November 21, 2016

Satellite Amplifiers effects now at Coast Sonic

So many of the players we enjoy listening to seem to gravitate to Satellite Amplifiers which makes us very pleased to announce that Coast Sonic is now a dealer for Satellite's effects pedals. See why such a wide array of artist trust their tone to Satellite; from Social Distortion to Steely Dan to Pearl Jam to Willie Nelson to Steve Jones to.....

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November 20, 2016

JHS Pedals Black Friday Week Event

JHS only goes on sale once a year and this year they're letting us run the sale for a full week. 15% off from Monday November 21 through Monday November 28th. Get the jump on Black Friday and pickup that pedal you've been watching! Act quick though as a lot of these will be sold out by the time Black Friday rolls around. 

15% off with code "JHS15" at checkout.

November 16, 2016

Hi-Fives with Dr. No

For this edition of the world-famous hi-fives we venture across the Atlantic to check in with the infamous Dr. No at his sonic laboratory in Einhoven, Netherlands. The good doctor embodies everything we love in a brand; supreme quality builds, great artwork, unique concepts and that made made touch in everything he does. From start to finish the good doctor's projects are true hand made works of art. So we thought we'd interrupt his creation process with some pointless questions, enjoy!


Top five best things about running your own company

  1. Freedom
  2. No Boss
  3. Able to create your own spaced out work environment
  4. Playing Guitar at work
  5. having inspiring friends over for fun during work time. 


Top five people you’d love to collaborate with

  1. Prince Rogers Nelson (actualy made him a funcky badass purple gold wah, but that chance was never given to me, it's now in my vault) 
  2. Noveller 
  3. Frank Zappa
  4. Iggy Pop
  5. And the biggest Mac of all Mr Hendrix


Top five current pedals you wish you’d made

One thing I don't do is look around to see what is going on or available. I strictly work in a bubble to avoid being distracted. Also one of the reasons I never participate or visit those big music events like NAMM or Musik Messe. My and enthousiasm about my work and creating as well as focus gets distracted and causeless by it.


Top five things about being based in the Netherlands

there is actually nothing positive about being based in the Netherlands when it comes to having my Company based there. I hate the weather, the politics and conservative mind here. The Dutch Music Industry in particular, is extremely conservative, the prefer the in line grey mouses, that are safe. Some European or Dutch fans and users appriciate me being innovative and colorfull here wich I love and  appreciate a lot, don't get me wrong, but  I pawned my heart to and focused myself and my brand to the more open minded America. Always knew Holland or the Netherlands was a difficult place to focus on and station in. If it wasn't because of my American friends and users, and only focussed on my homeland, the name was changed into " Bankruptcy Effects" a long time ago...ha. So thank you US Fuzzdudes and Fuzzerettes! 


Top five dream guitars

  1. everything of The Amazing EchoPark Guitars
  2. Maton MS 500
  3. Pichel Hammer 9
  4. Maton MS 503
  5. any good Strat. 


Top five foods you’re scared of

  1. Kutti Pi (Indian Embryo dish)
  2. Balut
  3. Chinese Century Eggs
  4. Organ meat
  5. Coca Cola (because of the "plant extracts" of course... who would consume plant juice?...)


Top five riffs to test pedals

Actually I rarely or never play others riffs as a musician or when I test pedals. Sorry.


Top five famous Doctors

  1. Hippocrates
  2. James Parkinson
  3. Dr. Evil
  4. Dr. Phil
  5. Dr. David Ores


Top five non-guitar related things to do

  1. My Girl 
  2. Cook (as I am a chef by origin)
  3. Creating concepts of all kind and practice them
  4. Hang with friends
  5. Build Guitar Effects...ooops.


Top five things you’d rather be doing than answering these top fives

  1. Make Pedals
  2. Make Pedals
  3. Make Pedals
  4. Make Pedals
  5. Make Pedals


Check out the Dr. No line-up here.

November 08, 2016

Hi-Fives with Dave Catching


The world-famous Coast Sonic Hi-Fives is our regular feature where we pester our favorite builders and players who usually have much better things to be doing but yet still manage to put up with our inane series of top five questions.

This time around we're wasting Mr. Dave Catching's time! Some will know Dave as the proprietor of the legendary Rancho De La Luna studios - birthplace of a wide range of incredible albums, others may be familiar with him for holding down guitar duties for Eagles of Death Metal/Earthlings?/Masters of Reality/Mojave Lords and a host of others.


Top Five all time favorite pedals:

  1. Dr.No Roadrunner Fuzz Octave Wah Flying Machine
  2. Jim Dunlop Echoplex
  3. TC Electronics Spark
  4. Earthquaker Devices Dispatch Master
  5. Creepy Fingers Hari Kari Fuzz

 Top Five ways to pass time on a long haul drive:

  1. reading great books
  2. watching movies
  3. talking
  4. sleeping
  5. laughing

 Top Five truckstop purchases:

  1. bad trucker hats
  2. bad t shirts 
  3. bad dvds
  4. bad food
  5. bad stickers

 Top Five favorite guitar sounds on record:

  1. ROBERT FRIPP ...babys on fire from ENO, here come the warm jets
  2. ACE FREHLEY ...strange ways on KISS hotter than hell
  3. JIMI HENDRIX axis:bold as love
  4. BILLY F GIBBONS zz top - tres hombres
  5. MICK RONSON anything he does

 Top Five venues to play:

  1. reading festival main stage
  2. commodore ballroom vancouver
  3. one eyed jacks new orleans
  4. dba new orleans
  5. ryman auditorium nashville 

 Top Five historical bearded figures:

  1. samson
  2. billy f gibbons
  3. rasputin
  4. hans langseth
  5. leonardi da vinci

 Top Five most embarrassing songs on phone/ipod:

  1. take on me : A-Ha
  2. prince charming : Adam and the Ants
  3. hollywood nights : Bob Seger
  4. i touch myself : DIVINYLS
  5. i ran : FLOCK OF SEAGULLS 

 Top Five favorite dishes to cook:

  1. bbq brisket
  2. pot roast
  3. roasted potatoes
  4. stir fry vegetables 
  5. black bean soup

 Top Five things about having your own studio:

  1. I can play drums here
  2. I can record anytime i want
  3. great friends/bands record here
  4. Rancho de la Luna is located in Joshua Tree, one of my favorite places
  5. I work in the place I love

 Top Five things that confuse you:

  1. top 5 lists
  2. thinking of things for top 5 lists
  3. the music business
  4. musicians
  5. i confuse myself


Check out the Dave Catching/Dr.No Roadrunner Flying Machine

 Stalk Dave on instagram: @itookthisphoto


September 17, 2016

Hi-Fives with Sarah Lipstate of Noveller

We love when we come across people who are truly creating something unique and different with their music and our latest Hi-Fives feature Sarah Lipstate is one of those people. Operating under the moniker Noveller, Sarah creates incredibly lush ambient pieces via one guitar and a pedalboard. The originality of her sound has opened the doors to opening slots for St. Vincent and Iggy Pop among others as well as collaborating with like-minded sonic craftsman like Lee Ronaldo.

Give it a quick read to get Sarah's take on everything from performing at the Royal Albert Hall to the delicacy of Reindeer meat.


Top five current favorite pedals: 

  1. EHX Superego has changed my life. I wish I'd bought this pedal years ago.  Thanks, TVL.
  1. Spruce Effects Salt Water Fuzz is so awesome that it's the ONLY fuzz/distortion pedal in my current setup.
  1. Red Panda Lab Particle is my secret weapon.
  1. Earthquaker Devices Avalanche Run is versatile AF.
  1. Chase Bliss Audio Tonal Recall warms up my tone and is full of surprises. 


Top five venue experiences:  

  1. Royal Albert Hall in London opening for Iggy Pop.  No explanation needed!  When I walked out on stage I could barely catch my breath. 
  1. Tempodrom in Berlin is an architectural wonder.  One of my favorite venue exteriors.
  1. The Cloisters in NYC. I played outdoors overlooking the medieval garden for the New York Guitar Festival.
  1. The New York Public Library Main Reading Room. I was playing in Ben Frost's guitar ensemble in this incredible space. Didn't hurt that Brian Eno introduced the performance. Magical.
  1. Silo City in Buffalo, NY. The natural resonance inside this concrete silo was incredible. I almost felt that I could have performed without my pedalboard!


Top five worst jobs you’ve held

  1. Cleaning rental brass band instruments.  I had the pleasure of scrubbing used trumpets and trombones in a shack behind a music store as my first summer job.  One time I dipped a coronet into a vat of acid solution and a cockroach floated out.
  1. Assistant Dog Euthanizer. My younger sister is a veterinarian and she recently began a mobile vet practice. Her second-ever house call was to euthanize a large elderly lab who was paralyzed from the waist down.  She needed help moving the dog so I donned scrubs and become her assistant angel of death.
  1. Slinging Headphones and Record Players to European Tourists. I worked retail on Bedford Ave. in Williamsburg for a summer when things were slow in the music business. 
  1. Digitizing the Bible. My 2nd job after I moved to NYC was working for a digital content startup. I was hired before the holiday season and my first task was ripping DVDs of different versions of the Bible being read aloud. 
  1. Record store clerk. This would typically be an awesome job but unfortunately I ended up working for a creep who got busted for selling bootlegs. I think we also sold knives at one point. Only in Louisiana, folks.


Top five things to spend five bucks on:

  1. A really great cappuccino
  1. Pack of guitar strings
  1. Another cappuccino 
  1. Topo Chico
  1. Hot Sauce


Top five things that confuse you:

  1. Maps. I get lost everywhere I go. I think it's a form of geographical dyslexia. 
  1. Sports. They don't make any sense 
  1. Conservative Politics.  They don't make any sense 
  1. Cats. How can love and indifference coexist so seamlessly in one tiny being?
  1. Boys. See above. 


Top five vocalists you could picture working with

  1. Laurie Anderson
  1. Laurie Anderson
  1. Laurie Anderson
  1. Laurie Anderson
  1. Laurie Anderson


Top five things about living in a city with winter

  1. Winter is lame
  1. Snow sucks
  1. Snow boots are the worst
  1. Which block of ice is my car?
  1. I hate winter


Top five foods to avoid

  1. Reindeer. I ate canned reindeer meatballs while staying with my friend in Norway years ago. Let's just leave reindeer alone, ok?
  1. Cilantro. It tastes like stink bugs. At least, what I imagine stink bugs taste like. 
  1. Octopus. No. Just no. 
  1. Pork. Pigs are smart and adorable. Don't eat them. 

    5.  Alligator. This is a big one in Louisiana. Does fishy chicken appeal to anyone?


Top five films:

  1. Woman in the Dunes by Hiroshi Teshigahara
  1. Down by Law by Jim Jarmusch
  1. Picnic at Hanging Rock by Peter Weir
  1. Persona by Ingmar Bergman
  1. Eraserhead by David Lynch 


Check out more of Noveller here.

August 23, 2016

Coast Sonic exclusive; Wren and Cuff!

We've gotten together with Wren and Cuff to release a limited edition version of one of our absolute favorite fuzzes:

Introducing the Wren and Cuff Box of War SmallFoot; same classic circuit but built into a standard size enclosure. Smaller and more affordable....and gold! A limited edition run of 12.

The Box of War is Wren and Cuff's recreation of the legendary and very rare, Russian made Civil War Muff. Built to be as true to the original as possible.

August 02, 2016

Coast Sonic X Stomp Under Foot; round 2!

Of all the types of pedals out there it’s the fuzz that holds the number one slot for us here at Coast Sonic. 
Once again we have teamed up with our friends Stomp Under Foot to create a tribute to one of our favorite fuzz welders; David Gilmour. Based on a trace of what seems to be a rare version of a Ram’s Head pedal that may or may not have actually been owned by David. 
Visit the Coast Sonic Astoria page for the full story…
To be released on Thursday, the 4th of August - the 49th anniversary of the first release of The Piper at the Gates of Dawn, Pink Floyd’s first album.