Featured Builder – Kink Guitar Pedals
Who is behind Kink Guitar Pedals?
Kink Guitar Pedals consists of Mark, who started as a guitar effects DIYer and eventually thought I could help fill a small gap in the market. I have to say, that he has hit a good gap too, the affordable to mid range fuzz gap. Unfortunately, I see a lot of brands try to be too boutique and sell their fuzz or gain circuits into the hundreds of dollars, but not Kink – for a great, hand built pedal you are looking at the sub $200 mark for even the most complicated of their designs. It seems to be working too, every time that Mark puts up a batch of his pedals, it seems that they well out within the week.
In relation to his own playing Mark says – “I am between bands at the moment, but when I was playing I had a big pedal board. My personal board has Strymon, Boss, Earthquaker Devices, TC Electronic, Mesa Boogie, Disaster Area all powered by Cioks. I am a big fan of FUZZ, hence the focus on the Fuzz in my range.”
What else is coming from Kink?
Mark says that they have a new Tremolo/Overdrive pedal coming out soon, called the Trem-endous Gain and also hopes to have the Bundy boost available again soon (on that, I did see a reverse colours Bundy boost out there somewhere..).
Most of the Kink pedals follow a horror/serial killer motif, which sets them apart from the crowd, Mark says that he has had a fascination with the minds of serial killers since he was in his teens, hence the Charlie Fuzz. He moved in a different direction with the High Horse, Absolution Fuzz, Defender Of The Hate and the Trem-endous Gain. With these pedals, Mark says “I commissioned art from two local artists and one UK artist. This enabled me to really set some clear direction with the image I was looking for” Mark has specifically worked with artists such as Pat Fox and Pascal D’Abras
Here is James Ryan with the Absolution Fuzz