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For anyone who follows our account on Instagram, the [blue/fish] may seem like old news. I’ve been working with Jason Allwood of Central Blues Co. to develop this pedal for months, and after numerous prototyping rounds, we’re ready to begin our first production run. I thought I’d take a breath after a hectic weekend in pedal-world to formally introduce the [blue/fish] and give you a rundown of what to expect.

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The [blue/fish] Dual Boost offers two unique boost channels – Loud and Louder – that can be used individually, or can be stacked together. Each features its own passive volume control, and there is an optional clipping section which follows the Louder channel. The Loud channel adds some warmth to your tone, while the Louder channel is a clean boost that is more apt to break up – in a good way.

Like other pedals in the [fish] Series, the [blue/fish] features a solid curly maple faceplate, cut and etched by our friends at Griffen Hollow Studio. Large aluminum knobs control the channel volumes, and top-mounted Lumberg audio and DC jacks are used. The [blue/fish] footprint measures 2.61″ x 4.78″ and is roughly 2″ tall. The [blue/fish] is true bypass, with each channel being controlled by an independent 3PDT footswitch.

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The [blue/fish] will be offered in two configurations, distinguished by enclosure color and clipping options. The standard [blue/fish] ($114.99), housed in a candy blue enclosure as pictured here, will feature germanium clipping and MOSFET clipping. The premium [blue/fish] ($134.99), housed in a satin black enclosure, will feature the same germanium clipping but substitutes a Nanolog N3 for the MOSFET. These clipping options are controlled with a three-way mini toggle switch mounted between the volume knobs.

  • Germanium Diode Clipping (Switch Left, Both Models) – this option compresses your signal, both lowering the volume and flattening the peaks. This setting sounds like your guitar signal is being “squished.”
  • Clipping Bypassed (Switch Upright, Both Models) – this option bypasses the clipping section all together and allows the boost channels to ring out uninhibited.
  • MOSFET Clipping (Switch Right, Standard) – this option adds dirt to your signal. Depending on your guitar pickups and your signal chain, this can be anything from mild breakup to full blown distortion. Great for Texas Blues or Southern Rock.
  • Nanolog N3 Clipping (Switch Right, Premium) – Nanolog devices are a new addition to the guitar pedal world. According to their website, Nanolog devices are a new class of electronic component, and operate using “molecular electronics”. A single Nanolog Device can replace a pair of clipping diodes (silicon, germanium) and even pre-amp tubes to create dynamic, warm, and organic overdriven tones. These devices are 100% analog, and as such, they have a very low milliamp draw. The softer clipping of these devices eliminates much of the harsh, “tin-like” buzziness that traditional diodes create. Additionally, the devices provide a warmer low-mid range response, and overall increased dynamics. This option smooths out the rough edges in the dirt setting and is more appropriate for acoustic guitar and for traditional blues.

The [blue/fish] was developed for electric blues guitar, but we have found it to be equally at home on acoustic – particularly the Loud channel. It pairs well with other effects, particularly overdrive and light modulation.

Finally, we have partnered with Barefoot Buttons to offer a set of their new mini stopswitch covers. This set of two, including one plain and one with the Rare Buzz NPN logo, will be offered for $14.99.

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A huge thank you to Nashville’s own Jenny Teator for taking the [blue/fish] for a test drive. Jenny has the standard model, and is playing it with in the Clipping Bypassed position. If you are interested in the [blue/fish] Dual Boost, they should be available in mid to late July to coincide with Summer NAMM in Nashville. If you will be at NAMM, find the [blue/fish] at the Stompbox Booth, hosted by Big Ear Pedals and take it for a spin yourself! We do have a waiting list started – feel free to contact us if you would like to add your name.

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