Since we first introduced the Schaffer Replica EX “Tower” our customers’ most popular request has been for us to create a pedalboard-friendly stompbox with the same circuit. Well, you spoke and we listened! To our loyal fans who have waited so patiently, we proudly introduce The Schaffer Replica - Storm.
The Storm features a 100% analog signal path that is nearly identical to our EX Tower that has quite literally taken the guitar industry by storm, hence the name. It perfectly captures our signature “Schaffer Sound” voicing and offers five interactive circuits capable of generating a plethora of tones for every guitar configuration and genre of music.
This interactiveoptical limiter+EQ expander+harmonic clipping circuit+boost+line buffer was reverse-engineered from the original Schaffer-Vega Diversity System wireless units used by nearly every legendary guitarist throughout the 70s and 80s. Our modern reproduction of this circuit has quickly become the secret weapon for some of the most influential guitarists today.
GAIN knob controls our signature clipping circuit that bumps the crucial low-mid frequencies responsible for giving live instruments punch and making them stand out in the mix (think Angus Young guitar tone).
BOOST knob controls a powerful pre-amp capable of delivering a whopping 31db of clean boost. This analog boost is perfect for making lead parts stand out, adding fullness to the signal going into the front end of your amplifier or pushing it into oblivion!
LIMITER knob controls Ken Schaffer’s signature Opto-Isolator limiter. This optical analog circuit naturally limits the audio signal going into the pedal's circuitry (unlike the complimentary compander circuit which smooths out amplitude after the signal reaches its peak). Limiting is commonly used by mastering engineers to transparently raise overall level, without the risk of clipping and distortion generally associated with gain increases. Sensitivity of this effect may be fine tuned for different output pickups or to give your instrument an open or percussive attack.
100% Analog Circuitry
Commercial Grade PCB
Heavy Duty True Bypass Footswitch
Blue LED when effect is engaged
Power Requirements: 9-12vDC (-) Power Supply - No battery
Enclosure Dimensions: 4.69” D x 2.52” W x 1.57” H
Made in USA
Power supply sold separately
Winner of August 2018 Guitar Player Magazine Editor's Pick!
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