B3K model question

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by Hector_G, Jul 26, 2013.


  1. Hector_G

    Hector_G

    Apr 6, 2009
    El Paso, Texas
    I just noticed that on the website, it says they're made in the U.S.A.
    But on most of the pictures I'm seeing, it says Made In Finland. Are there any major differences? Tone? Quality? Quirks?

    And by the way, www.prymaxevintage.com/ is having a 15% off pedal sale right now.
    I was about to buy one, but thought I'd ask before dropping the cash.
     
  2. DiabolusInMusic

    DiabolusInMusic Functionless Art is Merely Tolerated Vandalism

    They were originally made in Finland but Doug at Darkglass teamed up with a US based builder and production got shifted to USA.

    I have a Finnish B3k and a US VMT, the Finnish stuff has the old true bypass switching so you can hear it switch on and off and the US built stuff has a different style of switching so it is silent when switching, you also cannot feel the switch clicking. I assume this is the same switching on all US based pedals but I don't know. I much prefer the US switching. I have heard there are tone differences between the US and Finnish based ones but I don't know personally.
     
  3. Hector_G

    Hector_G

    Apr 6, 2009
    El Paso, Texas
    Should I just shut up and buy one already?
     
  4. sarsippius787

    sarsippius787 Say it right! Say it with pleasure!

    Jul 10, 2013
    Puerto Rico
    Just get it. It's worth it. Prymaxe is a great place to get gear too.
     
  5. mmbongo

    mmbongo Regular Human Bartender Supporting Member

    Aug 5, 2009
    Carolinas
    Darkglass no longer allows discounts on their pedals, so grab it for the 15% off while you still can.
     
  6. Spencer!

    Spencer!

    Jun 25, 2006
    Seattle
    Owner, Pike Amplification & 3Leaf Audio
    They were originally made in Finland. Last year I got in touch with Doug and started updating the design to be produced in larger quantities. We started selling the USA-built pedals in July of 2012 and I've been building every Darkglass pedal here in Seattle ever since.

    The USA-made pedals have the same circuitry as the Finnish ones, but I re-engineered the mechanical design to be more rugged. We've had very few failures of USA-made Darkglass products in the field (not that the Finnish ones were unreliable to begin with).

    On a side note, we recently opted out of all dealer sales as we didn't like the atmosphere it was creating, so that Prymaxe coupon code won't work.
     
  7. Hector_G

    Hector_G

    Apr 6, 2009
    El Paso, Texas
    ooh I see. Got it. Thank you very much for clearing that up. Exactly what I needed to know.
     
  8. I say get it anyway. I have a US B3K and it's really, really good - seriously! It's hyped up a lot around here but for good reason, quite simply it's the best OD I've ever heard on bass. If you're looking for serious raunch, it might not be for you (considering it really excels at lighter OD) but overall, it's really hard to go wrong.
     
  9. NoxNoctus

    NoxNoctus The Crushinator

    May 9, 2004
    Annapolis, MD
    Take a gander at the TB classifieds, there's a small handful of B3Ks going for great prices. If you don't like it, you can always flip it back over. Mine would only leave my board for a B7K, and at the current price, it's not looking likely soon.
     
  10. thedude08322

    thedude08322

    Jan 12, 2013
    +1

    I bought my B3K from the TB Classifieds for a great price. It's an awesome pedal.
     
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