After an intense month (First local news front page, big sales for Boxing Day and Black Friday), what's going on next?
We're just out of a big production month, building a couple pedals and a lot of new designs also. So here's a sneak peak of what December was :
- Lab series #51 : Our first parametric EQ. It seems to be a must for any metalhead pedalboard. Three-band EQ, with "Q", Boost/Cut and frequency precise adjustment, that is a nice tone shaping device. The prototypes of the V2 sold quickly (Thanks Scott ;) ) and we are working on a proper GUP Tech edition.
-Lab Series #53 - ODR1 : I (Guillaume here) have been curious about that ODR-1 hype in the late months and wanted to give a try to that circuit. With the help of Samuel, we tweaked the original circuit to bring 2 other clipping modes. You have probably noticed the small 3-position toggle switch on the right of the pedal, this one will bring you a "Boost" mode, and also an asymmetric clipping one, turning the pedal into a really versatile OD. It's now ready to be released as a proper Honker pedal. Stay tune for more info ;) I'm sure Emilie is working on something nice for the design.
-Lab Series #54 - Bass Fuzz : DarkGlass is a worldwide reference when you talk about bass amps/pedals, and there's more than one reason for that. They build high quality stuff, and great sounding pedals. Our Lab Series is our first take at a proper bass fuzz. We (at GUP Tech) have a lot of bassist friends, and they are all pretty disappointed with our catalog (sorry folks). So I worked with Sam to tweak a little bit the original design of the Dual Fuzz and we are proud to present the lab #54. This one is already sold out and will go out as a GUP Tech grown-up model soon. Violent bass fuzz tone ahead. I also did a guitar demo for it and it's... intense.
-Lab Series #55 - Envelope Filter : Mathieu Plem strikes again. The dude wanted a GUP Tech edition of the old DOD 440. After a bit of study, we found out a modern replacement to an impossible-to-find old chip and we are proud to bring this Auto-Wah to life. I've never been a Wah player, in fact, the only way I enjoy one is if I play it like an Auto-Wah, our Lab #55 is then a perfect pedal for my own pedalboard. Alice in Chains tone ahead! I guess it's sold out but if you want a real GUP tech edition, we're open to ideas!
-Lab seires #56 - EQ : This one is the most surprising of all the new designs for me. I would have never thought that such a simple circuit can help bring an amp to life. Think of any amp with an FX Loop but without any Presence of Depth/Resonance controls... This lab, installed at the end of the loop, right before the Return, will tweak those two frequencies, to give that extra push in the low-end AND in the high-end to bring any Rockerverb to life. I was so impressed while testing the first circuit that I kept the pedal on my board. It only "simulate" those frequencies since we are not goofing around with real negative feedback stuffs, but still, it gives that extra push you often need when wanting to sound huge and cut in the mix.
Along with that, we released the "Feed the Boc Mate", a real edition of our Lab #38 Feedbacker. We also released the Voodoo Doll Univibe for a friend birthday (Thanks again for the opportunity Vincent and Carolyne :) ). We are also closely working with Pure Salem Guitars on a secret project (Thanks again Rick for the Jimmy guitar ^^). Emilie is working hard on the I Sea Q project, giving funds to remove plastics from the ocean. Truck Driver Shawn also released his special edition of his preamp-noise gate-boost, that was a very nice development project for us! Scott Bynoe hit the 2k followers on his YouTube and we dropped in to give away a free Sun Noise Gate with Scott special design. We did a custom artist edition of our SMK for my new friend Spot On Sam. We (it's almost all Emilie's work) completed a couple of Douche edition pedals, those we release each Monday... Our SUN sales are now going down, since there's a lot of cool 4-wire noise gate options out there, and we are fine with it, we can concentrate on building new stuff.
And that was just for December... Thanks to all of you to be part of this big adventure that is our little trip inside the guitar FX world. We can't thank you enough for making this possible. I hope our goofy designs and looks make your life a little funnier in those hard times.