“Tone for Change” is the name of a charity project run by David Karon (the DK of KHDK, the company he runs with with Kirk Hammett) and his wife Pavla Karon. The goal is to support charity projects worldwide, including skateboarding courses and equipment for children in Afghanistan, Cambodia and South Africa.
To help raise funds for the charity, David and Pavla have come up with an effect pedal whose sales proceeds are to flow 100% to the social projects. The pedal name is also an NGO that supports the children and schools in the countries. Skateistan is a fuzz pedal that can do everything from “funky” to “doomy”. Judging by the demos, it’s a rather tight fuzz that reminds me a bit of a gated silicon fuzz, maybe with some big muff thrown in for good measure.
There will be two versions of the pedal, a “Raw” one as well as one with a skateboard feel and a big sustain slider with a skateboard wheel as a pot. The hardware is upcycled from old parts of broken skateboards, so every pedal looks different. Upcycling for effect pedals, very cool! There are also the controls for tone , body (low and high pass filter) and Volume.
The pedals are made in the Czech Republic, with delivery to take about 8-12 weeks. They are available from the link below on Reverb.com. You can hear them in action in the official demo video below.
RRP – EUR 277 plus shipping