ValveFX was founded in 2006, by Jon Novembri and Kyle O’Hare of Sonoma County, California. Kyle had been building custom guitar effects since 2001, off and on for friends and other local guitar players whom wanted an edge to their tone, but also a rugged – no frills hand built pedal which would stand the trails of time on the road or on tour.
Eventually, ValveFX became known for producing some of the finest quality guitar effects units in the area, with an “unbreakable” reliability record. ValveFX quickly grew into a small boutique builder, catering to guitarists throughout the local region.
Success quickly came with the inception of the ValveBlaster (VB-1) tube overdrive pedal, and the OD-2 overdrive, which was loosely based on the popular DOD 250 vintage overdrive and the ROSS overdrive pedal. Utilizing an already great sounding circuit, ValveFX soon turned those into one of the best sounding overdrives on the market.
Due to overwhelming cost, and the overall US economic situation – ValveFX stopped pedal production around 2009. In 2012, the company started to produce units again, but only in limited (one-off) numbers. Only around 20 (total) VB-1’s have been produced since 2009 ; and production has been kept to a per-request basis. Only 5 OD-2’s have been produced since 2009 for a handful of players. Here’s what some have to say:
“The OD-2 is my go-to distortion tone. I love this box, it makes everything sound FULL!” – Justin S.
In 2014, the OD-3 prototype began testing ; a higher gain version of the OD-2. This pedal gives guitarists all the lush, and bass rich overdriven “Marshall-esq” tube tones they were looking for in a smaller footprint. Today, ValveFX also produces Treble Bleed Circuits, vintage-spec guitar wiring harnesses, and more. Everything VFX makes is a handmade, one off using parts of the highest quality in the industry.
Today ValveFX is operated and owned by Kyle O’Hare in Roseville, CA. Elliot Goldstein joined the team operating and owning the first extension of the ValveFX brand in LA ; for faster response to client orders in Southern California and the Midwest.
We make our mark on this premise : “by guitarists, for guitarists”. Which means simply — in every product we make, cost is not a concern for us and most units are only produced in limited numbers. We want our customers to be beyond happy with our products. It’s a must.
The ValveFX OD-2 & OD-3 are all analog guitar overdrive pedals, with pure vintage overdrive tone. It delivers the guitarist or bass player everything – from use as a simple volume overdrive, to a beautifully clean blues box with a touch of distortion, to an all out in your face distortion rich and fully sustained overdrive. Where OD-2 is your best option for a blues distortion pedal, OD-3 is for thick ZZ Top style blues, rock and high gain applications.
The ValveFX OD-3 pedal was also designed to ‘clean up’ distortion tone, and leave you with more sustain and a transparent volume boost. With the gain up all of the way, very loud ‘tube like’ rock distortion comes through. Nothing compares to this huge sounding overdrive! And of course it sounds good! it’s got some classic pedal heritage under the hood. We’re cooking with old school Marshall sounding goodness. Get your plate ready, and we’ll serve ya up one today.
ValveFX OD-3 Sound Clip : Clean (Fender SuperSonic 60), then OD3 w/ Gain @ 65% , VOL @ 40% . Rhythm Sequence – Gain @ 70% ; VOL @ 50%
The ValveFX Valve Blaster is a 12AU7 or 12AX7 tube powered overdrive and pedal. This extremely versatile dual use guitar pedal will deliver awesome sounding tube overdrive and distortion tones, OR act as a stand alone tube preamp / volume boost, in a clean capacity.
We highly recommend these as a solution for guitarists needing that “extra oomph” on their pedal board. Some use this unit also as a distortion box for overdriven tones, or to drive their favorite distortion pedal into sonic tube driven bliss. The VB-1 is one of our greatest tube-a-licious achievements.
A tube driven volume boost (or preamp) with a gain stage was something we wanted to master for decades. Many hours, days and sleepless nights were spent finding the precise tonal formula for this unit, and when you plug into one you’ll hear our efforts. It’s not just good, it’s really, really good – like warm tube-a-licious good .
- Real 12ax7 Tube Circuitry
- Point to Point (hand wired)
- True Bypass Switching
- Quality Components
- Volume, Gain, and Tone control
- Adapter (12v 1A) Included
Built for Guitarists, By Guitarists – Since 2001
For more information, please contact ValveFX @ email@example.com
ALL VALVEFX PEDALS COME WITH A LIMITED LIFETIME WARRANTY WHICH COVERS REPAIRS , MINUS PART COSTS & SHIPPING. WE WILL ALWAYS HELP OUR CUSTOMERS WITH ALL UNITS SOLD . VALVEFX ONLY PRODUCES IN SMALL, LIMITED NUMBERS AND PEDALS CAN TAKE UP TO 2-3 MONTHS TO BE COMPLETED AND SHIPPED IN SOME CASES DUE TO MULTIPLE ORDERS FROM OTHER CUSTOMERS. WE OPERATE OUR BUSINESS ON A FIRST COME, FIRST SERVE BASIS. ALL TRADEMARKS OR NAMES MENTIONED ARE FOR REFERENCE ONLY.