The pedal company behind the Uni-Vibe and Vibe-Bro stompboxes, Shin-ei, has announced via Instagram that it is shutting shop. The Texan brand cites wanting to spend more time concentrating on playing the guitar as the reason.
Bye bye Shin-ei
“We are closing” is the announcement from pedal manufacturer Shin-Ei, and the reason is wanting more time to play the guitar. This means that the company will now cease production of not only the Uni-Vibe and Vibe-Bro, but also all the other pedals in its catalogue.
We have gotten to that age where we want to spend more time playing guitar than building pedals for our friends to play guitar. Sadly, we no longer produce any of our products. Whatever exists for sale via our wonderful dealer network and directly on our website is it. On a happier note, we are excited and honored to produce one of the very last pedals for one of our favorite guitarists on planet earth. It’s fun gang! Thanks for all the love! – Bob Feldman
Parting gift for Joe Bonamassa
This last pedal is a special Vibe-Bro for Joe Bonamassa, with a picture of him on the cover. Which means Joe can literally jam with himself!
Pedals, going, going. Gone!
You can still order any current stock that is showing as available via the company’s online store, and that some dealers may still hold stock. But when it is gone, that is it. So if you are wanting any specific pedals, you may need to move fast.
I foresee some serious eBay and Reverb listing scalping about to start with all the Shin-ei pedal lines, so be prepared for some serious price hikes on the used marketplace. If you get in quick, you may as well order direct from Shin-Ei whilst they have stock. They even accept Crypto Currency as payment!
Hopefully, Bob Feldman and his team will get some quality guitar playing in now and can enjoy a well-deserved retirement.