BAE’s first guitar pedal was borne of a fruitless search for two classic 1960s stompboxes.
Like me, you’ve probably come to expect BAE’s logo to adorn the front panel of a hand-wired, hand-soldered, reassuringly expensive preamplifier, equaliser or compressor, built to the vintage 1960s and ’70s specifications of a classic console manufacturer. But it now appears on a boost/fuzz pedal too: launched at the 2017 NAMM show, the Hot Fuzz is BAE Audio’s first foray into the world of guitar effects pedals.
Founded in Los Angeles in the late ’80s, BAE built a business rackmounting modules from unwanted vintage Neve consoles. The company then moved into remanufacturing, becoming the first to offer a recreation of the legendary Neve 1073 module, and they built on this to create an extensive range of vintage Neve recreations and updates. In more recent times the company have also moved into the 500-series market, and now produce seven different modules,...
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