Thursday, December 15, 2011


Sarcophagus is a dual fuzz in a single enclosure. LSTR and Pharaoh circuits with the addition of a switch to change order; Pharaoh > LSTR or LSTR > Pharaoh.

Email for more details and check with Prymaxe Vintage, the exclusive dealer for availability.

Price is 274.95.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Black Forest Demos

Thanks to Cliff and Ted for these great clips.

New High on Fire -Pharaoh content

Jeff and Matt are using Pharaohs on the new stuff and will be recording the new album with the Pharaoh.
Dig it.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Stirrings in the dirt

Damn, it's been awhile since my last post. I am going fullbore on the new Black Forest pedal, and as such innernets stuff has been put on the back burner. I will ship the first half of pre-sales this week, the second half next week. Finally arriving at the Black Forest, and it feels real good, I like it. Thanks to all for your patience.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Black Arts T from GSG

Jason over at Gr8Scott Graphics put together another short run of great looking t shirts. Black oldschool soft touch print on a heavy weight T shirt. Green Only on this one.

$16.66 Shipped in the U.S.

Sneek Peek


Making final tweeks on the new Black Forest fuzz. It is based on the old Colorsound Overdriver circuit, with a few tweeks of course. I am waiting for the final OK from a celebrity test pilot, then it will be a go. Shooting for a Mid to late September release.

Some recent LSTR demo videos

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

New Pharaoh video from FuzzBoxGirl

Check out FBG's custom Fire on White Pharaoh. Rockin it with a hollowbody getting some nasty, ratty tones!

THANKS FuzzBoxGirl!

LSTR demo video from Evan at Prymaxe!!

GREAT Job Evan! Thanks!!

Two enthusiastic horns up!!

\m/ \m/

Wednesday, June 22, 2011


I'll be handing off all custom color Pharaoh work to the guy who does all of my printing and graphics/ artwork. His name is Jason, you can get to him here:

He has pics posted of the customs that he has on the shelf at this time, he can do nearly any color and is eager to work with you to get what you want.

Also, if you are a pedal builder, hit him up for enclosure design and printing.

Monday, May 30, 2011

Announcing the LSTR

The LSTR pedal is going to go into production this week. It is basically a juiced BMP with the tonestack tweeked to go from standard muff scoopy-ness to Pharaoh-ish wide open-ness. A couple of quick clips, running throught the tone controls, on a standard tuned guitar and a B tuned guitar.

I have 6 left of the initial run of 55.

150 shipped in the US.

LSTR on Full Tone Controls EPi SG Standard tuning>Bassman>Emperor cab w/Weber 65's. by The Riffer
LSTR on Full Tone Control Variations. B Standard Les Paul>LSTR>68Bassman>Emperor OS212 Weber 65 by The Riffer

A few pre production pics:

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Update on Diode switches

From now on, ALL Pharaohs will come standard with the 3 way Diode switch. Two way switch is discontinued.

Switch configurations is as follows:

Asymmetrical Germanium

This is to accommodate the new V2 Graphics, and to eliminate the need for customers sending back their 2 way Pharaohs for an upgrade mod.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

New Pharaoh Demo

Great new video demo of the Pharaoh done by Dino J.A. Deane. Dino did a demo unlike any others done for the Pharaoh.

Check out Dino's new release here:


Monday, May 2, 2011

R.I P. Black Pharaoh

I also want to announce that I have discontinued the Black/Copper Pharaoh. The cost of the copper ink is making this color combination prohibitive to produce.

So, good bye ol' pal. it was a nice run.

Your new Pharaoh is the Gold Pharaoh.

B.A.T. is now an authorized Lava Cables Dealer

Industry leading cables are being offered to Black Arts customers at great introductory prices. Inquire for actual pricing. SUPER deals are being made for pedal/cable packages.

I have:
Clear Connect 20'
Retro Coil 15" , black and orange
Magma 15'
PedalBoard kit w/ 90 degree ends.

Black Arts T Shirts

Another great looking design by Jason at Gr8tSctt Graphics. Two sided old school design, B.A.T logo on the font,King Tone on the Back. All sizes available in Red w/black graphics and Brown w /white graphics. I have a few 2x in Black, and a few Black w/Yellow single sided left, a single Orange/Yellow and a single, both Large.

T shirts are $15.00 shipped to the US.

Monday, March 28, 2011

The Pharaoh meets the Emperor

The Pharaoh went to Emperor Cabs to deliver a demo pedal for the crew there, and we were fortunate enough to be witness to Emperor's greatest Jam.

Courtesy of Dylan:

The guys at Emperor are first rate. Great guys, great cabs. A huge thanks goes out to them for their hospitality and help in making things happen for the Pharaoh.

Youz guys are de best.

EmperoR Cabs


The line up.

The guys are making these badass motorized custom bikes too. Fuckin rad!

Jonathan of Torche testing out his Pharaoh

Jonathan of Torche at soundcheck tweeking his new Pharaoh at The Ravari Room in C bus Oh. March 2011.

More Demo Videos

Monday, February 28, 2011


I am discontinuing the practice of custom colors. I am sorry for anyone who wanted one and has not ordered one yet. The reasons are as follows: The plethora of colors available, and have been custom ordered are a major pain in the ass to keep my orders to the supplier correct and on time. When I place an order, It may be for 25 black, 15 gold, 1 pink, 1 orange, 6 green...etc...I am having orders held up in production of the powder coating, and it may be for the one pink pedal I am ordering. My whole order may be put off for a week, waiting for that one custom. Consequently, other customers are being held up receiving their Pharaoh order from me. Keeping track of 10 custom one off pedals is also a bit of a task for me,and I 'd rather concentrate on building an ass kicking pedal tonally than a one off color combination. To streamline the process, and to keep wait times at a minimum, I am therefore calling it to a halt.I am sorry if someone was dying for a certain custom color, but I need to do this. The Pharaoh will be available in Black w/Copper Graphic, with Creme or Black Knobs, and also Transparent Gold w Black Graphic, Black or Creme knobs. All Pharaohs will be shipped with a Green LED.

The Pharaoh pedal has really caused a landslide of support, and orders have gone through the roof.

So for that, I give my sincerest , heartfelt thanks.

Another Good Demo

A video from my friend Nicolas.

Thanks to all of you fuzzheads making demo videos!CHEERS!!

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Thursday, February 17, 2011

I can't hold this in any longer

These guys have been killing me for a few weeks now. Just a fantastic cd full of riffs, rocks, and great lyrics.

I am not associated with the band, just a fan and think I need to share this with those of you unaware of them.

I present



Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Some Recent Builds

Price Hike

As much as I hate to do it, I am raising the price of Pharaoh pedals to $140. That's shipping included in the US.

After much contemplation, I have to do this to level the playing field for my dealers.

New pricing is reflected below in the side bar.

Here it is also:

Standard Pharaoh....$140
Custom Color........$ 10
Germanium Switch....$ 10

US Shipping is included, overseas, I'll get a quote.


Sunday, January 30, 2011

Gearmanndude Demo

Good demo showcasing the tighter qualities of the Pharaoh.


Friday, January 28, 2011

Nick's Video Demo

Another good video demo. Huge Thanks for a great video! Nick Has Pharaoh # 18

Nick does custom tube amp builds that sound excellent. If you need a custom build, I'll get you in touch with him.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Video Demo by Evan at Prymaxe Vintage

Huge Thanks to Evan and Cory at Prymaxe.

They run a very cool gear site that is now carrying the Pharaoh, and they have TONS of other drool worthy gear on their site.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Link Library

I want to start a link library on one of the side panels. Pharaoh users,or anybody who wants a link here to their music, please send links to yours or your band's music/website/whatevers. Promote yourself here!

Dizygotic Pharaoh Twins

Behold!!!The Golden Twins!

Monday, January 17, 2011

A great review that I thought I'd share

My name is Darren and I play rhythm guitar for Ancient Warlocks. Before playing guitar I played bass. I usually like to say that I consider my role in this band to be almost as much 'second bass' as rhythm guitarist. As you can imagine the first thing I need is a fuzz that isn't going to totally squelch my low end. I had met with limited and varying success with several different Muff type pedals and had even arrived at one I was pretty comfortable settling with. It allowed me the attack I wanted and through turning up the bass on my amp (too much) I was able to get something very close to what I wanted. But I was still looking for something. I have some vintage Muffs that are just so full and huge and overwhelming sounding but they all had issues with what I consider to be a weak farty attack at the settings where I thought they sounded best. And while my go-to pedal had the attack dialed, it lacked the fatness of the vintage units.

I saw the Pharaoh being talked about on a pedal forum and was attracted to the sweet graphics. Then I looked under the hood. Being a hobbyist pedal builder myself I was impressed at the layout and build quality. I occasionally see pedals costing twice as much and more with maybe only half the build quality. Or less. So I was intrigued to say the least. My first thought was "this thing must cost $400" and I walked away from the computer. But I couldn't stop thinking about it so later on I dug into the blog and the myspace. The samples were rad and I was starting to get really excited but somehow I missed the really obviously posted price of the thing and I walked away a second time thinking it sounded killer but was out of my wallet's miserable reach. But I decided later that day that I needed to hear the samples again and when I went back I finally noticed the price. Holy shit! I ordered one instantly and set about waiting.

Three days later I opened the box and pulled out my freshly minted Pharaoh #23. It looked beautiful but who cares?! I went and fired it up with my little practice amp (hot rod 18 watt type thing). It sounded great! But I was totally overwhelmed by the unusual tone controls. Being a relative of the Big Muff I was expecting it to be more like what I was used to but with separate bass and treble controls. That's not it at all. The tone controls are very interactive and a really broad range of stuff you've never heard from a Muff type can be made to happen. I had a sweet afternoon of just riffing out and playing with the tone knobs. It can go from all squashed and skinny sounding like its being played through a garden hose to the hugest fattest monster that can barely be contained. It gave me exactly what I was looking for. I could use the tone controls to help shape the attack while being able to keep the huge open fatness of those vintage Muffs that I like. I was mighty happy about that. I'll be using this thing on the high gain setting for most anything I can imagine. It sounds great on the low setting but that's not really my bag and I'll be leaving it on high for the foreseeable future. But that diode switch is great! At home I was immediately taken by the 'diodes out' setting. It just sounded so big. I know I'm short on adjectives here but I'm more a riffer than a writer. With the diodes in it's a little more compressed and still sounds really cool but when I switched them out it just felt like my riffs grew three sizes in an instant.

Home test: PASS (bigtime)

Now at the practice space I had the pleasure of plugging it into my Mig 100 stack. WHOAH! I had to twiddle a few settings on both the amp and Pharaoh to get things under control. The first thing I did was reign in the bass at the amp. With the aforementioned fat openness in effect I now had way too much bass and it sounded wrong. After figuring that out and dialing the tone controls on the Pharaoh I got it to BARK just perfect. I was psyched! The rest of band showed up and we cranked it up. It sounded okay. I was stepping on the bass player a little and practically swallowing the other guitarist. We had a bit of a dilemma. And it went on to the point that I brought out the pedal I had been using previously. That one just felt flat by comparison and I didn't like it as much. So we plugged the Pharaoh back in and put it back to the settings I'd liked when I was playing by myself. We were scratching our heads and talking about it when it hit me. DOH! The diode switch. Leaving my other settings intact we flipped the diodes in and bam! There it was! That little bit of compression was just enough to put my sound right where it needed to be in the mix. I was still huge and gigantic but the bass was clearly discernable and the lead guitarist with his sizzling germanium style fuzz was able to cut right through it all just perfect. Me and the whole band were back to being psyched!

Practice test: PASS (A+)

Alright. SHOWTIME! I took my Pharaoh to the stage a couple weeks ago and it was fantastic. It made a noticeable improvement from my perspective and the rest of the band agrees as well. Audience members in the know were mentioning the extra heavy in both my tone and the overall sound of the band. Players from both of the other bands were very curious about the sound. One guitar player had a hundred questions about my whole rig and the bass player from the other band said "I've never heard guitar tone like that, that was killer!” Pleasing myself, pleasing my band, pleasing my fellow musicians and most importantly ROCKING the fans. I couldn't ask for anything more.

Show test: MEGAPASS

THANKS for the great review man.

Take a listen to Darren's band. I dig them.



Tuesday, January 11, 2011


New batch of Pharaohs in production. A cool once in a lifetime production date of 1 11 11. Although these are all sold already, 5 of these are going to Prymaxe Vintage. They will be carrying Pharaohs now. They will also be doing a video demo, so a big THANKS goes out to the guys at Prymaxe. Look for a new batch to be completed and ready for shipment around the last week of January. These have been flying out of my door as fast as I can make them, so in order to get one, get with me to reserve one.

Check this Gold Transparent custom. Schwiiiing!!

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

6th, 6th, sick.

I built this one for myself. To signify the 6th build of the 6th batch. Built Jan 1st. The color is called 18k gold, with black graphics. In place of the stock diodes in/out switch, I installed a on/off/on switch. Stock diodes/ no diodes/ asymmetrical germanium diodes. The asymetrical germ setting is fairly lowkey, not as loud as the stock diodes. Unity with the fuzz maxed is about 2 o'clock on the volume knob. Not excessive, and still plenty of volume on tap. It adds a warm, fuzzy lively variation to the Pharaoh. Has a very sweet tone that sounds great into a LOUD amp. Contact me for the possible option of adding this to your Pharaoh. Here are a few pics of the 6th,6th.