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Black Arts Toneworks Club!

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by Josh Pelican, Jan 11, 2013.

  1. I see random users of Mark's pedals all over the board, but I realized there's no club where we can discuss his pedals. There are a handful of threads, none of which have much information. I figured it's time to get it all into one spot. So here you have it, folks:


    Here is a link to the almight Black Arts Blog:

    If you currently own (or did own) a Black Arts pedal, or have a question regarding one of them, feel free to post here! I will assign numbers to anyone interested. Like the Fuzzrocious club, I will also add the pedals you own/owned.

    #1 - Josh Pelican (LSTR, Ritual)
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  2. Roboglitch


    Jan 1, 2013
    How do you like the LSTR on bass? I've been thinking about getting the LSTR as it seems heavier than the Pharaoh. The Ritual is intriguing as well.
  3. I haven't used it much, but I love it. It's perfect for stoner/doom metal. No loss of low end to my ears), very articulate, and has a bit more fuzz on tap than the Pharoah. Here's a quote directly from ProGuitarShop:
    Apparently if you point the Tone and Mid knobs toward each other, you get that well-known scooped fuzz sound. Point them away and you get closer to the Pharoah.

    The more I use it, the more I like it.
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  4. Well, this club fell through.

    I traded my Ritual for a Revelation (Superbass) and sold the LSTR to purchase something else.
  5. I have been exchanging emails with Mark and i will be getting a Pharaoh and Black Forest from him. Also i have a Revelation Superbass on the way. I had a Pharaoh before but i did not like it. describing the sound to Mark revealed that there was likely something wrong with it so i am going to give it another try.
  6. Gonzo476


    Mar 1, 2009
    Madrid, Spain
    I'm thinking of either getting a Black Forest or a Revelation...please share your thoughts on both of them when they arrive!
  7. The Revelation Superbass is darker and thicker sounding. Works well as an always on fattner/preamp. It smoothens out dirt pedals that are in front of it and makes everything very creamy smooth.

    The BF is more flexible, very gnarly sounding OD. it was more gain than i expected and i'd classify it more as a distortion or heavy OD.
  8. Gonzo476


    Mar 1, 2009
    Madrid, Spain
    Would you be able to record some clips? I loved the demo of the Superbass I saw on Youtube, but I would like to hear the Dark Forest too. I hate having to CHOOSE between two pedals...
  9. rratajski

    rratajski Commercial User

    Jul 1, 2008
    Mount Laurel, NJ
    Anybody digging the new etches Handsome Beard Etching is doing for BATW?
  10. Tractorr


    Aug 23, 2011
    From some of the videos I have seen the Pharaoh seems like a fairly unique fuzz, but it also seems relatively subtle (well as least as far as fuzzes go).

    Can the Pharaoh put out some extreme sounds if need be?
  11. Gonzo476


    Mar 1, 2009
    Madrid, Spain
    Bumping this thread in a pathetic and desperate attempt to get some clips of the Black Forest :bag:
  12. Listen to the song "madness of an architect" by high on fire.
    there is some great use of the pharaoh in that.

  13. Resurrecting this thread? I just got my Pharaoh, and I LOVE it! Thought maybe I'd start a club, but then this showed up in the search. Anyone interested? I'm in with my Pharaoh...
  14. Any interest? Or should I just start a new thread? I'm loving my Pharaoh, and want to share the love!
  15. Abull78


    Mar 9, 2015
    I tried a Black Sheep and Revelation last night. I was playing with a Fender Jazz and an ESP B-334. I was playing through 1 SVT CL with Highs on, mid freq at 4 and dimes, bass at 6, treble at 4. I tried this on my 8x10 and a 2x15.

    I could not get either pedal to keep from cutting my tubey warm tone and higher frequencies. Essentially it sounded like I tossed a thick wool blanket over my cabs whenever I engaged either pedal. This happened with volumes set to match and no effect dialed in. As I added effect it seemed to further kill tone.

    I ran pedals at the 0db in as well as in the loop.

    Any suggestions? Did I get duds?
  16. That would be my guess. Never had any troubles at all with my Pharaoh.
  17. gregmon79

    gregmon79 I did it for the muff... Supporting Member

    Dec 20, 2012
    Chicago IL
    Hey all! Anyone here tried the Black Sheep?? I have a clone coming. Pretty excited about it.
  18. Patchbass


    Mar 27, 2013
    Can anyone tell me some more about the revelation superbass? Thinking about picking one up.
  19. hardtop

    hardtop Supporting Member

    I like it. I use it primarily as a preamp, actually. i keep the dirt relatively low and bump the volume up. I like the slight distortion i can get from it more than cranking up my volume on my amp. i pretty much have it on all the time and run it into my pharaoh for fuzz. I honestly love all their pedals, though some are a little gnarly for bass in my experience. On my full board ill probably have the revelation, black forest, and pharoah. that's a lot of dirt options but my band endorses his pedals so we get artist pricing. The only one i haven't tried with bass is the black sheep.
  20. Patchbass


    Mar 27, 2013
    Mint, would you consider it to be dark as I need something that can cut through a dense mix so don't like too much of a dark top end?
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