Mi name is Marc Sospedra and I own a guitar, amp and effects pedal repair shop; I play the bass and guitar in some local scene bands and[+info]
Mi name is Marc Sospedra and I own a guitar, amp and effects pedal repair shop; I play the bass and guitar in some local scene bands and I am a true effect pedal lover.
Even though I have never owned an effect pedal company nor dedicated myself fulltime to pedal building, I have repaired hundreds of them and built custom stompboxes for customers and fellow musicians. I have always been a sixties and seventies classic sound devotee, you know, a guitar directly plugged into a cranked-up amp. That’s why when work started on the design for Aclam’s first overdrive pedal I knew it would have to pay tribute to that period. It was clear that the pedal had to sound like a valve amp, with dynamics and a good crunch.
The design process for the Cinnamon Drive went through several phases before defining it in its entirety. My first approach was to use modest components: FETs and BJTs; but after a couple tests I wasn’t satisfied with the outcome, so I replaced them with Op Amps and a design alternating soft and hard clipping. From the very first moment I wanted the pedal to be the most versatile possible with the least controls; I mean, it is undeniable that many knobs and switches are a total blast, but I consider that an overdrive pedal must be kept simple to avoid musicians getting off the subject with too many options.
Even so, the Cinnamon Drive is a pedal that can cover a wide range of needs once you have become familiar with its possibilities and features.
So, here are some suggestions for you!
1. Read the manual!
Yes, you are probably thinking it is an obvious thing to say, but you would be surprised to know the amount of times I’ve been asked for the Cinnamon Drive’s mode of operation even being specified at the manual. Take your time reading, try the suggested settings and you should do fine.
Here a link so you can take a look at it online.
2. Use internal adjustments to reach a new dimension
Even being explained at the manual, I think it is interesting to emphasize the aspects of having included this feature. During the development of the Cinnamon Drive we had many doubts deciding the values for the critical components used to define the circuitry’s sound. During the tests we carried out with trustworthy musicians none of them could manage to determine a specific value, so we decided to go all-in giving the option of tuning the Cinnamon Drive with enhanced tonal precision and saturation character. As we wanted to keep a simple control layout we incorporated them in the pedal’s insides instead of placing another switch or potentiometer.
As all pedals must sound the same out of the box, we defined an intermediate setting seeking to be as neutral as possible. However, that doesn’t mean it will be the most suitable option for your gear or technique.
For instance, if the Cinnamon Drive doesn’t happen to be the last pedal of your distortion chain I would recommend you keeping both DIP bass switches turned down. That will result in a decrease of bass saturation performed by the last overdrive pedal, increasing sound clearness. You will also attain a better mid-range response resulting in an even more “rocker” sound (at your own risk).
The treble control covers a wide range and allows you to obtain extreme sounds in a fuzzy manner, ideal for the studio! By the way, fear not changing these settings as you will just have to go back to factory settings for the pedal to sound like before.
3. Be prudent with the gain!
The Cinnamon Drive is a very dynamic overdrive pedal. It responds to your playing style, so the louder you play the more you will saturate the circuit, just like a real valve amp would do. Additionally, if you turn the guitar volume down the saturation will be reduced to a clean sound.
Setting the gain control too high will leave you with little margin to take advantage of those dynamics. So, I recommend that once you have found the setting you like you lower the gain control. You won’t notice much difference regarding saturation, but you will in terms of expression, as you will sound less compressed, enhancing the pedal’s sensitiveness towards your playing.
4. Tweak the Cinnamon Drive yourself!
The Cinnamon Drive’s heart is an Op Amp Burr Brown OPA2134, a chip designed specifically for audio which is several times more expensive than a standard one. During the designing process there wasn’t a doubt about the Op Amp being the better sounding amp; even so, we assembled it on a socket so it could be easily replaced in the unlikely event of malfunction, allowing the user to replace it with another Op Amp using the same pinout.
There are a great variety of chips that work on the Cinnamon Drive. The following list includes the ones which we have tested:
The list could go on for a while. Differences are subtle in some cases and obvious in others, but the unanimous winner was the OPA2134. However, we invite you to test for yourself if some other option works better for you!
5. It could have been named Cinnamon Boost
Despite being powered at 9V, we have integrated a circuit that will allow the Cinnamon Drive to internally work with symmetric power (+/-9V) which provides an enormous headroom. Thanks to this you can turn it into a clean two-channel booster! You just have to reduce the gain and boost controls to the minimum and the two volume controls will become the amount of signal amplification!
Be aware that the Gain control won’t saturate the signal at its lowest, so you can use the Boost to add volume or saturation, or both!
Even though the Cinnamon Drive isn’t an independent two-channel pedal, it could act as one!
I hope these five tips help you take full advantage of your Cinnamon Drive and if you have further questions you can always contact me via mail at email@example.com
Some of you may know we have just presented in society our first effect pedal which, by its name, can be easily worked out that we are[+info]
Some of you may know we have just presented in society our first effect pedal which, by its name, can be easily worked out that we are talking about an overdrive.
During April 2017 talks for a new project focused on effect pedals began at Aclam. After intensive brainstorming the idea of a mid-gain overdrive pedal germinated in our brains. The idea of recreating the tone, dynamics and pick response of tube amps from the sixties and seventies sounded the way to go.
Pete Townshend rocking his wall of Hiwatts.
At Aclam, as the diehard rock fans that we are, legends as Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page or Pete Townshend have left a huge impression on us since teenagers. All the intensive listening of albums like Led Zeppelin’s “IV”, The Who’s “Who’s next”, Cream’s “Goodbye” or Jimi’s “Are You Experienced” through the years, have allowed us to embrace this now familiar sound. All the mentioned albums were recorded in the most simple and raw way, a guitar, cable and a good amp set-up to the max (except for a bit of fuzz in some solos here and there). Well, that simplicity is what we wanted to reflect on our first pedal’s design.
In a packed-out market with many overdrive options, specially dominated by a greenish device, our goal was to distance ourselves from that recurrent circuit and start from scratch.
Burr Brown op. amps, Wima capacitors and carbon comp. resistors were some of the ingredients with which we began designing the recipe for our first pedal on the breadboard. Always with vintage valve amps near for the sake of reliable comparative analysis.
While works on circuitry design were being undertaken, ideas for the enclosure were slowly shaping the appearance of our device. We already manufacture the Smart Track pedalboard, the only solution that avoids the use of velcro or adhesives to attach pedals to the board, so we wanted to find a smart way to take advantage of our system in a non-detrimental manner for people who like sticking things on their pedals; we could not go for just a standard box to reach our goal.
The preliminary version for the enclosure was projected in September 2017 after months of sketching every idea that crossed our minds (by the way, octahedrons are not very practical). We chose a horizontal build to assure enough free space between the two footswitches, avoiding unwanted activations, and an anchoring system on the sides for quick lock and release on our Smart Track pedalboards.
In early October 2017 we already had our first prototype on stripboard, over which we could start polishing the features and tone of the definitive version. This prototype (using a standard enclosure) was the one we started to show to the trustworthy musicians we know, so they could give their impressions to improve it.
Many ideas and improvements arose, like a boost mode with an independent volume control, reducing the amount of gain or having the option to cut or boost the bass frequencies of the circuit.
After this first feedback we developed a new prototype with the first custom enclosure version and all the enhancements suggested by musicians from our domestic scene.
So, we had all this awesomeness flying around in the form of sound waves but no name for the device yet. At some point our community manager and circuit co-creator Marcel, who was trying the pedal, started to play Neil Young’s Cinnamon Girl riff and suddenly it all seemed to make sense, Cinnamon Drive was the perfect choice, the rest is history…
At the beginning of 2018 we started the process of designing the PCB of the Cinnamon Drive to attain a more consistent production.
We also developed together with our PCB local supplier the bypass switching system and boost channel. Instead of using typical 3PDT footswitches, we opted for a relay-based bypass, incorporating a microcontroller that constantly monitors the power supply to switch to bypass automatically in the case of a power supply failure.
It was a tough process due to the difficulty of attaining the same sound from the breadboard on a PCB with many layers and ground planes. Small capacitances and resistances between layers and traces make the circuit to behave in a different manner comparing to when operated on a veroboard or breadboard. Apart from all the additional extra components related to the microcontroller which manages the switching system.
After three months and three different PCB prototypes we finally hit the right button, reaching the optimal design and allowing the definitive version of the Cinnamon Drive to sound identically as the prototype.
First green PCB pics
This was happening just in time to give a unit to Jordi Roig (Love of Lesbian guitarist) who would try it during their Latin-American tour in March 2018, with the final Smart Track enclosure already fully developed. Without knowing, 20000 people heard for the first time the roar of the Cinnamon Drive in the Mexican Vive Latino festival. At his return, Jordi had no objections which made us conclude the development period to begin the production phase.
Love of Lesbian playing live. No one noticed they were listening to the Cinammon Drive's last prototype ;)
Finally, on April 2018 the production for the first series of the Cinnamon Drive began. We are now immersed in this phase, assembling and testing one by one each Cinnamon Drive that will leave our warehouse.
Cinnamon Drive is the culmination of over a year of development and many prototypes to reach the idea we had in our minds, an overdrive pedal with the response and tone alike a valve amp.
You can also discover the influences that helped designing the Cinnamon Drive’s sound in our Spotify latest playlist: here!
We are happy to announce our partnership with First Line Distribution for the UK market. With over 10-year experience carrying great brands[+info]
We are happy to announce our partnership with First Line Distribution for the UK market.
With over 10-year experience carrying great brands we believe Aclam has found a perfect partner to reach stores throughout the isles!
Check it out at:
First Line Distribution
Rivers of ink have flown trying to decipher the truth about which is the best bypass method for effect pedals. Becoming an almost religious[+info]
Rivers of ink have flown trying to decipher the truth about which is the best bypass method for effect pedals. Becoming an almost religious dispute, the “true bypass” supporters firmly defend mechanical switching, whereas “pro-buffer” enthusiasts do the same using technical reasoning that not every musician can come to understand.
But, what exactly is bypass?
Almost every effects unit has the option to disconnect the device and listen to a non-processed clean signal from the instrument; this choice can be found either in desktop units as well as in racks or in stomp box formats.
This function is what is known as bypass, which can’t be mistaken for “On-Off”, as the latter would refer to the effects pedal receiving or not current from a power source.
So, the first thing we must consider is that when we activate our effect pedal’s bypass mode, we don’t cut off the current, what we are doing is stopping the audio to access the circuit or part of it. This way, the unit is still on and working, but without having to process part or the totality of the signal.
This EHX has an On switch flus the Bypass footswitch.
Why are there different bypass methods?
The variety of bypass designs can be attributed to many causes: manufacturing cost adjustments, engineer’s personal preferences, physical circuit and casing dimension adjustments or benefits it could apply depending on the use it’s destined to.
However, different trends have appeared over the years.
From the 60s to the 70s, most pedals used mechanical switching through a footswitch. Since the end of the seventies to the beginning of the nineties, the use of electronic switching using transistors became a trend. Later, during the “boutique” flourish in the mid-nineties, smaller manufacturers returned to the traditional mechanical switching system, this time using triple-pole, double-throw switches (3PDT) which would allow to send the signal from the input jack directly to the output jack, naming it “true bypass” and selling it as a totally transparent system for the instrument’s tone.
The famous 3PDT switch. The beginning of the boutique era
Does bypass affect my instrument’s tone?
There isn’t a unique answer to this question. What we can guarantee is that any element placed between our instrument and amp will affect the tone, even in a subtle way; even cables can make a difference!
Guitar and bass pickups, despite of using a very elementary working principle, have complex properties and interact with other elements which are connected to, like cables and potentiometers.
Potentiometers change the signal’s impedance to ease or worsen the flow through the cable. When the cable is very long or has low quality, it has bigger resistance and capacitance, which combined with the pickup’s coil inductance alters certain signal frequencies of the instrument, normally reducing the presence of high frequencies and making your tone muddier.
Having said that, we can relate a loss of tone for each pedal you chain up between the guitar and amp, as it will add cable length, solder joints, contacts and circuitry that will affect your guitar’s tone.
A typical electric pickup model
The “fake bypass”
Some manufacturers use switches with less switching capabilities due to budget or box space issues. These switches have fewer circuits meaning that they can’t completely isolate the audio, resulting in a bypassed signal which is really being sent to the effect, generating the much feared “tone sucking”. Even though it is an uncommon practice nowadays, some manufacturers during the seventies, like Electro Harmonix and MXR, used this arrangement.
Heres a diagram of the typical seventies fake bypass
How to solve this problem?
Just as previously mentioned, at the end of the seventies electronic switching was introduced into effect units. This system uses transistors as switches to send the signal to the effect or directly to the output jack. One of this bypass system’s particularities is the use of one or more buffers to reduce the pick-up signal impedance and to isolate its high sensitivity to capacitance and external interferences. After the buffer the signal has much more energy and it is isolated from the pickup’s inductance and impedance, being easier to be processed and routed from “On” to bypass in a silent manner and without any frequency spectrum loss.
Then, are buffers good or bad?
Even though buffers help to clean and give enough energy for our instrument’s signal to reach the amp in a strong and healthy manner, they can cause slight tone alterations in real life. Due to the non-existence of an ideal or 100% efficient component or circuit in electronics, a buffer, despite of being a circuit with the same input and output volume, will tend to lose a small signal quantity (volume loss) and emphasize certain frequencies.
Although a small loss can be difficult to detect, when you link several pedals with input/output buffers, you chain up these losses and modifications of your instrument’s EQ to the point of having lost volume, dynamics and the resulting tone has nothing to do with your instrument’s original one.
It was because of this that after the boom of Made in Japan pedals with their electronic bypass systems and buffers, new manufacturers brought back the mechanical switching and coined the True Bypass concept. Simply by turning the treble knob of your amp slightly up you could restore the original straight-to-the-amp tone without losing as much dynamics.
So, if buffers aren’t ideal and true bypass has disadvantages, what do I do?
Nowadays a set of over 5 pedals is something more than usual. The best way to face your pedalboard’s assembly having tone possible tone losses in mind would be analyzing each one of your pedals and choose strategic positions to keep your instrument’s tone as clean as possible.
For instance, if most of your pedals are true bypass, it is convenient to place a buffered bypass pedal in the first in your effect chain; that will decrease the signal’s impedance and won’t have many problems to flow through the following pedals. If you place another buffered pedal at the end of the chain, it can help to restore part of the lost tone.
Dual bypass pedals
Lately, pedals that let you choose between buffered or true bypass are appearing.
TC Electronic’s Polytune 3 for instance, will let you choose between these systems depending on what your needs are in your current setup.
Other manufacturers offer buffered bypass option for their delay and reverb effects, keeping effect trails sound even in bypass. An example for that would be Strymon.
Some manufacturers have developed refined buffer designs such as Fulltone with their Enhanced Bypass in the OCD v2 or Pete Cornish with their famous Line Driver.
Fulltone’s idea is to use a Class A pre-amplifier with a low amplification factor to compensate a signal loss of 0,3 to 0,06dB found in the standard buffers.
Pete Cornish, a renowned British engineer who has set up rigs for artists as important as U2 or Queen, designed the LD-1, another Class A pre-amplifier with a light amplification and the distinctive feature of having an input impedance closer to a typical valve amp. Pete Cornish includes this circuitry in all their effect pedals bypass and incorporates them to the custom rigs that he assembles for his customers.
All the pedalboard’s elements affect the tone so make sure you use good quality cables with low capacitance, specially the one going from the guitar to the pedalboard, which is the most crucial. Additionally, have a look at the bypass system of your pedals and test changing the order (always it seems logical) to see which combination gives you better results.
As we have already mentioned there are cleverer ways than others in terms of making buffers. Some effect pedals are known for their much improvable buffer circuit which drastically changes the instrument’s tone. Many of them can be tweaked to True Bypass and, in most cases, the resulting mod will improve the tone. Digitech’s Whammy series (until the 4th version) and Dunlop’s Cry Baby are the most customized pedals in this sense.
However, it is important to keep your gear in conditions and to get benefit from what you have without obsessing yourself with the utopia of perfect tone. Electric guitar (and bass) isn’t a perfect instrument, which I think is part of its beauty. There will always be something to improve in your gear, but don’t focus only on that rather than learning how to enjoy playing the instrument!
“So, I own some pedals and need a pedalboard; but, which one will suit my needs? What if I keep buying pedals compulsively, will I have[+info]
“So, I own some pedals and need a pedalboard; but, which one will suit my needs?
What if I keep buying pedals compulsively, will I have to buy a new pedalboard? I can barely hold a pick in my hands, will it be too heavy to move around?”
First of all, we have some introspective questions to ask if you are thinking of building a pedalboard.
- How many pedals do you own right now?
This will guide you through the process of defining the pedalboard’s size for your current configuration. But remember, you are a greedy creature, so new acquisitions will probably affect the space requirements taking us to the important dilemma…
- How many pedals could you manage to amass?
Many of us think that too many pedals are never enough. Let’s face it, a mysterious force drives us to never stop trying out pedals and wanting them all! (well, most of them!)
So, it’s always better to buy a larger pedalboard to have space for future must-have releases.
Grab your pedals, place them on a table (or floor) with the desired layout, think about cables and patches, as they are going to need space between effects. Don’t put them very close, as the live excitement can make you activate the wrong push button! Additionally, add extra space for the pedals you still don’t own (but will). With the help of measuring tape have a look at the space taken, and now you should have an approximate idea of the dimensions you need.
If you don’t wish to buy a larger than necessary pedalboard yet, you might be interested to know that our pedalboards are modular. Meaning that you will have the chance to double the size of some pedalboards if needed; or you can buy a larger pedalboard and turn it into two smaller ones.
- Where do you usually play?
Sedentary playing at home or in the studio will allow you to use larger and heavier configurations due to the lack of transportation needs. If you are constantly moving around, think about how you do so. If it’s going to be beaten up in a regular basis you might as well go for a hard case; but if you need something portable and weightless because of your wandering about, a softcase will be the right option.
There is an important connection between capacity and transportation comfort; the smaller the pedalboard is, the fewer pedals but easier mobility you will get; whereas the larger the board gets, more number of pedals you will fit, which will be proportional to the strength needed to carry the pedalboard around. Some exercise is always welcome however!
Once you have all the answers in mind, take a look at the Aclam’s pedalboard system. It has the ideal size for you:
WHAT IS YOUR PEDAL ADDICTION LEVEL?
FOR THE CAUTIOUS (3 to 7 pedals)
You must be starting or simply haven’t had the chance to spend more than necessary on pedals. The XS line is made for you. If your goal is not having more than 7 pedals, you can start from here.
With the smaller size of the family: the XS1 pedalboard being a mini pedalboard is the mobility star. A super light and small pedalboard, which you can eventually transform into a XS2 to place up to 7 pedals.
At first glance the XS2 pedalboard looks small, but you can take more advantage of it than imagined!
SMART TRACK XS1 - 42x15cm (16.5" x 5.9")
To hold 3-4 pedals with SMART TRACK® fastening system
EVO TRACK XS1 - 42x15cm (16.5" x 5.9")
To hold 3-4 pedals with VELCRO® brand strips
SMART TRACK XS2 - 42x30cm (16.5" x 11.8")
To hold 5-7 pedals with SMART TRACK® fastening system
EVO TRACK XS1 - 42x15cm (16.5" x 5.9")
To hold 5-7 pedals with VELCRO® brand strips
PERFECT BALANCE (4 to 10 pedals)
You like to play hard and pedals are a part of you.
If you have 4 or 5 pedals now it’s fine, you can start with the S1 model. But we warn you, don’t be naive! Those will never be enough… You could probably go for the S2 model, the best seller and standardized for musicians as yourself.
A standard measure that allows ease of transportation, including a hard case option for those who travel the most!
SMART TRACK S1 - 59x15cm (23.2" x 5.9")
To hold 4-5 pedals with SMART TRACK® fastening system
EVO TRACK S1 - 59x15cm (23.2" x 5.9")
To hold 4-5 pedals with VELCRO® brand strips
SMART TRACK S2 - 59x30cm (23.2" x 11.8")
To hold 8-10 pedals with SMART TRACK® fastening system
EVO TRACK S1 - 59x15cm (23.2" x 5.9")
To hold 8-10 pedals with VELCRO® brand strips
PEDAL ADDICT (+10 pedals)
First thing is to face reality, grow awareness and acknowledge it; so, just if you didn’t now, you do now: you are an addict, a hardcore one.
But chill out, we are here to help and make your life easier. At the moment our L2 is the queen of our pedalboards; the largest option for somebody like you. For those players who want it all and, in addition, packed together.
Transportation will be trickier, so if you are a gigging machine we have a hard case option for you to take your effects wherever you want!
SMART TRACK L2- 83 x 30 cm (32.7" x 11.8")
To hold 10-14 pedals with SMART TRACK® fastening system
EVO TRACK L2 - 83 x 30 cm (32.7" x 11.8")
To hold 10-14 pedals with VELCRO® brand strips
HOW TO DOUBLE XS1 AND S1 CAPACITY?
Add an extension to your pedalboard and double its size!
Extensions are available for XS1 and S1 pedalboards
(Or if you want to reduce the size of XS2, S2 or L2 pedalboards we can also do it!Send a mail to firstname.lastname@example.org stating your needs).
If you are still hesitating about the size you need, look at our Instagram @AclamProducts and get inspired by other guitar players who have already decided!
We are expecting! If you have been following our social media lately you might have noticed that we are going to release a new line of[+info]
We are expecting!
If you have been following our social media lately you might have noticed that we are going to release a new line of products imminently.
What could it be?!?! Well, no rocket science degree is needed to figure out at a glance that we are talking about effect pedals!
But why?! Basically, because we can’t stop. The long answer would be that after releasing Floating Guitar support in 2012, our line of modular pedalboards in 2013, and the first non-velcro pedalboards in the market in 2015 with the Smart Track system, it was time to sit down and figure out what to do with our lives, and how to keep delivering awesomeness. So, thinking about what we had done and what we could do, the natural and consistent thing to do seemed to be related with the best partner a pedalboard may have, effect pedals!
During April ’17 a professional team covering many different disciplines (musicians, engineers, designers, shrinks…) gathered and discussed “the plan”, which would have to define our main strengths and the way to distance us from other manufacturers.
We can be called anything but conformists, so with our built quality and smart design mantra, aimed to enhance the musician’s experience both live and in the studio, we slowly started defining the features that were going to determine our proposal in this crowded market. One of the first points to discuss would be how to design a casing that would take advantage of our Smart Track system and yet be fully functional on other pedalboards; after several tests the physical shape of our future pedals was eventually born.
So, as we had sorted the casing out, we could go for functional matters. The idea from the beginning was to keep it simple. Nowadays pedals are very versatile, thanks to digital technology a simple pedal can have an endless choice of presets, sounds, etc. Even though we respect these proposals, our idea is to build effect pedals with the least number of knobs possible but offering maximum versatility. Always looking for the best possible tone and flattening the learning curve to get the most out of the pedal with ease.
It was the turn to check with the most important part of the equation, musicians. We could slowly begin to sketch the features of our new pedal line as feedback from musicians from different styles kept flowing. During the end of ’17, all this activity culminated in the definition of the two pedals we would build and launch during 2018.
Although not much more information can be revealed yet, what we can confirm is that our first effect pedal has already been born. After several months of prototyping and testing, we have found the circuit we were looking for!
We are currently half-way through the validation phase, done by some musicians who have already toured with the pedal and given their feedback; pretty good so far! It fills us with pride to know that our effects have already been heard across stages of our country and America.
Our second effect pedal is now at the last stage of design, as it is the most ambitious proposal of the two. It will be based on one of the rarest amplifiers in music’s history. We have been lucky enough to design it with one original unit at our disposal, being able to emulate the original tone and behavior of this legendary amp as much as possible. It will soon hit the streets and we are sure its sound and esthetic won’t leave anyone indifferent.
We’ll continue to inform (and continue expecting!)
Entering the 21st century! As we have seen through the history of pedals, a new decade leads to a new era in the guitar world. The nineties[+info]
Entering the 21st century!
As we have seen through the history of pedals, a new decade leads to a new era in the guitar world.
The nineties were a very eclectic decade, there wasn’t a dominant musical trend at the time. There were significant bands in terms of sound personality; Rage Against the Machine with their rap-metal fusion, Red hot Chili Peppers’ funk-rock or Radiohead’s masterpiece Ok Computer, a pillar of alternative rock, proving that plenty of music was yet to be created and, what is more important, that you don’t need to adhere to the latest technology to innovate. Everything’s fair in music making.
Radiohead’s Johnny Greenwood himself, used a Digitech Whammy and an old Roland Space Echo RE-201 to achieve the tone he was looking for, something quite rare in the eighties. Such pragmatism helped boutique manufacturers to grow, as players started to look at them to find their special and unique sound.
GHOSTS FROM THE PAST
Unfortunately, all this revolution wouldn’t reach the average musician, resigned to carrying pedals in a bag or getting hold of a Zoom or Digitech multi-effects. Such multi-effects were the bridge between the eighties rack processors and effect pedals. Very popular during the nineties, most amateur and semi-professional musicians adopted this alternative which allowed to have presets and a broad variety of effects at a moderated price. The problem was that these multi-effect devices were digital and didn’t offer a great sound quality, altering the guitar’s tone into a boring and lifeless version of what it used to be.
Digitech's RP1 was one of the first multi effects of the nineties
Even so, at the beginning of the 21st century, two products changed the pedal world forever. Pedaltrain released the first aluminum structure that, with the use of hook and loop, allowed for organizing and keeping the set of pedals always assembled; which would make transportation and concert set up easier and quicker.
Its advantage was that thanks to offering a standardized product, pricing was much cheaper than a customized flightcase which was what professional bands were using until then. The second product was delivered by Voodoo Lab with its awarded Pedal Power. An isolated multioutput power supply allowing to power your whole effect pedals set with one device, simplifying and compacting your pedal system.
Even though these products had potential separately, the magic arose when both were combined. Pedaltrain and Voodoo Lab adapted their products to allow the Pedal Power to be assembled underneath the board. That was what triggered the current pedal fever that lasts until these days. Pedals had been around for long, but it wasn’t until then that common musicians would find them practical to use. Many players that felt tied up to multieffect units could now opt to use pedals live, without worrying about having to deal with many different power supplies nor harming the pedals during transportation.
Pedaltrain 1 with a Pedal Power 2 Plus mounted underneath the structure
At the beginning of the 2000s new bands with a different paradigm than the ones from the nineties appeared. Even though there were still traces of the 80s digital era during the 90s, since the 2000s, with the work of pioneering boutique and useful accessory companies, musicians focused on effect pedals. Bands as The Black Keys, Grizzly Bear, Queens of The Stone Age or The Mars Volta emerged on the scene during early 2000s with an utterly different sound from the nineties. Special and organic tones were delivered thanks to their analog pedalboards.
The Mars Volta's Omar Rodriguez Lopez pedalboard. An almost completely analog setup with a mix of old and modern effect pedals.
Finally, the stars aligned causing the pedal boom in which we live nowadays. The market was receptive again thanks to new bands that sought a more personal sound only pedals could offer. All this scenario caused the rise of boutique manufacturers which were already starting to be well-known, like Zvex and Fulltone, together with the opportunistic appearance of the first accessory manufacturers for pedals, like Pedaltrain, Trailer Thrash with their hook and loop pedalboards, or Voodoo Lab and Cioks with their power supplies.
Another key element that fueled this insanity was the Internet, which helped everyone to reach detailed information related to favorite musicians’ gear and latest pedal novelties. First Youtubers like Andy of Pro Guitar Shop or Gearmandude helped to spread the word of pedals all around the world.
PEDALS GO MAINSTREAM
During the first decade of the 2000s the industry kept on growing. Existing brands had become established and many new ones started to take their first steps. It was the time when many brands which are now quality references were founded. Names such as JHS, Earthquaker Devices or Death By Audio gained strength during the 2010s and are now the most cutting-edge companies in the industry.
Additionally, leading digital effects companies were reinventing themselves, like TC Electronic or Eventide, adapting their effect rack algorithms to the pedal format. Eventide’s Factor series or TC Electronic’s Tone Print have become referents in the industry.
Accessories were not left behind and during the mid-2010s companies like Temple Audio, Chemistry Design or ourselves as Aclam Guitars, started to offer alternatives to Pedaltrain’ s hook and loop system. Power Supply options in the market also grew like mushrooms, having T-Rex, Strymon, MXR, Walrus Audio and a long etcetera. Cable manufacturers wanted their share too, leading to improvements in the form of solderless patch cables designed specially with pedalboards in mind; brands like Evidence Audio or Lava Cable would come up with this sort of George L’s system. All kinds of accessories appeared such as Option Knob, Barefoot Buttons or the Pedal Flex.
To conclude and going back to the initial question of why a pedalboard… why not!? It’s the best moment to build one up, there are endless pedal, pedalboard, power supply and cable options in the market, covering every price range possible. History has proven that effect pedals are one of the best means musicians have to find inspiration and to approach a more personal sound.
Whatever is to come will definitely be better as digital technology keeps evolving and improving. Thanks to companies like Strymon, with their last generation algorithms, or Chasebliss Audio, with their blend of analog pedals with digital control, the new wave of effects is being led to have versatility as its main feature.
We will soon find out!
And the eighties came! Although the effects industry was in good health, the eighties became a boom for most manufacturers. THE NEW[+info]
And the eighties came!
Although the effects industry was in good health, the eighties became a boom for most manufacturers.
THE NEW GENERATION:
In the early eighties, most effect units were analog and manufactured in a stompbox format; but a new technology would start catching the attention of pro musicians. Yes, you guessed right; the rack format and digital processing started to gain relevance.
Here’s Steve Lukather rig full of digital effect processors. No one wonders if they’re true bypass ;)
At the time, stompboxes were limited in options, noisier and bulkier, whereas rack units were versatile and used a standardized casing, making them easier to implement into a rig. You could stack many of them in a flight case, saving space and protecting them a lot more; which for a touring musician meant reliability.
BUT WHAT HAPPENED TO THE PEDALS?
While rackmount units were the main standard in most professional rigs, effect pedals became a kind of underground and low budget alternative to the super fancy and expensive rackmount rigs.
Apart from the digital revolution, another setback put the effect pedal industry into a tight spot, specially the American; that was Japan! Nowadays we see a large offer of cheap Asian copies of many boutique designs, but this isn’t new.
SRV’s effect setup. He’s the most famous user of the Tube Screamer.
An original MXR Dyna Comp from the early eighties and the japanese clone made by Maxon in the same era. Both feature the same RCA CA3080 OTA chip
Although many Japanese brands designed their own products, by the early eighties some companies like MXR or Electro Harmonix ran into problems due to illegitimate copies of their designs. Japanese manufacturers like Coron or Maxon offered cheap versions of the Distortion + or the Electric Mistress with total impunity.
Those copies sold really well both in the European and the US markets, forcing some industry pioneers like Electro Harmonix and MXR to close their business. This scenario led some Japanese companies like Boss (part of Roland) and Ibanez (manufactured by Maxon) to be leaders of the pedal industry. They did remarkably well with some designs that would become classics like the Boss CE-2, DS-1, DD-3, CS-2 etc. and the world-renowned Ibanez Tube Screamer series. At this stage, effect pedals were mostly being used by alternative and emerging musicians due to its reduced cost comparing to rackmount devices.
In 1987 two major events were to spark the stompbox interest again. A company called Crest Audio, which had the rights for the Fuzz Face, reissued this legendary fuzz pedal. Most probably because of Stevie Ray Vaughan and Eric Johnson. SRV was a total outsider of the mainstream digital madness, being a raw guitar player who performed in the old school way; guitar, a couple of pedals and a good tube amp cranked up. Johnson was sort of in-between, he had a really refined technique and sound, but he also liked to mix digital effects like delay and reverbs with vintage guitars, amps and a Fuzz Face which is known to be part of his tone. In fact, “Tone” is a word that would start to mean a lot more since then, specially once entered the nineties. The other event occurred in 1987 that would shake the industry was the purchase of the rights for MXR from the giant guitar accessory manufacturer Jim Dunlop. Those moves were the beginning of the end of Japanese hegemony. Dunlop immediately reissued MXR classics like the Phase 90 and soon started new designs. Between 1987 and 1990 Crest Audio built around 2000 units of the Fuzz Face which became breeding ground for the current vintage stompbox mania. Back in 1991 another big name in the pedal industry rose again from its own ashes under the Sovtek brand with a reissue of their most popular product, the Big Muff. Now being manufactured in Russia, EHX reissued the Small Stone and Bassballs as well.
Late 80’s Fuzz Face made by Crest Audio. Probably de first pedal ever reissued
Russian versions of the Big Muff and Small Stone by Sovtek/EHX.
Kurt Cobain’s playing live with an old EHX Polychorus and a Small Clone
Remember how the stompboxes were an underground option for novel bands in the 80’s? Well, by the early 90’s those bands started the new musical revolution. Bands like Nirvana or The Smashing Pumpkins grew up using old effects because they were cheap and unintentionally started a new era of guitar tones.
They sounded totally different from any mainstream records of the 90’s, being centered in attitude instead of a pristine lifeless tone, those records sounded raw and organic. The Small Clone and Poly-Chorus from EHX were one of Kurt Cobain’s favorite pedals, and Billy Corgan blew minds with his solo tone using Big Muffs and Fender Blenders. Those sounds caught the interest of musicians and suddenly old effect pedals became vintage gems.
As the interest in vintage and rare stompboxes kept growing and many 70’s manufacturers were back in business, by the mid-nineties a new kind of company shyly started to appear in the effect pedal scene. Instead of being big companies with a lot of employees, they mostly had a single human being behind them, a person who designed and built each one of his pedals with love and passion, seeking the best tone possible. Names like Fulltone, Zvex, Foxrox Electronics, Way Huge, and Frantone were the first to coin this new product concept: Boutique pedals.
Fulltone’s Full Drive first version. Circa 1995
What the hell are boutique pedals? In short, we’d say handmade devices with high quality components, short number production and usually with crazy expensive price tags. Some specialized in making faithful recreations of sought after pedals like the Fuzz Face or the Uni Vibe, like the ’69 or the Deja’Vibe from Fulltone. Others wanted to explore new sonic textures tweaking existing circuits, like the Fuzz Factory from Zvex, which takes the base of a 3 transistor Tone Bender and transforms it into a totally new effect.
Nowadays, in what could be considered as the stompbox Golden Era, this might be a silly question. There are plenty of options and[+info]
Nowadays, in what could be considered as the stompbox Golden Era, this might be a silly question.
There are plenty of options and accessories out there to set up the perfect pedalboard. Starting from the almost infinite effect pedal offer, both boutique and mass produced, to the different pedalboard structures, power supplies with isolated outlets and diverse voltages, solderless patch cables, etc.
Almost every professional guitar player has some kind of effect pedal in their rig and most of them use a bunch of stompboxes to shape their sound. We think of them as an essential part of our gear and we give them the same relevance as the guitar or the amp.
But all this madness is fairly recent. Some years ago most guitar players (and bass players too) didn’t even think of having a pedalboard. It wasn’t until the early 2000’s when all those products mentioned above started to crowd the net and music stores, attracting the attention of consumers of all around the globe.
So the question seems quite obvious as we approach the 5 decade mark of the apparition of stompboxes. Why did we have to wait to the 21st century for companies to make accessories to set our pedalboards properly? We could state there isn’t a single answer to this question, but a sequence of events in music history which have led us to the current stompbox and pedalboard boom.
FIRST A BIT OF HISTORY:
Although the first stand-alone guitar effect unit (by standalone meaning that it’s not integrated in another piece of gear like an amplifier) dates from 1948, it wasn’t until 1962 when the guitar community started to use the term “effect pedal”.
De Armond 601 Tremolo Control
Maestro Fuzz Tone FZ-1
The De Armond 601 Tremolo Control was the first commercial guitar effects unit. Although we cannot refer to it as a pedal as it was designed as a desktop unit, lacking a footswitch.
The same year Gibson released a new device for guitar named Maestro Fuzz Tone FZ-1, adverts from the time claimed that the FZ-1 could "create a sensational new effect never heard before". That was, as you would’ve imagined, a fuzz type distortion, the first one ever put on a pedal. Unfortunately for Gibson it wasn't a big sale success, but in 1965, Keith Richards from The Rolling Stones used one to resemble a horn in the "(I can't get no) Satisfaction" intro, one of their most famous songs which became Nº1 in USA and Europe. Gibson sold out all the FZ-1 units thanks to Keith (around 5000) and released the FZ-1A, a revised version with a quicker assembling process that would be able to supply the increasing demand (Gibson sold around 40.000 units of the FZ-1A between 1965 and 1968). Now the Maestro Fuzz Tone is recognized to be the first effects pedal of the history.
Those new sounds generated a great interest in Europe and during the following years many British companies took the initiative in pedal development. A good amount of new fuzz boxes appeared. In 1965 Sola Sound released the Tone Bender MKI (based on the Maestro's circuit) and in 1966 the Tone Bender MK1.5 and MKII. Other companies had their fuzz pedals like Selmer, Hornby Skewes, Wem, Marshall or Arbiter with their famous Fuzz Face.
Close up of Jimi´s pedal setup at Woodstock. Guitar was directly plugged to the Wah Wah, then the Fuzz Face, next the Uni Vibe and straight to the Marshalls.
In fact, the Fuzz Face was a relevant piece in the rig of one of the most ground-breaking guitar players of the history: Jimi Hendrix. Jimi showed the entire world that effect pedals could be chained a combined to create new sound effects. He was very innovative using the Wah wah, the Fuzz Face and one of the first modulation effects created, the Uni Vibe (some sort of a phaser-vibrato designed to emulate a Leslie).
We can hear his mastery on one of his most famous performances in 1969 in the Woodstock Festival. Specially on the song "Purple Haze" he combines the effects on different sections of the song to add motion and feeling to his sound.
Hendrix set the base for the next guitar players who were seeking for a signature tone and creating new textures with the electric guitar. Pink Floyd's David Gilmour was one of them, he's known to use delay (Binson Echorec), phaser (Mxr Phase 90) and fuzz (EHX Big Muff and Dallas Arbiter Fuzz Face) during the early to mid-seventies.
By that time the music industry fed the effect pedals hype by introducing new effects and many companies were founded like Musitronics, Electro Harmonix, Morley A/DA, Ross, Jen, Shin Ei, Ibanez, Tycobrahe and more.
By the late 70's musicians around the globe adopted stompboxes for different styles of music thanks to the vast existing offer, making many effect companies find it's place in the industry.
Even so, products such as pedalboards, power supplies or special patch cables weren't developed by that time.
Common guitar players had 3 or 4 pedals so a special board to mount them wasn't that necessary. Most effect pedals run on batteries, had no dc input or were powered directly to the ac plug so a power supply with isolated outputs made no sense (there were exceptions like the MXR Power Converter)
Only rock stars could afford complex rigs, custom made for specific tours like the ones made by Pete Cornish or Rob C. Bradshaw. These integrated effect pedals in intricate systems with a lot of signal routing to different amps, stompboxes etc.
David Gilmour’s pedalboard custom built by Pete Cornish for the Animals tour.
In conclusion, it seems like nobody worried about making proper solutions to give stompboxes a more prominent role in the guitar player's rig. Probably not enough time had passed for the different manufacturers to react to the musician’s needs with new products. What could have caused us having to wait for almost 20 years for the stompbox accessories boom?
Let's find the answer in part 2 ;)
We are glad to announce the beginning of a distribution partnership for the German & Austrian markets with Sonic sales GmbH. With over[+info]
We are glad to announce the beginning of a distribution partnership for the German & Austrian markets with Sonic sales GmbH. With over 30-year experience, we are confident that they will do a fine job representing Aclam and making our products easy accessible throughout the territory. For more info about them: http://www.sonic-sales.de/
From August 24th to September 7th, you can buy the XS pedalboards (either XS1 or XS2 in Evo or Smart Track format) with a 25% discount. To[+info]
From August 24th to September 7th, you can buy the XS pedalboards (either XS1 or XS2 in Evo or Smart Track format) with a 25% discount. To take advantage of this promotion you must use the code SummerDeal.
For a limited time!
Remember to use the promotional code when buying the XS pedalboard; either based on Velcro® system (Evo Track) or based on the Fasteners system, which allows you to fasten your pedals without adhesives (Smart Track). Using the promotional code SummerDeal, you can buy a pedalboard with the perfect measure to travel with your essential pedals with a 25% discount.
The XS1 pedalboard hold 3-4 effects pedals and the XS2 has capacity for 5-7 pedals. You can also take advantage of the promotion either with soft case or without it.
Have you seen our accessories?
Both Evo and Smart Track have a collection of accessories to customize your pedalboard and take full advantage of the space. From the Tidy Cables to keep cables inside the Tracks to the specific support to place the power supply underneath the pedalboard (the Support is suitable for XS2 pedalboards and following measures).
This promotion will only be available from August 24th to September 7th using the specific code SummerDeal whose discount will be applied exclusively on XS pedalboards purchased with or without soft case and only in the online store.
They can be considered working tools, treasures, collector’s items, gifts, whims... but also decorative pieces. Guitars are very important[+info]
They can be considered working tools, treasures, collector’s items, gifts, whims... but also decorative pieces. Guitars are very important in our lives, we love them, we take care of them, we tune them. Once we have finished dedicating their daily care, guitars go back to the corner, case or wherever we are keeping them hidden.
But what if it was not necessary to store them away? We could turn them into decorative objects and still not give up having them reachable whenever we want to play with them.
At this point, it may be tricky to find a guitar support that meets our expectations without spoiling the guitar. And having found a system which pleases us, the materials used on them are kind of too weak for such great goods.
If you have read this far, probably been through it too. Haven't you?
In Aclam Guitars, we are huge guitars enthusiasts. That is why we decided to design a support which would allow them to be displayed as decorative pieces without giving up its usability.
This was how the Floating Guitar was born some time ago, made of highly resistant materials that take advantage of the guitar's strap button location to keep it secured. This support attaches to the back side of the guitar, allowing it to be installed on the wall or on the different selection of bases we have available.
Without sacrificing a decorative function, the pedestal is made of tempered glass, resistant and transparent, giving prominence to the guitar. Regarding the base, until now it has only been available in stainless steel, but we are shortly adding some wooden options to our catalogue.
Do you own a special shaped guitar? No problem, we have developed parts that fit the most common guitar contours (strato, LP, Tele, SG, ES335 and similar) and are open to specific requests. You can see all our variety of guitar supports and accessories here and, if you have any question, do not hesitate to contact us!
Remember that we have reduced shipping prices, especially for western and central Europe, meaning some items can be purchased with no delivery costs. Learn more about it here.
The Aclam Guitars’ online store sells accessories for guitars and many other products for creative musicians at an international level. If[+info]
The Aclam Guitars’ online store sells accessories for guitars and many other products for creative musicians at an international level. If you are interested in buying our products in the United States, you should visit our store locator to find your nearest store. If you are from Europe, you are in luck: we are offering free shipping for some countries and, for the rest, we have cut them in half!
If you live in Spain, Portugal, France, Belgium, Luxembourg, Monaco, Germany, Austria, Holland, Italy or UK, you have free shipping if your purchase weighs more than 2kg. So, if you buy any of our pedal boards or a complete kit which also includes our featured accessories for pedalboards (Fasteners, Tidy Cables and Power Supply Support Universal), you will not have to pay for the shipping.
New rates for the rest of Europe
For the rest of the old continent, shipping rates have been reduced by half based on the weight of the package. Among them are Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Denmark, Greece, Norway and many more. If you want to know if your country is among them, you can consult the map above zones 2 and 3.
Check our product catalog!
“Digital brain, analogue heart”, says the motto of the brand Chasebliss Audio, whose pedals have been looking spectacular in the maxi Smart[+info]
“Digital brain, analogue heart”, says the motto of the brand Chasebliss Audio, whose pedals have been looking spectacular in the maxi Smart Track pedal board that we have displayed in our booth during the days of the winter NAMM Show. This brand, which offers the perfect mix between analog and digital pedals, has lined up in the world of effects pedals as a boutique firm, with very personal designs and a very characteristic and well defined corporate identity.
During the NAMM Show, the American brand opted for the Fasteners system, which is part of the Smart Track pedal board, to display their new effects pedals without having to stain them with adhesives nor altering their surface and design. Two of their new releases are the Brothers and Warped vinyl MKII which we could see closely!
"Chasebliss Audio offers the perfect mix between analog and digital pedals"
Brothers & Warped vinyl MKII
Brothers: the biggest release of this winter NAMM Show is a pedal developed together with Resonant Electronics. The Brothers is the overdrive that any love of classic saturations and distortions would wish to have on their pedal board. From a clean and smooth crunch to a wild fuzz, this pedal offers all the combinations. The circuit contained by this pedal recreates six different models of drives, boosters and fuzzes, in addition to offering the ability to mix. All of this results in 33 signal routing, which makes it really easy for the perfect drive to be found with this pedal.
Warped Vinyl MKII: this pedal goes far, far beyond recreating the sound of an old vinyl, which was the starting point to develop this device. Without a doubt, it is the most versatile, characteristic and fun analog vibrato and chorus pedal we have ever tried. As in all its catalog, the Warped Vinyl MKII consists of an analog pedal with digital controls in all its parameters. The sonic and creative possibilities are inexhaustible.
In a very short time, Chasebliss Audio stands as one of the benchmark brands within the boutique market. All of this is largely thanks to the perfect combination of digital control and analog circuitry on your pedals. Some effects, such as the Tonal Recall or the Warped Vinyl were highly demanded and no one so far had put them up for sale. If we add a compact but very versatile design and the great quality of its sound, careful to the extreme, they make every guitarist, bass player or keyboardist want to have this brand on their pedal board.
During the 2017 winter NAMM Show, Aclam Guitars has had an important presence collaborating with other brands as well. Of course, for the[+info]
During the 2017 winter NAMM Show, Aclam Guitars has had an important presence collaborating with other brands as well. Of course, for the fifth year, Smart Track pedal board with its patented Fasteners system to hold pedals without Velcro® or adhesives has had a significant relevance.
For the occasion, some effects pedals brands took part of our giant pedalboard display made from scratch with Smart Track pedal boards; including the American brand Digitech, which had its own booth in NAMM and was displaying in pedalboards based on the Fasteners system their new releases.
"The Cabdryvr and the FreqOut are two of the new effects pedals that Digitech has released"
CabdryVR: the perfect solution for anyone who uses either an amplifier emulator or a DAW during live performances. This pedal offers 14 IR’s of classic guitar and bass displays plus two independent mono outputs, which makes it very handy for working either with two instruments at the same time or in stereo.
FreqOut: the ultimate pedal for feedback lovers. A natural harmonics generator of the note which we are playing with our guitar. And it goes much further: it allows to decide what range of the harmonic we want to reinforce. This pedal will undoubtedly become indispensable for anyone who is looking for a creative, different and original tool.
Unquestionably, the history of music would not be the same without Digitech: artists as different as Tom Morello, Steve Vai, Nels Cline or Johnny Greenwood (Radiohead) have ithis brand in their sets, which became famous with the Whammy design in 1989.
Digitech has been innovating since then during its almost 30 years of existence and are constantly launching new and surprising proposals. Among them we find the JammMan looper and more recently the Trio (a generator of bass and drums based on what is played with the guitar). All of this in addition to the FreqOut (feedback pedal) and the CabDryVR (simulator for bass and guitar based on IR’s).
Not surprisingly, every musician who has ever worked in a professional environment has used Digitech at some point.
A few days after the NAMM Show has ended, we review the fifth edition in which Aclam Guitars has been exhibiting. As we already explained in[+info]
A few days after the NAMM Show has ended, we review the fifth edition in which Aclam Guitars has been exhibiting. As we already explained in the announcement of our attendance at the Show, during those 4 days, attendees have been able to see our Smart Track pedal boards closely, as well as other new stuff that we will talk about later, including the Canivell brand, which has created so much excitement among musicians and distributors.
Smart Track & friends
Seen our photo album of how our stand looked like? During the NAMM Show you could take part in a giveaway of a Smart Track pedal board by answering a questionnaire. In addition, we demonstrated that the Fasteners system, which is used in Smart Track pedal board, can hold anything you may think of. Good proof of it is the huge pedal board made up of 52 Smart Tracks that we built for the show. On it you could see all kinds of perfectly fastened objects with no need of anything but Fasteners to keep them securely attached, as we already saw in our Fasten it, set yours & play campaign.
It was great to feature awesome brands of effects pedals on our XXXL pedal board, which whom we have collaborated with our pedal boards, so they could display their own releases at their booths. They are Digitech, Supro, Chase Bliss Audio and Mu-FX, and we will soon talk more about them and the news they presented at the NAMM Show.
Canivell amps & guitars
Attendees could also enjoy of a new line of boutique guitars and amplifiers under the Canivell brand. The amps and cabinets will offer a clean and colorful sound with top notch components. You can check the catalog here, although they are not available for sale yet.
On the other hand, the 20:16 guitars have created a lot excitement thanks to their super easy and fast exchangeable pickup system, which allows removing the pickups in the blink of an eye.
If you want to discover more about our visit to the NAMM Show, follow us on Facebook, Instagram or subscribe to our newsletter by registering on the web. You will be the first to know when the new boutique amps and 20:16 guitar become available and Smart Track pedalboards related news.
Many thanks to everyone for coming to greet us at our booth and for all the feedback given. We hope to see you soon!
We are starting the new year with many plans and good music and we want to remind you that, for the fifth time, we are going to the NAMM[+info]
We are starting the new year with many plans and good music and we want to remind you that, for the fifth time, we are going to the NAMM Show 2017 in Los Angeles (USA). There we will be with all our catalog of products, from accessories for guitars like pedal boards to amplifiers for guitars and much more.
If you come to visit the biggest fair dedicated to music retailing, you have to come and see us. You will be able to take part in a Smart Track pedalboard give away and discover the releases that we have prepared for this year. We’ll be in Hall E Booth #1741.
You cannot wait? We advance you some of what you’ll find:
A few days ago, we talked about the new accessories for Smart Track pedal board which extended the possibilities of customizing the pedal board with the Tidy Cables DUO accessory (and the Tidy Cables pack as well, which includes both types); the support for power supplies Support Universal and Support Universal S as well.
You will be able to see them closer at NAMM and discover al the possibilities that provides you to configure and reconfigure your rig as many times as you need.
One of the great novelties for this NAMM Show is that we extended our boutique amplifiers’ catalog under the exclusive brand Canivell. The 6 new amplifiers and cabinets, besides including an avant-garde design and first quality materials, offers a personal and special sound. Notice that they aren't yet uploaded to our website, but they will be soon!
If you want to know more about our new catalog of guitar amplifiers, we recommend you to subscribe to our website to receive the news by email. You’ll be the first to know when they are on sale!
The new guitar, conceived as a sound laboratory, the sister of 20:14, will delight the professional musician who can already start to forget about touring carrying all his guitars. With the new 20:16, you can change the pickups in the simplest way without removing the strings.
Thus, in the same song and in a matter of seconds, you can look for new nuances of sound, without having to take your guitar to a luthier to change them, with a system which adapts almost all the available pickups in the market.
Do you need more reasons to come and see us at NAMM? Just come and see our catalog of accessories designed for creative musicians in Hall E Booth #1741.
Having heard all the comments and suggestions from our followers, customers and distributors (thank you all for your feedback), we have[+info]
Having heard all the comments and suggestions from our followers, customers and distributors (thank you all for your feedback), we have developed new accessories for our Smart Track and Evo Track pedalboards to facilitate the rig set up, fitting the needs of each musician. Therefore, we created an accessory called Tidy Cables DUO which broadens directions and types of cables that can be installed on the pedal board.
On the other hand, we have expanded the types of power supplies which can be attached underneath the pedalboard with a Universal Power Supply Support which includes a cable protector and another one without protector in its simplified version with the Universal Power Supply Support Universal S. Thus, we increase the customization possibilities of the pedalboard and adapt the accessories to a rising number of musicians who are willing to switch to a lighter and more durable system, whether based on Velcro® (Evo Track) or Fasteners (Smart Track).
Tidy Cables: the Tidy Cables accessory is simple yet practical and allows you to order the wiring of the pedals into the Tracks for greater safety as we have explained on other occasions. So far, this accessory allowed only the installation of the cables in the same direction as the Tracks and with a limited thickness. We have now developed a new option that will provide for sure a whole world of new configurations.
Tidy Cables DUO: this accessory for pedalboard allows you to hold cables that can be placed above the surface or inside the Tracks, both vertically and horizontally, regardless the thickness of the cable. In this way, the cables are kept safe and we avoid jeopardizing our rig.
Remember that you also have the option to buy a pack which includes 5 Tidy Cables and 5 Duo to complete your set.
Power supply Support: as already mentioned in this article, the Support accessory allows the possibility of installing the power supply for the pedals underneath the pedalboard using the same system of Fasteners and guaranteeing their safety and integrity.
Up to now we have available adapted Supports for models Fuel Tank JR, Cioks DC10/AC10 and Voodoo Lab Pedal Power 2 Plus power supplies, but what happens when your device doesn’t fit the established measures? That will stop being a problem because we are releasing two models of Support that fit any sizes up to a height of 47mm.
Support Universal: the new Power Supply Support Universal can be adapted to any power supply as long as it does not exceed 47mm in height and includes, unlike its S version, an aluminum front which allows to protect the device’s inputs and the wiring like the Supports mentioned above. A reliable and secure solution now also available for more power supplies.
Support Universal S: in its even lighter version, the Support Universal S consists of two stainless steel parts that perfectly fit any size of power supply and are installed underneath the pedalboard using the same system as the rest: by using the lower Tracks. It also includes two non-slip surfaces which will protect your power supply and keep it new for longer.
If you need to know more or want to see what other accessories we have available to finish configuring your set, do not hesitate to visit our online store.
The Spanish indie group Love of Lesbian is already the soundtrack of a whole generation of young people and has already traveled half the[+info]
The Spanish indie group Love of Lesbian is already the soundtrack of a whole generation of young people and has already traveled half the world presenting their songs, which are full of festive and dancing themes and some more introspective as well. One of its components and guitarist, Julián Saldarriaga, has accompanied them since the first records and for many miles traveled on tour, 8 records and a lot of recognitions. For the presentation tour of their latest LP, ‘El poeta Halley’, Julián has chosen a custom pedalboard which includes the characteristic system used by Smart Track pedalboard: the Fasteners system.
Julián Saldarriaga explains in the following video, footed before the concert that Love of Lesbian performed to present ‘El poeta Halley’ in Razzmatazz club, in Barcelona; why he has chosen this system of fastening his effect pedals and presents his set of pedals, which will delight the most geeks.
These last days, and six months after releasing their last record, Love of Lesbian are touring Latin America for the second time. It’s been a while since those first records where Santi Balmes, singer and lyricist of the group, sang in English and when they were opening for The Cure as they passed on tour through Barcelona.
Many thanks to Julián for having us and good luck in the final stretch of the ‘Poeta Halley’ tour.
WE’VE GOT A NEW GUIDE TO CHOOSE YOUR PEDALBOARD’S SIZE: HAVE A LOOK HERE! When buying accessories for your guitar, we know that[+info]
WE’VE GOT A NEW GUIDE TO CHOOSE YOUR PEDALBOARD’S SIZE: HAVE A LOOK HERE!
When buying accessories for your guitar, we know that nothing is enough, and we also know that choosing 4 pedals from all your vast collection may be a hassle. That is why, once you decide to keep your guitar pedals organized in a pedalboard, choosing the size that fits your set the best can become quite challenging.
We are going to summarize some important things that should be considered before deciding the pedalboard’s dimension concerning your needs.
Aclam Guitars pedalboards are organized by sizes and either Smart and Evo Track offer the same space for your pedals, the only difference is the fastening system that keeps your effects pedals safely attached. So, you can choose between XS, S and L sizes, which make reference to the width measures and, regarding the number of tracks, there are 1 and 2 sizes.
- XS size: its width measures 42cm (16.2”) and it can hold from 3 to 4 standard effects pedals. If you are thinking about doubling capacity because you purchased more equipment, you can convert it into an XS2 by adding another additional Track with the Extension accessory, it is suitable for both Evo and Smart Track pedalboards.
- S size: its 59cm (23.2”) width fits from 4 to 5 standard guitar pedals. If, in future time, you wish to broaden capacity, there is also a pedalboard Extension available for it; then you’d have an S2 with room for 10-14 pedals.
- L size: with 83cm (32.7”) width, it is the largest pedalboard you can find in our online shop catalogue. And it is no wonder, L1 size has room for 5-7 effects pedals. Imagine if you add to it an L2 Extension: from 10 to 14 pedals neatly installed in your pedalboard!
“My pedalboard’s setup? It is something which is always evolving. The Fasteners system helps me to alternate effects pedals depending on who[+info]
“My pedalboard’s setup? It is something which is always evolving. The Fasteners system helps me to alternate effects pedals depending on who I am playing with at the time; I always have some of them which are permanent and others that may vary”.
Marcos Deker, professional musician, is one of those guitarists who is always changing his set and is also aware of the latest releases related to guitars and effects; and his professional trajectory is not for less: during the last months, he has produced Xenia Nuñez’s latest LP, ‘Serendipia’ which will be released next 18h November and has been preparing the live album for singer Rafa Pons, much admired by Deker as well.
As if that were not enough, he is also rehearsing the final tour concert of Spanish indie band Dorian, who have sold out all of their 4 dates in Madrid and Barcelona. “I am so happy to be a part of many beautiful projects” Marcos proudly states.
How is your pedalboard set?
With all those projects going on, we may understand why his pedalboard varies this much from one day to another, so we asked him about his configuration and his must-have pedals which are always fastened to his Smart Track pedalboard.
TC Polytune: one of the most important for Marcos to keep tune during the whole gig.
Distorters: “I use to keep most of the time the same configuration: the JHS Morning Glory always on and ready, because of its dynamics and pretty neat sound, as long as you don’t get to the overdrive”. And not forgetting about Fulltone OCD, which he has been working with for ages; and ZVex Fuzz Factory “it is a very funny pedal, I’ve managed myself some times to have three of those in my pedalboard”, remembers Marcos.
What about the rest?
Marcos Deker is always changing his pedals set and, of course, sometimes some of the pedals stay outside. They are his backup, but not for that less important:
Diamond Tremolo: analogic, with tap tempo, it controls the wave and its ideal for experimenting.
EHX Superego: It is like a freezer “but it turns the guitar into a synthesizer, for recording and producing it is ideal”.
Boss DD7: “this I borrowed from my good friend Josep from Canela Hank”, remembers Marcos, who uses this pedal as a wildcard: “looper, chorus... every single option except delay”.
Thank you so much, Marcos Deker, for sharing with us your pedalboard set, we wish you best of luck with all the projects you are on right now!
It’s been a while since we talked about Aalberg Audio, manufacturer of effects pedals for guitars, discussing about everything in common[+info]
It’s been a while since we talked about Aalberg Audio, manufacturer of effects pedals for guitars, discussing about everything in common that the Norwegians have with Aclam Guitars (both functional design and innovation enthusiasts).
Well, this month we’ve brought our partnership to another level by taking part in a contest with Premier Guitar and Guitar Player magazines where participants can win an irresistible set that, if you are a guitar geek, you will love it for sure:
Aalberg Audio pedals offers a solution to a trouble that most of the guitarists may have found while playing: how can I reconfigure a pedal during my concert without kneeling on the floor every time? And they came up with an idea, with a wireless controller which fits in the palm of your hand and can be installed anywhere (on the guitar, the strap or elsewhere necessary), allowing remote configuration for any of the effects pedals.
These extraordinary pedals are included in a Smart Track pedalboard, held thanks to Fasteners, of which we have already spoken before. This pedal board allows you to keep your set of pedals securely and cleanly fastened with no need of adhesives and it’s light weighted and resistant. Plus, it admits as many combinations as you wish.
The perfect combination, right?
You are still on time to take part on both give away and broadening your winning possibilities.
Best of luck to everyone and stay tuned to our news, it won’t be the last contest of the year!
Nowadays you can find a vast amount of different types and models of pedals to cover a huge range of possibilities to meet every single need[+info]
Nowadays you can find a vast amount of different types and models of pedals to cover a huge range of possibilities to meet every single need a musician may have, in order to give personality to whatever it’s created. The guitar effects pedals are another tool, like the guitar itself, and that’s why it’s necessary to pay special attention to the type of fastening system you choose for your pedalboard related to your needs. It doesn’t have to be a complicated decision, you are always on time to change your pedalboard’s brand, keep improving and getting to know your needs better. However, adapting the old system to a newer one sometimes may become a psychological barrier: will it hold this rare pedal I’ve got? What do I do with the power supply? Can I enlarge my pedalboard given the moment?
Remember that our Smart Track pedalboard’s system allows the possibility of attaching your guitar effects pedals with not adhesives nor cable ties needed. Many questions take place when it comes to value a new system. One of the most asked is:
Will it hold this awesome pedal I have?
We’ve been working into the 5 types of pedals most asked about in terms of being able to be held by our Smart Track pedalboard. All of them have special characteristics related to their shape, size or weight. And the answer for all of them is: yes! Smart Track pedalboard holds them with no need to make a hole in them nor sticking them or else, you only need Fasteners.
- Wahwah and other expression pedals: they are big and have a distinctive feature shape, which may lead to some doubts about Fasteners’ capability to hold them due to their uniform surface. For this kind of pedals, we strongly recommend using Fasteners 360º, they guarantee a secure fastening.
- Digitech Whammy: this effects pedal that modifies the tuning and pitch of your guitar is big and so useful depending on what song you are playing, but also heavy and bulky. You probably will be thinking about leaving it outside your rig, but then you wouldn’t have it near. Why giving it up? Fasteners also are able to hold it in your definite set. We only recommend using 3 Fasteners on each side to ensure it.
- Fuzz Face Dunlop: its round shape is its main characteristic, as characteristic as the sound it gives to your most rocking themes, but also this pedal is the one that may have you questioning the Smart Track system. It is specially for this kind of pedals that Fasteners 360º are so perfect because they have the ability to rotate in order to hold as most surface as possible and secure it.
- Strymon Bluesky: this guitar effects pedal has an especially soft surface that feels great when you touch it, but it gets so difficult having it properly attached to the pedalboard since it gets slippery or its finish can end up compromised. The anti-slipping surface makes our Fasteners so reliable to solve this kind of troubles and they are able to guarantee a safe and durable fastening without leaving any traces on your beloved pedal. And Reverb it up with no fear!
- Boss ES-8 and controllers: a challenging one, they are also big, heavy and extremely useful. In this case, we also get to the same point as before: what about leaving it outside the pedalboard? It’s not necessary at all since Fasteners can be placed in each side in order to keep it safe and sound... and properly attached to the pedalboard.
Smart Track pedalboards are available in different sizes and they include also different accessories to customize your guitar pedalboard according to your needs. Don’t forget visiting our online shop and write to us if you have any further questions.
It sounds simple: a pedalboard for your effects pedals based in Velcro system to keep them safely attached to the surface. It’s the most[+info]
It sounds simple: a pedalboard for your effects pedals based in Velcro system to keep them safely attached to the surface. It’s the most common system for guitar pedalboards, and it is for a reason: it’s safe and clean.
In Aclam Guitars we’ve decided to keep this option for those musicians who’d rather keep this system, that’s why we offer Evo Track in our online shop. This pedalboard may seem like any other based on Velcro pedalboard, but it has some differences in comparison with the rest that make it a very good choice adapting to any surface and necessity. All of it without giving up the Smart Fast philosophy, which facilitates using other accessories above the Tracks and also underneath, like Smart Track pedalboard does too.
Adjustable rear legs
You’ve been hired for a gig, you know what songs you’ll play, which guitar you’ll bring and even what effects pedals you will need to use; what you actually don’t know is where are you going to perform, if you’ll be able to sit on a chair, if there’ll be a carpet or... oh gosh! Will it be like that day when you had to perform in that precarious stage? The floor wasn’t well aligned and your pedalboard was moving all the time so you had to do a huge effort not to mess up the song by using the wrong pedal due to the movement of the whole set.
The Velcro pedalboard Evo Track offers the possibility of adjusting the rear legs so as to adapt to the maximum to the characteristics of each of your concerts.
Two systems in one
If, finally, you decide to keep your pedals free of adhesives and attached to the pedalboard with a safe and clean system, you also have the option of turning your Evo Tracks upside down and take advantage of the Smart Track pedalboard; thanks to its Smart Fast system, you’ll be able to set your pedals using Fasteners.
Remember that, as long as you keep the Velcro pedalboard system, Evo Track pedalboard also has all the Smart Fast advantages with using accessories suitable for both like Tidy Cables, the power supplies support and the Upper as well, which allows you to organize your pedals with a second and higher level in order to ease their reach.
The customizable option
If you still have doubts on what pedalboard size are you going to buy, or you are thinking about broadening your pedals collection and you are not sure if you should buy any pedalboard yet, don’t worry: in our online shop you’ll find accessories that makes possible to turn yours into a bigger one with the Upper accessory. For example, if you’ve got an XS1 pedalboard, you can use the Upper to transform it into an XS2 or from S1 to S2 pedalboard, and you can also combine Evo with Smart Track.
They are heavy, valuable and very useful. No, we are not talking about your amplifier, we are talking about a thing that is essential for[+info]
They are heavy, valuable and very useful. No, we are not talking about your amplifier, we are talking about a thing that is essential for your pedalboard to work properly: the power supply.
Once you’ve gotten to the point of finding your ideal pedalboard, you’ve distributed your guitar effects pedals, the next step is installing your power supply on it.
And here’s the first issue: it’s big, and heavy, and it’s using too much space which is supposed to be used by your pedals. How can you solve it without compromising the slots available?
In Aclam Guitars we are thoughtful about these issues and that’s why we’ve been developing our pedalboards including the option of attaching the power supply underneath with a simple but secure system without losing any spot for your pedals. We are talking about our Supports, designed specifically for the most common power supplies used nowadays.
What’s these accessories’ secret for your pedalboard?
You can install them underneath the Tracks. Yes, you read it right: underneath and with no need to use adhesives nor cable ties. The Fasteners’ attaching system has been adapted this time to keep the power supply installed inside a special tray which fits perfectly with the currently most common models.
For the moment the Supports are available for Fuel Tank, Cioks and Voodoo Lab, but there are many models which are also suitable for it, it depends on each sizing. And that’s it! You’ve got your guitar power supply safely attached.
The Support has also an improvement which guarantees the safety of your cables and connections thanks to a piece that covers the underneath to the surface allowing cables to pass through without staying exposed. Fear no more getting your pedals unplugged because of an accident with wiring!
Know also that installing your Support is a piece of cake since it works with the same Fasteners’ system, so you only need to adjust a little wing knob to the bottom part of the Track. Having all settled, it’s also easy to undo and reconfigure your set as many times as you need because it’s not a permanent solution, just like the whole Smart Track pedalboard system.
Didn’t you find in our catalogue any Support which fits your power supply in our catalogue? Aclam Guitars team are constantly making improvements and we encourage you to write an e-mail to email@example.com and suggest yours, we’ll take note for future developments!
“The system with Fasteners avoids that uncomfortable situation when you open your pedalboard case, after having spent a whole summer day[+info]
“The system with Fasteners avoids that uncomfortable situation when you open your pedalboard case, after having spent a whole summer day inside a van, and you find out that your wonderful pedalboard has a massive stain of adhesive and the velcro has mysteriously been removed from its place leaving behind a sticky trace. Having this picture in your mind, imagine that this happens a few minutes before sound check”.
Jordi Martínez, versatile guitar player who plays in different groups like Autoput, &Swing and Aquell Parell, explains from his professional point of view how did he switched to Smart Track pedalboard system. He uses Smart Track XS2 and S1, which brings the option to be reconfigured as many times as he wishes so as to play swing or rock without losing any minute with resetting his pedals.
One advantage that Smart Track pedalboard has, according to Jordi, is the chance to switch from Velcro to Fasteners one step at a time if necessary. This is what he has done with his rig, keeping some effects pedals with Velcro: “in my case, I use both Fasteners with Smart Track and Velcro with an Upper SE that I’ve got installed in my ST XS2. This combination allows me to safely interchange pedals and keep them looking clean and new for more time, also, use Velcro if it’s been the system that you’ve been using until today. You only need to turn the surface and you get it. That simple!”.
Jordi Martínez is also Eventide ambassador in Spain, George Tube Amps’, Free the Tone endorser and Suhr Guitars as well and we are so happy to count on him also as Aclam Guitars’ endorser.
You’ve found the pedalboard of your dreams, you managed yourself to set everything up, you even found a spot for that Wah pedal and the[+info]
You’ve found the pedalboard of your dreams, you managed yourself to set everything up, you even found a spot for that Wah pedal and the power supply you bought that day, when you spent the whole afternoon in your neighborhood’s music shop.
Do you think you’ve gone by the hardest part? You’ll be puzzled for a while trying to find out how can you keep your cables steady and tidy. Configuration of your pedalboard’s cabling may seem easy but a simple slip can spoil all your rig:
- An improperly connected or with too much spare cable setup won’t give you the desired sound and may result I interferences or an unwanted tone.
- Your pedalboard and pedals are in risk of moving, or even worse: falling down when moving the set. Imagine those messy cables getting wrapped around your foot in the middle of a performance. What a nightmare!
- The more pedals configured, the higher chance of them moving more than wished. That’s why it’s important to keep them well attached; otherwise, the connections between your pedals and the power supply could be damaged.
Having seen some risks of not having cables well organized in our pedalboard, you should’ve got to the point of how important it is to have everything well settled and attached.
Internet once more is a gold mine of solutions thought by creative musicians who have got to this point before you. And again, solutions are so imaginative:
- Cable ties or scotch tape are some of the more used solutions but there are many more. All of them can be used above or underneath the pedalboard. On the other hand, we’ll get to the point we were mentioning before: what do we do with cable ties that are visible or adhesives that make our pedals dirty?
- All Aclam Guitars pedalboards bring the option to use the inside space of the Tracks to keep cables out of sight with Tidy Cables accessory. It is a staple that doesn’t require any adhesives nor screws and you can use it in both above or underneath your Smart Track or Evo Track pedalboard.
We are opening a new distribution network in Japan together with Kyoritsu distributor, who will sell Evo Track, Modular Track, Smart[+info]
We are opening a new distribution network in Japan together with Kyoritsu distributor, who will sell Evo Track, Modular Track, Smart Track pedalboards and Floating Guitar stand as well. Aclam Guitars’ products will be available in 13 stores throughout the country. With this partnership, we expand our international presence with a distributor with over 30 years in music retailing expertise.
Founded in 1979, the company Kyoritsu began selling music instrument cases, introducing distribution of musical instrument accessories shortly after and expanded its facilities until today. Currently, Kyoritsu has six branches in addition to its headquarters, located in Nagoya.
The company is nowadays dedicated to meet the needs of Japanese musicians by selling instruments and accessories becoming one of the largest distributors in the country with 1.200 stores.
You’ll find our products in the following stores:
- Gyokkodo Susukino Gakki Center, in Sapporo
- Nandaya, in Tsuruoka
- Yamano Rock Inn Kichijoji, in Musashino
- Ishibashi Gakki Shibuya, in Shibuya
- Ikebe Gakki Amp Station, in Shibuya
- Ikebe Gakki Guitar Station, in Shibuya
- Ikebe Gakki Grandey & Jungle, in Shibuya
- Murai Gakki Matsuzaka, in Matzukaya
- Ikebe Gakki Premium Guitars, in Osaka
- Watanabe Gakki Osaka, in Osaka
- Ikebe Gakki Revole, in Chiyoda
- Music Showa, in Yamagata
- Yamano Rock Inn Namba, in Osaka
Elegance and functionality, our pedalboards’ identity
If somethings makes the difference between the Japanese market and the European one is what professionals demand when choosing their music equipment. Daisuke Kamata, head of sales at Kyoritsu, knows that well: “in the Japanese market, it’s important for the product quality to meet expectations”; he also considers that working with us and represent our brand in Japan is “a very exciting opportunity”.
Kamata states that Aclam Guitars’ products are “elegant, functional and adaptable, qualities that make them a high quality asset for our customers”.
Presence in Asia
With this latest distribution agreement, we have presence in five Asian countries. Not to mention the network that we already have in North America and Europe, all of this being a result of a two-years intense work to bring our pedalboards to creative musicians. You can see all the shops where you can buy our pedalboards and guitar accessories here.
Aclam Guitars is having a relevant presence in the next Namm Summer edition with KMC distributor. This is the fifth edition that Aclam[+info]
Aclam Guitars is having a relevant presence in the next Namm Summer edition with KMC distributor. This is the fifth edition that Aclam Guitars assists to this important congress so as to present their Smart Track pedalboard and Evo Track pedalboard, to the professional musicians of the world.
The National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) show is one of the largest musical products’ exhibit in the world and it’s been celebrated since 1901 being one of the oldest as well. Aclam Guitars since its beginning has been working to have presence among the finest professional sellers, and this summer is proud to announce that will have presence at KMC stand (whose number is #1143 Hall D).
Also, other firms have trusted Aclam Guitars’ Smart Track pedalboards to display their guitar effects pedals, like Two Digitech, Supro (which is also available at stand #1247, Hall D); Aalberg Audio, Dunlop (you’ll find them also at stand #1243 Nashville, TN) and Supro/Pigtronix.
You’ll have the opportunity, for two days, to try out our featured products Smart Track which brings to the professional musician the capacity to arrange all the guitar effects pedals without any Velcro needs, keeping them glue-free and clean for a long time. For the conservative ones, you also have the Velcro option with Evo Track, the best option for creative musicians who are looking for a difference.
We’ll be waiting for you!
If we make some research on the internet, we’ll see that there are a lot of pedalboards’ options to keep your guitar effects pedals tidy and[+info]
If we make some research on the internet, we’ll see that there are a lot of pedalboards’ options to keep your guitar effects pedals tidy and close to your feet while playing. The most common system accepted by manufacturers and musicians is Velcro and even there are many specific types to keep this need covered.
Nevertheless, it’s not the only system that you can use, there is a lot of creative people that have found a whole world of alternatives to keep their pedals brand new and glue-free, some ideas like cable ties and screws directly used on the pedal’s surface are examples.
But is there any final system?
In this post we’ll try to confront the two systems of attaching your pedals to your pedalboards that we’ve got available in Aclam Guitars:
1. Velcro: a classic one, it began being used to keep the effects pedals attached to a surface in order to keep them close to the feet. It’s the most extended system and it has been assimilated by most manufacturers and musicians from around the world.
Pros: it satisfies the need of keeping pedals from moving or falling down when we move the pedalboard. Plus, it also satisfies an esthetic need: at a first glance, the pedal stays still without any cable tie nor screw.
Cons: the glue that keeps Velcro attached to the pedal and the pedalboard spots it and also Velcro loses effectivity as long as it’s being used. When it’s time to change the strips, the glue resists to being removed and our pedals get dirty.
2. Fasteners: those accessories keep Smart Track pedalboard as a very solid option to keep the pedals attached and as brand new for more time and they work with screws.
Pros: as we’ve been discussing in this other post, Fasteners can be reused as many times as necessary without any risks of losing properties. You can change your set as many times as you with without risking your pedals' integrity.
Cons: Fasteners can become a more comfortable alternative to another attaching system, but for an expert musician who already has a wide pedals collection, the conversion may take more time.
Just a reminder that, if you already have your set configured with Velcro, you can always choose an Evo Track pedalboard, which offers the option of using this system. Also you can choose both Fasteners and Velcro with Combo Track. And also keeping it simple: Smart Track pedalboard is reversible, you only need to turn upside down every track you may need and stick Velcro to it. Need more information? Visit our online shop!
What makes Smart Track pedalboard your perfect option to keep your effects pedals tidy is Fasteners’ technology. These little accessories[+info]
What makes Smart Track pedalboard your perfect option to keep your effects pedals tidy is Fasteners’ technology. These little accessories that may look simple at first sight, are the secret formula that makes Smart Track so special: it keeps your pedals collection brand new, tidy and clean, no need to stick them with no kind of product.
The system is simple:
- The anti-slip material which Fasteners are made of protects your effects pedals against slipping or scratching. Your set gets attached to the pedalboard, whatever is the material they are made of.
- The number of rails that the pedalboard is made of holds a lot of possibilities to customize your grid. You can try using different heights and weights in order to make the best out of every centimeter of the Smart Track.
- Having any unusual pedal shape? They’ll look great attached to your Smart Track pedalboard thanks to Fasteners 360º. They can adapt to any shape or size; the anti-slip surface will do the rest of the job.
- Fasteners can be used as many times as you wish and they bring you the ability to set them for every occasion without messing up with any kind of glue.
- The screw that keeps your set together through the Fasteners is shaped standard, so you don’t need any key to attach your guitar effects pedalboards to your Smart Track.
By buying your Smart Track pedalboard, you’ll receive as many Fasteners as you’ll need to configure your set, it depends on the sizes you choose. If you need more or any Fastener 360º, you can buy as much as you need in our online shop.
The UK's largest guitar retailer guitarguitar, has been added to Aclam Guitar’s distributing network recently. The firm will offer the Smart[+info]
The UK's largest guitar retailer guitarguitar, has been added to Aclam Guitar’s distributing network recently. The firm will offer the Smart Track, Evo Track pedalboards and Floating Guitar stands in its shops. Thus, Aclam Guitars expands its international presence by selling in the UK with a specialised music store like guitarguitar.
With a special mention to guitar effects pedals, guitarguitar has opted for Aclam Guitar’s pedalboards, offering both classic choice with Velcro, Evo Track, and the Fasteners’ option with Smart Track as well. “Including Aclam Guitars in our catalog means we are able to offer our customers the best options for them to bring the best performance from their pedals” says Andy Haldane, Marketing Manager for guitarguitar.
Since 2004 guitarguitar has grown from a single store in Edinburgh to having 5 major stores throughout the UK (Glasgow, Edinburgh, Birmingham, Newcastle and London) and a brand new store in Gent, Belgium.
The firm stocks more than 3000 different models of guitars and also holds the widest selection of instruments’ in the market today.
Take advantage of the Feel Orange promotion and buy your pedalboard, either Smart Track or Evo Track, with Upper and soft case or any[+info]
Check out our offers and get your Aclam Guitars orange edition products before they disappear!
Feel Orange promotion will only be available until end of stock and it’s the best opportunity for you to discover our catalogue. If you are thinking about switching your effects pedals to a more comfortable and clean system, it’s your chance to discover Smart Track. Also, if you’d rather stick to Velcro, Evo Track gives you the chance to orange up your music a little. Not decided yet? Choose both Fasteners and Velcro system with Combo Track, which offers a combination of each option.
Remember this offer is also available for some models with an Upper that helps to elevate the back pedals.
Click here and see all we have to offer to orange up your art! This promotion is only available for Aclam Guitars online shop.
Nowadays there are so many different effect pedal brands, pedal types and different ways of using them that it is almost impossible to find[+info]
Nowadays there are so many different effect pedal brands, pedal types and different ways of using them that it is almost impossible to find a new choice that stands out from the rest. However, being as we are, enthusiasts of anything related to R&D, innovation and risky ideas, we think that the Norwegian company Aalberg Audio is achieving it.
Some years ago, co-founder Rune Aalberg Alstad noticed that all the pedals in the market shared a common defect:
The need of bending down to tweak any parameter in real time or, alternatively, having to use an expression pedal to do so. That is why he decided to associate with engineer Torkild Indstøy and entrepreneur Aleksander Torstensen, to manufacture a new and revolutionary concept of effect pedals that would solve that problem.
After 5 years developing the product, they launched a new notion of pedals, manufactured and based on the idea of being able to change any parameter in real time while playing. How could this be attained? Through Aero, a palm-sized wireless controller that can be stuck onto any part of the guitar; not only allowing parameter changes but activation or deactivation of the effects the brand offers: Ekko Delay, Trym Tremolo and Rom Reverb.
In this year’s NAMM, our Smart & Evo pedalboard family could be found together with Aalberg’s pedals at KMC Music’s booth, our exclusive American distributor; so we had the chance to try them and share ideas with their amazing team. It was a pleasure to meet each other and we really were impressed by its design, sound and technology, and especially by the perfect combination with our pedalboards. We think it’s a killer combo, don’t you think?
You can see how the pedals work in the videos the brand has published. We have nothing else to remark but to welcome the initiative and to wish them a great future!
One of our favourite brands, and with whom we partnered at the 2016 NAMM Show thanks to our American distributor KMC Music is Mooer.[+info]
One of our favourite brands, and with whom we partnered at the 2016 NAMM Show thanks to our American distributor KMC Music is Mooer. Mooer are well known for offering compact, minimalist and high versatility effect pedals. Our favourite pedal is definitely The Wahter, a really interesting Wah concept. We just love its mini size and the fact that it fits perfectly on our smaller pedalboards Smart Track or Evo Track XS1 and S1!
SOME OF THE WAHTER’S MAIN FEATURES
The Wahter has two extendible pedal rings that make it very practical. Once open it is really comfortable to use, and allows easy transportation by just closing it. Plus it comes equipped with an optic sensor, so it avoids the use of buttons. It has True Bypass, and is definitely one of the most vocal Wahs we have tried.
The Wahter by Mooer has 3 different modes:
1. Optic Mode: The pedal activates just by resting your foot on it.
2. Holding Mode: By pressing down on it twice, meaning that you can place it in the route wherever you prefer before it activates.
3. Advanced Mode: This combines the last two modes, meaning that you decide which one you need each time.
Input: 1/4 " monaural jack (impedance: 2.2Meg Ohms)
Output: 1/4 " monaural jack (impedance: 1k Ohms)
Power requirements: AC adaptor 9V CC (centre minus plug)
Power consumption: 40 mA
Dimensions: 128mm (D) x 55mm (W) x 48mm (H)
LATEST NOVELTIES: SPARK SERIES
This year they have also brought novelties with the launch of the new SPARK series. A new line of smaller, square shaped pedals with the controls on one side of the pedal, and only a button on the top. This helps to avoid moving accidentally the set with your foot. This series include the following effects: Reverb, Delay, Chorus, Compressor, Distortion, Overdrive, Echo, Flanger and Tremolo.
Once again, a great option to put together a versatile pedalboard like with our Smart Track & Evo Track family.
Aclam Guitars attended the Musikmesse; a music industry fair which is held in Frankfurt (Germany) every year. At the fair, manufacturers[+info]
Aclam Guitars attended the Musikmesse; a music industry fair which is held in Frankfurt (Germany) every year. At the fair, manufacturers from all over the world present a complete spectrum of products for making music. From classic instruments, acoustic or electric guitars and basses, brass and woodwind instruments, percussion and keyboard instruments to electronic equipment and computer hardware and software. You could visit us at Hall 4.0 / Stand D66.
We are very excited to announce that KMC Music will be the exclusive distributor of Smart Track and Evo Track pedalboards in the United[+info]
We are very excited to announce that KMC Music will be the exclusive distributor of Smart Track and Evo Track pedalboards in the United States market.
“For Aclam Guitars this partnership provides us with a growth opportunity and the chance to share our passion for music in a strategically important market, a market where KMC has helped brands and manufacturers to become leaders of their respective sector. We are confident that this partnership between KMC Music and Aclam will result in great success for both of our companies!” Aclam Guitars CEO Jordi Canivell added.
According to Roger Hart, KMC Music vice president of Merchandising, and Jordi Canivell, Aclam Guitars CEO, the appointment is effective immediately.
“The addition of Aclam pedalboards to our rapidly growing portfolio of distributed brands simply provides more options for our dealers to choose from when meeting the needs of their customers,” Hart said. “Aclam is known for creating innovative pedalboards that combine a high degree of functionality in a minimalist design. KMC is excited to make this award winning line of products available to our customers.”
ABOUT KMC MUSIC
Headquartered in Bloomfield, Connecticut, KMC Music is the industry’s oldest and largest high value added distributor of musical instruments, related MI pro audio products, and guitar accessories. Part of the JAM Industries U.S. Music Group, KMC Music is dedicated to helping its 6,000 dealers to build their business profitably by offering more than 20,000 SKUs that are supported by in-field sales and merchandising support; the iconic 1 Stop Product Catalog; a powerful, easy to use online dealer portal; a 98% fill rate; same-day shipping, exemplary service — and the industry’s most competitive pricing.
Jeff Beck's presence shacked up Musikmesse 14! We took the opportunity to give him one of our Floating Guitar supports! He also signed a[+info]
Have you been to The Holy Grail Guitar Show in Berlin? Our Floating Guitar Stands have appeared on several new guitar model presentations.[+info]
Jens Ritter showing up his new creations with the Floating Guitar Mini Stand.Thankful for having chosen our Floating Guitar support for[+info]
Fito Cabrales, the singer of Fito & Fitipaldis visited us last week at Aclam Records. We had the chance to chat, and he took with him a[+info]
Our dear friend John Gold from GJ2 Guitars made in the USA by Grover Jackson came by to see our products, Modular Track and Floating[+info]
Prestigious American auction house Julien’s Auctions, is putting John Lennon’s Gibson J-160E guitar up for auction, and will display it on[+info]
Prestigious American auction house Julien’s Auctions, is putting John Lennon’s Gibson J-160E guitar up for auction, and will display it on the Floating Guitar support during the Icons & Idols Rock n' Roll Auction taking place on 7 November in Beverly Hills, California.
Floating Guitar support has been selected to exhibit Lennon’s guitar thanks to its design and functionality. This support is available in two different versions (wall or stand), and has been especially designed to retain and increase the value of guitars by transforming them into unique items or works of art.
Floating Guitar is totally unique due to its sheer versatility and the fact that it is invisible, allowing the guitar to remain the central focal point.
It is available on an extensive range of models, for electric guitars (such as Stratocaster, Les Paul and SG types) and for acoustic guitars, archtops and classic guitars (official launch at the Namm Show 2016).
John Lennon bought his guitar at a shop in Liverpool, the city where he played and recorded legendary songs such as Love me do. In 1963, his guitar disappeared and remained a mystery for over 50 years, until John McCaw bought it at a shop in the United States.
Finally, Julien’s Auctions is to put it up for auction, having had it certified by Andy Babiuk, expert in historic instruments and consultant to the Rock and Rock Hall of Fame.
Considered one of the most iconic guitars in the history of The Beatles, the guitar will be auctioned this Saturday at a starting price of $600,000. It is estimated that it could end up selling for around $800,000.
Lennon’s guitar is being displayed all of this week on the Floating Guitar stand at Julien’s Auction in Beverly Hills.
The exhibition is open to the general public allowing fans and collectors to enjoy these valuable, legendary items first-hand.
Adrian Belew, one of the best guitarists of the world, and Jonah Smith, one of the most important voices in modern Blues and Soul music,[+info]
Adrian Belew, one of the best guitarists of the world, and Jonah Smith, one of the most important voices in modern Blues and Soul music, came to visit us at The NAMM Show. They were astonished by our Smart Track pedalboard and 20:14 electric guitar.
Also, we had the pleasure to receive:
- Armand Sabal, musician and song writer who has played with Paul Simons, Sting and Ray Charles and collaborated with Jeff Beck, amongst others.
- Karl Sanders, Death Metal Guitar player and Nile founder.
- Doug Wamble, jazz singer and song writer, and Adam Levy, musician who has worked with Norah Jones.
- Scrote R. Ahmann, musician and producer who has worked with bands like No Doubt and producers such as Ron Nevison (Led Zeppelin).
- Teddy Kumpell, musician and song writer.
- Eddy Kramer, Jimi Hendrix producer and others such as Led Zeppelin, Kiss…. and Juan de Dios Martin, porducer for Amaral, Leiva and Chenoa amongst others.
We went once again at The NAMM Show, hall E and booth #1741. Everything was ready in Anaheim. We were excited and impatient to show our new[+info]
We went once again at The NAMM Show, hall E and booth #1741. Everything was ready in Anaheim. We were excited and impatient to show our new products.
News agency EFE and Stompbox interviewed us at The NAMM Show as an example to follow of an innovative company! At EFE's interview you can see Victor Partido, from Aclam Guitars presenting the “20:14” guitar, one of the most celebrated new products by the visitors, and the “GoodVibrations” vibrato prototype. A new concept of vibrato that allows working on each string independently. At Stompbox's interview, Marta, product designer, presents our new Smart Track pedalboard and explains its functions and new features.
Last feedback before the official launch of the new pedalboard with: David Soler Denga, international recognized guitar player, Marcos Deker[+info]
Last feedback before the official launch of the new pedalboard with: David Soler Denga, international recognized guitar player, Marcos Deker and Victor Partido from the band Partido, la banda, Miquel Viadel of Tube Sound, a reference guitar store in Barcelona and BeHer3, an international bassist.
They gave us some very interesting tips!
Aclam Guitars has come to the NAMM SHOW. In addition to our classic products we present the prototype of the Smart Track; a pedalboard with[+info]
Aclam Guitars has come to the NAMM SHOW. In addition to our classic products we present the prototype of the Smart Track; a pedalboard with an innovative clamping system without adhesive strips, preserving intact the pedals.
The musician Chris McCarty did a concert venue with our Modular Track pedalboard and Hispasonic, the big community of musicians, interviewed us for their website.
We are very pleased with all the feedbacks obtained!
Aclam Guitars first exhibited their products at the NAMM Show; one of the most important fairs of the music industry and a meeting point for[+info]