Dazatronyx was created by myself, Darron Thornbury. In my late high school years an interest found me in pedals and their workings - what makes some better than others. I grew an obsession on the path to studying stomp box effects and the importance of every component and construction detail. The designs that I have made are all on a path to create my own ideal sounds.
For years I've tried to make as many improvements as I can, trying to make the best possible design and development of an ideal pedal. Stubbornly I went through all the different processes that I could think of. Silk screening, acid etching, CNC routing, UV light box exposures, mirror polishing, powder coating, anodizing, laser engraving, laser decals, stenciling, and using every kind of paint possible along the way. This is what lead to my pedals finally being finished the way that they are today, still always in search of improvement.
As word caught on I now have a small hobby business building them for other people as well.
Dazatronyx is based in South-East Melbourne, Australia.
The effects market gets bigger every day. Companies overseas are able to mass produce cheap gear. Amateur D.I.Y. effects hobbyists are trying to get their foot in the door from every direction to make a dollar. Because of this I do not offer simple clones and modified reproductions like so many other 'boutique' builders. I honestly believe that my circuits have been engineered to offer something truly unique.
As I discovered the world of pedal modifications I asked myself "why do commercially built pedals not have these customisation and modifications stock?" I quickly discovered the simple answer - it's not commercially viable! Some of these boutique quality parts are phenomenally expensive to include in pedals. They can be bulky and take up lots of labour to include. Companies don't want to use components that cost 300% more and sound 1% better. They don't want to use mechanical switches which need to be hand-wired and have higher failure rates than cheaper active switching, and they certainly don't want to use old technologies such as germanium transistors and light-sensitive resistors which need to be hand-selected and calibrated. Too many headaches when you can do things quickly and cheaply and get 'the same sort of thing'.
I like to think of my designs as being hybrids, with components and techniques similar to the past, but with modern adapt ions.
I still utilize many construction and design methods from the past where I believe that they were simply better, such as true bypass switching to preserve your unaffected tone. If you open any of my products you will find the quality of construction that you would expect to find in a well made vintage amplifier. That being said, I design, make and assemble all of my circuit boards in-house. Too many 'hand made' pedals that I see now have outsourced boards connected with ribbon cables and as many shortcuts as possible. Where has the love gone?
Every pedal is hand made - in my home - as such no two are completely alike and you may expect to find small imperfections here or there. I consider each my own creation and endeavour that you pay for something special that stands out above all others.
Compromises are made in the production of my pedals. In each you can expect to find:
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