Roadworthy & Stigtronics

Roadworthy's electric guitar roomThis week I spent some time in Bloomington, Indiana (home of IU), and stopped by one of my favorite music stores, Roadworthy Guitar & Amp.  One of the things I love about Roadworthy is that they always have interesting stuff in the store — usually they have some guitar, amp, or effect I’ve never heard of, some of it vintage.  Last time I was in the store, I saw a pedalboard full of custom effects by Stigtronics.  I didn’t have much time, so I asked about them, but didn’t play them.  This time, I already had my amp head (Stulce SA-10H) and cabinet in my trunk, so I got to try out the pedals with my setup.  All I can say is… wow.

The story goes (all secondhand information, BTW) that the owner of Stigtronics was an electronics repair guy who began modifying effects pedals (Tube Screamer conversions, etc.), got hooked, and started making his own effects.  They had a whole pedalboard full of his effects at Roadworthy, so I got to mess around with a bunch of stuff.  The Electron Drive sounded fantastic with my amp.  From what I’ve heard, it’s kind of like a modded Fulltone OCD design.  I found it to be a very musical distortion, full of beautiful overtones and depth.  Definitely worth checking out.  I wish there were more info out there about these pedals so I could link to some audio clips, but I guess you’ll have to wait until I get my hands on one…