Sick of boring pedal enclosures? Check out Gear Ant. The company offers built-to-order, hand-painted pedal enclosures. And even if you’re not building your own pedals, the website sometimes has custom versions of classic pedals on offer, like an Ibanez TubeScreamer with a Green Blossom finish, or a Boss DS-1 with an Autumn Leaves look.
Gear Ant Custom Pedals
I first discovered Gear Ant via Instagram. The Brooklyn, NY-based company’s work kept popping up on my feed, so I had to go check it out. Gear Ant makes custom painted pedal enclosures for builders, but what first caught my eye were their customised Ibanez TubeScreamer and Boss DS-1 pedals with finishes that include Green Blossom and Autumn Leaves. These hand-painted pedals really stood out to me and when I visited their site. I found a bunch of others including a Boss OD-3 covered in Skulls and a Digitech Bad Monkey with an obnoxious ’90s crackle finish!
In the “Guitar Pedals” section of the website, you can see examples of completed pedals that have received the Gear Ant treatment. They also come with matched and colour coordinated control knobs, along with things like resin cast pedal toppers with infused ground stones and handmade bamboo pedal toppers on the Boss models. These customised pedals are much more than just a paint job.
I’m super impressed by all the work done on these pedals. Gear Ant also offers pre-painted enclosures for pedal builders, with ornate finishes and many different designs as well as custom knobs as well. You can opt for matte or glossy finishes, along with various sizes of pedal enclosures as well.
If you are looking for something a little different to liven up your pedalboard and a little off the beaten track for your favourite stompboxes, then follow the links below and check out Gear Ant’s work.