Rare Buzz Effects

The Rare Buzz Story

Rare Buzz was founded in 2014, initially as a music and culture promotion venture, by John Esterly – the “Rare Buzzer.” The Rare Buzz brand wandered for several years, before John’s lifelong loves of music and electronics met in late 2017. For the next year, he spent every waking minute pouring over circuits and analysis, reading (horribly boring) textbooks on electronics, and tinkering in his home workshop. After outgrowing this space, Rare Buzz moved out of the garage and into Studio 214 at the MillWorks Art Studios in Central Columbus. The first Rare Buzz design, the Cranberry Fuzz, was released in October, 2018.

What Makes Us Tick

Rare Buzz Effects believes in making the world a better place. A portion of the purchase price of many pedals goes to a related charity – you will see where the money goes in the description of those pedals. Our pedal designs do not include a battery, eliminating the waste associated with dead batteries. Whenever practical, our pedals utilize other small businesses such as Small Bear Electronics and Love My Switches. Our reclaimed wood faceplates come from Columbus-based Griffen Hollow Studio, and Traxler Printing handles our apparel printing – we also only offer our pedals for sale in independent shops.

What Makes Rare Buzz Different

Giving Back

We believe in supporting non-profits that inspire us, particularly those in the Columbus market, both financially and with gear. Your purchase helps us help them!

Locally Built

Our pedals are hand-crafted in Ohio. Enclosures are prepared by Pine Box Printing outside nashville. Whenever practical, parts are purchased from US dealers.

Guaranteed Forever

Our guarantee: for as long as you own your pedal, we will repair or replace any failure in workmanship or materials. You ship to us, we ship to you. Even if you’re not the original owner.


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