Home > News > Tidbit

Kurt Ballou is now going to be selling his distortion pedal business card online (have a listen).

Wednesday, December 07, 2016 11:40 AM PT

Remember that business card (and PCB) that Converge guitarist and recording engineer Kurt Ballou recently unveiled which could be made into a distortion pedal? Well, apparently the hype has compelled Ballou to begin offering the item online for "cheap money." Ballou has issued this information:

Brutalist Jr. business card PCB update:

These are still available for free if you flag me down in the wild. However... If you don't think that's likely to happen, they will soon be available through the Deathwish estore for cheap money (just enough to help cover development, manufacturing, and processing.). I just need to finish up the build instructions, then it will go live. I'll announce when it does.

IMPORTANT things you need to know before ordering:

1. This is a PCB only. You'll need to order about $40 worth of parts and assemble yourself. Details and ordering info are in the build instructions.

2. NO TECH SUPPORT. I'm pretty busy with studio work and won't have time to field questions if you're unable to get it to work. The build instructions are thorough, though. It shouldn't be too hard to build successfully.

3. One per customer. I really want this to encourage people to build some things for themselves. Please don't buy this with the intention of building it to sell.

The iPhone vid below is a quick comparison between Brutalist Jr and Stampede. I toggle between the two pedals, starting with the Stampede, once per measure. They're not identical, but definitely in the same ballpark.

Related:  Converge, Kurt Ballou