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This Week’s Preset – Joe King’s “Starlight”

Posted by Michael

This Week's Preset - BigSky ReverbRemember a few weeks back, when we asked you to send us your favorite Strymon presets?  Well, we’ve received some amazing submissions – one of which we’re sharing with you today.

This Week’s Preset is extra special – not only is it a customer submission, it includes three different presets!  These presets come from Joe King, who demonstrates how he captures the lead tone from Muse’s “Starlight” during live performances using BigSkyTimeLine, and Mobius.  Check out the video below to hear the preset and learn how Joe dials in this unique sound.

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Every Instrument Has A Story: Bryan Minerly’s Taylor 814ce

Posted by Angela

We started our Every Instrument Has A Story series to explore the important, often extraordinary, bond that musicians share with their instruments.  We are always forming connections with fans and customers through social media, so when we saw that Bryan Minerly had posted a video on Instagram captioned “I love telling the story of how I was blessed by an anonymous friend who GAVE me a Taylor 814ce guitar when I couldn’t afford anything,” we reached out to him and asked permission to share his story.

This is our first ever customer submission for Every Instrument Has A Story, and we know you’ll enjoy it as much as we do.  To learn more about Bryan’s music visit here.

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This Week’s Preset – We Want to Hear From You!

Posted by Michael

Over the last few months, we’ve been cooking up new presets for BigSky, TimeLine, and Mobius to share with you on our blog series – This Week’s Preset.  The original idea stemmed from our desire toThis Week's Preset - BigSky Reverb connect with our friends and fans creatively – through new, exciting, often experimental sounds.

However, this time we want to hear from you!  Send us your own preset, whether it’s your go-to favorite, something you’ve been experimenting with, or one you came up with at 3AM during a Netflix binge.  It can be a preset or favorite setting from any Strymon pedal, and you can share it with us however you like – whether it be in our blog comments, on Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook, or by emailing

Our favorite presets will be selected to appear in upcoming installments of This Week’s Preset!

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This Week’s Preset: Mobius Filter – “Square Funk”

Posted by Michael

This Week's Preset - MobiusMobius is one of my favorite pedals to explore because of its insane versatility.  Its sounds range from beautiful to bizarre, and its many modulation machines (Flanger, Rotary, Phaser, Filter, and
Vintage Tremolo, to name some of my favorites) seem to easily open up new doors to creative expression.  It’s easy to get lost in the possibilities.  So many waveform shapes, so little time!

One of my go-to Mobius modulation machines is the Filter.  Being able to choose one of several waveforms, control modulation speed, mix dry vs. wet, and set tap division allows for some amazing sonic possibilities.

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TimeLine Looper Revisited

Posted by Michael

While I can’t say I possess the looping skills of the guy across the office (State Shirt), I am definitely a fan of looping – whether done live or in the studio.   This week, let’s take a look at some artists who are putting TimeLine’s built-in Looper to good use.

Mikhail Medvedev builds an amazing ambient song using just TimeLine and his guitar.

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Strymon’s First NAMM Show

Posted by Michael


The Arrival

Riding the line between excited and nervous, I arrived at the Anaheim Convention Center on the eve of January 21st – less than 24 hours before Strymon’s (and my own) first NAMM show.  I was greeted by two Strymon team members standing in front of our well-manicured booth, which contained six demo stations and looked like it had been transplanted directly from our engineering office in Westlake Village, CA.

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Experimenting with Deco Tape Saturation & Doubletracker

Posted by Michael


Deco Tape Saturation and DoubletrackerThere is a lesser-known, more experimental side of Deco that is not featured in our Deco demos.  For this list, we rounded up our favorite Deco secrets to inspire you to push your creative limits.

1.  Deco doubles as a DJ-ing tool. 

I’ve enjoyed plugging the left and right signals from a music player into the Deco for various uses. From fattening up the signal to adding grit and distortion with the Tape Saturation and using the Doubletracker and its knobs to manually dial in smooth modulation and echo to the tracks.  Can be a great tool for DJ’s!

— Hugo Merida, Customer Support.

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Congratulations #StrymonLights Winners!

Posted by Michael


Thank you to everybody who participated in our #StrymonLights Deco giveaway contest!  We really enjoyed checking out your pedalboards as well as your photography skills.  You gave us some of the most creative entries we’ve ever seen, and we had an extremely difficult time picking just a few winners.  So, again, a big thanks to everybody who shared their #StrymonLights with us.

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Best Show Ever! Submission – Eric Martin

Posted by Michael

We recently asked those of you who are passionate about live music to email us with stories of your favorite concert experiences.  To all of you who sent us your stories, we had a wonderful time reading your submissions.  Not only were they fun to read, but they were personal, insightful, and successful in translating what made these specific shows so important to each and every one of you.  Reading the submissions, it was clear how close these experiences are to your hearts and we thank you all for sharing them.  There were some stories, however, that really stood out to us.  Like this one, which comes from Eric Martin.

Lakewood Amphitheater

Atlanta, Georgia



It was the 4th of July.  The party starts early at phish shows… you’d show up to the parking lot around 3:00 PM for a show that won’t start until 8:30 PM.  You’d have some beers, sit under a shade tent, you’d either be grilling, or you’d go in search of someone else grilling (“Get your sexy grilled cheese!  One for $2, two for $3!  Two slices of bread with the butter spread, sexy grilled cheese!”).  Jam sessions in the shade with friends, or you’d just go walking.  There’s some great people watching in the Phish lot.

Phish has no openers and plays two sets.  The first set was blistering with some amazing guitar work, but it was set two where the magic happened.  Ghost > Slave to the Traffic Light.  At this point, the sun has set and Chris Kuroda’s legendary light show is in full effect.  The Ghost went into some dark, spacey improvised jam that lasted about 13 minutes until it seamlessly blended into the intro the Slave.  The Slave was played very well.  It’s the Slave jam where the memories were made.  It starts very sparse.  Trey, Mike, and Page are dancing around the A, G, D, E chord progression, without actually  landing on it.  This beautiful soft melody grows and builds until Trey starts the meat of his solo, a simple repeating pattern with fills to break up the monotony.  Eventually, they are playing the most intense progression I’ve ever heard and the crowd, all 19,000 of us, are going absolutely nuts.  It was the only time music, not the words, but just the music has made me cry.  Tears of absolute joy.

Here’s the soundboard recording of the segment, if you’re curious… you don’t have to like Phish to appreciate it:

-Eric Martin

(Waiting on that 4th big box, y’all)

“Best Show Ever!”

Posted by Michael

Last week, we touched on live music’s inherent ability to bring people together.  This week, we’re taking a more in-depth and interactive look at what makes a concert unforgettable. But first, a brief history of live music.

Back in the mid-nineteenth century, composer Richard Wagner changed the opera scene by instituting what he called Gesamtkunstwerk or “total work of art.” His philosophy was that opera, rather than remain mostly a musical vehicle, should encompass every aspect of the creative arts – poetry, music, drama, and visual art all working in complete harmony. These operas were the Woodstocks of their time, and Wagner worked to take them to the next level.

Wagner's "Parsifal" performed in Berlin, 2005.

Wagner’s “Parsifal” performed in Berlin, 2005.

The better part of two centuries later, Wagner’s vision is still being realized at every great live concert. It is my firm opinion that the most memorable and significant live performances tap into this “total art” idea. Live music, above all, is about performance, and performance is dramatic. Performance takes place in a setting that enhances its story. Performance not only pleases the eye and ear, it creates a unique experience in which the show becomes greater than the sum of its parts. Not just songs, lights, and energy, but a fully realized, artistic vision.  The best live concerts are so enveloping that they can only be described as “mind-blowing,” “epic,” or “best show ever!”  Sometimes this entails an eight-piece band, elaborate stage design, and psychedelic lights; sometimes it only requires a solo performer on a bare stage.

Photo by Dylan Thomas of Hillsong United

Photo by Dylan Thomas of Hillsong United

As every concertgoer knows, this type of magic can’t be captured every time a band steps on stage. Even some of my favorite groups, which will remain nameless, have disappointed me live. This is simply the nature of the business. And this is what makes it so special when an artist you love blows you away in person.  My all-time favorite shows – from acoustic performances to hip hop concerts –  accomplished what Wagner envisioned back in 1860.  I could gush about these incredible memories in extreme detail, but I’d rather hear from you.

Send us your own stories of your favorite concert experiences, whether you were onstage or in the crowd, to  We’ll read them all, and, if it’s okay with you, we’ll even post some of them on our blog.  Contributors who have their stories featured will receive a free Strymon t-shirt!



We look forward to hearing about your all-time favorite concerts!



Get to know us!

Posted by Ethan

Strymon teamThe November 2010 issue of Premier Guitar features Strymon as one of the “5 Boutique Stompbox Builders You Should Know”. They say we’re “among the most impressive pedal builders in the world today.” Aw, thanks! We’re just five guys trying to create the best and most innovative products that we can, and we’re very proud to have been given this great accolade.

Read the entire article here and find out more about what makes our slightly crazy brains tick. Also featured are Red Witch, Mad Professor, Crowther Audio and Empress Effects. Mad props to Empress for their awesome company photo!

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Strymon and Damage Control

Posted by Ethan

Damage Control and StrymonAs some of you may already know, in 2009 we were very fortunate to be able to join forces with Damage Control Engineering, a formidable group of the best engineers in the music industry.

Since then, we’ve developed all of the new Strymon products together. We’re a tight knit team and both companies are stronger now as one.

It is our great honor and pleasure to announce that for the foreseeable future, all new Damage Control products will carry the Strymon name! This includes the new Damage Control products currently in development that you may have seen on the Damage Control blog. We’re extremely excited about these and working feverishly on them.

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Phil from Matchless rocking a Brigadier

Posted by Terry

Ethan and I met up with Phil Jamison at the Matchless HQ in Los Angeles recently to let him play through our Brigadier delay and blueSky reverberator. He dug the pedals! Phil is the amp designer over at Matchless. He’s a very genuine, good guy and it was a treat to see the Matchless facility and production line.

Below: camera phone shot of Phil rocking a Brigadier in front of one of his C-30 heads.

phil jamison matchless amplifiers

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