About this project
My name is Joshua and I've been running FXdoctor since 2001. We as a company are finally at the point where we have a solid product line that we feel can compete on a larger scale with the big companies around the US and the world. The goal of this Kickstarter project is to fund a trip to major cities around the US and demonstrate our product line to interested parties; specifically for smaller "Mom & Pop" instrument shops. With any additional funds we'd like to invest in buying materials in bulk to decrease costs and speed up assembly.
If we can raise $1000 that will help pay for the cost of assembling a demo pedalboard containing one of each of our pedals, the cost of travel via bus around the northeast, and cost of hotels. If we hit $2500 that'll cover the additional cost of flying to the west coast, more housing, buses between close cities, etc. At $5000 we'll invest in silk screening materials for more durable labeling on the pedal casings. And if we somehow hit $10,000 we'll invest in large scale PCB production to cut costs even further!
Each reward that we offer has been selected with care. Everything is priced less than if you were to purchase it from our website. Most of the items are only available on Kickstarter. We're offering a wider variety of shirt colors on here to see what is most popular before stocking up for our main site. The Super 8-Bit Fuzz is offered for the first time in gold paint.
All rewards including shipping within the United States. If you're outside of the United States please add $10 to cover the additional cost through the Post Office.
On to the Rewards:
"The Scalpel cuts your signal to where you set the knob to allow instant switching to the correct volume without the guesswork. Place it in your signal chain before your distortion pedal or preamp to control the amount of gain; Place it after your preamp or distortion pedal to control output volume. This is especially useful for cleaning up single channel amps. Set rhythm and lead tones with a single stomp. Special treble preservation circuit keeps your high end from sounding dull when you turn the volume down. All models are True Bypass to preserve your tone when off."
Custom Scalpel Pedals: available in limited runs
Dual LED Scalpel- Only 1 Available:
Same circuitry as above but with two LEDs. When the pedal is bypass (full volume) you have your red LED. When the pedal is activated (volume cut) the LED is green.
These pedals are custom variations of the standard Scalpel pedals. One of each is available, descriptions are off to the right!
The Scalpel Kit: This kit is extremely simple and will come with a schematic, a photo of the inside of an assembled one, and a diagram labeling each tab of the jacks. The kit is not recommended if you have very little experience with soldering. However we guarantee that if you can't build your pedal that you can send it in and it will be completed for free (excluding shipping charges).
Limited Edition Super 8-Bit Fuzz:
The Super 8-Bit Fuzz is being offered for the first time in a limited run of Gold colored casings and hand numbered for the Kickstarter project.
"The Super 8-Bit Fuzz is a high-gain gated fuzz. The notes feel like a keyboard; immediate attack and the note just disappears suddenly. Random octave dives at certain settings as well as a fat, raspy fuzz in the lower octaves. The pedal is responsive to your playing technique. Each pedal is true bypass with a status LED and comes standard with Volume, Gain, and Stability controls. It can be powered by 9V battery or 2.1mm DC jack. The Stability control adjusts how the fuzz reacts to your playing and whether the notes decay naturally or become unstable then change pitch. The Gain control allows for self-oscillation at maximum settings and a more traditional fuzz tone at lower settings."
Custom 8-Bit Fuzz:
Custom designed 8-Bit Fuzz. Hand painted with your choice of design. Includes one and two octave down controls on the Super 8-Bit Fuzz, a reverb (or delay- your choice) footswitch, a Scalpel footswitch, and a Reanimator footswitch (passive feedback control). Casing measures approximately 4.5" x 7.5"
Shirts are available in either crew neck or v-neck t-shirts. The sizing and fit is comparable to American Apparel so order a size up if you prefer a loose fit. All shirts are 100% combed ringspun cotton and are extremely soft! Shirt color options are listed under the rewards off to the right. Below are some modified images showing what the shirts will look like.
Hand Drawn Pedal Schematic:
If you can't get your pedal to work you have two options: 1. Email detailed photos and I'll see what I can do to guide you in the right direction, or 2. Send it in and any kit purchased will be completed at no additional charge except the cost of return shipping.
All of the design work is 100% done. That leaves processing orders into batches. Casings need to be drilled, painted, and shipped. Once they arrive kits can ship and we can begin assembling the completed pedals. Ideally it would be four weeks but it really depends on the quantity of the orders if it will take longer. Everything will ship so it will arrive in time for Christmas; that puts it around the second week of December at the latest (excluding the Custom $500 Fuzz).
The switches used have three rows of three lugs arranged in a grid. That means if you're not careful there would be a 50% chance of installing the switch incorrectly and wasting a great deal of time troubleshooting the pedal. That piece of wire is a necessary part of the circuit and by installing it ahead of time it guarantees that the switch will be installed in the correct position.
Our list is constantly changing based on time and budget, but our current and ideal list will include (in order of arrival):
1. Boston, MA
2. Portland, ME
3. Albany, NY
4. Cleveland, OH
5. Chicago, IL
6. Minneapolis, MN
7. St. Louis, MO
8. Kansas City, MO
9. Omaha, NE
10. Denver, CO
11. Salt Lake City, UT
12. Boise, ID
13. Seattle, WA
14. Portland, OR
15. San Francisco, CA
16. Los Angeles, CA
17. Phoenix, AZ
18. El Paso, TX
19. Austin, TX
20. New Orleans, LA
21. Birmingham, AL
22. Atlanta, GA
23. Charleston, SC
24. Raleigh (or Wilmington), NC
25. Richmond VA
26. Washington DC
27. Baltimore, MD
28. Philadelphia, PA
29. Atlantic City, NJ
30. New York, NY
31. Hartford, CT
32. Providence, RI
The kit includes all of the components you need to assemble the pedal. You will also receive a photocopy of a hand drawn schematic and a color photo of the inside of an assembled pedal showing where each wire goes. You will need basic tools such as a soldering iron, solder, wire cutters, wire strippers, an adjustable wrench or socket kit, a Philips head and Flat head screwdriver, a 9V power supply or 9V battery. Total assembly time should be under 60 minutes.
Anyone that wants to pick up their order when ready (especially friends and family!) should subtract $3 off of their shirt order or $7 off of their pedal order.
Please contact us directly at http://mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org if you're a business that may be interested in carrying our products. We'll do everything possible to incorporate your business into the tour regardless of your location.
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