AYAHUASCA

This article is not a review of the elusive and mysterious Ayahuasca pedal from Abracadabra Audio. It’s more of a backstory of how this pedal came to be.

 

What Is Ayahuasca?

Ayahuasca is a fuzz pedal. And it’s a tremolo pedal. You can use the fuzz independently or together with the tremolo. If you cut down the pedal’s Input knob a bit, you can sort of clean up the sound to use the tremolo semi-independently as well, but it’s still quite lo-fi sounding and dirty. The pedal can also produce ring-mod-like oscillation at high Rate speeds and vibe-like sounds when the tremolo is set to Harmonic mode.

Ayahuasca is an acquired taste which may not be everyone’s cup of tea. Here’s a small dose of Ayahuasca to whet your palate courtesy of Knobs:

 

 

And here’s a longer clip that shows a few of the unique sounds this pedal can produce:

 

 

Ayahuasca’s tremolo isn’t super clean like the Chase Bliss Audio Gravitas. Speaking of Gravitas, maybe that’s where we should begin Ayahuasca’s origin story…

Mr. Joel Korte at Chase Bliss Audio once made me a special Gravitas pedal that had a choppier square wave and very fast Rate speeds. The talented Mr. Jack Nelson over at Dropping Acid Pedal Etching contributed a beautiful acid-etched enclosure to make the pedal extra special.

 

The original “Ayahuasca” modded Gravitas

 

This one-off Gravitas variant (similar to other choppy modded versions specially made for some Chase Bliss Audio customers but with faster Rate speeds) was essentially a blueprint for the tremolo sound heard in the Ayahuasca pedal made for Abracadabra Audio.

 

Ayahuasca’s Tremolo

The key difference of the tremolo in Ayahuasca vs Gravitas is that the Ayahuasca’s circuit uses 2 NOS vactrols in tandem for an ultra choppy analog tremolo sound when the waveform is set to Square. The idea was to make the trem as choppy as possible while retaining a 100% analog signal path, a hallmark of Chase Bliss Audio pedal designs.

The vactrol based Ayahuasca can produce a very aggressive square wave tremolo that excels at chopping up a distorted guitar signal. That inspiration led to a fuzz circuit being added to the pedal. After all, while the Gravitas is known for its pristine clean sound and subtle vintage warmth, Ayahuasca is inspired by the jungle, an often dangerous and harsh environment that warrants an equally precarious sound.

 

Ayahuasca’s Fuzz

Here’s a brief backstory on Ayahuasca’s fuzz circuit that was leaked on Reddit:

“The short version of the long story of its fuzz circuit origins goes something like this: We’re all familiar with the late 60’s fuzzes, particularly the Fuzz Face. A guy named Cláudio César Dias Baptista made a Fuzz Face inspired pedal for his brother Sergio of the Brazilian band Os Mutantes. It was called the Regulus VIII aka the “Mutantes Fuzz” and became a signature part of the band’s sound. Another builder re-interpreted that circuit and added a Big Muff Pi style tone stack that was heavily modified. Then a certain modern builder re-interpreted that circuit, further modifying it and pushing it to its usable limits and beyond to create what can be found in Ayahuasca. A main focus was to create a very wide range of usability from a 3-knob fuzz. The more I play it, the more I feel we succeeded in doing so.”

So who was the builder that re-interpreted the Regulus VIII fuzz?

It was the late Mr. Chris Bradford of El Músico Loco. The Wee Beaver Fuzz was his interpretation, and it’s one of my all-time favorite fuzz pedals. While that pedal made it onto my pedalboard on a few occasions, I often felt it was a bit limiting in that the fuzz was always full-on with the only option to cut the input gain being to reduce your guitar’s onboard volume control. This works pretty well if you like controlling your fuzz from your guitar, but I generally like being able to establish my gain level from the pedal first and adjust further from the guitar as desired. Also, when stacking a fuzz pedal with other overdrive and distortion pedals, it helps to have full control over the amount of saturation coming from the fuzz in the chain. Sadly, I was never able to discuss possible improvements with Chris as he passed away unexpectedly.

Mr. Joel Korte is the modern builder who re-interpreted the circuit from a pedal that Chris personally gave to me. Ayahuasca’s fuzz isn’t really a clone as Joel ended up putting his own unique spin on the whole thing. The input gain could also now be adjusted from its own knob for a wider range of fuzz saturation. Joel & I listened to a few circuit variations and decided on an iteration we were both happy with.

The former pedal’s unique tone control was also further modified. The tone-stack in Ayahuasca is quite possibly the most special thing about the pedal’s fuzz circuit, and we opted to label the tone knob “Color” in reference to the wide palette of textures available from this single knob.

 

The Art of Ayahuasca

So we had an insane Gravitas inspired tremolo that could get crazy fast and extremely choppy, and we had one of the best fuzz pedal sounds I’ve ever heard. We just needed the all-important art component to bring Ayahuasca to life. One person was up to the task for the initial first batches: Hannah M. Haugberg.

Hannah is one of the most widely known pedal-painting artists. She’s painted somewhere in the neighborhood of 3000 pedals during her time working with ZVex Effects. That’s not to mention her commissions for other builders.

Hannah painted the first 3 batches of Ayahuasca pedals and the Vision Quest batch. The artists, Andy Dolan and Fiona Carlone, also painted batches. Jack Nelson of Dropping Acid Pedal Etching contributed etching on 4 batches with Carl Sandusky’s art appearing on the 3 Spirit Molecule etched batches.

 

Ayahuasca Batch History

Here’s a brief batch history of the Ayahuasca pedals released so far.

 

Ayahuasca “Jungle” (serials #1-10)
Painted by: Hannah M. Haugberg

This was the first hand painted limited batch with art inspired by the Amazon jungle.

 

Ayahuasca “Shipibo” (serials #11-20)
Painted by: Hannah M. Haugberg

This was the second hand painted limited batch with a design inspired by the visionary art of Shipibo women.

 

Ayahuasca “Cielo” (serials #21-30)
Painted by: Hannah M. Haugberg

This was the third hand painted limited batch with art inspired by the jungle and the cielo ayahuasca vine also known as “sky ayahuasca”.

 

Ayahuasca “Ceremony” (serials #31-40)
Painted by: Andy Dolan

This was the 4th hand painted limited batch with original art by Aindriais Dolan that was inspired by his own connection with Ayahuasca.

 

Ayahuasca “Acid Etched” (serials #41-50)
Etched by: Dropping Acid Pedal Etching

The 5th batch was the first to deviate from hand painting in favor of a straight-forward acid-etched design by Dropping Acid Pedal Etching. While the hand-painted versions have abbreviated dip-switch labels, the etch versions have full text dip-switch labeling.

 

Ayahuasca “Spirit Molecule” (serials #51-60)
Art by: Carl Sandusky, Etched by: Dropping Acid Pedal Etching

This beautiful acid-etched batch was conceived by Mr. Carl Sandusky and etched by Dropping Acid Pedal Etching. The design features an original “Ayahuasca” logo, a new font for surface parameter labels, and a dimethyltryptamine molecule between the foot-switches. Also, Carl’s idea for a two-toned etch was beautifully executed by DAPE.

 

Ayahuasca “Vision Quest” (serials #61-70)
Painted by: Hannah M. Haugberg

Hannah returned for another batch of hand-painted pedals. The Vision Quest batch is highlighted by its colorful psychedelic design and decal lettering for the logo. While an additional unnumbered pedal was created alongside Hannah’s first 3 batches (as mentioned below), no additional Vision Quest pedal was painted, making this the most scarce of the batches painted by Hannah.

 

Ayahuasca “Spirit Molecule II” (serials #71-80)
Art by: Carl Sandusky, Etched by: Dropping Acid Pedal Etching

Due to the popularity of the first Spirit Molecule batch, an additional batch was created using the same design, this time in green & purple with purple knobs. This color choice was inspired by the original Ayahuasca themed Gravitas pedal.

 

Ayahuasca “AYA” (serials #81-90)
Painted by: Fiona Carlone

Fiona Carlone who paints for Loe Sounds brought this batch to life with a unique vision and connection to the spirit of this project. It’s perhaps the most remarkably different painted batch with a bold and mesmerizing style that contrasts with previous interpretations. The Ayahuasca has been affectionately known as simply “Aya” when referenced, and that term of endearment became the moniker for this exceptionally unique batch of Ayahuasca pedals. The name “AYA” can be seen on the surface of the pedal, and “AYAHUASCA” is on the bottom side.

 

Ayahuasca “Spirit Molecule III” (serials #91-100)
Art by: Carl Sandusky, Etched by: Dropping Acid Pedal Etching

Rounding out the first 100 numbered Ayahuasca pedals, a final batch of Spirit Molecule themed acid-etched pedals was released in red and black.

 

Ayahuasca Prototypes & Other Pedals

Some other Ayahuasca pedals exist. Here are a few of the noteworthy pedals.

 

Ayahuasca “Black” & “White” Prototypes

These were a couple of enclosure housed circuit variations for testing during the conception of Ayahuasca. One was Black. One was White. The Black one was given to the founder of AMIME Records. I still use the White one.

 

Ayahuasca “Jungle” Prototype

This pedal (also seen at the top of this page) was the 1st Ayahuasca enclosure painted by Hannah M. Haugberg. It has different labeling as final parameter names had yet to be decided upon. Interestingly, this pedal was brought by SWIM to a medicine woman to form a conduit with the spirit of Ayahuasca and receive blessings for the project… whatever that means. SWIM says it went well. This pedal is currently in the possession of Mr. Joel Korte.

 

Ayahuasca “Jungle” #00000

This pedal was painted by Hannah M. Haugberg. It features the final parameter labeling and was made specially for Knobs. It was also photographed for product imagery seen on Abracadabra Audio.

 

Ayahuasca “Jungle”, “Shipibo”, & “Cielo” (Unnumbered)

One extra unnumbered pedal was commissioned with each of the first 3 batches. They were painted by Hannah M. Haugberg and were originally made for archival purposes. It was later decided to give these pedals away so that they might be played instead of sitting in boxes. A giveaway for these pedals was held at BestGuitarEffects.com in celebration of the site’s 4-year anniversary.

 

Ayahuasca “AYA” (Unnumbered)

An extra “AYA” pedal was painted by Fiona Carlone and is kept by Loe Sounds. This pedal has gold snakes (instead of silver) and some beautiful ornamental variations on its sides.

 

So that pretty much sums up the Ayahuasca story so far minus some weird synchronicity stuff. Speaking of weird stuff, what the heck is Abracadabra Audio? And what’s happening next over there?

 

Abracadabra Audio

So check out Abracadabra Audio, and if you want to stay informed about other upcoming happenings, get on Abracadabra Audio’s mailing list. There’s usually an email sign up box at the bottom of the site.

As for other new AA pedals, some things have been said between industry people and some ideas have been shared. I may continue being involved, but it’s not entirely up to me how AA progresses if it does continue to exist. If there’s something interesting you’d like to see from AA, reach out via the site’s contact page and share your idea(s).

 

Going Forth

Participating in the Ayahuasca project has been super amazing. I feel very lucky and fortunate to have had a part in helping manifest this unique pedal.

Thanks to Joel Korte & Chase Bliss Audio, Hannah M. Haugberg, Knobs, Andy Dolan, Jack Nelson, Carl Sandusky, Fiona Carlone, Aisha Loe, Chris Bradford, anyone who likes this pedal as much as I do, and the readers of Best Guitar Effects. Keep doing the Great Work and making awesome things happen.

Cheers,

Gabriel

1661 COMMENTS

  1. These pedals are so aesthetically and sonically beautiful and versatile, it should be a crime. I would LOVE to own one someday and put it on the front lines of the tone arsenal. Thank you for being so awesome!!

  2. Saw that the giveway was over, darn…this is what happens when you’re in a hospital goofing around.

    Stay healthy kids, because this is one of those moments you don’t want to miss…a free Ayahuasca!

    Congrats to the three lucky winners and a big salute to Abracadabra Audio for such an opportunity!

  3. Methinks me found the holiest of holy grails with the pleasant heartbeat of ayahuasca pumping through my hammer, anvil as it penetrates in silent anesthetic the gatekeeper eardrum into my sentience. Thank you ayahuasca,…

  4. Been playing for a little while now, after a long period of time away from a guitar and beginning to gain interest in effects. I play for self enjoyment, and these sound right up my alley, and would be awesome to have one attached to my rig. Anything besides a clean sound, I’m starting to lose my mind like you all did engineering these pedals to produce such crazy sounds and tones. Keep up the good work. Look forward to Future reads, keep sending them.

  5. Sad to see at least two of these posted on reverb for nearly a thousand bucks. Would have liked to see these go to people who would actually appreciate and use them as opposed to simple flippers…

  6. A thought enters my head.

    Given that I can get all the overdrive that I need from my Boogie, can this pedal actually do anything that its opposite number in the Moogerfooger range can’t?

  7. This is such a cool pedal! I want to use it in cooperation with my my ambient tones. I can see this fuzz/trwmelo trip being used to create intricate layers of sound and now find myself NEEDING this pedal on my board! Outstanding Job by all parties involved!

  8. I really like the artwork on these pedals. I have a one-off Zvex Ringtone that Hannah painted and like that as well, but these are on another level. I particularly like the Mayan/Aztec styled one although jungle scenery is always cool, too.
    On another note, I have long been interested in real, actual ayahuasca and reading books like The Cosmic Serpent by Jeremy Narby and some of Terrence McKenna’s material has been fascinating and mind-blowing. I would love to try it myself someday but don’t see being able to travel to the Amazonian jungle anytime soon. Perhaps the closest I’ll ever get is this pedal. I’m sure it would be fascinating and mind-blowing in its own right.

    Peace.

  9. Just got a Chase Bliss Brothers and it is definitely the best boost/OD/Fuzz I have owned and all in one as well!
    Would so love to add an Ayahuasca to my board!!!

  10. Amazing pedal for making unique sounds, fuzz and tremolo are the great thing together, and with such controls it can make it really great.

  11. Wow guys, you have one of the most awesome graphics i’ve ever seen in guitar pedals!! Would love to share some of your psychedelic fuzzy goodness with my pedalboard! Cheers from Romania!

  12. Hell yes …. been playing space rock for over 40 years – it’s so easy to hear how these pedals would fit in with a 21st Century Space Ritual (Hawkwind).

    The artwork is a major plus the sounds are wicked and inspiring …. I’ll be looking to try one of these myself ASAP.

  13. Damn…It’s been awhile since I surprised this way. What a piece of art this pedal is, and not only the sound. I can’t imagine the awesome new kind of sounds I could create with this.

  14. These are some epic pedals! I especially love the hand painted cases but the sound is great as well! Cheers from the Lone Star State

  15. Abracadabra pedals are just amazing. The combination of fuzz and tremolo can give so much variety of tones. The Tap option is also a giant plus in those particular pedals. They sound truly amazing. And of course thay look astonishing :D

  16. These things are incredible! Can’t even imagine how many sounds you could get with a roll in the hay with one of these guys. Look forward to seeing more from these guys, especially because of the exquisite design!

  17. Don’t know why I hear the statement “Well, tremolo is such a specific effect, not many people need it” so often… WTF? As far as i’m concerned, tremolo is the most natural effect, you can use it anywhere stacking with anything. Fuzz can’t make it worse =)

  18. The name Ayahuasca is interesting. It’s actually the name of a vine that grows in the Amazon that has hallucinogenic properties when brewed into a drink. The drink is used as a ceremonial spiritual medicine among the native peoples of the Amazon basin.

    The more you know :)

  19. Wow…it’s 5 in the morning and we just spend the last couple of hours with a nice pedal setup of a friend and with your creations it is always blissfull indeed! We didn’t even use a guitar anymore at the end, just letting those little wizzards do their magic ;)
    With a group of friends just spread out on the floor sinking deeper into thos spheres of sound it was a truely ceremonial atmosphere, so we can’t wait to add some amazonian plant life to our soundtherapies!

    Thx for the nice article and for sparking this creation! Also thanks to Chase Bliss and Abracadabra Audio for their awe inspiring Instruments :)

  20. I’ve never used ayahuasca pedal before but after watching the demos on it I’d be stupid not to have one on my pedal board!

  21. Great sounding pedal! I’ve participated in just over 70 ayahuasca rituals and the Sacred Medicine saved me from severe alcoholism and allowed me to get back to really living and making music. It makes me incredibly happy to see a cool, awesome-sounding, true-to-its-name pedal. Hand-painted even! Congratulations to all involved!

  22. This time I am actually more excited about the backstory and the artwork than I am about how it sounds. It does sound awesome though!

  23. *Warning* these babies are out of control and may lead to serious complications with your marriage! Love Love Love these pedals. The workman ship, attention to detail and the art work. I can’t get enough!

  24. Form meets function to beautiful effect. Love the ability to tweak to your heart’s (and ear’s) delight. Looking forward to experiencing and learning more about the entire line — well done!

  25. Love the artwork, but even more I love how unique they are sounding and with options that they have…I think I could write some awesome music with the inspiration and use of those pedals!

  26. I love everything about this pedal. The sound, the story, the design. I’d love to be able to make strange and beautiful music with it.

  27. I love the Ayahuasca pedal! It sounds great in all of the demos that I have seen.I really like the not so clean trem sound(sort of choppyness tremolo).This is a trem/fuzz pedal tweakers dream with all of the options that you could ever imagine.

  28. Deep in the jungles of the Amazon there is a magical brew called the Ayahuasca. It is used by the natives to find the answers to their questions. Some seek answers for life. Other seek answers for love. Then there are others like me who search to find the ultimate tone. The sound we hear in our most lucid psychedelic dream. I believe this pedal is the answer I seek. The brew has shown me the way…

  29. Well, apparently provides a totally new sonic experience (at least from what i heared coming from a single box)
    Tweak paradise, soniscapes factory.
    Excellent work, i would love to meet with it in some space-time coincidence.

    Greetings from argentina!

  30. I have to say, the knobs video really sold me on this pedal, wouldn’t have thought of any applications otherwise, but after hearing his video I want to incorporate this sound into as many songs as I can!

  31. I’m itching to try this pedal out!!
    I’ve heard nothing but good things about it, I’ve only heard it via on videos posted…..I NEED to have this and be able to play with it!!!
    And I have the perfect open spot for it on board!!

  32. would love to split my signal and get a de facto wet/dry control going for this, it adds such a unique texture.
    cant help but worry that these will end up a little wasted on traditional fuzz/trem applications :p a pedal like this needs a real creative wrangler!

  33. Clearly more thn just a pretty looking pedal! And I love the lo-fi sound of it! This is definitely an exciting and interesting piece of tech! It’s on the top of my list now!

  34. Woooow. Where are the vactrols in the signal path? Does anyone have a schematic so we can do the mod ourselves? I hope so!!!

  35. So excited about this pedal! The range of sounds are just sooo cool.

    In the market for a new fuzz, and this is now at the top of my list!

  36. Wow you never cease to amaze me! The look and vibe of the Ayahuasca is just downright beautiful, crazy fuzzy and gooey, with just the right amount insanely dirty and spitty goodness ;-)

  37. Of all the new trends to break out of the box and decorate your pedals in a unique array of paint….these pedals win hands down. No doubt, you can take the case off of your pedal board with pride and garner a conversation starter with one of these!

  38. I’ve been on my first Ayahuasca ceremony a couple months back. Definitely a life changing experience. Hearing your samples I can see where you came from with this name. It’s spot on!

  39. Sounds really interesting. I like the Fuzz the most. Artwork is stellar. Would love to get my hands (or should I say toes?) on a few of these!

  40. This might be the single most captivating sound that I’ve heard out of a pedal so far. It’s not the most complex, but the sound itself is just spot on. Can’t wait to hear it in real life!

  41. Dude thank you so much for bringing these pedals up. I’ve honestly never heard of them before. But it just shows how diverse the music/pedal scene is now. I love to hear of new companies that bring their unique style!

  42. I first stumbled upon the Ayahuasca stompbox in a somewhat vague youtube clip. It wasn’t very informative about its features but the crazy sound this pedal made blew me away. would like to one day own one of these. Also, I like the paint job!

  43. Wow such an interesting looking pedal. Would really love to win this competition and utilize this funky tool in making ambient music. :)

  44. I honestly really dig this pedal ! its got some really neat tones , would be really interesting in a ambient sound like setting !

  45. Would die to get these on my limited pedal board! Would make me have access to a lot more effects for my ambient/shoegaze music! Hope I win and congrats on the anniversary!

  46. Awesome art! Cool, strange sound.
    Not something that would stay on all the time, but I think it could add some really awesome effects during a set!

  47. You put genius in a box and and let people stomp on it and what comes out is tonal heaven and hell when you want it. Love it when humans create things like this!! Beautiful inside and out!! I want and need!!!

  48. Awesome, thanks for the very interesting backstory, Gabriel. I had seen some of these Abradacabra Audio Ayahuasca pedals for sale online, noticed the similar layout and aesthetics to Chase Bliss pedals, and wondered what the scoop was. Well, now I know!

    That said, I’ll wait for Part II to this backstory, or perhaps the full-length and “unedited” version of this story. Why? Because towards the end of your overview, you state: “So that pretty much sums up the Ayahuasca story so far minus the weird synchronicity stuff that no one really wants to know.” Personally, I want to know about all that “weird synchronicity stuff” and, frankly, in these important times in which we’ve all chosen to live, we could all use a little more synchronicity to help us awaken. So come on now, don’t hold back, just give us the whole story, synchronicities and all, hahahahaha. Cheers!

  49. This is everything I have ever wanted in a fuzz… I wish I didn’t sleep on the demos when it first came out so I could’ve grabbed one already. Sending out to the Universe to manifest one in my life.

  50. This is everything I have ever wanted in a fuzz… I wish I didn’t sleep on the demos when it first came out so I could’ve grabbed one already. Sending out to the Universe to manifest one in my life.

  51. Talk about the perfect pedal!! This would surely make any crazy-sounding song part you have in your head has come to life with more punch than you could’ve imagined. Not to mention ramping the LFO and Depth simultaneously!! The THINGS one could do with this..MY GOODNESS. A+

  52. Been stoked about this pedal for some time. Ayahuasca is a herbal mix that is used to achieve astral projection and out of body experiences, and the demos from that pedal sound exactly like that…

  53. Wow, this pedal’s versatility seems great. It’s an interesting combo too- trem and fuzz. I would love to get my hands on one. I have been looking for a fuzz pedal for about 3 months. This would end my search!

  54. This sounds totally rad. I didn’t even realize I needed this kind of lo-fi old radio sound, much less that tremolo fuzz was a thing to begin with. Awesome!

  55. Ever since seeing that Knobs video teaser, I’ve been practically daydreaming about this pedal and those crazy sounds. Throwing my hat into the ring.

  56. Would love to try these out! Found this sight while researching a fuzz pedal and it would be great to get to mess around with one of these.

  57. Very inspiring sounding pedal! I love tremolo fuzz…Maybe if I drink enough Ayahuasca, it will bring me magical good luck so I can win this contest and get a rad pedal on my board!!!

  58. It’s always inspiring to witness a variety of individuals come together to follow through on projects that really only further inspire others in an artistic (specifically musical) collective. As an amateur builder with Joel, Jaime (EQD) and others as large influences along the way, it’s one of the most satisfying feelings to have created and shared an original design with like-minded, curious folks aiming to limitless interact with it.

    The feeling of being a part of that process from the receiving end is just as palpable to me, so I just admire you guys doing what you love and enjoy contributing to that.

    Brilliant stuff, homies.

  59. Music is medicine and these pedals transform it just as their namesake on the mind. Ayahuasca is a psychedelic vine from the Amazon! Carry on!

  60. Awesome to see this pedal getting some more coverage. I’ve been intrigued since watching the mysterious little knobs clip awhile back & it’s nice to have some more light shed on it. Such an appropriate name for such a unique pedal! I would love to take this journey someday! Thanks!

  61. It’s like a more modern, versatile Gristleizer, which has been on my pedal bucket list for years. I will use this pedal with my 1973 Gibson Ripper to make hella experimental spacious sounds.

  62. I am interested in this brand. I have been in the market for a new fuzz pedal, but I am not sure where to be looking. I like a lot of control, which it sounds like this is more for my guitar. I usually stick with the big muff & I love my RAT. These pedals seem interesting and I would definitely like to get my hands on one.

  63. Whoa, what the heck was that! This pedal obviously does some unique stuff man. I’d love to get a hold of one, join an Indie Alt Rock garage band, and get dirty!

  64. I really loved this article. It made me think about the Ayahuasca in a way I hadn’t before. I would love to be able to randomize the tremolo waveform with an envelope generator. I feel like I could do some really cool disintegrating tones with this pedal on a multitude of instrumentation. Has anyone demo’d this with a drum machine or synth engine yet?

    Light goes both ways.

    Mahalo ~ Tone

  65. Besides the absolutely stunning artwork, this thing can get all sorts of crazy and wacky sounds. Would love to add one to my pedal board.

  66. These look and sound like awesome pedals…. It’s gotta look cool right out of the box, and its got some great fuzz & tremolo sounds as well. Would love to have it!

  67. Def cool to hear the origin stories of the various circuits in the Ayahuasca and the process of refinement to get to the finished version, pretty amazing! Cool lookin’ and sounding pedal!

  68. These are some awesome sounding and looking pedals. I would love to own one and add it to the collection. WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE BABY!!!

  69. I’ve been experimenting with fuzz and trem for a while now – kind of an alternative take on the fuzz/univibe thing. Just learning of this pedal makes me think I could be onto something. Looking forward to further exploration.

  70. I love it. I went to order one of the first batch after CBA put a link to it in their newsletter but unfortunately, they were already sold out. I’ve been unsuccessfully trying to snag one ever since. They look and sound amazing.

  71. Stack me! I really hope I like this thing when I finally get to try it, I want one of each! This has to be the first time I’ve wanted a pedal because it looks good, if it sounds half as good I’ll be buying one.

  72. I love music and I love visual art. These pedals give us both. The pedals portray a whimsical side of music that few builders of musical pedals do. If you like music that tells a story (Like Rush and their song Trees) then why not pedals that not only enhance the music that you play but provide an insight to the inner workings of the artist that painted them. A muse of fusion creating an all new or at least rarely used expression that actually belongs together like peas and carrots (wink). Then add the ultimate benefit of a pedal that does what no other single pedal does by combining tremolo and fuzz which is also an amalgamation or fusion of another sort. Keep up the mind bending. People on my planet love it.

    Thank you very much for this opportunity.

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  74. Cool pedal. Dirty trem sounds can be fun and expressive and really find a place in a thick mix. And of course the Chase Bliss format is a remarkable combination of compact size, high utility and flexibility, and fun design.

  75. This pedal is sort of like something from a dream come to life, honestly. I love the fuzz sound on those Os Mutantes albums, and I’ve never quite nailed it down. Stacking fuzz and tremolo–my two favorite effects–is something I do a lot (my main board has fuzz tremolo fuzz tremolo, with some other, less essential stuff). And as much as I love my Gravitas, I have always wished I could get it choppier. Those enclosures are divine, too. I’ve seen a few Ayahuascas online, and the enclosure gives away Joel Korte’s hand, but it’s great to hear this story, and I do hope to see more wonderful Abracadabra collaborations.

  76. all I want for Xmas is that 3 Ayahuascas lot, thT would boost mu board beyonf time and space, i would be thankful 4 ever, endless trip!!!

  77. I’ve always sort of wondered where I would put a pedal like this in my chain. Fun combo, for sure. Just a tricky front end / back end effect combination.

  78. That pedal sounds amazing!
    I’m looking for a fuzz/distortion pedal for my ambient setup for quite a long time now. Somehow i’m not satisfied with any of those that i tried until now, but that one sounds promising!

  79. I think I need one of these on my board. I love fuzz. I think a trem pedal would do some cool things with a double stacked fuzz signal further warped by a phaser at the end of the chain. But I just make weird industrial noise in my apartment so what do I know.

  80. Wow, that’s an amazing sound, i love the pedals, words cannot describe what do i feel when i heard the sound of that pedals

  81. These look absolutely great. I think they just gave me the kick I needed to get onto hand-painting pedals. And great demo video, as always fom Knobs !

  82. It looks as good as it sounds. There should be a great fuzz for everyone and the tremolo flavour means this may be the one for me.

  83. Its a beautiful noise coming out of the ground
    The stunning artwork enhances the sound
    But living in England we miss out all round

  84. This pedal looks awesome. Seems to sum up the tone I have been chasing by using a handful of pedals, all in one box.

  85. Everything about this pedal is so fucking cool. The sound, the art, it’s origin story. It sounds amazing and I am in the market for both a fuzz and a tremolo; I wish they mass produced these!

  86. This pedal is strange but in the best possible way ever! Very interesting, you’ve definitely got my attention.

  87. Awesome information! I remember being so intrigued by the initial email they sent about the pedal, so seeing the history of its evolution is super fascinating. Thanks for sharing this!

  88. These are the coolest looking pedals I’ve ever seen. Also they sound amazing. Would make an amazing addition to my pedalboard; I love getting crazy sounds out of my guitar.

  89. This is awesome! That knobs demo has me seriously stoked, I always want to buy one but they sell out so quick! Hopefully this giveaway can remedy that ;)

  90. I would really like to pair the Ayahuasca with my eurorack modular synth to see what kind of sounds I can make come out of it.

  91. Besides the great sounds that come from this incredible pedal it has beautiful graphics. A win win for sure. Thanks for the info and the chance to win one!

  92. I’ve known about this pedal since the first 10 came out, although i missed out on that batch, i knew i had to get my hands on one of these pedals! Joel is a genuis when it comes to creating unique, fun, and overall great pedals that i could play with forever. Very inteesting hearing how the pedal came to be, and also keeping up with theories and stories on who’s behind abracadabra audio. Can’t wait to put this thing on my pedalboard!

  93. Insane! Love the parameters and limitless options, makes this thing one of the creative wonders of the world.

  94. Would like to explore more sounds with this – I’m sure demo scratches the surface (with some interesting tones)

  95. What absolutely cool looking pedals! I am not a guitar player, I am actually a keys player and mostly play a Rhodes Mark 1 electric piano. I have a pedal board that I have hand picked pedals that accent well with an electric piano, and a solid tremolo is an absolute must, and a fuzz is just that much tastier! Having both in one pedal in a rad enclosure though? Priceless!

  96. Appropriately named pedal, verry trippy sound, I’d probably use it without the fuzz but seems like a fun pedal indeed.

  97. I have and love both the Chase Bliss Brothers and Gravitas – would be wonderful to have a flavour of each in a single pedal – which I guess is kind of the point of the Ayahuasca.

  98. Wow! Very “Saucer Full Of Secrets”! Sounds like countless days of experimental fun with these pedals would barely scratch the surface! And best looking pedals I’ve seen anywhere – love the designs!

  99. Ayahuasca looks like an exciting pedal. Would love to try it out on some synths. The designs are mind boggling.

  100. THESE LOOK AMAZING. AND THEY SOUND EVEN BETTER. I am a massive fan of all the analogue heart digital control style pedals emerging recently.

  101. I always see Gabriel Tanaka’s pedal reviews and I cant help but think he has the greatest job on the face of the Earth! I can’t wait to try the ayahuasca pedal.

  102. Wow!! What a unique sound — as a guitar player, producer, and insatiable tone nerd, I’m always looking to add new colors to my sonic palette. I’ll have to give the Ayahuasca a closer look!

  103. This might be the first tremolo that I’ve seen which has the right combo of courage in power, a well-matched fuzz that would normally need a separate unit, all the control one could ever need, and beautiful art that leaves no uncertainty about the spirit of pedal. Some amazing explorations in sound are going to come from this.

  104. I’ve never wanted a pedal this badly. Nice work! I’ve been listening to the knobs demo on a regular basis since it was posted.

  105. This pedal is incredible! I’ve been listening to the knobs demo on a regular basis since it was posted. I need one.

  106. I’ve had strange dreams where I SWEAR AA’s Ayahuasca is behind the crazy backdrops of noise creeping it all out. I would love to try one of these out with my fretless jazz bass. I have a humch it would be great friends with my Ct5 by MTLASM.
    If you guys have have any trouble picking a winner, maaaayne just pick me ☺️

  107. Ever since I first heard about I couldn’t stop thinking about what the name actually means and how amazing it sounds!

  108. I am a huge fan of pedals that give you so much control over their sound – particularly with ramping. This type of pedal isn’t usually for those who are looking to recreate, as much as those who are looking to create. Half of the fun in figuring out what cool sounds it has in store for you.

  109. The amount of different tones you can get out of this pedal is mind-boggling – and in such a small form factor?!?!? TAKE MY MONEY!

  110. Can I please have a pedal? Pretty please? I had a tonal recall, and it was my favorite pedal ever, but someone stole it from me…

  111. I’ve seen cheeky snippets of this pedal floating around the internet for a bit, but it’s great to finally see what it’s all about (I thought someone was about to get sued for stealing Joel’s design aesthetic if I’m honest). Always a big fan of weird fuzzes!

  112. These pedals look and sound amazing. My son and I are basically learning together; I got my guitars over the years, but never really did much to them or learned to play very well. Now that he’s a teen and finally excited about it, I’m looking to get new gear. These would be amazing to have! Can’t wait to see and hear them in person. Great job!

  113. Finally some light shed into the deep mysteries of the jungle!

    The fact that the pedal could not be ordered/delivered to outside of the US has been the ultimate barrier that forced me to keep my GAS at ease. But this is another issue, this is the chance I was waiting for!!

    Finger crossed, and good vibes

  114. Wow! The Artwork on these look amazing. I’d love to have one of of my own and be able to hear it for myself!
    We don’t get them here in India… So please give it to me!

  115. Seems like the quest for the fuzz+ is always on. I think listening to Yr living all over me, i was always struck by how much a fuzz when truly f*cked with, like J. using a Wah with literal abandon, could open up sonically. This seems like another pedal that can take you to that territory and beyond – would love to get my hands on one and prove it!

  116. This is the Pepsi Kona of guitar pedals. The stuff dreams are made of. I entered the contest and hope I can add this to the win column (and pedalboard), much similar to the way Megaman added “Leaf Shield” to his arsenal in the NES game after beating robot boss Wood Man.

  117. Space. I need space. I need this space in my life. I want fuzzy spaciousness. I need the Ayahuasca. It can complete my space. No more gaps, space filled. Ahhhh, space.

  118. Gabriel and crew,
    Thank you for this contest. I’ve felt a bit like Indiana Jones trying to find this mythical legend of a pedal, so it’s incredible you are giving one away. Joel & Chase Bliss Audio, Hannah M. Haugberg, Knobs, Andy Dolan, Jack Nelson, Chris Bradford, and Abracadabra Audio have done something truly special in the industry. Not only collaboratively creating something empheral and timeless through bending circuits, paint, and sound, but inspiring us all to innovate and be better musicians! Thanks to all involved here-it would definitely be great to win this one!!

  119. Amazing sounding pedals! I’m clean/sober and can’t experience true ayahuasca, but would love to experience the path through sound.

  120. One of these would go great with my Tonal Recall, Brothers and Gravitas! I stack tremolos a lot and I bet this guy would go really well with it’s original CBA cousin :) It’s got a fantastic sound!

  121. Tremendous-Fuzz sounds like it could be real funky. Play some Chic with it. Digging the the art! Totally one of a kind. I would sport it proudly.

  122. Incredibly innovative! I’ve never come across any pedal like this. It can go from sounding like an apocalyptic future where robots rule the world to a serene space exploration mission. Very versatile and gorgeous finish.

  123. I have recently Discovered the mystical & spiritual properties of the Ayahuasca plant. If I win, I hope to re-live my Journey into the Musical realm. Thanks for following your hidden mystical wisdom by Picking MY Entry.

  124. If I win this pedal, when I go to Peru for my annual spirit quest I will bring the pedal with me and have it blessed by a shaman.

  125. It honestly seems to me that this is what the pedal craze has led up to, an amazing pedal that sounds great and is versatile and looks beautiful to boot!

  126. After looking around for more videos of the Ayahuasca and hearing what it is capable of (as well as the facts of the Ayahuasca drink itself), I can definitely say that it has brought me so much creative inspiration. I want AA to stick around as long as possible to push new ideas forward!

  127. I love CBA and greatly appreciate Joel’s philosophy of no compromise on both audio quality and parameter control. Special run pedals like this are both exciting and mysterious. I think it really gives people something that they feel is uniquely theirs, which can be a powerful source of inspiration. To be inspired by a pedal is all one can really ask for, and Chase Bliss pedals excel at it!

  128. Well color me impressed! Pretty epic ideas, from past fuzz builders; and inspiration for future circuit nerds. I believe that collaboration in a craft is essential to developing new ideas, and innovation. Y’all have obviously accomplished that! Keep on keepin’ the AA idea alive! It could yield some really interesting stomp boxes.

  129. Well color me impressed! Pretty epic ideas, from past fuzz builders; and inspiration for future circuit nerds. I believe that collaboration in a craft is essential to developing new ideas, and innovation. Y’all have obviously accomplished that! Keep on keepin’ the AA idea alive! It could yield some really interesting boxes.

  130. I love the in depth reviews from best guitar effects. I’m currently shopping for a killer tremolo pedal and the Ayahuasca sounds like it would be a good choice. Thanks for keeping me up to date on all the latest gear.

  131. Very good article! Os Mutantes! Makes sense. Big fan of Chase Bliss, I’m three deep Into Joel’s beautiful designs now … and I’ve listened to Gravitas demos over and over and over again, always wishing it was a bit faster, with a harder edge. Then this beautiful thing came into being … it would be wonderful if this pedal was in regular production (and even better if you could order one from outside the US) but … maybe it’s for the best … no …. it’s not … I can’t say that … I really would like to have one … !

  132. As soon as I read about this pedal I was away to experiment with my own fuzz and tremolo pedals, and try using them in new ways. It’s amazing that you don’t even need to own this pedal in order to be inspired by it, great achievement!

  133. I thought for a moment they were Chase Bliss knockoffs! What an interesting story and I love the artwork on these!

  134. Inspiring to see people dedicated to opening the potential of sound in a format as modular, and accessible like pedals.

    Abracadabra Audio is going to give other pedal companies a run for their money.

  135. I love the sound of a fuzz running into a choppy tremolo. Super cool to see a pedal that does both effects spectacularly.

  136. What makes you think we don’t want to know about the synchronicity stuff? Sounds fun! Almost as fun as harmonically smashing, mixing, and chopping the ether sounds..

  137. I think it’s awesome Chase Bliss are able to branch out like this. When they first released the Warped Vinyl three years ago, it was just this weird and wonderful vibrato that took the scene by storm. Now they’re cranking out great designs every six months. Keep at it, Chase and co.

  138. Wow what a cool pedal in every way, really like the xamanic take from the people behind it, makes it even more special. Let’s see if the ayahuasca spirit would like me to have it

  139. What a cool looking trippy pedal! Finding the “right” fuzz is so difficult, hopefully this one nails. Then I’ll report back saying how killer it is after I win!

  140. I can’t afford a real Peruvian Ayahuasca therapy experience, plus the military might not be fond of it, so this would be a much better alternative NAMASTE

  141. The art really gives these a special feel too, on top of the customized tweaks done to the insides. I would love to get my hands on them and see what they can do.

  142. “The Edge…There is no honest way to explain it because the only people who really know where it is are the ones who have gone over. The others-the living-are those who pushed their control as far as they felt they could handle it, and then pulled back, or slowed down, or did whatever they had to when it came time to choose between Now and Later. But the edge is still Out there.”

  143. I found the idea behind this pedal and the demo really inspiring. Even without one to hand, I was still away to play and experiment with my own fuzz and tremelo in new ways. Thanks for making a pedal that’s able to inspire people without them ever having to even touch it.

  144. Need these pedals in my life so I can melt my own face with that fuzzzzz. Those tones are mean and waves. Top notch artwork as well!

  145. Awesome!
    Just look at it…you don’t even have to turn it on… Just the look of it makes you and your pedal board sound better immediately.
    And then you hit that knob, and suddenly your whole life changes.

  146. Incredible. I’ve been super interested in this amazing collaboration piece since it first came out. What a cool confluence of artists to come together to make something so truly unique. This is such an exciting giveaway for the fourth birthday! I’m very into it. I’ve yet to actually try ayahuasca, but maybe this could be a step in the right direction…

  147. I think it sounds like ayahuasca! That’d be paradoxical-sounding I imagine; simultaneously demented and beautiful.

    Sounds like the sort of magic you’d need an Amazonian shaman for.

    If I took the back off to look inside would a swarm of colourful butterflies fly out?

    Or would it be a swarm of hornets?

  148. Bad Ass! Fantastic work on the color spectrum for this pedal! I would love to give this a shot and see what it could do for me! Keep up the great work folks! Thanks for a shot at this great piece of art and function! Have a great weekend all….Cheers!

  149. I have a Hendrix Fuzzface and a Big Muff Pi but it would be great to have a killer real estate friendlyfuzz!

  150. Holy heck, these pedals are gorgeous! I love the fact that you can use the fuzz and tremelo independantly. I’ve been looking for a tremelo pedal to use on an upcoming recording, and this one seems really cool for that, especially the harmonics-thingies-sounds.

    The fuzz sounds great too, a bit like the carcosa-fuzz i already have. I would really love to try this one.

    Oh, and congratulations to you guys on the 4 years :)

  151. This pedals look like pure art creations.
    This is like having the best looking pedals on the market right in front of you.
    And.. surely, last but not least: the most important thing, I’d say.. THEY SOUND FANTASTIC.

    Hoping to have one soon.

    N.A.

  152. Another dream pedal for the more discerning effect junkies to drool over. Who can fail to love fuzz in all its variations? Or tremolo? Nice case,too……..

  153. I always wanted to do the ritual but time, resources, commitments forbid me to do so. THIS fantastic AA pedal may very well be the gateway to higher consciousness. Thank you BGE, AA, and all the shamans involved in this project for bringing this awesome pedal to life!

  154. Joel is a leader in the industry and has the rare combination of technological brilliance and a creative mind.

  155. This think looks amazing. Saw the knobs video. I could create so much with something like this! so many ideas…..

  156. There are so may great tones that can be gotten from a Great Fuzz Pedal!! Best of luck to all the people hoping to take this Fantastic Pedal home!

  157. This seems pretty damn awesome in my opinion, something I think I’ve been looking for and didn’t even know!

  158. What a great origin story. Thanks Abracadabra for pushing analog music gear to it’s limits, and thanks Gabriel for the delightful read :)

  159. Wonderful article. I’ve been looking for info on this pedal since it was first introduced. Looks and sounds really cool. Hoping to be able to get one!

  160. Veeeerrry cool. Would love to get my mitts on one of these and see what kind of noises come out. Seems like an idea generating machine!

  161. Imma weird guit-er but this pedal would make my previous sonic endeavors seem like 4/4 C-major pentatonics …

  162. I remember being really confused as to what this pedal was when I first saw the release video for it. Now I just wish I could get my hands on one

  163. Really curious to see how this pedal would fit into my signal chain. Fuzz, tremolo…..right up my alley!

  164. Trippy noises. Well done, my friends. And the artwork is killer. Would be interesting to loop a drum machine or some synths through that :)