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Sabbadius Custom Pedal Effects
Dedicated to making all hand wired effects pedals for musical instruments, Nicolás Sabbadin, in Córdoba, Argentina builds tailor-made effect pedals. Made of selected high quality materials, these effects pedals provide excellent sound and durability.
My name is Nicolás Sabbadin I was born in Córdoba Argentina on August 16, 1981. I began in music when I was about 14 or 15 years old and it never left me, it is like a hobby or profession. I am a guitarist fan of Stevie Ray Vaughan and Jimi Hendrix and I would say that they are who greatly inspired in music and also in recreating the vintage sounds in my effects pedals.
Everything began with the help of Carlos Fonseca who raised me together with my grandmother. Carlos was already building, assembling and repairing radios equipped with tubes valves or transistors, he was always teaching and showing me the order and use of every component. Simultaneously he was also buying me electronic magazines of this that come to help me assemble circuits of things that later never worked or you get lost a number of times and you want to die ha ha.
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After a lot of time from me insisting with parents of friends and friends I got squarely into the electronics, I explained that I wanted to build effect pedals for electric guitar and that it was necessary and there was a need for it.
I started buying beginner books on electronics to know what is resistance, a capacitor, transistor, integrated circuit, etc. and began building a simple circuit. By simple I mean that the circuit was not very big and consisted of only a few components.
I borrowed from a friend of mine a fuzz pedal to see the electronics and to copy the circuit to see if I could assemble a "clone" of it. The results were very good then I started investigating the circuit more and changed different components like capacitors to change values etc.
I managed to achieve a fuzz pedal better than the original one of my friend, then thought to myself: audio electronics is what I want to do for the rest of my life and this is the way I felt since the beginning.
I was constructing effect pedals for sale in 2002 and in the year 2004 I took a year long course in advanced electronics and obtained the permissions to make effect pedals under the registered trade mark of SABBADIUS.
After a few years passed and having more wisdom regarding to audio electronics I started making improvements on my products with regards to aesthetics and by having Hi-Fi audio components made to my specifications in factories of Japan and the United States of North America.
It is worth clarifying that I do not have a degree in electronics as a "technician in electronics specialized in audio" but I continue being a guitarist very demandingly with regard to the sounds. I have developed a refined ear to be able to give the customers of my pedals a particular sound, that same vintage sound over and over.
In finishing my biography I want to say to everyone that it is not necessary to have a university degree neither of technician nor of electronics to be able to do what one's passion is. In my case, music and effect pedals, there is neither formula nor mathematical or physical calculation to achieve what the human ear is hearing. You can not achieve without giving time and sense to formulae the technologies and skills to arive at a goal or in my case a product, an effect pedal that sounds to me to produce the greatest sounds.
"The effect pedal does not make the musician sound well, it is the musician who has to make the effect of the pedal sound well. Everything is one in the tact of one and it is not quite, there has to be thought and knowledge to know where to use the sound and in what situation to locate a suitable feeling to what he or she wants to obtain in one's response"
Users of SABBADIUS pedals due to their great sound include: Ricardo Mollo and Diego Arnedo (Divididos), Willy Crook, Indio Márquez, Sean Chambers, Tommy Katona Jr. and Sean Chambers from Voodoo Blue Band (EE.UU), Pablo "Sarcófago" Cano (Ratones Paranoicos) among others.
Read MORE about the pedals and see inside gut photos.
All pedals use a 100% True Bypass mechanical footswitch and can be powered by 9VDC battery or a 9 volt 200 m.a positive center polarized source, have dimensions 120 mm in length x 80 mm in width x 40 mm in height and weight around 600 grams unless otherwise indicated!
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80´s Overdrive Tone
Analog overdrive pedal that produces a very warm sound, and sustains well as it goes from a booster to an intense overdrive with excellent tone control.
The "80´s Overdrive Tone" produces a lot of force and does not take away the color or brilliance from the sound of the guitar.
• Color: Lime Green
Black Distortion
A very versatile pedal that can be switched from a booster to a fuzz, going through treble booster, fat booster, overdrive, distortion and fuzz, using a J-FET transistor and LM308AN or TL061 integrated precision IC.
This is a boutique pedal with very versatile and vintage sounds, that can give the user infinite sustain in the maximum gain position.
• Color: Black Semi Matte
Tremolius Booster
This effect has three command controls, tremolo speed, effect depth and volume. For those who don’t know, this type of effect simulates a rise and lowering of the volume.
For example: it’s like having a person constantly rising and lowering the volume at different speed in the potentiometer of your guitar.
It’s also a volume booster because if you completely lower the depth or set the "SPDT" and only use the volume control, it maintains the sound of your equipment without modifying the original sound at all. J-FET circuit transistors.
• Color: English Green
Funky Filter Tone
Analog surround filter pedal which simulates an automatic wah-wah, with a small noise compressor. It is a funky 70's style pedal with a very versatile range, of both attacking and sensitive.
• Color: Taxi Yellow
This pedal simulates a leslie type rotary speaker and it operates with 4 photocells and an incandescent light. It has three controls, volume, speed and depth.
It also has two footswitches, a on/off effect and another to control chorus/vibrato. An incredibly vintage sound, that can produce a sound like Hendrix, Vaughn, Pink Floyd, Robin Trower or can create your own sound.
• Power: 18VDC 500 m.a positive center polarized source
• Dimensions: 135 mm in length x 155 mm in width x 40 mm in height
• Approximate weight: 1 kilogram
• Color: Beige
Hot Tube Simulator Booster (SRV CLEAN SOUND)
A volume control with a small booster which simulates the valve saturation phase of a Fender Vibroverb from the potentiometer positions 7 to 10. It is a spectacular pedal to play guitar solos or create a sound which simulates an amplifier with its tube valves at full throttle.
When Stevie Ray Vaughan guitar was clean, with all the effects off, it produced a very warm sound highlighting the mid-range. You can easily achieve this sound with this pedal and you don’t have to have the amp gain at maximum to get this particular sound.
If you want to turn the sound of a Les Paul guitar into a Stratocaster type guitar, you only have to plug in this pedal, and set it to your liking.
• Color: White
Oct-up Fuzz Tone
Analog distortion pedal oct-up and fuzz. What does this mean?
Beginning on the 7th fret the sound is one octave higher than the true note. Turn the guitar's tone control to a low position and the notes are one octave higher and really stand out.
It is recommended that this be placed behind a fuzz, distortion or overdrive pedal for greater force and a better octave; it is also recommended that this be tried in reverse, that is, the distortion, fuzz, overdrive, etc, pedals be placed in front of the oct-up fuzz.
With the Drive selector in position 7, the fuzz can be heard with just a little bit of octave, and it keeps on increasing until it is pure fuzz. This is a Roger Mayer Octavia type of pedal that has been used by Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Joe Satriani and Steve Vay among others.
• Color: Royal Blue
Texas Red Fuzz BC108
A fuzz pedal with selected silicon BC108 transistors. This effect has 3 controls which are Output, Fuzz and Wah Wah Trick. The Output control handles the volumn of the fuzz (this pedal adds 20db more than the traditional analogical pedals of fuzz without making a mace of understandable sounds) the sound resembles the tones used at the end of the 60´s and beginning of the 70´s. The other control called Fuzz is the amount of fuzz that is added to the sound, like a booster or wild fuzz, this control can also be manipulated by the control of the volume of the guitar.
The other control called Wah Wah trick is a control that adds the Wah Wah effect with the fuzz. In several models of fuzz with wah wah´s the wah wah effect cannot be used because it makes an ugly noise when the sweeping of the wah wah is used or the sound of the wah wah stays on.
With this control it is possible to switch the fuzz sound ahead or behind the wah wah, thus producing an original sound of wah wah and fuzz. This feature can be turned on or off for control giving sustain to the fuzz or to use it as to booster. It is an excellent pedal for bass, guitar, single, arpeggios etc…., and it's able to obtain that Hendrix sound of '69 and beginning of the 70´s. It says on the name of the pedal to use it or remove it to produce that Texas blues sound of Vaughan in the late 80´s.
• Color: Red Alive
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