Pedal Crush Book Now Available

Pedal Crush – a new book on stompbox effects by Kim Bjørn and Scott Harper  – is now available.

Here’s what they have to say about it:

Pedal Crush explores the world of stompboxes in loving detail, featuring over 800 pedals, with 50 interviews with artists and makers, and over 200 tips and tricks for creative pedal techniques. The foreword is written by guitar legend Steve Vai.

Pedal Crush follows two previous books authored or co-authored by Bjørn, Patch & Tweak and Push Turn Move.

It features 276 pages, in full color, covering audio effect concepts, tips and tricks, pedal history and more.

Pricing and Availability

Pedal Crush is available now for $66 USD.

11 thoughts on “Pedal Crush Book Now Available

  1. I’m afraid if I spend $66 on this book, it’ll end up costing me hundreds more, if you know what I mean.

    When I hear guitarists with cartoonishly vast pedal-boards, and the kinds of sounds they can get… well, they aren’t messing around.

    There are lots of standardized methods for getting standard tones– and that kind of technical info would be useful.

    If you like nerding out on effects pedals, check out YT vids from JHS pedals, which are fun and informative.

  2. For anyone who hasn’t seen their books firsthand, the are beautiful works of art and quite informative. They are well worth the price.

  3. I ordered it and I’m looking forward to it. For those who don’t know, Scott Harper is the infamous Knobs who makes some of the most extraordinary pedal videos on YouTube. Each one is a work of art unto itself and Scott is an excellent musician who plays extraordinary bits on guitar and a bit of synth on his videos to demonstrate what the featured pedal (or pedals) can do. Yeah, his videos ended up costing me a bit of change because it’s hard not to fall in love with a pedal after watching a Knobs video. But I have no regrets. It’s brought some amazing new tones to my music. Knobs has also done some videos on modular synths and entering into that domain. Haven’t seen those yet ‘cause I’m afraid I’ll spend another bundle. But I’ll check them out eventually and I’m sure they’ll be great. Knobs (Scott) has a real way of explaining things (all in type, no voice) and he enhances it all with all kinds of interesting objects in his videos. (Which are just focused on the pedal and his hands and bits of typography floating by. Often imitated but never equaled, Knobs vids are a must see.

    Also, I think Knobs either works for or consults with Chase Bliss and is currently wrapping up on a pedal to be called Blooper that is coming out from Chase Bliss this month. So yeah, Knobs is cool. Very cool.

    Stefan Fast of The Pedal Zone (another great pedal show on YT) is also listed in the credits along with a few other YT pedal show stars. Stefan is also quite an amazing guitarist and is a superb explainer of what various pedals can do. His show is also quite a delightful experience.

    I know I’m gushing a bit here, but I love these two guys and I’d buy anything they are connected with. They’re enthusiasm and passion for the products and music made with them is quite catching and I always look forward to their shows and their take on things.

  4. That’s a beautiful, labor-of-love kind of book you never part with. Very nice work, Kim & Scott. I developed a lot of pedal love when I got started with early synthesizers, trying to make an MS-20 running through 6 pedals in series sound like Pink Floyd. (Yeah, right.) Looking back, it was like having a second synth, in a way. Most of the same wild behaviors apply. I prefer my DAW now, but I mildly envy pedal mavens, because today’s science-fiction variety makes it possible to build a unique monster from Mars. E-H, lookin’ at you.

  5. yeah these books are amazing(ly dangerous) specially because i’ve been trying really hard not to fall in to the pedal rabbit hole. i’d love to thumb through this though.

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