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The Stone Deaf Story

Collecting. Obsessing.
Designing. Reinventing.

Pedal lovers, we’ve got a lot in common.

Stone Deaf’s journey started with nothing but an enormous collection of the best guitar pedals I could get my hands on, and an obsession with bringing the ones that weren’t being made or didn’t exist to life. Back then, it seemed like an impossible challenge. But with the right combination of people, time, and determination, we made it happen.

These days, we’re a family-run business chiefly operated by me and my Dad. As a company, Stone Deaf’s goal is to push the boundaries of what guitar effects can be, putting quality first and always asking “what can we do that’s different?” If you want a generic pedal that sounds like everything else, there are thousands of them on Reverb.

We’ve never forgotten about where we started and what’s important. Gear can be complicated, and everyone has their own ideas about different types of guitar effects and which pedals are truly essential. But true bypass isn’t always best. Analog and digital technology can work together. And what’s best for someone else might not be right for you.

“ Forget about the hype and the keyboard warriors. What matters is finding gear that makes you want to pick up an instrument and enjoy yourself. Focus on that feeling. We have. ”

Our Roots

Where we came from

If you only know one Stone Deaf product, it’s probably our PDF distortion pedal. Launched in 2010, and short for Parametric Distortion Filter, it’s a reimagined, revamped take on one of the best guitar pedals of all time – the Maestro MPF-1, designed by the legendary Bob Moog for Gibson in the 1970s, and made famous by players like Josh Homme and Alex Lifeson.

It’s a circuit unlike anything else, and for years it had been begging for an updated version, with more functionality and without the 1970s issues. That’s exactly what the PDF did, using active circuitry, parametric EQ control, and an expression pedal to unlock a wider range of tones on the fly, and a raw, raunchy voice that sets trends instead of following them.

The PDF is ground zero for Stone Deaf. It’s seen a few different versions over the years, but remains the foundation for everything we’ve done since – with an updated, even more advanced version of its unique active circuitry flowing through our full range of drive pedals, to give players the flexibility they need to find ‘their’ sound.

But we haven’t stayed in one place. The PDF was just the beginning for Stone Deaf, and we’ve always expanded on that original goal of creating something unique – to keep pushing the boundaries as a leader instead of a follower.

The Future

Where we’re going

It’s easy to be precious when it comes to guitar gear. Head online, and you’ll find hundreds of people debating the merits of traditional analog pedals versus digital multi-effects units. Things aren’t so black and white in the real world. That’s why we’ve never been afraid to push the boat out and experiment, which has meant dipping our toes into the misunderstood mix of digital and analog combinations.

Stone Deaf is one of a small handful of companies combining digital control with analog effects, to give musicians more functionality and flexibility, without compromising on quality. The Tremotron dual tremolo pedal was our first step in this new direction, winning rave reviews from sonic experimentalists and old-school tone purists alike.

And we’ll only be pushing things further.

Put simply, we’re not worried about the norm, or what people expect from a boutique pedal brand. If it sounds good and gets you to where you need to be, we’ll make it. Our products are different, and that’s the way we like it. And we’re just getting started.

But don’t take our word for it. Check us out for yourself and let’s build a new sound, together.

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