April 2020
Ben Fulton

Ben Fulton

Ben Fulton is a Libran. He likes long walks on the beach and loves watching the sun set. He likes going out dancing but is just as happy to cuddle up in front of the fire with a good movie and glass of Pinot. He also is the CEO and head designer at Red Witch Analog Pedals.

ARTICLES

State of the Stomp

State of the Stomp: The Art of Placement

December 9, 2014
It’s not just how you play it—it’s where you put it.
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State of the Stomp: The Importance of Contingency Planning

September 18, 2014
Guitarists are great optimists, but in our technology-fueled world, you need a backup plan.
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State of the Stomp: The Beauty of a Loop

June 4, 2014
Why not put the stompboxes you use only occasionally in a set on a single effect loop?
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State of the Stomp: Cleansing the Doors of Perception

March 5, 2014
Nowadays we can endlessly research all our gear decisions. But is that “knowledge” always a good thing?
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State of the Stomp: How Space Can Save Your Pedalboard

November 26, 2013
Making space to master your pedalboard.
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State of the Stomp: Build a Preset Volume Box

September 10, 2013
This DIY volume level box is great for players who use amp distortion and adjust their gain level from the guitar.
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How to Build a True-Bypass Tuner/Mute Box

How to Build a True-Bypass Tuner/Mute Box

June 9, 2013
Create a switcher that, when engaged, sends the guitar signal to the tuner and grounds the amplifier (mutes it).
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Build Your Own Series Resistance Box

Build Your Own Series Resistance Box

March 11, 2013
Here’s a super-simple device that will let you coax new sounds from your fuzz pedal.
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Jeff Beck and the Magic Volume Knob

Jeff Beck and the Magic Volume Knob

December 10, 2012
I’m just going to look at one facet of Beck’s sound: gain and how he manipulates it with his guitar’s volume knob.
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Musical Magic and the Guitar-Gear Medic Bag

Musical Magic and the Guitar-Gear Medic Bag

September 5, 2012
Supporting our passion requires lots of practical consideration and planning, and this includes creating a guitar-gear medic bag.
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A Call to Order

A Call to Order

June 8, 2012
I’ve been asked again and again and again: “What order should I put my pedals in?”
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Read the Manual and Find Those Treats

Read the Manual and Find Those Treats

March 9, 2012
The box that changed my viewpoint on reading manuals: The Electro-Harmonix 2880 Stereo Multi- Track Looper. I wish I’d dug into this five years ago. This month I want
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Stop...Smell the Tone Roses

Stop...Smell the Tone Roses

December 20, 2011
Our breed is a little different: We covet old equipment! Our fixation with vintage gear is testimony to that fact.
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4 Pedal Mods for the Masses

4 Pedal Mods for the Masses

October 18, 2011
Ever thought it might be cool to get into pedal modding but didn’t know where to start? Problem solved. Here, Ben Fulton, CEO and head designer at Red Witch Analog Pedals in New Zealand, walks you step-by-step through four mods perfect for the budding solder jockey.
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The Mighty Morley Evo-1

The Mighty Morley Evo-1

September 20, 2011
What, a single pedal that measures 18" x 7 1/2"? Well, this is understandable when you consider this ’70s device features an AC motor, an oilcan drum, and a burly Morley Expression pedal housing.
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Ode to Gear

Ode to Gear

June 14, 2011
Whether you’re a bedroom player on a limited budget or touring the world in a major band, we’re all in the same boat: We love gear. It makes us happy.
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In Remembrance: John Martyn

In Remembrance: John Martyn

February 9, 2009
On Thursday the 29th of January songwriter, singer and guitarist John Martyn passed away, leaving behind a legacy spanning five decades. From his 1968 debut album London Conversation to the
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