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 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.