“RealtoneFx build premium quality handmade guitar effects pedals”

RealtoneFx build premium quality handmade guitar effects pedals”

About

As an avid guitarist for the last 38 years comes the never ending quest to find the perfect sound. 

With the combination of a keen electronics enthusiast and musician I soon became obsessed with building my own effects pedals and amps. After extensive research and development (and a few tears) the first prototype was born. Since then the build process has been fine tuned in order to produce the perfect pedal. 

Quality is every bit as important as the tone and this is why all components have been carefully sourced for optimum quality. Each pedal is meticulously hand built to a high standard by a musician for musicians.

…so what started as a hobby has now turned into a business…

Welcome to RealtoneFx

The home of boutique guitar effects pedals

Mike McKnight

About

As an avid guitarist for the last 38 years comes the never ending quest to find the perfect sound. 

With the combination of a keen electronics enthusiast and musician I soon became obsessed with building my own effects pedals and amps. After extensive research and development (and a few tears) the first prototype was born. Since then the build process has been fine tuned in order to produce the perfect pedal. 

Quality is every bit as important as the tone and this is why all components have been carefully sourced for optimum quality. Each pedal is meticulously hand built to a high standard by a musician for musicians.

…so what started as a hobby has now turned into a business…

Welcome to RealtoneFx

The home of boutique guitar effects pedals

Mike McKnight

Pedals

     Fat Larry Overdrive

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Solo Booster

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Pedals

Fat Larry Overdrive

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Solo Booster

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Fat Larry Overdrive

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Fat Larry is a transparent and open mid gain overdrive pedal which retains the true sound and integrity of each guitars tonal quality, making it sound more like an amp than a pedal. Modelled around the Dumble amp sound made famous by iconic guitarists such as Larry Carlton, Robben Ford, Keith Urban and John Mayer to name but a few! 

In development for the best part of a year which involved painstakingly swapping and changing components until the perfect tone was found. 

Just dial in your preferred amount of gain with the Fat control to create a warm tube amp like overdrive. With the tone and volume controls you can accurately dial in your settings to achieve your own unique sound. Alternatively turning the Fat control down to around 8’oclock and the volume control up will create a lovely clean boost, ideal for soloing. 

Whether your on the road or in the studio be sure to make a space for Fat Larry in your pedalboard…                                                      

         Technical & Pricing Information

  • Handmade in the British Isles
  • Tone, Volume and Gain controls
  • True Bypass switching for a cleaner signal path
  • Aluminium die cast enclosure, dimensions 121 x 66 x 38mm 
  • 9v DC power, mains only (no battery clip) a 9v AC power adapter is required (not supplied)
  • Currently available in three colours, Natural Alloy, Silver Blue Metallic and Vivid Orange
  • Price: £139.99 + £5.00 UK P&P. For worldwide shipping please email for a quote
  • Purchase with confidence with Buy & Try. If your not completely satisfied with your pedal just return it via recorded delivery within 14 days of purchase for a full refund (does not include return postage costs). The pedal must be in mint condition and have all original packaging.

Solo Booster

Solo Booster Red Slider Main Page

The Solo Booster is a clean boost pedal with a difference. Designed to be used in conjunction with all your favourite pedals particularly overdrive and distortion. The boost control will give you up to +20db of boost and push the front end of your amp to provide the extra volume lift needed when soloing. It also enhances the guitars natural harmonics and tone.

The Sat control emulates tube saturation and can be dialled in to produce a warm tube amp like tone, by turning up the Sat control the Solo Booster can also be used as a stand alone overdrive pedal. For a totally clean boost turn the Sat control anticlockwise and the Boost control up to your desired level. It can be used in front of your pedals or at the end of the signal chain, each setup will provide a different effect on the overall tone.

As a starting point, set the Sat and Boost controls to around the one o’clock mark.

Make sure your solo’s cut through the mix with the RealtoneFx Solo Booster! 

Technical & Pricing Information

  • Handmade in the British Isles
  • True Bypass switching for a cleaner signal path
  • Boost and Saturation controls with up to +20db of boost
  • Aluminium die cast enclosure, dimensions 112 x 60 x 31mm 
  • 9v DC power, mains only (no battery clip) a 9v AC power adapter is required (not supplied)
  • Currently available in Natural Alloy with red anodised footswitch nut and jack washers
  • Price: £134.99 + £5.00 UK P&P. For worldwide shipping please email for a quote
  • Purchase with confidence with Buy & Try. If your not completely satisfied with your pedal just return it via recorded delivery within 14 days of purchase for a full refund (does not include return postage costs). The pedal must be in mint condition and have all original packaging.

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Artist Testimonials 

                                                                  Ron Sayer Jr

Voted Guitarist of the Year by Guitarist Magazine Ron Sayer Jr is the consummate ‘Guitarist’s guitarist’. He was nominated for no less than four awards in the British Blues Awards in 2013 with the album ‘Better Side’. Ron has worked with/supported Buddy Guy, John Mayall, Matt Schofield, Nine Below Zero, Ten Years After, Robin Trower among others.

“I don’t often rave about a pedal. I’m also not in the habit of swapping my pedal board around as it’s so tiny I can only give exceptional pedals any real estate. That said I was completely sold on the Fat Larry from the moment I plugged it in. Lots of pedals promise everything, but what I look for in an overdrive is how well it sounds like an an extension of the guitar, how well it responds to volume control and dynamic changes and how open and organic the drive is. The Fat Larry ticks every box, its not harsh and yet not mushy. It’s thick and fat yet retains enough spike to cut through! It now holds pride of place on my pedal board and is rarely off. With a new album coming up I know exactly where my tone will be coming from!”

Ron Sayer Jr

Ron is currently using a Fat Larry overdrive and a Solo Booster pedal. Hear both pedals in action on the new album ‘Makes you Stronger’ which also features the incredible vocals of Charlotte Joyce.

https://www.sayerandjoyce.co.uk

Tim Mills

 

Former Elkie Brooks guitarist and MD of Bare Knuckle Pickups Tim certainly knows a thing or two about tone and is currently the guitarist in top british metal band Riders to Ruin. 

“The latest and now the most permanent addition to my board, the ‘Fat Larry’ is the king of rich clean driven tone.”

Tim Mills – MD Bare Knuckle Pickups

Tim is currently using a Fat Larry overdrive and a Solo Booster pedal

https://www.bareknucklepickups.co.uk

https://www.facebook.com/riderstoruin/

Jeff Pevar

Top American guitarist & multi-instrumentalist Jeff Pevar has played with some of the worlds greatest artists such as Crosby, Stills & Nash, Ray Charles, James Taylor, Jimmy Webb, Carly Simon, Kenny Loggins, Joe Cocker, Jefferson Starship, Phil Less and Friends, Marc Cohn, Jennifer Warnes, Laura Nyro, David Foster, Rickie Lee Jones, Jazz is Dead, CPR and many others

“The Fat Larry pedal offers not just creamy, lucious, fat & juicy lead guitar tones but also will boost and enhance your rhythm guitar sounds to inspire all sides of your guitar playing.

This pedal is a must have for any electric guitarist who seeks serious tone at a touch of a button! Thank you RealtoneFX!”

Jeff Pevar

Jeff is currently using a Fat Larry overdrive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZUPw6ResT2Q

http://pevar.com

Simon McBride

With his power trio of fellow Irishmen Dave Marks (bass) and Marty McCloskey (drums), Simon delivers his own distinctive songs filled with melodic hooks and incendiary guitar playing. His guitar skills (“Among the best blues-rock players anywhere in the world” GUITARIST mag) have made him a go-to guitarist on the British Blues-Rock scene, admired among professionals, followed by enthusiasts, and endorsed by some of the biggest brands on the guitar scene.

“The Solo Booster is an incredible pedal which does not colour your sound at all, its like turning the gain up on your amp, very pure and natural!”

Simon McBride      

Simon is currently using a Solo Booster pedal 

https://www.simonmcbride.net

Roy Fulton

As one of Northern Ireland’s premier session guitarists and respected guitar tutors Roy’s portfolio speaks for itself. Roy has played with or appeared on the same bill as: Elliott Randall (Steely Dan), Blind Boys Of Alabama, Robert Cray, Geoff Whitehorn, Bernie Marsden’s Whitesnake, Bonnie Tyler, Gary Barlow (Take That), John Primer (Muddy Waters), Jools Holland, Katrina & the Waves, Lucy Kaplansky, Malachi Cush, Matt Schofield Trio, Niamh Kavanagh (The Commitments), Peter Sarstedt, Richie Havens, Ronan Keating, Roy Wood, Suzi Quatro, Taste (Rory Gallagher), The Buzzcocks, The Corrs, The Roosters, The Yardbirds, Vanessa Mae, Westlife, to name but a few…

“The ‘Fat Larry’ is one of the most transparent and versatile overdrives I have ever used”.

Roy Fulton     

Roy is currently using a Fat Larry overdrive pedal 

http://www.royfulton.com

Senna Weeks

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Sixteen year old Senna Weeks is rapidly building a reputation as one of the best up & coming blues artists in the UK, his fantastic playing style and technique shows the maturity of a guitarist three times his age and along with his superb vocal ability Senna is sure to be a star of the future.

“My Fat Larry overdrive has quickly become my “always on” pedal, lovely mid gain overdrive & when stacked with the Solo Booster you can achieve an incredible amount of tones, perfect for my style”. 

“Handmade with superb build quality & finish. Thoroughly recommended”.

Senna Weeks

Senna is currently using a Fat Larry overdrive and a Solo Booster pedal

https://www.facebook.com/sennaweeks/

Tom C Walker

From a young age his virtuoso performances stunned audiences with his guitar playing quickly earning him respect and admiration from musicians more than four times his age. Not only a formidable guitarist, his smooth soulful vocals are captivating audiences around the globe. In July 2016 the Stranger’s Face EP was released, which includes the single Human Nature, with the EP soon receiving outstanding reviews in blues magazines including Blues in Britain and radio play on the Paul Jones Blues Show (BBC Radio 2). In April 2017 Tom released the Into Space EP, with the single Sweet Angel going straight to the Top 20 in the IBBA Blues charts while selling thousands of copies world wide in the first few months of release.

“The Fat Larry is the most responsive overdrive that I’ve ever played through”

Tom C Walker

 Tom is currently using a Fat Larry overdrive and a Solo Booster pedal

https://www.tomwalkerofficial.com

Ric Latina

Based in Nashville since 1985 Ric Latina has done his fare share of touring and studio sessions with top country artists such as, John Berry, Billy Dean, Suzy Bogguss, Sherrie’ Austin, Hank III, Vern Gosdin, Garry Puckett (and the union Gap Fame) Baillie and The Boys, etc…

Since 2013, Ric has recorded three albums with his band Markey Blue/ Ric Latina Project and are currently gaining a superb reputation as an act to catch live! 

” I’m loving the Fat Larry overdrive, it’s so fat but not muddy, it doesn’t mess with my tone, it responds nicely to my attack. It just feels good under your fingers.

 I use a smaller pedal board these days, so my main overdrive has to cover a lot of ground which the Fat Larry covers perfectly. Add a SOLO BOOSTER to the mix either before or after the Fat Larry and you’re in business!!” 

Ric Latina

https://www.markeyblue.com

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zzbxa5jDTTo

Customer Testimonials

“I own a variety of guitars but most of them are Stratocasters with single coil pickups.  Each one of them has a different type of pickup (i.e. everything from noiseless to “hot”) which results in different tone variations and gives each Stat its own “personality”.

I’m happy to note that through use of the “Fat Larry” Overdrive I can achieve a “sweet spot” for each of my Stratocasters whether in “boost” mode or full on overdrive.  The flexibility of a pedal is very important to me because I do own so many different types of guitars.  So far I have also found that the “Fat Larry” works extremely well with each of my amps.  It doesn’t “colour” or change the sound of the amp (or the guitar) in any way but just takes it to another level as had been advertised.

On behalf of all of us single-coil players – thanks for making the “Fat Larry” Overdrive.  It is a welcome and very useful addition which complements both guitars and amps.”

Dan Anthony – Ontario Canada

“First of all I’ve tried a lot of overdrive and distortion pedals, most of them are good at some things but not very good at others.

I was always looking for something that gave the guitar the right kind of drive that didn’t swallow up the sound of the particular guitar I was playing and turn it into the sound of the pedal. The “Fat Larry” does exactly that, it has more in common with an amp channel than your typical pedal.

You can turn it on and dial your overdrive in using the volume knob on your guitar making it great for blues or as a clean boost as well. Very musical harmonic content without the high end fizz of some drive pedals. Great pedal!”

Lew Gatewood – New Jersey Blues Hall Of Fame – Master Blues Artist Inductee

“The pedal is here and sounds awesome! Good addition to my pedal board. 

Two of my favourite guitar players are Robben Ford and Larry Carlton. The Fat Larry Overdrive pedal will get that sound. I will be showing it off to my guitar player friends.   

Thanks again for the great pedal!”

Russ Jansma – Michigan U.S.A.

Artist Testimonials 

Ron Sayer Jr

Voted Guitarist of the Year by Guitarist Magazine Ron Sayer Jr is the consummate ‘Guitarist’s guitarist’. He was nominated for no less than four awards in the British Blues Awards in 2013 with the album ‘Better Side’. Ron has worked with/supported Buddy Guy, John Mayall, Matt Schofield, Nine Below Zero, Ten Years After, Robin Trower among others.

“I don’t often rave about a pedal. I’m also not in the habit of swapping my pedal board around as it’s so tiny I can only give exceptional pedals any real estate. That said I was completely sold on the Fat Larry from the moment I plugged it in. Lots of pedals promise everything, but what I look for in an overdrive is how well it sounds like an an extension of the guitar, how well it responds to volume control and dynamic changes and how open and organic the drive is. The Fat Larry ticks every box, its not harsh and yet not mushy. It’s thick and fat yet retains enough spike to cut through! It now holds pride of place on my pedal board and is rarely off. With a new album coming up I know exactly where my tone will be coming from!”

Ron Sayer Jr

Ron is currently using a Fat Larry overdrive and a Solo Booster pedal. Hear both pedals in action on the new album ‘Makes you Stronger’ which also features the incredible vocals of Charlotte Joyce.

https://www.sayerandjoyce.co.uk

Tim Mills

 

Former Elkie Brooks guitarist and MD of Bare Knuckle Pickups Tim certainly knows a thing or two about tone and is currently the guitarist in top british metal band Riders to Ruin. 

“The latest and now the most permanent addition to my board, the ‘Fat Larry’ is the king of rich clean driven tone.”

Tim Mills – MD Bare Knuckle Pickups

Tim is currently using a Fat Larry overdrive and a Solo Booster pedal

https://www.bareknucklepickups.co.uk

https://www.facebook.com/riderstoruin/

Jeff Pevar

Top American guitarist & multi-instrumentalist Jeff Pevar has played with some of the worlds greatest artists such as Crosby, Stills & Nash, Ray Charles, James Taylor, Jimmy Webb, Carly Simon, Kenny Loggins, Joe Cocker, Jefferson Starship, Phil Less and Friends, Marc Cohn, Jennifer Warnes, Laura Nyro, David Foster, Rickie Lee Jones, Jazz is Dead, CPR and many others

“The Fat Larry pedal offers not just creamy, lucious, fat & juicy lead guitar tones but also will boost and enhance your rhythm guitar sounds to inspire all sides of your guitar playing.

This pedal is a must have for any electric guitarist who seeks serious tone at a touch of a button! Thank you RealtoneFX!”

Jeff Pevar

Jeff is currently using a Fat Larry overdrive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZUPw6ResT2Q

http://pevar.com

Simon McBride

With his power trio of fellow Irishmen Dave Marks (bass) and Marty McCloskey (drums), Simon delivers his own distinctive songs filled with melodic hooks and incendiary guitar playing. His guitar skills (“Among the best blues-rock players anywhere in the world” GUITARIST mag) have made him a go-to guitarist on the British Blues-Rock scene, admired among professionals, followed by enthusiasts, and endorsed by some of the biggest brands on the guitar scene.

“The Solo Booster is an incredible pedal which does not colour your sound at all, its like turning the gain up on your amp, very pure and natural!”

Simon McBride      

Simon is currently using a Solo Booster pedal 

https://www.simonmcbride.net

Roy Fulton

As one of Northern Ireland’s premier session guitarists and respected guitar tutors Roy’s portfolio speaks for itself. Roy has played with or appeared on the same bill as: Elliott Randall (Steely Dan), Blind Boys Of Alabama, Robert Cray, Geoff Whitehorn, Bernie Marsden’s Whitesnake, Bonnie Tyler, Gary Barlow (Take That), John Primer (Muddy Waters), Jools Holland, Katrina & the Waves, Lucy Kaplansky, Malachi Cush, Matt Schofield Trio, Niamh Kavanagh (The Commitments), Peter Sarstedt, Richie Havens, Ronan Keating, Roy Wood, Suzi Quatro, Taste (Rory Gallagher), The Buzzcocks, The Corrs, The Roosters, The Yardbirds, Vanessa Mae, Westlife, to name but a few…

“The ‘Fat Larry’ is one of the most transparent and versatile overdrives I have ever used”.

Roy Fulton     

Roy is currently using a Fat Larry overdrive pedal 

http://www.royfulton.com

Senna Weeks

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

©andrewthompsonphotography

Sixteen year old Senna Weeks is rapidly building a reputation as one of the best up & coming blues artists in the UK, his fantastic playing style and technique shows the maturity of a guitarist three times his age and along with his superb vocal ability Senna is sure to be a star of the future.

“My Fat Larry overdrive has quickly become my “always on” pedal, lovely mid gain overdrive & when stacked with the Solo Booster you can achieve an incredible amount of tones, perfect for my style”. 

“Handmade with superb build quality & finish. Thoroughly recommended”.

Senna Weeks

Senna is currently using a Fat Larry overdrive and a Solo Booster pedal

https://www.facebook.com/sennaweeks/

Tom C Walker

From a young age his virtuoso performances stunned audiences with his guitar playing quickly earning him respect and admiration from musicians more than four times his age. Not only a formidable guitarist, his smooth soulful vocals are captivating audiences around the globe. In July 2016 the Stranger’s Face EP was released, which includes the single Human Nature, with the EP soon receiving outstanding reviews in blues magazines including Blues in Britain and radio play on the Paul Jones Blues Show (BBC Radio 2). In April 2017 Tom released the Into Space EP, with the single Sweet Angel going straight to the Top 20 in the IBBA Blues charts while selling thousands of copies world wide in the first few months of release.

“The Fat Larry is the most responsive overdrive that I’ve ever played through”

Tom C Walker

 Tom is currently using a Fat Larry overdrive and a Solo Booster pedal

https://www.tomwalkerofficial.com

Ric Latina

Ric Latina 02

Based in Nashville since 1985 Ric Latina has done his fare share of touring and studio sessions with top country artists such as, John Berry, Billy Dean, Suzy Bogguss, Sherrie’ Austin, Hank III, Vern Gosdin, Garry Puckett (and the union Gap Fame) Baillie and The Boys, etc…

Since 2013, Ric has recorded three albums with his band Markey Blue/ Ric Latina Project and are currently gaining a superb reputation as an act to catch live!

” I’m loving the Fat Larry overdrive, it’s so fat but not muddy, it doesn’t mess with my tone, it responds nicely to my attack. It just feels good under your fingers.

 I use a smaller pedal board these days, so my main overdrive has to cover a lot of ground which the Fat Larry covers perfectly. Add a SOLO BOOSTER to the mix either before or after the Fat Larry and you’re in business!!”

Ric Latina

https://www.markeyblue.com

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zzbxa5jDTTo

Customer Testimonials

“I own a variety of guitars but most of them are Stratocasters with single coil pickups.  Each one of them has a different type of pickup (i.e. everything from noiseless to “hot”) which results in different tone variations and gives each Stat its own “personality”.

I’m happy to note that through use of the “Fat Larry” Overdrive I can achieve a “sweet spot” for each of my Stratocasters whether in “boost” mode or full on overdrive.  The flexibility of a pedal is very important to me because I do own so many different types of guitars.  So far I have also found that the “Fat Larry” works extremely well with each of my amps.  It doesn’t “colour” or change the sound of the amp (or the guitar) in any way but just takes it to another level as had been advertised.

On behalf of all of us single-coil players – thanks for making the “Fat Larry” Overdrive.  It is a welcome and very useful addition which complements both guitars and amps.”

Dan Anthony – Ontario Canada

“First of all I’ve tried a lot of overdrive and distortion pedals, most of them are good at some things but not very good at others.

I was always looking for something that gave the guitar the right kind of drive that didn’t swallow up the sound of the particular guitar I was playing and turn it into the sound of the pedal. The “Fat Larry” does exactly that, it has more in common with an amp channel than your typical pedal.

You can turn it on and dial your overdrive in using the volume knob on your guitar making it great for blues or as a clean boost as well. Very musical harmonic content without the high end fizz of some drive pedals. Great pedal!”

Lew Gatewood – New Jersey Blues Hall Of Fame – Master Blues Artist Inductee

“The pedal is here and sounds awesome! Good addition to my pedal board. 

Two of my favourite guitar players are Robben Ford and Larry Carlton. The Fat Larry Overdrive pedal will get that sound. I will be showing it off to my guitar player friends.   

Thanks again for the great pedal!”

Russ Jansma – Michigan U.S.A.

How to Order

Please complete the contact form stating which pedal and colour you require, you will then receive an email confirming  your order. If you do not receive a response after 24 hours please check your spam folder.

As each pedal is handmade there will normally be a waiting period, unless the particular pedal ordered is in stock. There is no need for any payment or deposit until your pedal is built. I will inform you by email when your pedal is built and ready for shipping. Payment can then be made via PayPal or bank draft.

The Fat Larry Overdrive pedal is £139.99 + £5.00 UK P&P.

The Solo Booster pedal is £134.99 + £5.00 UK P&P.

For worldwide shipping please email for a quote: realtonefx@gmail.com

Purchase with confidence with Buy & Try. If your not completely satisfied with your pedal just return it via recorded delivery within 14 days of purchase for a full refund (does not include return postage cost). The pedal must be in mint condition and have all original packaging.

If you have any questions please use the contact form or call +44 (0) 7624 490962

 

How to Order

Please complete the contact form stating which pedal and colour you require, you will then receive an email confirming  your order. If you do not receive a response after 24 hours please check your spam folder.

As each pedal is handmade there will normally be a waiting period, unless the particular pedal ordered is in stock. There is no need for any payment or deposit until your pedal is built. I will inform you by email when your pedal is built and ready for shipping. Payment can then be made via PayPal or bank draft.

The Fat Larry Overdrive pedal is £139.99 + £5.00 UK P&P.

The Solo Booster pedal is £134.99 + £5.00 UK P&P.

For worldwide shipping please email for a quote: realtonefx@gmail.com

Purchase with confidence with Buy & Try. If your not completely satisfied with your pedal just return it via recorded delivery within 14 days of purchase for a full refund (does not include return postage cost). The pedal must be in mint condition and have all original packaging.

If you have any questions please use the contact form or call +44 (0) 7624 490962

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