Make an effects pedal with VauxFlores

2:00 pm - 6:00 pm, 12/08/2018 Beautiful Sounding Darlington Overdrive

Veteran synth and effect pedal builder Travis Johns, reviewed by Guitar Player, leads us through making a sweet stomp box with a custom PCB and metal enclosure.


**Registration for this event is open to the public!**
So hi there – presenting the first guitar pedal workshop brought to you collaboratively by the good folks at VauxFlores and Ithaca Generator. For this outing, we offer to you the Pejibaye, which a semi-transparent, darlington overdrive pedal that’s designed to sling mud in the most subtle of ways – letting your guitar’s tone shine through while simultaneously getting down and nasty at the drop of dime, but still able to clean up nice for the ride home.
Stylistically, it sits somewhere between a dirty boost and a nicely-saturated overdrive, providing tone coloration without completely tweaking your tone – not to say that it doesn’t get dirty.
On the right, single volume knob controls it all – the rest is up to your playing, pickups and volume settings from your guitar. On the left, a toggle to gives you a couple clipping options, ranging from nearly nothing to full on crunch – with a decent smattering of clipping solutions to be offered to custom -tailor your tone.
Also, this guy can get l-o-u-d – as in a boost of about 30 db. Always a good thing for searing solos, anthemic fanfares and retro explorations of that mid-90’s “whisper and then wall” sound we all seemed to like for some reason. For those more into subtlety, think of this more as your perfect companion for mangrove blues, cloud forest boogie and deep swamp moss-hops. And for those not into imagined genres and colorful language, yeah, it also does some serious service to country AND western musics. Seriously.
By the by, a Pejibaye is a type of palm fruit common to Costa Rican cuisine, but often considered little more than livestock feed elsewhere. The flavor is subtle, yet unique – definitely an acquired taste and seldom presented as typical fare to outsiders. If you can find it, give it a taste – you’ll probably like it. I originally designed this circuit while living in Costa Rica in response to requests for pedals that would compliment the local music scene that weren’t as extreme as my production-run fuzzes – and over time, hey, the sound kind of grew on me, similar to the fruit of its namesake.
So logistics – the workshop will go from 2 PM – 6 PM and all materials will be provided. No prior electronics experience is needed and yes, you get to keep the pedal at the end of the workshop. Price is $80 and we recommend bringing a guitar or any other amplified goodies you might want to plug into your pedal for jamming and socializing once complete.
Ala atmosphere, we strive to keep it casual, informative and friendly – so feel free to bring a snack and a story and hopefully we’ll all leave as buddies at the end of the day. For this workshop, attendance will be limited to 5 and a small VauxFlores pop-up shop will also be on-site for anyone interested in taking home a couple other oddities without having to solder it themselves.
Learn more about Travis Johns, VauxFlores, and this pedal at

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