Hello Effects Fans!

It seems like time for another update, but not much has changed.  The supply chain problems continue to make parts unavailable and there is no particularly believable plan or timeframe I know of for these problems to be resolved anytime soon.  Perhaps early next year?  Perhaps not? 

We lost another supplier that has been supplying boards to us for several years.  Luckily, there are other suppliers that can make our boards and we’re in the process of switching to one of them.  We’ll have to go through a testing and validation process with the new supplier to make sure there are no technical glitches in getting our specs to them and that their results will meet our quality standards.  This takes some time, but we should have that resolved before parts become available.

I’m concerned that more parts may become unavailable if the supply chain problems continue.  Available stocks are being depleted.  I’m also concerned that demand for dwindling supplies, as well as the increasing cost of energy and transportation, along with high inflation, will force us to have to raise prices to cover the increased costs.  Shipping costs have always been an issue, but are now often higher than the cost of the items being shipped.  That represents a significant overall cost increase.  If you’ve been following us, you know that providing the best selection of the best rack effects is our mission.  But you will also have seen our frequent use of the word “affordable” in our objective.  It’s not difficult to make expensive things that few can afford.  We want our rack effects to cost no more than pedals, less when possible.  We’re nearly there and will do everything we can to avoid going backwards.

While the outlook is not what I would like, it’s not all doom and gloom!  I don’t idle well.  I run best near the red line!  To that end, I dug through the R&D backlog and knocked out another 10 – 20 new module configurations.  I know I shouldn’t be doing that right now, but who can sit around and do nothing for this long?  Not me!  Many of these are what you might call “new classics”.  If you consider the “classics” as being those ground-breaking effects of the 60’s and 70’s, these new classics are mostly from the 80’s, 90’s, and early 2000’s.  There were a lot of great effects released in that timeframe and these will make very nice additions to some thin spots in our offering.  With these new modules, the number of effects we “compare to” in our offering will be over 350.  That is *a lot* of effects to choose from, all in rack format and built by hand here in Dallas to suit your needs.

That’s it for now.  I probably won’t send another update until after the holidays, when hopefully parts will become available and there will be more interesting news to report.  Until then, all the best to you and yours through the upcoming holiday season, and thank you for your continued interest in the world’s best selection of the best and most affordable rack effects available!  

Cheers,

Bill Gerlt

President, Gerlt Technologies

Dallas, Texas

14 November, 2021

 


 

Gerlt Technologies makes hundreds of customizable rack effects, at prices comparable to regular guitar pedals.  It's time to dump that pedal board and get Your Tone off the floor!

 

 What We Do

You know them as guitar pedals

We build them as rack effect modules you can customize to get Your Tone

Put several rack effect modules into a 3U rack enclosure

Connect power and audio on the back like guitar pedals, adding connections for remote switching

Add a remote footswitch unit to turn rack effects on and off

Add as many rack effect modules, enclosures, and third party products as you like. Plug in your guitar and amp. Rock it! It's that simple.

 

Quick Hits:

  • Check out our GT Effects Overview to see why we do this

  • Check out our Compares To charts to see the full list of effects we offer

  • Follow the menus from Products, to Modules, to Modules By Type to get a list of our effect types.  Select any effect type to get a list of all our effects of that type.  Select any effect to get full information including pricing.

 


 

   

Hello Effects Fans!

Today we introduce The Prince flanger, which compares to the Boss BF-2 Flanger. Prince was one of the great musicians and entertainers of all times. He composed his own music, played all the instruments on some of his albums, wrote songs for and sponsored numerous other bands, won Oscar and Grammy awards, and even took on the big labels in the music industry. And, yes, so enraged Tipper Gore that albums now have to carry ratings reflecting someone's opinion of their content. He was also an accomplished guitarist, although that often went unnoticed among all his other talents. He was particular about his sound, and to the surprise of many, was able to achieve his funky, rock vibe with a collection of inexpensive Boss pedals. There's often a lot going on in his music, but the Boss BF-2 Flanger seemed to be one of his go-to pedals.

Prince wasn't the only player to use the BF-2. Many guitarists in the 80's used it, including Robert Smith of The Cure, David Byrne of The Talking Heads, Johnny Marr of The Smiths, and Billy Duffy of The Cult, as well as many other well-known players such as Ernie Isley, Jeff Beck, and Rory Gallagher.

The Boss BF-2 Flanger, was probably the most popular flanger upon its debut in 1980 and still remains popular to do this day. In spite of several cosmetic changes, the circuit stayed almost exactly the same from 1980 to 2001, when it was replaced by the BF-3. It was so popular that you probably know its sound, even if you don’t realize it, particularly if you listen to music from the 80’s. Not everyone thought it was the best flanger available, though. To some it could sound a bit harsh or metallic. The Prince has options you can select to change up the tone a bit, including reducing the harshness, reducing the noise, and increasing the “swoosh” by chopping the delay time in half. Like Prince, we like the original BF-2, but prefer the GT version with its available mods.

Check it out at:  The Prince

 

(PSSSTTT... Hey, Buddy! Yeah, you. Come over here. I wanna tell ya something. I heard GT has another great flanger in the works. Some might think it is approved by the American Dental Association, but it’s not... Just sayin’. Now be cool, and don’t go blabbin’ about it...)