S&K and Nerd Knuckle effects???

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by MGR, Jan 3, 2017.

  1. MGR

    MGR Inactive

    Jan 18, 2015
    Bronx, NY
    Anybody ever try any of the offerings of Nerd Knuckle and S&K? I'm intrigued by their pedals but no real bass info online about any of them.
  2. FunkHead

    FunkHead Supporting Member

    Mar 10, 2007
    Their pedals look very nice. They are well thought out and Professionally done with lot's of color choices. They are handmade in Boston.

    The Ill Omen looks extremely cool and they say they sound great on bass.

    Time to check Youtube.
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  3. father of fires

    father of fires Commercial User

    Nov 29, 2006
    Chief of Medicine at Damnation Audio
    All well built and get plenty of praise from guitar folks and builders alike. S&K's VHD is supposedly a ripper on guitar. Not sure if any are bass specific but S&K has a few new ones coming out. I'm interested in his 250/Bifet boost.

    Nerd Knuckle has some of the cleanest wiring this side of Dunwich.
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  4. rratajski

    rratajski Commercial User

    Jul 1, 2008
    Mount Laurel, NJ
    I've experienced both companies. Well-made, high quality, killer sounding. Worth mentioning that the dudes running these companies are excellent, supportive, rad people.
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  5. MGR

    MGR Inactive

    Jan 18, 2015
    Bronx, NY
    Thanks. Just had a nice back and forth with Scot at S&K about one of his designs. As you said he was very helpful. May take a chance on one of his pedals just for fun.
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  6. rratajski

    rratajski Commercial User

    Jul 1, 2008
    Mount Laurel, NJ
    It's nice to talk directly and quickly with the dude making the thing. Plus you know exactly whom you are supporting with your payment for his product. The dude works hard and makes nice things :).
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  7. emjazz

    emjazz Supporting Member

    Feb 23, 2003
    Brooklyn, NY
    Any more info bass wise on these companies?
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  8. MGR

    MGR Inactive

    Jan 18, 2015
    Bronx, NY
    I took a leap of faith and bought a Nerd Knuckle Martyr Box (one of those dreaded late night purchases that I regretted because I don't need another fuzz). It will be here tomorrow. I do have high hopes though and the Nerd Knuckle guy was super cool to deal with.
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  9. MGR

    MGR Inactive

    Jan 18, 2015
    Bronx, NY
    Just got a Martyr Box in and put it thru it's paces. Couple observations.

    1) Low end is not only preserved, it is thickened and boosted.

    2) Boost function probably better for guitar as it seems to cause the pedal to drop a little low end.

    3) Articulation and note definition are great. This is not a smooth, silky, synthy fuzz.

    4) This thing can be a direct replacement for the Behemoth II for those interested in that pedal. In fact, while I have to fight in vain with my Behemoth to give me the articulation and high end I need, the Martyr Box has the same huge, thick, juicy tone the Behemoth has, but with the all important treble punch/bite that I need. This should not be taken as a swipe at the Behemoth. That pedal is incredible for what it is and what it does. I just prefer a little more bite.

    5) Bypass switch is in an awkward place relative to my other pedals, but I can get used to it.

    6) Knobs are placed nicely far enough away from the bypass switches. This is an issue I am seeing more and more with boutique builders.......they place everything too close to where my big, clumsy foot is gonna stomp. This pedal doesn't have that problem.

    7) The etching is great and the customer service before the sale was top notch. I would not hesitate to add more of Brad Macombers effects to my collection. For now, here's a pic.
    Last edited: Jan 9, 2017
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  10. MGR

    MGR Inactive

    Jan 18, 2015
    Bronx, NY
    Couple weeks later and surprisingly (for me) the Martyr Box has not come off the board. I still think the boost function is not very bass friendly, and Brad did confirm that for me, but the main tone is so friggin thick. Keeping the gain below noon elicits the phattest tone I have ever gotten out of a pedal. It's like a Superbass on steroids. People, don't sleep on the Martyr Box, especially if you are looking for a phat, old school sound.
  11. FunkHead

    FunkHead Supporting Member

    Mar 10, 2007
    I am guessing these Martyr Boxes never took off? It seems like zero love here on TB.
  12. tmcg81


    Mar 5, 2014
    Scot (The "S" in S & K) and I have been friends and sometime musical accomplices for years. His pedals are incredible. His attention to detail is a thing of beauty. I have the prototype for his Bass Ghost pedal, and it's been on my pedal board for like 5 years. It will probably never come off. I don't know why it never took off for him. It's super versatile and really musical. I've heard of people using the VHD on bass with great results. He makes a pedal called "The Iron Giant" which may be my favorite dirt pedal of all time on guitar. I haven't tried it on bass, but if I'm ever flush with cash and looking to acquire some regular electric guitar gear, that's number one on my list of stuff I'm going to buy. Long story short, buy S & K pedals. You won't regret it. They're built like tanks. I've been drunkenly throwing my pedal board bag around venues for a long time and that pedal cannot be killed.
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