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Aug 29, 2019

Birmingham Sounds FX launched its first pedal at the Brooklyn Stompbox Exhibit 2019, the twentyseventeen overdrive.

Designed to be a “wide range” overdrive and distortion, this is a “Swiss Army Knife” kind of pedal, offering a variety of tones, from a slight hint of crunch all the way up to a huge distortion. A two band Baxandall EQ allows for tone shaping and fine tuning to any amp or sonic environment. Inside the box you’ll only find high-quality components used throughout as well as a soft-touch relay bypass.

The collector//emitter’s video at the bottom was shot at the Brooklyn SBE by designer Zack Slater, Ryan for 60 Cycle Hum shot one too, check them out both.

“The creation of this pedal has been an obsession of mine for over 2 years. I have spent countless hours breadboarding, playing guitar, learning electronics, and trying to recreate the sound I heard in my head. Music and sound has been a huge part of my life since I was in the 5th grade and my sister showed me Blink-182. Birmingham Sounds is the next chapter of music and sound in my life. This has been a long time coming and I can’t wait for you to hear it.”

Designed to be a wide range overdrive and distortion, the TWENTYSEVENTEEN is a “Swiss Army Knife” kind of pedal, offering a variety of tones, from a hint of slight crunch all the way up to huge distortion. A two band Baxandall EQ allows for tone shaping and fine tuning to any amp or sonic environment. Inside the box you’ll only find high quality components used throughout well as a soft-touch relay bypass.

All pedals are assembled, screen printed, and finished by hand in a very DIY style. Minor imperfections in the finish are possible but do not affect the sound of the circuit.

Features:

  • Extremely wide range of gain

  • Two band Baxandall EQ

  • Soft Touch Relay Bypass designed by Steve Demedash of Demedash Effects

  • High Quality Components such as Mammoth Potentiometers, Switchcraft & Lumberg Connectors, and Wima Capacitors

Controls:

Drive – This control will increase or decrease the gain of the pedal.  You can dial it all the way back and get almost an almost clean boost or dime the control and get a pretty serious distortion/fuzz sound.  That was really the whole point of the pedal…have one with a huge range.

Treble – This controls the amount of treble frequencies in the distortion sound.  I find that as you increase the gain, this control will need to be used to cut some high frequencies if using a bright amp.

Bass – This control is similar to the Treble control, except that it manipulates bass frequencies.  Depending on your amp and guitar set up, these will vary.

Volume – This is a basic volume control. It controls the overall volume of the pedal.  Clockwise is all the way up, counter clockwise is all the way off! Unity gain is around 12 o’clock so you can get some added push to your amp by diming the control!

Power:

This pedal is rated for 9 volts and 9 volts only.  It will require 40ma at 9 volts using a 2.1mm, negative center power supply.  Use of any other supply will void the warranty. There is no battery snap inside the pedal.  Use of an isolated power supply is highly recommended.