Tone Report Weekly Issue 80 - Page 17

A s a fellow effects geek, the news of Frantone’s return to the effects industry should pique your interest. Frantone, the company headed by Fran Blanche, is one of the original boutique manufacturers. Her circuits are all original and revered for their untouchable levels of quality. Fran even etched and drilled her own circuit boards and got custom knobs—everything about her pedals oozed a level of craftsmanship not equaled by another analog circuit designer. Ever played an Electro-Harmonix Big Muff after the year 2000? Fran designed that. Frantone’s pedals—if you can find them—hold their value extremely well and (some of them like the Bassweet below) will likely be buried with their owners due to their sound quality and general scarcity. In honor of this momentous occasion, I’d like to regale you, the reader, with the five best Frantone effects. WORDS BY NICHOLAS KULA 17