Blacked Out:17 leading effects pedal brands partner to release 19 pedals!
Is this cool, or what?
So that’s what the fuss was about! Earlier this week I wrote about the Instagram #BLACKEDXOUT campaign. Now 17 boutique effects pedal brands have partnered to release 19 pedals in a limited-edition, never-before-released “Blacked Out” finish.
The Reverb store has 100 or less of each pedal. Some are pedals of a type the manufacturer has never made before, which kind of adds to the excitement. John Snyder of Electronic Audio Experiments says:
“It is an honor to have our work be a part of this shop—it’s a group containing some of the finest creative minds in the musical instrument industry. Right now is a golden age for pedal makers and enthusiasts alike and we’re thankful for Reverb, where we can all coexist and grow the industry together.”
Reverb Blacked Out Store boutique pedal page
The list of pedals includes:
Death by Audio Fuzz War (first-ever limited-variant release)
Land Devices / Farm Pedals No Masters (first-ever limited-variant release)
JHS Cheese Ball (first-ever limited-variant release)
Friedman BE-OD (first-ever limited-variant release)
Wampler Tumnus Deluxe (first-ever limited-variant release)
Caroline Guitar Company Somersault
EarthQuaker Devices Westwood Overdrive
Red Panda Tensor
Spaceman Polaris Overdrive
ZVEX Fuzz Factory Vertical
- Walrus Audio will be releasing three limited edition black pedals—the Julia, the SLO, and the Monument
Meris has released a limited edition Blacked Out Mercury 7 Reverb. A pedal inspired by the 1982 “Bladerunner” soundtrack. Chase Bliss are releasing the M O O D micro-looper/delay pedal.
Adventure Audio are introducing their new Fuzz Peaks II, a Twin Peaks-inspired take on the Russan Big Muff.
Old Blood Noise Endeavors have announced the new Minim Reverb Delay and Reverse, a new pedal built from the foundation laid out by the company’s Rêver pedal.
Blacked Out Limited Run
Of course, you will need to get in quickly or they will al sell out. I’d expect some of these to raise much higher values on the used market after the event as well. It is a seriously limited run worldwide and so worth taking a look at.
I’ll update you all with more details as they become available.
- Reverb Blacked Out Store boutique pedal page: Reverb
That’s all a bit strange. I have the Friedman BE-OD here, it’s actually black with golden ornaments, and looks much classier than the “limited edition” one, which is really the same minus the gold.
Also, being sold through Reverb and shipped from the US only, they are missing the point. I don’t have hard numbers here, but I’d say a large volume of boutique/mainstream pedal sales are generated through overseas resellers like Andertons and Thomann. So in this case they’re missing quite a bit of business.
I once owned a Black Arts Pharaoh which was all black, alongside the regular gold version. I ended up selling the limited run all black version, as you couldn’t see anything on it when playing out and so it was a right PITA. Just saying…
They should have printed the labels in glow-in-the-dark color. A missed opportunity, and clear lack of imagination, which is even more puzzling when you consider how many folks were involved in this.