Look out, America—Stompbox Book is on tour!
Our intrepid majordomo and master photographer, Eilon Paz, fresh from a motorcycle trip through Argentina back in February, set his GPS for Nashville, Los Angeles, Seattle, Portland and Austin last month, where he’s been shooting the personal pedal stashes of luminaries such as Jack White, The Strokes’ Albert Hammond, Queens of the Stone Age’s Troy Van Leeuwen, Janes Addiction’s Dave Navarro, Soundgarden’s Kim Thayil, Joe Satriani, Thunderpussy’s Whitney Petty, The Dandy Warhols’ Peter Holmström and more. Plus, he’s turned his lens on the workbenches of innovative pedal makers like Strymon and serious stomp collectors like Nashville’s celebrated session guitar “king” Jerry McPherson. Keep your eyes open for those stories soon.
Meanwhile, in this month’s blog offerings, we’ve got our own grand tour of the pedal world, including Bill Weir’s lovingly compact history of the original Vox CryBaby wah-wah pedal and Matt Diehl’s deep dive into pedal-building with “Stompbox 101: For Real”, drawn from his recent experience at an intensive pedal-building seminar at Phoenix, Arizona’s Roberto-Venn School of Luthiery. If you’re new to the blood and guts of a guitar pedal, you’ll love the killer “under the hood” shots as well as Matt’s excellent glossary of pedal components, from capacitors to diodes to transistors. Get your soldering iron hot, y’all!
Finally, our man Dan Epstein takes us inside his pedal chat with sonic anarchist William Reid, and reveals that he was the real reason The Jesus & Mary Chain broke up back in 1998—damnit, Dan, we can’t take you anywhere!
Enjoy, pedal people—and we’ll see ya next month. Keep on stompin’ . . .