Analog Man Vintage guitar effects
Who are we?
Analog Man is one of the larger Guitar Effects dealers
in the world, with customers from Australia to Japan to Europe.
Even so, we are small and try to treat everyone like a rock star.
But Analog Man is not just a dealer - it is a BRAND- quite
unique in that it may be the only enterprise which manufactures,
modifies, buys, sells, and repairs vintage, new, and custom guitar effects.
Specializing in custom made, vintage and high-end, you won't find cheap
Chinese "happy meal toys" style effects here.
Analog Mike has been playing with guitar effects since he
bought his Maestro Phaser (with SPEED and BALLS) new in the mid
'70s to make his Farfisa organs and Hagstrom-II sound better.
You will see the same white Hagstrom at the shop still being used
to test modified pedals, Mike's first guitar.
Here is Mike (on the left) with Howard "Mick" Davis,
who designed many of the cool Electro-Harmonix pedals in the 70s.
This picture is from the 1990s at the NYC guitar show which was
held in the basement of a church. Analog Man started as Analog Man
Vintage guitar effects before the boutique pedal industry started.
So we learned all about the classic pedals, which ones sounded good, and why.
Then when they were too hard to find, we started building them.
Mike is not a salesman and will not try to sell you something
you may not want. You will not see us spamming all the guitar
forums and social media trying to sell pedals.
We are only interested in helping you find what you are really
looking for and getting
The Tone. Analog Man is operated
as much for enjoyment of cool gear as for profit - so let's have
some fun with this stuff! If you don't want to have fun, we can
refer you to several other dealers. We like to treat each
customer as a prospective friend. I now have friends all over the
world with the common interest of vintage guitars and effects.
Analog Man is unique in being able to meet all your effects
- Buy and sell vintage effects
- Buy and sell new, boutique, and custom effects
- Manufacture Analog Man brand effects
- Modify pedals to sound and work better
- Repair service including referrals to specialists in
- Creating the best new effects with vintage values
- Free help with effects problems by EMAIL or better yet on our Facebook page.
- Referrals to individuals and companies related to guitars
- Professional consultation and technical services in the
www.analogman.com is alive!
This funky old web site is up and running but not much
different than before, someday I hope to have time to reorganize
vintage style web site. We were about the second web
site in the world that had guitar effects, they all looked like
this back then! Our website was up before Gibson or Fender
had any website. We added a new shopping cart website
BUYANALOGMAN.COM in 2007 to make ordering easier and to work better on mobile devices.
Analog Man - the shop
I think our shop is unique in the guitar effects world- it has
a large 1000 square foot room with high ceilings and all the best
vintage amps set up for demos. And we added a second large
room in late 2007, doubling our size as it was getting very
On the right is the part of the shop where I keep some of the
effects. There are a lot more that you can't even see... I did a
rough count and counted over 600 pedals here.
We are open only by appointment but I am here almost every
weekday, so if you are traveling between NYC and Boston be sure
to stop by!
Analogman Demo Amps
- 1961 Tweed fender Champ
- 1958 Fender tweed deluxe
- 1967 Fender blackface Deluxe Reverb
- 1967 Fender Super reverb
- 1972 Fender Twin Reverb
- 1969 Marshall 100 watt Superlead with 4x12 Cabinet
- 1978 Marshall 100 watt combo
- 1964 Ampeg B-15 bass amp
- 1990s Ampeg VL-1001 high gain guitar amp
- 1969 Acoustic 360 bass amp
- 1980s Fender Super Champ
- 1960 DeArmond R5T
- 1959 Supro 1696T
- 1987 Gorilla x-652 turbo amp (just kidding)
We always have several types of cool guitars (and plenty of
cheesy ones!) and basses including a well-played '69 Fender Jazz
Bass. Feel free to ask for our '99 Les Paul '59 Reissue.
Here is a shot of my bro
Jim Weider playing one of his famous Teles. He's testing my
fuzzface mods to find the perfect pair of transistors, which we
then built into a pedal for him. He used this modified fuzzface
on his record REMEDY which he recorded in the summer or 2001. You
can really hear it on the beginning of the song
Metal Jam, when
the guitar starts out alone. He used in on about that whole track.
Jim also borrowed my Marshall amp and used it on almost every
track of the album, blended in with his vintage Fender amps for a
superb thick, rich, clean tone. Jim had never used Marshalls
before but now he loves them. I though I'd never get my amp back
but I was glad that it was used in the way it was intended to be
used - by a master guitarist!
We also have a Keyboard corner with MiniMoog, DX7, Fender
Rhodes, ARP Pro Soloist, Vox Jaguar organ, Moog Taurus pedals,
Leslie 850, and other cool equipment like a Roland TR-808 drum
machine for you hip hop and techno people. I even hauled my 1955
Hammond M3 up the stairs recently. Here is Dizzy Reed (Guns n'
Roses) checking them out:
I am starting to put up displays of effects.
So far I have about half of them on display shelves. On the left
are a few of our shelves, how many effects can you identify??
On the right is a shot of my old workbench, where all the mods,
repairs, and checking out of each pedal were done. On a normal day you
will find us doing several tube screamer mods and repairs;
Fuzzface mods, repairs, and construction; new Analog Man brand
pedal construction and testing; building custom switch boxes;
doing true bypass mods for customers on wahs, big muffs, etc; and
checking out and studying each effect that comes in for resale.
We also have a few glass displays of the vintage effects.
We have a shelf with a bunch of famous pedals like modified TS9 pedals from Trey Anastasio,
KWS, and Scott Henderson; Mark Karan's Sunface, Dave Malone, Andy Powell, and KWS's old King of Tone pedals,
Mark Ford's and Jim Weider's original Sunfaces, Bicomp #1, etc. All these guys
traded in for new versions so I kept the old ones for display.
Here is a shot
I took of our vintage FUZZ display which I put out for
a documentary film that came out in 2007.
I seem to spend most of my time in this room,
unfortunately! I'm here about 7 hours a day answering EMAILs and
doing &^%!ing paperwork/accounting. I wish I could be working
on pedals and playing guitar... anyone want an office job? My PC
is old but I got a DSL connection in November of 2001
We love attending guitar shows like the Philly show in this
picture. It is a LOT of work and money so we do not attend many
but we will try to get to as many as possible. Here Mike is
holding his compROSSor and Chorus pedals.
Now that many vintage and high end guitars are too expensive for most
people to collect, it leaves vintage and boutique effects as a good, enjoyable
alternative. And they take up a lot less room under the bed!
While vintage and boutique effects are often more expensive than a new
you will not lose money on them like most pedals which are usually
worth half of what you paid once you plug them in. I have bought/traded
many vintage pedals back from customers for their full purchase
price as they are worth more every year. Our Analog Man brand pedals
often sell on Ebay for more than they cost new. We, like
Gibson, Rolex, Mercedes, etc don't sell our own products new
on ebay. Sometimes they go for much higher than new, on pedals with a
waiting list. So Analog Man pedals are an excellent investment.
Handmade pedals like ours are easily repaired by anyone,
as there are no special proprietary parts used, and construction
is clean and simple. Most of the
mass produced (usually Chinese made) pedals are disposeable, as the parts
are unavailable or impractical to change. Even the majority of "boutique" pedals
are now made at three big factories by robots now. So even though
a US-made handbuilt pedal like ours may cost a little more up front, it will
often be cheaper in the long run and certainly keep more resale value.
Why are some of Analog Man's prices a bit higher than
sketchypedals.com or the big chain store in the strip mall?
We have been lowering prices so now most of our pedals are
sold for the minimum price allowed
by the manufacturers, making us very competitive on
pricing. If you see lower prices somewhere, it might be
good to check if they are an authorized dealer and sell with
a manufacturures warrantee.
Most effects dealers "guitar pedals dot coms" simply
work out of a corner of their bedroom with no overhead and no way
for a customer to check things out, while we have a large modern
facility (with a clean restroom!). We also have a fully equipped
workshop for repairs and mods, and separate rooms for our office
equipment and storage. We have our store in
the highest traffic area of the town, 1/2 mile from the highway.
This allows us access to a lot of great services, and
makes it easy for you to find us.
When you buy a pedal from us, you
are helping the economy in many ways as we buy products and
services from many companies - printers, circuit board houses,
accountants, shipping companies, storage companies, magazines (ads),
graphic artists, metal manufacturers, utilities, painting shops,
board designers, electronic distributors, insurance companies,
internet companies, etc, most of which are not needed by people
selling pedals on the side. We are also not a huge
company run by investors with the real work done at minimum
wage. And we don't have to tell you that our service is the
fastest and best in the world, just ask anyone who has
actually dealt with us. For these reasons I hope you can realize
the benefits of buying from Analog Man.
Please email rather than calling if possible as
that allows us to help many more people per hour. I hope you can
feel you are getting your money's worth with our personal service
and expertise which is second to none. And our prices have been
lowered to be VERY competitive with any legitimate dealer, if you
are buying a few pedals we will do our best to match other
stores' prices. We always try to sell at the manufacturer's
Minimum Advertised Price (MAP).
Mike became interested in Vintage Guitars when he worked in
Japan for almost a year in 1985 and saw the great vintage guitar
shops (and prices!) in Japan. He worked in Japan as a software
engineer on transistor test systems in Tachikawa and visited
Tokyo often, where his girlfriend and future wife and pedal-builder Analog Ayako (RIP) lived.
Mike was able to find many vintage guitars in the northeast
USA before vintage guitars got as popular in the USA as they were
in Japan. After the vintage guitar boom in the USA, effects were
still relatively easy to find so Mike started concentrating on
effects. He studied them for several years, while finding and
selling vintage effects, but the popular ones (Fuzzfaces, TS-808s,
etc) were VERY hard to find and super expensive. And it
was interesting that some old pedals sounded great while
other identical examples were lousy... a lot of studying resulted.
Soon Mike started
making some of these himself, to meet the demand for vintage
pedals at a
better price and higher quality than the originals. Most of the
Analog Man pedals were first built to meet the demand for these
vintage icons when there were no alternatives available (TS9/808,
Clone chorus, Comprossor, etc).
In the early '90s, Mike learned about the tube screamer
history, and studied the circuits and learned how to modify a TS9
into a TS-808. There was no internet or books so he did the research himself.
He finally found some of the JRC4558D chips in
Akihabara, Tokyo at one of the small electronics shacks near the
train station. They were 50 Yen each so he bought as many as he
could afford. When he got back to the USA he modified TS9 pedals
for friends, and a few people on this new thing called the
INTERNET (usenet and email lists at the time, no www).
Everyone was crazy about the sounds and a market was
born for the modified ts9/808, as Ibanez had just reissued the TS9.
Since this modification market was created by Mike many people have jumped
on the bandwagon and there are all sorts of mods being performed
now all over the world.
Mike started about the 3rd web site in the world with guitar
effects, while there were only a handful of guitar sites at that
time and none from the major manufacturers. His real job was a
software engineer, having graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic
Institute in Troy, NY, with a BS in CS and more than enough
courses in Electrical Engineering to get a minor in EE. So
computers were easy to use and he could program the web site with
a text editor (He still does, the website is vintage!).
In 2000 Mike started full time with Analog Man, and soon got a
working relationship with Dave Fox of FOXROX electronics who
together perfected Dave's creation of the Captain Coconut. Analog
Man now offers handmade Chorus pedals, compROSSors, Juicers, Sun
Faces, Astro Tone fuzz, Peppermint Fuzz, Beano Boosts, Sun Lions, King Of Tone pedals,
ARDX20 delay, buffers, and custom A-B, true
bypass, and other switching boxes in addition to custom projects
and mods. There are many other projects on the burner... keep in
Guitar Magazine did a nice interview in 2019, you can read it
ToneQuest report interviews Analog Mike!
Read the 2001 interview by clicking on the line above. Also
check out the tonequest web site for much more. I highly
recommend this magazine for the ultimate in guitarists, guitars,
amps, effect, etc with none of the hype like the guitar mags you
pick up on the newsstands.