Hello Effects Fans!

It has been pretty quiet here since my last update, as expected, but not silent!  Earlier today we announced our new 3U Pedal Rack and our new Double Looper configurations.  These two offerings are designed to make migrations to our rack solutions easier, providing more and better ways to continue using your third party rack effects and pedals in an all-rack solution. 

Our status hasn’t really changed much.  You are probably aware that there are some serious supply chain problems in the electronics world.  Those shortages are affecting the availability of many end products from appliances to automobiles, to, yes, Gerlt Technologies rack effects.  We are simply unable to get some critical parts right now.  Projected back order dates come and go with no new parts becoming available.  For us, these are simple, but critical parts used in our circuits.  They haven’t stopped making them or anything like that.  It’s just that they aren’t able to make enough of them fast enough with staff, facilities, and transportation that continue to be impacted by COVID all over the world.  Of course, the small supplies that are made are going to The Big Guys first.  It will be a while before availability trickles down to smaller companies.  That’s just the laws of supply and demand in action.  It will eventually get sorted out, but in the meantime small manufacturers like Gerlt Technologies will just have to wait.  That’s why we stopped taking orders earlier this year.  We plan to be a survivor, not a casualty, of the COVID aftermath.  I still don’t know when we’ll be able to restart, but some of our latest backorder dates for parts will almost certainly push a restart into early next year.

The best news is that live music is back!  Every day I see more and more info about tours and local shows.  I hope that all you professional and gigging musicians are getting more bookings – we’ve missed you!  For all of us that don’t play publicly, COVID has been a nasty reminder about taking our lifestyles for granted, as has been the passing of some great musicians like Dusty Hill and Charlie Watts.  Enjoy your favorite music live (and safely) when you can!

We appreciate your patience with us during our temporary shutdown.  Once things are back to “normal enough”, we’ll be ready to do what we can to earn your business and get you into some excellent rack effects.

Cheers,

Bill Gerlt

President, Gerlt Technologies

Dallas, Texas

26 August, 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!

Chances are good that you are doing what we are doing – replanning your work and social life while the world deals with a new health concern.  You can get better info about all of that elsewhere, so I’m not going to rehash it here to provide information that will be outdated by the time I get it posted.  “Be cautious, but not fearful” is my approach, mixing in a good deal of “be flexible” and “be mindful of others” as we adjust.  I imagine many of you have adopted similar approaches.  While I expect we are all sharing similar constraints and inconveniences, those changes can impact us in different ways.  Hopefully normalcy will return quickly, leaving us all a little wiser and a bit more thoughtful as a result.

At GT, some of our activities have been affected and some not so much.  And not all the impacts are bad. 

First, we also just announced that the 2020 Dallas International Guitar Festival we plan to attend has been postponed.  The Nashville Amigo Guitar Show was also cancelled, although we had schedule conflicts for that show and probably weren’t going to be able to attend.  The Nashville show is being replaced by a show in Arlington, TX this summer.  We’re evaluating whether we can attend that show.  We’ll have to wait and see as other scheduling challenges get resolved.

There’s also a bit of “slow down” in the business community as more employers reduce hours and/or ask their employees to work from home.  In an industry where physical parts, equipment, and supplies need to get from Point A to Point B, things don’t move too quickly if there are no people there to move them.  We expect those challenges to continue for a while.

Previously I had explained that we were going to be slowing R&D activities for a while to do some work on our website and some related activities.  That work has been progressing nicely and the first stage of it is nearly complete.  Much remains to be done, but we have a “breather” in those activities planned for the next couple of months or so.  Those activities included some third-party support.  Since most of that is online work, it is probably less subject to disruption since everyone involved can do most of this work from home or alternate locations across the Internet.  If that unplanned disruption with the online work doesn’t occur, then our planned disruption to R&D may start again in a couple of months when we resume our website work.

With postponements and general slowing, along with the planned break in our website work, we find we actually have more time than expected for R&D activities.  We have one more module that is completed and should be announced very soon.  We also have our first boards back for another 4 modules.  We are in the process of building and testing those, which if all goes as planned should give us more modules to announce in April and May when we were expecting to not have any new product announcements.  We also have another very large batch of modules with designs that are complete, or very nearly so, and we’ll be getting boards for those soon.  I’ve lost track at the moment, but there are about 20 of them, which will “Compare To” around 30-50 well-known pedals.  Again, if all goes as planned, we could begin releasing those around the beginning of summer.

Or something else may happen to disrupt all of our disrupted plans!  Whatever it is, you can be sure that we’ll still be here adjusting our work of designing and building the largest offering of the best rack effects available in our solar system!

Cheers!

Bill Gerlt

President, Gerlt Technologies

Dallas, Texas