsating vibrato. Unusual and fun, you’ve never heard anything quite like it. This new little guy is a real banger!


From Zvex FB PAge

More than just a new pedal, it’s before anything else an exciting story…

We are very proud to announce the WAVE BOX created on demand for… Steve Lukather himself.

The year 2011 blew a wind of change on Steve’s touring gear: he wanted to lighten his rack and assemble in a compact pedalboard the heart of his sound and personality. He and his guitar-tech entrusted to the Benrod staff the daunting task of creating THE vibe pedal that would accompany him on the road.
After a good number of prototypes the WAVE BOX was born and the definitive version is now an integral part of his pedalboard. It goes without saying that this isn’t any small feat…

The WAVE BOX is more than just a simple vibe pedal: it can go from very slow speeds (like a vibe) to very high speeds, like a Tremolo pushed to its limits.

Its personality? The warmth of analog mixed with the undoubtable precision of digital effects. But the whole circuit is analog!

We conjointly developed 2 essential controls: RANGE and ATTACK. The RANGE control defines the width of the WAVE BOX: from very slow Vibe to Tremolos, going all the way to extreme Tremolos verging on ring modulators! The possibilities are endless. The SPEED control fixes a speed within this field. As Steve asked we have made this pot controllable by foot via a rubber coating.
The ATTACK control regulates the hardness of the effect: It can go from a “kill switch” type effect (ON/OFF) to a melted in effect (fade in/fade out.)
The LED on the WAVE BOX flashes depending on the frequency of the effect and allows you to visualize the amount of ATTACK: either it flashes on and off or it fades in and out with a more or less pronounced effect.
We have also integrated a control which is usually lacking on vibe/trem pedals: VOLUME. Whatever the adjustment, from the most standard to the most extreme, you can be sure to have at least the same volume as when the pedal is bypassed.
The DEPTH control adjusts the depth and the intensity of the effect.
We also added a DRY/WET control which allows you to dose between the amount of the WAVE BOX effect and the guitar signal.
The MODE switch is a sort of bonus: It changes the personality of the effect especially on rapid settings. This switch along with the others opens up a large range of surprising, convincing and fun sounds that will occupy and fulfill any guitarist’s needs.

The WAVE BOX is obviously, and like any other Benrod pedal is True Bypass so that the signal of the guitar is totally left untouched.


The rigor and perfectionism of Steve Lukather helped us achieve us this little gem that we are really proud of. It shall accompany Steve on his 2011 tour for his new album “All’s well that ends well” along with the mythical band Toto.

When we said it was something special we weren’t lying…

Technical specs:

  • 1 ‘MODE’ switch
  • Guitar input & Amplifier output
  • True-bypass
  • Mogami wiring
  • 9V battery (included) or power supply BOSS® type


Marc over at Skreddy Pedals has added a new stomp to his line of boutique goodies – the Paradigm Shift phase shifter. According to the builder, the new pedal is a clear, watery phaser with the classic voicing of the late 60′s Univox Univibe (no relation, of course!). The pedal utilizes low-noise, low-distortion op-amp technology and LED/LDR phase modulation, and keeps the user’s tone clear and full, even on bass. The Paradigm Shift features a huge range of speed from almost standing still to fast spinning trem controlled by an oversized, foot-friendly speed knob. Additional controls on the pedal include a unique Mix control to adjust between dry and pitch-shifting vibrato signals, and a Dwell control to adjust the low and high balance of the sweep. The pedal costs $295 and is available for order on the Skreddy website now!

from whatthatsdudeplay

Fredric Effects Do The Weasel Stomp is a clone of the Systech Harmonic Energizer
I recently built a few straight Harmonic Energizer clones and was pleasantly surprised by the interest, both on ebay and guitar forums. This is my improved version. In addition to being a clone of the original Harmonic Energizer, it also features a switchable fuzz circuit, closely modelled on the 70s IC Muff Fuzz, and an expression pedal input. Do The Weasel Stomp! pedals feature brilliant custom artwork by Stacey Hine, professionally screenprinted onto powdercoated enclosures, for a lifetime of hard-wearing Weasel Stomping.

It’s an interesting oddball filter/harmonic expander type pedal favoured by Frank Zappa. Can be used as a treble or bass boost, and there’s a cocked wah setting. Very rare and obscure.

The expression input works with expression pedals with 50k pots, with 0-50k resistance from ring to tip. Expression pedals vary widely in specification, so I just picked one which is commonly available, cheap and rugged and went with it… So this pedal works best with the Behringer FCV100 expression/volume pedal.