Since its inception in 2010, Manchester, UK based Stone Deaf FX has been able to stand out from the pack of new stompbox manufacturers by offering effects at once quirky looking, edgy sounding and overall inspiring.
That this company belongs to the “forward thinking” segment of the pedal manufacturing field is clearly stated in their website’s “Our Story” page:
“As a group of people here at Stone Deaf we don’t design stuff that follows a trend…we set the trend because the trend doesn’t fit with our needs or many of our customers.’
In that same page they also admit to be particularly interested in “active circuitry,” because…
“…[it] give(s) the guitarist a very wide range of tone and something that those involved in Stone Deaf also craved.”
Here’s their current roster of stompboxes (the thumbnails link to each pedal’s most popular video).
Stone Deaf’s main innovation is a new EQ concept called “Paracentric EQ,” which is featured in their most recent distortion pedals, that also share fun, comics inspired graphics.
The Warp Drive is one of the pedals that hosts this feature, which consists in a parametric EQ similar to what you may find on a high end mixing console’s mids section, but with extended frequency range going from a low end of 35Hz to as high as 6kHz, and a six position “Q” control that gives you a frequency boost/cut “bell” from narrow to wide.
The Q feature allows for a more refined control of your tone, and it can be very useful, with a narrow setting, to cut out unwanted frequencies and, with a wider one, to bring out ear pleasing ones. As an added bonus, crazy things can also be done with it, in particular if controlled through the optional Stone Deaf’s EP-1 expression pedal.
However the core of this pedal is the Warp knob, a high gain drive boosting a noteworthy range of gain.
Check out the recent video by Pro Guitar Shop, below.