The PBE Difference

July 13th, 2010 | News | Gino | No Comments

Recently when I’ve told a few individuals about my business they’ve said, “So what makes you different from all of the other guys making pedals out there?” I’m not going to blow smoke up your ass and tell you that my designs are totally unique, never found anywhere else. (When I do create a pedal worthy of that magnitude of praise, however, I will say that.) The truth is that there are so many boutique versions of the Tube Screamer, Fuzz Face, Big Muff, etc. and while all of those different Tube Screamers actually do sound a bit different, they’re really not all that different on the inside. You know what though? That’s OK. Some people scoff at “Yet another Tube Screamer/Fuzz Face/Big Muff/What-have-you” but I embrace that because us guitar players are a finicky bunch. We like it when there are 32 different flavors of Tube Screamer. You know it’s true. We love to be able to pick the one(s) that satisfy our needs. The world would be a boring place if we could only get the original 808 sound, eh?

So what makes me different? For one, I am a one-man operation. Everything that leaves my shop is handled only by myself and therefore I oversee all aspects of design, production and quality. Another thing that sets me apart is my professional experience. I am an experienced, degreed electrical engineer. Now you don’t need a degree to do this stuff as there are plenty of successful companies out there ran by people without degrees, but it helps. My experience as a printed circuit board designer, test engineer, hardware and software engineer and assembler in the aerospace, automotive, defense and consumer electronics industries also makes me different. I know what professional, production quality standards look like and I adhere to them. If it isn’t good enough, I won’t ship it.

Above all, I have a passion for music and want to make a product that kicks ass and makes my customers happy.

Golden Spirals ready to ship!

July 12th, 2010 | News | Gino | No Comments

The time has finally come! I have four Golden Spirals ready to ship! Price is $225 plus shipping. Please fill out the contact form or e-mail me directly at to order yours today! Check out the demo of the Golden Spiral prototype, the Fibonacci Fuzz, in the gallery below.

First production build!

June 3rd, 2010 | News | Gino | No Comments

Right now I’m waiting on some parts to show up before I can start building my first production run of Golden Spiral Fuzzes and Mustache Fuzzes. In the meantime I’m prepping the enclosures for drilling and thought I’d post some shots. I’m starting with five Golden Spirals and possibly five Mustaches. The fifth enclosure in a sweeeeeet candy apple red is still in transit. There’s also a Colorsound Tonebender clone with some nice germanium transistors that’s going to be built and probably sold on eBay, too. Next week will be Build Week! I’m pumped!

Baskanavitch Bass Fuzz

May 24th, 2010 | News | Gino | 1 Comment

This is the Baskanavitch Bass Fuzz, a dark fuzz made for my friend in Huntington Beach, CA. It’s based on the Green Russian Big Muff Pi with some circuit tweaks and a clean blend circuit added. Sorry about the poor lighting. The controls, from left to right, are Volume, Tone, Fuzz and Dry. Also, please excuse my poor playing. This is the longest I’ve had a bass in my hands.

Mustache Fuzz Teaser

May 23rd, 2010 | News | Gino | No Comments

I’ve posted a short video of a new fuzz I’m releasing on a limited run, the Mustache Fuzz. It’s a simple, two-knob boxy fuzz in a Hammond 1590B style enclosure (4.37″ X 2.37″ X 1.07″). Look for it coming soon to eBay.

Hello, World!

April 27th, 2010 | News | Gino | No Comments

Today is officially launched! Please take some time to browse the website and see what Pitch Black Electronics can do for you. I will do my best to keep this section of the site up to date with new projects. Please be sure to follow me on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube. Stay tuned for some exciting shit!