Pejibayito

The Pejibayito sits somewhere between a dirty boost and a nicely-saturated overdrive, providing tone coloration without completely turning your sound to mud – not to say that it doesn’t get dirty.

A single volume knob controls it all – the rest is up to your playing, pickups and volume settings from your guitar. The clipping stage consists of a combination of white and green LEDs, leading to a dynamic, almost tube-like feel to the pedal, perfect for conjuring cooked warmth out of solid states and some wholesome drive from their tube-derived cousins.

Also, this guy can get l-o-u-d – as in a boost of about 30 db. Always a good thing for searing solos, anthemic fanfares and retro explorations of that mid-90’s “whisper and then wall” sound we all seemed to like for some reason. For those more into subtlety, think of this more as your perfect companion for mangrove blues, cloud forest boogie and deep swamp moss-hops.

By the by, the word Pejibayito is the diminutive term for Pejibaye, which is a type of palm fruit common to Costa Rican cuisine, but often considered little more than livestock feed elsewhere. The flavor is subtle, yet unique – definitely an acquired taste and seldom presented as typical fare to outsiders. If you can find it, give it a taste – you’ll probably like it. I originally designed this circuit while living in Costa Rica in response to requests for pedals that would compliment the local music scene that weren’t as extreme as my production-run fuzzes – and over time, hey, the sound kind of grew on me, similar to the fruit of it’s namesake.

 

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