Mr Johannes is well known as a guitarist and producer, working with Queens Of The Stoneage, PJ Harvey and Them Crooked Vultures to name a few. He’s collaborated with Dr No Effects on this, well, symbolic fuzz/fixed wah pedal.
Why symbolic? This pedal references Johannes’ marriage to his late wife, including both their dates of birth. Yet it also interacts in a way that will be familiar to any married couple: some settings get along just fine, whereas others tend to lead to discord and just don’t work out so well.
The fuzz effect is a low-gain affair and you can blend in with a fixed wah effect to achieve a tone associated with Alain’s guitar sound. You can get close to his signature sound using the 11.11. He has even made a demo video using the pedal so you can hear how it gets that tone.
Visually, the pedal is stunning and a lot of care has been taken with the aesthetics of this unit. The two bird skull knobs represent Alain and his late wife. As mentioned earlier, they don’t always get along and some settings will be agreeable to the ear than others. The larger two coin controls represent Alain’s birthday (2 May 1962) and the smaller two coin controls represent his wife Natascha’s Russian heritage and borthday (22 May 1956). The whole “marriage” idea is a nice touch. Or is it just a marketing ploy? Either way, this pedal should be a nice piece of equipment to experiment with.
Dr No Effects Alain Johanne 11.11: Product Details
RRP €335 (again symbolic as the three figures add up to 11!): Available unlimited quantities direct from the Dr No Effects site.