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You can use the business card of Converge guitarist Kurt Ballou to build a distortion pedal.

Sunday, November 27, 2016 7:36 AM PT

Kurt Ballou business card distortion pedal

Converge guitarist and engineer extraordinaire Kurt Ballou has unveiled his new business card, and it's obviously not something he made on Vistaprint. In fact, the "card" is a printed circuit board (PCB) that can be used as the foundation for a distortion pedal that Ballou calls "Brutalist Jr."

According to Ballou, you just need "decent soldering skills, $40-50 to spend on parts, and can follow directions." To get the card, simply ask Ballou for one when you encounter him "at a show or on the street or whatever."

(He's not going to mail one to you, so don't ask.)


Let's build something together. If you see me at a show or on the street or whatever (I won't ship these), ask for my business card PCB. It's free. If you have decent soldering skills, $40-50 to spend on parts, and can follow directions, it can be used to build an awesome distortion pedal! This circuit, called "Brutalist Jr." is a simplified, yet no less brutal version of "Brutalist," a pedal based on the Providence Stampede I'll be releasing in 2017 under the GCI moniker. Thank you to my friends at @dunwichamps and @snkpedals for helping develop this. Paint job on the prototype by @brutalsquid #gci #godcityinstruments #brutalist #brutalistjr #stampede #runitsastampede #diy #buildsomething #businesscard #pcb #businesscardpcb #solder #distortionpedal #diyordie

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