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We are thrilled to be a retailer of the new PEDAL CRUSH book! Hands down the most appropriate piece of literature to EVER come out regarding effects. PEDAL CRUSH goes into great detail the "hows" and "whys" of effects processing in a very understandable way that will forever change how you view that little box plugged up to your instrument.

Call it what you will....Guitar effect encyclopedia? Yep. Stompbox how-to? Uh huh. Gearhead Bible? Sure. It is extremely well written and laid out, and will serve not just for education, but also for inspiration to musicians for decades to come. 

We're proud of these guys and glad to call them friends, both the authors and a lot of the folks featured inside! They straight up knocked this book out of the freaking park!

They're moving fast, so snag one before Christmas for the gear lover in your life!!

....or yourself, thats what I did.


The definitive book on stompbox effects for creative music making

PEDAL CRUSH is a trip into the expansive, eclectic, and mesmerizing world of effects pedals. It examines the stompbox phenomenon as a means of creative expression and personal sound shaping. Bursting with color photos and illustrations, it systematically covers over 800 pedals – from vintage to cutting edge, from the essential to the exotic, from popular classics to boutique wizardry. PEDAL CRUSH also dives deep into techniques, tips and tricks, pedalboards, software, and more.

  • A detailed and richly illustrated look at stompboxes and how they are used
  • By Kim Bjørn and Scott Harper
  • Foreword by Steve Vai
  • Edited by Mike Metlay
  • 800+ pedals
  • 50 interviews with musicians and pedal makers 
  • 200+ tips and tricks for using effect pedals
  • Full-color photos and illustrations
  • Hardcover
  • 376 Pages
  • Dimensions: 245 x 245 mm
  • In English


  • A detailed exploration of the world of stompbox effects – not just for guitarists
  • Comprehensive explanations of effect concepts – how they work, why they work, and how they sound
  • The history of effect pedals
  • Tips and tricks for using effects
  • Popular, rare, and unusual pedals
  • Interviews with pedal makers and inspiring artists
  • Tips for creating a pedalboard



Funded on Kickstarter in under 12 minutes, PEDAL CRUSH is a detailed and richly illustrated celebration of stompboxes. It explores effect pedals as a tool for everyone, showing how all musicians – producers, DJs, instrumentalists, and vocalists – can artistically benefit from using stompboxes in new ways. It presents both popular and rare pedals, contemporary, boutique, and vintage, as well as over 200 tips and tricks for using pedals. The book also includes 50 in-depth interviews with artists and pedal makers, looking at their personal approach to using and creating sound. PEDAL CRUSH takes the reader on a colorful journey of discovery, resulting in new creative ideas, and expanded knowledge of pedals and their musical possibilities.

376 pages. Hardcover. 245x245mm.

Much more about the artists, brands, and topics in PEDAL CRUSH available here:

PEDAL CRUSH is the third book of a trilogy looking in detail at music technology. The other books in the trilogy are PUSH TURN MOVE, about musical interfaces and interaction, and PATCH & TWEAK, on modular synthesis.


About the Authors

KIM BJØRN is an author, electronic musician, and designer, with a profound interest in creativity and the interactions between people and their creations. PEDAL CRUSH is his ninth book, following the now industry-standard PATCH & TWEAK and PUSH TURN MOVE. He has released six ambient albums of his electronic music and occasionally performs live at venues and festivals. Based in Copenhagen, he now runs his boutique publishing company Bjooks while traveling all over the world.

SCOTT HARPER is the musician, filmmaker and designer behind KNOBs. He made the mistake of playing a delay pedal as a teen, failing to realize that this action would determine the course of his young life. He has designed and consulted on a number of pedals, lived in several corners of the world, and briefly practiced marine science. Now based in Toronto, Scott’s primary interest is figuring out how to be efficient every now and then, and getting some rest.