Hello Effects Fans!

It has been a while since my Jan 31 update, in which I announced that we stopped taking new orders for a while until the COVID situation and the pieces of the economy that impact us improve.  We’re hoping that the ongoing vaccination programs will help, but still cannot predict when we’ll be ready to fully open up for orders again - so no news on that front.

If you have been watching, you’ve seen a steady stream of new module announcements as we continue to clear out the work we had in progress.  We just put out the announcement of our AstroFuzz module this morning.  That is the last of the modules we had in our queue, but it is a great one – one of our favorites.  There won’t be any more new module announcements for a while.  We still have a long list of new modules we are itching to start on, but we really have to stick to our “pause” plan for a while.  We’ll still probably bend the plan a little bit to sneak in tiny bits of R&D time here and there so we won’t be starting with an empty queue when we “resume”.  But don’t tell anyone.

We also had some other products besides new modules that were making slow progress in our R&D queue before the pause.  One of them is our “Naked Pedals”, which we also announced today.  These are pedals we sometimes build to try out a new effect circuit.  Once we build them, we have no further use for them.  We are now offering them for sale, even during our pause.  Check them out.  Just search for Naked Pedals or look for them in the Products menu.

In addition to the Naked Pedals, we have another pedal-related product that we may make available in the next couple of months or so.  It is something a bit unusual, but we think it is very useful and complements our rack products nicely.  It bends our pause plan a bit more than we probably should, so we’re still considering whether we need to wait until we resume instead.

While we’re paused, we have only very limited time available for our normal activities.  However, if we can manage it, we hope to begin putting together some product videos.  Yes, you’re right – it’s about time!  With our unique way of building effects, along with the sheer volume of effects we offer (hundreds!), this is a gigantic activity for us that is going to take a long time to just catch up with the effects we already have.  We’ll probably know more about our plans for this in the summer, so maybe I’ll have news about that in my next update.

We had a brutal freeze here in Dallas a few weeks back, but the sun is shining and Spring has arrived.  It’s one of my favorite times of the year, the return of warm weather!  What I especially hope is that we’ll soon be hearing live music, both indoors and outdoors.  They say music is the soundtrack of life, and that’s really true for me.  This past year without live music has been sort of like those big “clunks” I used to get between (or during!) songs when my 8-track player switched tracks.  2020 was the year of the “clunk” for me.  But now the sun is shining, the pool is warming up, and the optimism of Spring is in the air!  

Cheers,

Bill Gerlt

President, Gerlt Technologies

Dallas, Texas

12 April, 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 announce the availability of our Naked Pedals.  Naked Pedals are pedals we sometimes build when we are researching a new effect.  They are usually built on third-party boards, using third-party designs and instructions.  Sometimes we modify their designs, try new options or mods, try different components, or anything else that comes to mind.  Sometimes that results in kludgy, hacked-up circuits we would never use or offer to anyone.  Those end up as scrap, and are not offered for sale.  Most of the time, however, they are good pedals of quality that compares to or even exceeds what you may be able to purchase from the big pedal companies or boutique builders.  They are not built to the same standards or with the same design principles as our own products.  That does not mean that they are inferior or "second rate".  It just means they are different from what we normally do.  We've accumulated quite a pile of these pedals over the years.  They have been lightly played and tested during our R&D, but have mostly been in storage once we finish building them because we have no further need for them.  We are now making them available for about the cost of the parts used to build them.

They are "naked".  A small number of them have nice gloss paint finishes, but nearly all are bare aluminum enclosures with hand-written labels, or no labels at all.  They work fine as-is, or you can finish them however you like.  The pictures below show a couple of typical examples.  If these pedals had finishes, they would be comparable to the thousands of lightly used commercial pedals you can find for sale every day.

Just for convenience, we lumped them into four categories:  Boost, Drive (overdrive, distortion), Fuzz, and Other (flanger, phaser, routing, reverb, etc).

These are offered first come, first served.  Since they are not really products, they come with no warranties or guarantees of any type, and there are no returns, refunds, or exchanges available.  All sales are final

For more details about Naked Pedals, just look for Naked Pedals in our Product menu.  From there, you'll also be able to browse them by category and see details, pictures, and prices for all of the individual pedals.  For questions or purchases, just drop us an email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  While we are on pause we're still here, but we may be a little slow with responses and shipping.