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VFE Pedals is upgrading their most popular pedal, the Alpha Dog distortion, by purchasing custom, American-made potentiometers. Read more

Puyallup, WA Hardware
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VFE Pedals is upgrading their most popular pedal, the Alpha Dog distortion, by purchasing custom, American-made potentiometers.

Puyallup, WA Hardware
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VFE Pedals Alpha Dog Distortion

The Alpha Dog distortion has been our top selling pedal since we started selling in retail stores. And it's no wonder, with its thick distortion tone that can go from mild to wild, many guitarists have found this little box to be just the pedal they were looking for. At a retail price of around $150, this little gem was also easy on the wallet!

One of our goals at VFE Pedals is to support American manufacturing whenever possible. Currently, our potentiometers are bought from US distributors, but they are manufactured by Taiwan Alpha. Taiwan Alpha is often confused with Alpha Potentiometers in California, even though the two companies have no affiliation other than the word "Alpha" in their name. Taiwan Alpha essentially makes clones of the products made by Alpha Potentiometers, but can sell them for much less because of where they are built (Taiwan).

By purchasing directly from Alpha Potentiometers, we are able to secure a price that is very close to the price we pay now, but this requires orders in quantities of 1000 or more pots for every value we use. We are starting by placing a custom order of pots for the GAIN & FAT controls that use a taper not available from distributors. This means more natural control over the circuit, plus a product that supports American manufacturing!

Haven't heard the Alpha Dog in action? Here are some demo links:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q0wXK78NX10

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E2uWD1po3i8

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1eZ5HKAyyTs

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xgjkb46d9ZY

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4bt2VQTmON4

Why this project needs a Kickstarter

The price of 1000 custom-made pots is a lot, and we don't want to slow down manufacturing of our other products to make this purchase. This is why there is this small, but very important Kickstarter. This will help us continue building pedals as fast as we can to meet demand, and start the transition to more US-made components.

Our goal in 2013 is to make a full transition to pots made by Alpha Potentiometers in California. Please help us reach this goal by supporting this Kickstarter. Thank you!

Risks and challenges

There are really no challenges - we've already tested the parts and built this pedal many times. The only potential delay would come from waiting for the custom-made parts, but those on are schedule to be completed in mid-January.

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FAQ

  • YES! The drive controls on both The Scream and Pale Horse overdrives will be upgraded, along with the speed control of the Blueprint's modulation. All these pedals will be upgraded along with the Alpha Dog to American-made pots to our custom specifications. This upgrade process will cover the rest of 2013, and this Kickstarter is a vital first step!

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    Support American manufacturing and get a VFE T-shirt + sticker!

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    EARLY BIRD SPECIAL! Get the upgraded Alpha Dog for $20 less.

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    Get the upgraded Alpha Dog + VFE T-shirt & sticker!

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    Get the stock retail version of the Alpha Dog (no modification options). VFE T-shirt + sticker included!

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    Get a custom-made Alpha Dog! Choose your own paint color, knobs, custom graphics & more! Includes VFE T-shirt & sticker.

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