Editor’s Note | May 2020

Greetings, Stompbox fans.

The world has changed quite a bit since we last touched base with you, and we hope you’ve all been doing okay through this Covid-19 crisis—staying healthy, staying home (if you can), staying reasonably sane, and maybe even finding a bit of solace, distraction and uplift in some great music. 

This unwelcome plot development has massively disrupted everyone’s lives and plans, so it probably won’t come as much of a surprise to learn that the publication of Stompbox has likewise been pushed back: We are now looking at a Fall 2020 rollout, which will put our book out in time for the holiday season.

The good news, however, is that we have a second book in the works here at Stompbox HQ. Titled Vintage & Rarities, it will feature Eilon Paz’s gorgeous photographs of 333 rare, unusual and insanely cool pedals, as well as profiles of 25 different pedal collectors from around the world. The book will also be coming out this Fall, in a hardcover coffee table edition that can only be ordered online in a “super deluxe bundle” with Stompbox. We’re incredibly excited about it, and think you will be, too!

Things have obviously been rather busy around here, what with trying to wrap up both book projects, and we apologize for the lack of updates. If you haven’t checked out the Stompbox blog lately, we’ve got plenty of good things going for you there as well, including Tzvi Gluckin’s fascinating profile of Major Adrian Thorpe MBE, the man behind ThorpyFX, and our chat with some of the fine gents behind the counter at TrueTone Music in Santa Monica, California. (As with many music stores, TrueTone’s showroom is currently closed, but they’re still doing business online.) And don’t miss Derek See’s history of the legendary Big Muff, Cynthia Schemer’s visit with Screaming Females guitarist Marissa Paternoster, Tzvi Gluckin’s profile of EarthQuaker Devices founder Jamie Stillman, Eilon’s visit with Ant Macari of the legendary London music shop Macari’s, our look at Joey Santiago’s Pixies pedal board, or our interview with Death By Audio’s Oliver Ackermann. Much more to come, too!


As challenging and frustrating as day-to-day life has been these last few months, we have much to be thankful for—and Eilon and I would especially like to thank all of you for your continued interest in and support of our ongoing projects.  


Rock on,


Ant Macari
Death By Audio’s Oliver Ackermann.
TrueTone Music. Behind the Counter.
Marissa Paternoster. Screaming Females.
Pixie’s Joey Santiago Pedal Board.
Adrian Thorpe. Thorpy FX.
History of the Guitar Pedal. Big Muff Pi
EarthQuaker Devices founder Jamie Stillman




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