International Shipping Update

International shipping update (especially Australia)

International shipping has been pretty rough since last spring when COVID first hit. Average transit times have increased to around 4-6 weeks (and sometimes 8+) as compared to before COVID when it was 2-3 weeks. Several countries suspended …

Intersound IVP Preamp releasing today

Another big one today! It hasn’t even been a month since we released the Lovetone projects—but they sold out in four days, so you can imagine that provided a bit of motivation to follow up with something equally …

New projects: Hypercube, Epsilon, and Gaia Mk. I

A few new circuits dropping today going into the USA Memorial Day weekend. Hypercube: BOSS FZ-2 Hyper Fuzz First up: the BOSS® FZ-2 Hyper Fuzz. This is a beast of a circuit, definitely the highest part count of …

Tracing Journal: Catalinbread® CB30

The Catalinbread CB30 was first released in the summer of 2011 as their Foundation-series take on the Vox AC30. The tireless heroes at Freestompboxes traced it within a few weeks of release, with extensive photos detailing the process. …

Tracing Journal: Catalinbread Karma Suture (Germanium & Silicon)

The Karma Suture is Catalinbread’s take on the Interfax Harmonic Percolator, a unique and extremely rare fuzz/drive from the early 1970s. As with most of their pedals, they don’t settle for straight clones, instead using classic circuits as …

Tracing Journal: Dinosaural OPA-101 Overdriven Preamp

We’ve got a trilogy! The very first tracing journal we ever did was the Dinosaural OTC-201 Opticompressor back in August of 2019. A few months ago, we took apart the Tube Bender. And today, we tackle the last …

Tracing Journal: Crowther Hot Cake

Here’s an interesting one. The Crowther Hot Cake is one of the original boutique distortion pedals, dating all the way back to 1976. They’ve been hand-built by Paul Crowther in New Zealand for the past 44 years. And …

Aion FX on the Guitar Knobs podcast!

I got to hang out (virtually) with Todd, Jared and Tony at The Guitar Knobs for an episode of the podcast that dropped today. Check it out: A few of the topics we covered— Fender’s new reissue CuNiFe …

New website launching today

Just over a year ago, I was able to quit my day job to do Aion FX full time. This followed a career as a web developer, something I’d been doing my whole professional life. (Or longer, really—I …

Tracing Journal: Cornish CC-1

Cornish says the CC-1 is an all-original design, but how accurate is that? Have a look underneath the goop.

Tracing Journal: Cornish ST-2

We tear open a Cornish ST-2 to answer the question once and for all: is it an Overdriver?