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Title: Melvins, Buzz/Hilbesh Designs "Pessimiser" distortion pedal
Post by: (the) flutter nuts on February 21, 2018, 05:25:20 PM
Melvins, Buzz/Hilbesh Designs distortion pedal. To be sold online and available at shows on the upcoming tour

https://scontent.fybz2-1.fna.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/28377519_1325230914250336_3936669506189699450_n.jpg?oh=b4cca0977c2fbecf70af9d105a0a983f&oe=5B4BD4E8

Here it is! (the) Melvins and Hilbish Design collaboration pedal: The Pessimiser! We are beyond excited and honored to be able to offer this special distortion pedal developed by us and guitarist King Buzzo from the Melvins. You can pre-order yours on March 15th at hilbishdesign.com or pick one up on the Melvins US tour in April. Stay tuned for more info, pictures, and demos.
Title: Re: Melvins, Buzz/Hilbesh Designs "Pessimiser" distortion pedal
Post by: (PAUL) on February 21, 2018, 06:42:19 PM
How much does that bad boy go for, any idea?
Title: Re: Melvins, Buzz/Hilbesh Designs "Pessimiser" distortion pedal
Post by: vince furnier on March 14, 2018, 11:03:18 AM
it's up. I got it. better be worth the cheddar.

http://hilbishdesign.bigcartel.com/product/melvins-pessimiser (http://hilbishdesign.bigcartel.com/product/melvins-pessimiser)
Title: Re: Melvins, Buzz/Hilbesh Designs "Pessimiser" distortion pedal
Post by: glen on March 14, 2018, 11:24:04 AM
I notice the high goes all the way to "as fuck".   
Title: Re: Melvins, Buzz/Hilbesh Designs "Pessimiser" distortion pedal
Post by: Mount Ambulance on March 14, 2018, 12:26:20 PM
what other kind of high is there?
Title: Re: Melvins, Buzz/Hilbesh Designs "Pessimiser" distortion pedal
Post by: glen on March 14, 2018, 01:02:56 PM
what other kind of high is there?

none that I ever want to know of. 
Title: Re: Melvins, Buzz/Hilbesh Designs "Pessimiser" distortion pedal
Post by: Stonergrunge on March 14, 2018, 01:08:18 PM
Is there a demo of the pedal?
Title: Re: Melvins, Buzz/Hilbesh Designs "Pessimiser" distortion pedal
Post by: bUTTHOLEmAN on March 14, 2018, 01:24:14 PM
Is there a demo of the pedal?
I'm waiting for this as well.

$300?  :?
Title: Re: Melvins, Buzz/Hilbesh Designs "Pessimiser" distortion pedal
Post by: glen on March 14, 2018, 01:27:22 PM
anybody going out on a limb and saying it will be $350 at a merch table?   
 
see how I do that?  I say shit.. but I put it on somebody else.     :twisted:
Title: Re: Melvins, Buzz/Hilbesh Designs "Pessimiser" distortion pedal
Post by: bUTTHOLEmAN on March 14, 2018, 01:38:44 PM
anybody going out on a limb and saying it will be $350 at a merch table?   
 
see how I do that?  I say shit.. but I put it on somebody else.     :twisted:
I'll bet you a nickel it will be $300 or less.
Title: Re: Melvins, Buzz/Hilbesh Designs "Pessimiser" distortion pedal
Post by: GiveMe45 on March 14, 2018, 05:54:29 PM
Tempted.  Wonder what a bass would sound like through it....
Title: Re: Melvins, Buzz/Hilbesh Designs "Pessimiser" distortion pedal
Post by: vince furnier on March 14, 2018, 08:49:21 PM
the tape was $60 from the record company and $40 on the table last tour. should be less than Hillbish is selling it for but I ain't waiting to find out.
Title: Re: Melvins, Buzz/Hilbesh Designs "Pessimiser" distortion pedal
Post by: thor on March 14, 2018, 10:50:52 PM
I bought the Hilbish SUNN preamp copy that Buzz uses, and it's great. I'll be getting one of these pedals, too. Pricey, but I'm a Buzzo fan. Will try to post a demo in May when the pedal ships.
Title: Re: Melvins, Buzz/Hilbesh Designs "Pessimiser" distortion pedal
Post by: (the) flutter nuts on March 15, 2018, 05:18:46 AM
Dosen't ship to Canada?!?!

Hope they still have them on the merch table by the time they get to Toronto
Title: Re: Melvins, Buzz/Hilbesh Designs "Pessimiser" distortion pedal
Post by: Garnz on March 15, 2018, 06:14:00 AM
Dosen't ship to Canada?!?!

Hope they still have them on the merch table by the time they get to Toronto

Send them a message via the website and they will add shipping to Canada (made it to Germany, too)
Title: Re: Melvins, Buzz/Hilbesh Designs "Pessimiser" distortion pedal
Post by: Mount Ambulance on March 16, 2018, 11:43:20 AM
eager to hear some reviews of how this pup sounds ... guess the true test is if the man uses one himself ... dig the obvious shout out in the pedal's name tho ...

https://www.discogs.com/label/46319-Pessimiser-Records
Title: Re: Melvins, Buzz/Hilbesh Designs "Pessimiser" distortion pedal
Post by: meezer on March 16, 2018, 08:07:59 PM
Someone from Facebook emailed Hillbish and he told them that Buzz has made demos but they're not up yet.
Title: Re: Melvins, Buzz/Hilbesh Designs "Pessimiser" distortion pedal
Post by: GiveMe45 on March 16, 2018, 08:44:42 PM
Tempted.  Wonder what a bass would sound like through it....
Yeah...even though I shouldn’t be throwing money around right now I’m probably gonna grab one on the tour
Title: Re: Melvins, Buzz/Hilbesh Designs "Pessimiser" distortion pedal
Post by: sadcorps on April 28, 2018, 11:01:54 PM
Just ordered one from Hilbesh. Looking forward to it.
Title: Re: Melvins, Buzz/Hilbesh Designs "Pessimiser" distortion pedal
Post by: vince furnier on July 17, 2018, 07:46:42 AM
Yeah. so I got the thing a day after I saw them here in PHX and I think they sold the last one on the table just before I walked in (according to my posse). pretty nice. Get some sweet overdrive tones and play creamy Eric Crapton leads. Get some swampy distortion tones and play some old school Suicidal Tendencies. the eq really works. the mix knob works wonders. the unit is built like a tank, but takes no battery. You need a Boss/ Ibanez style power adapter for it. I did some demos with guitar and bass on the despised fb and folks seemed to like them. I did an A/B demo with the dreaded Boss Metal Zone 2 and I gotta admit I liked that pedal better, but i'm still learning this one and my gear (and playing) kinda sucks.  :lol:
Title: Re: Melvins, Buzz/Hilbesh Designs "Pessimiser" distortion pedal
Post by: Dumpster D on July 18, 2018, 02:25:00 AM
Probably good for a solid state rig, I'd like to try one someday...the pedal I mean.

I'm using a Electroharmonix tube muff, it's great when it's dialed in nice so I don't need this, plus going to the show in August will cost as much as one of these if they aren't already sold out by now and I wanted to get one like hot cake.

You might think oh yeah $300 now....but wait another couple of decades to get one of those bad boys...god luck and good speed.

I still regret the time I had a buzz Box in my hands and passed on it for GOD KNOWS whatever bizarre reason.

  ](*,)

For that Matter.. Dale and Buzz need their own line of designer Mumus and Gardening gloves IMO.
Title: Re: Melvins, Buzz/Hilbesh Designs "Pessimiser" distortion pedal
Post by: amazonAMAZON on July 18, 2018, 01:10:08 PM
I would buy a pair of "Let God Be Your Gardener" gloves, especially if they were black and had cut off finger tips and I could use them to play drums
Title: Re: Melvins, Buzz/Hilbesh Designs "Pessimiser" distortion pedal
Post by: sadcorps on July 18, 2018, 04:31:37 PM
I have the Pessimiser - it is a reallly good pedal, built like a tank, looks great and has a great sound with a wide range of tone in each knob.
Title: Re: Melvins, Buzz/Hilbesh Designs "Pessimiser" distortion pedal
Post by: Dumpster D on July 18, 2018, 11:49:06 PM
Pessimistic?

Why is it called a "pessimiser" Distortion?

 :buzz:

In addition:

What Sound Does it best emulate off a Melvins recoring in your Opinion?
Title: Re: Melvins, Buzz/Hilbesh Designs "Pessimiser" distortion pedal
Post by: meezer on July 19, 2018, 07:38:46 AM
(https://assets.bigcartel.com/product_images/213616654/pessimiser_1.jpg?auto=format&fit=max&w=1500)

I don't know a whole lot about gear and stuff, but my opinion is that the blast knob gives you a grittier punk/ noise rock tone and the boost knob gives you a more straight forward metal tone. I'm guessing blast is a distortion circuit and boost is an overdrive circuit? Not 100% sure. Those knobs plus the mix knob (turns effect anywhere from 0-100) can give you thousands of different levels and flavors of dirt in your tone. Then there's the eq, which is very responsive.

So which Melvins song does it sound most like? Yes.  :buzz:
Title: Re: Melvins, Buzz/Hilbesh Designs "Pessimiser" distortion pedal
Post by: Dumpster D on July 20, 2018, 12:30:20 AM
Meezer Sent me a Sneak preview of the sound.

I'd rate it from very good to excellent all around from his demo

It's not quite a screaming heavy metal distortion, it's not quite a bass overdrive or dry fuzz.

The most important thing is the paint Job.

So...Next question, Who here is going to do the Melvins bench test with this thing and turn their amp volume all the way up and turn the pedal all the way up to full blast then Switch the amp on.  :buzz:
Title: Re: Melvins, Buzz/Hilbesh Designs "Pessimiser" distortion pedal
Post by: meezer on July 20, 2018, 07:06:09 AM
Meezer Sent me a Sneak preview of the sound.

I'd rate it from very good to excellent all around from his demo

OMG! It worked?  :shock:
Title: Re: Melvins, Buzz/Hilbesh Designs "Pessimiser" distortion pedal
Post by: thor on July 20, 2018, 02:21:26 PM
Yeah. so I got the thing a day after I saw them here in PHX and I think they sold the last one on the table just before I walked in (according to my posse). pretty nice. Get some sweet overdrive tones and play creamy Eric Crapton leads. Get some swampy distortion tones and play some old school Suicidal Tendencies. the eq really works. the mix knob works wonders. the unit is built like a tank, but takes no battery. You need a Boss/ Ibanez style power adapter for it. I did some demos with guitar and bass on the despised fb and folks seemed to like them. I did an A/B demo with the dreaded Boss Metal Zone 2 and I gotta admit I liked that pedal better, but i'm still learning this one and my gear (and playing) kinda sucks.  :lol:

It actually does take a battery. I got mine and noticed a lack of a battery connection. I contacted Nathan and showed him pics of the internals...and he had forgotten to attach a 9 volt connector before shipping it to me. He then mailed me a connector which was easy to install...it just literally clipped onto the circuit board.
Title: Re: Melvins, Buzz/Hilbesh Designs "Pessimiser" distortion pedal
Post by: bUTTHOLEmAN on July 20, 2018, 02:43:04 PM
That seems like a huge thing to forget.
Title: Re: Melvins, Buzz/Hilbesh Designs "Pessimiser" distortion pedal
Post by: Dumpster D on July 20, 2018, 03:56:22 PM
That seems like a huge thing to forget.

Not so much, It happens when your working your ass off meeting deadlines and demands from time to time.

 sometimes things happen along the way.
Title: Re: Melvins, Buzz/Hilbesh Designs "Pessimiser" distortion pedal
Post by: meezer on July 20, 2018, 04:42:22 PM
Wow. Just wow.  :D


 #-o
Title: Re: Melvins, Buzz/Hilbesh Designs "Pessimiser" distortion pedal
Post by: Stonergrunge on July 20, 2018, 04:47:43 PM
That seems like a huge thing to forget.

Not so much, It happens when your working your ass off meeting deadlines and demands from time to time.

 sometimes things happen along the way.

And also since people nowadays mostly use power supplies from brands like Voodoo Labs, T-Rex, Strymon, Caline or 1 Spot instead of batteries I can see why he forgot to install the connector.
Title: Re: Melvins, Buzz/Hilbesh Designs "Pessimiser" distortion pedal
Post by: Dumpster D on July 20, 2018, 06:09:48 PM
I've done a couple pedal builds, often times you are testing things and simply overlook something in the final stages.

He clearly doesn't test them using a battery, not if you're building a run of these simultaneously, a 9 volt is like $10, you would need a hundred bucks of batteries on hand.

Honestly I wouldn't use a battery either, unless as emergency backup power if someone fucks my Power cord at the show. 
Title: Re: Melvins, Buzz/Hilbesh Designs "Pessimiser" distortion pedal
Post by: bUTTHOLEmAN on July 20, 2018, 06:17:40 PM
That seems like a huge thing to forget.

Not so much, It happens when your working your ass off meeting deadlines and demands from time to time.

 sometimes things happen along the way.
Making a pedal for a friend, or making one for yourself - sure, it happens. Producing 100 for a company selling them at a price of $300? That's sloppy.
Title: Re: Melvins, Buzz/Hilbesh Designs "Pessimiser" distortion pedal
Post by: meezer on July 20, 2018, 06:41:58 PM
https://www.instagram.com/s/aGlnaGxpZ2h0OjE3OTYyMzE5MjMwMDU5MTU4/ (https://www.instagram.com/s/aGlnaGxpZ2h0OjE3OTYyMzE5MjMwMDU5MTU4/)
 :lol:
Title: Re: Melvins, Buzz/Hilbesh Designs "Pessimiser" distortion pedal
Post by: bUTTHOLEmAN on July 20, 2018, 06:56:44 PM
 :shock:
 :lol:
Title: Re: Melvins, Buzz/Hilbesh Designs "Pessimiser" distortion pedal
Post by: Dumpster D on July 20, 2018, 08:17:51 PM
That seems like a huge thing to forget.

Not so much, It happens when your working your ass off meeting deadlines and demands from time to time.

 sometimes things happen along the way.
Making a pedal for a friend, or making one for yourself - sure, it happens. Producing 100 for a company selling them at a price of $300? That's sloppy.

I disagree. nothing is flawless, it's impressive. production oversights are known to happen from time to time, humans are not machines.

100 builds is a lot of work that's a $30,000 job,  Lots of variables potentially go wrong.

producing the Melvins Documentary wasn't there a slight snag with the DVD itself?

I worked in a bindery putting books together, a 70-80,000 Dollar Job sometimes turns into a 120,000 Job if someone fucks up royal. It's months of work. Sometimes books don't have staples in em'...someone forgot to check, there goes a nights work up in smoke....guess who was too tired and forgot to check while running the machine?  think you're tired then? How about after you have to spend an additional 7 hours on a 12 hour shift to catch up to the mistake so the day shift can run on time on schedule...trust me it's a miracle anything ever happens right. Point being, you don't want to fuck up an expensive Job.

Someone forgot to take their vitamins that day is all.

Reversing the terminals on the battery connector though would be sloppy, something like that. If you're like me and don't know what you're doing maybe you'll get a volume pot wire inverted.

How many safeguards can you put on a Job like this? no one's life is on the line here that's for sure.


I once paid a guy to re-do the gears on my bike, he obviously burned a Joint and didn't seat the cables through the housing under the crank case, and guess what? My LIFE is hanging by a steel chain? if I Paid someone to fuck up my life $20 for the Labor is paying for what you get...rest assured I gave that guy a real hard time when I took the bike back. Fucking idiot.

That's a case of clear neglect, If my gear slipped while a truck is going by, guess what?  point being, if you kill your customer it's bad for business literally and figuratively.

a Stomp box that breaks the first time you drop it or it gets kicked etc is still worth a third of this pedal.

*IF* these are well built time will tell. Get back to me in 5 years let me know how they are holding up after some gigs.
I've had Crappy Tube screamer 808 break easy or constantly trying to fix another. Good Tube screamers (TS-9) are about $170 dollars new in box, the switches are cheap plastic and they break the first time you drop them...plus to get them sounding decent there's at least an additional $70 worth of analog man parts to install. so for a modified Tube screamer you're grand total would be around $240 more or less that's $60 less than a pessimiser not counting Tax. 

If those red knobs are $3.50 each, and the DPDT switches are about $12-24 and it's wired true bypass, I'll trade you my Tube muff for one of these any day. Not even because I like the sound, but because it says Melvins on it and it's limited AF!

Once is enough.

Rest assured it's a solid investment for a pedal at $300 if it's rugged. 

$300 because they are Limited boutique items, lest a thing of imperfection. It's possibly the coolest thing the band has ever put out as a Melvins brand product.  8) 8) 8)


Hence why the manufacturer immediately sent out a battery connector coupling. No harm no foul says I

You can buy a bag of 9 volt battery snaps at Rat shack for like 8 Dollars so maybe if you made a real stink you're entitled to a *whopping* refund.  :nerd:


PS.

I'll bet you this is the inspiration behind the Treble knob "HIGH AF" reference.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aEW-j_OLh5U
Title: Re: Melvins, Buzz/Hilbesh Designs "Pessimiser" distortion pedal
Post by: ))))(((( on July 21, 2018, 04:42:52 AM
I watched the "Ted talks" video last night. I know next to nothing about gear and guitars and honestly couldn't really tell the difference very much between all the different settings. I think for something like that you have to have a very keen ear for picking up variations and in detecting the subtle changes.
Title: Re: Melvins, Buzz/Hilbesh Designs "Pessimiser" distortion pedal
Post by: DeeSonyaChin on July 21, 2018, 08:50:32 AM
Dude, that high AF video made me cry. I watched it twice back to back.  :lol:
Title: Re: Melvins, Buzz/Hilbesh Designs "Pessimiser" distortion pedal
Post by: jules on August 15, 2019, 09:34:11 AM
Another pedal posted on Toshi's Instagram; built by Toshi, art by Mackie:

https://www.instagram.com/p/B1JoIKxJAt5/?igshid=opmyv9rte1oj&fbclid=IwAR1Rga4pZncScVigYuic2A4apxE1ISJMN8gS9lQLBYZ5oFfXpZMVTeHKrxM

Title: Re: Melvins, Buzz/Hilbesh Designs "Pessimiser" distortion pedal
Post by: jules on September 07, 2019, 10:09:27 AM
Another in the series:

(https://i.ibb.co/0M7bD6G/pedal.jpg)
Title: Re: Melvins, Buzz/Hilbesh Designs "Pessimiser" distortion pedal
Post by: 01001010 on September 16, 2019, 02:04:47 PM
Man, it's a good thing I didn't see this thread, or any of those pedals at the merch table in Portland.... not saying they were *not* there, just that I didn't see 'em...  #-o
Title: Re: Melvins, Buzz/Hilbesh Designs "Pessimiser" distortion pedal
Post by: Dumpster D on September 17, 2019, 10:28:40 AM
Is the logo actually a baby deer fart killing a giant snake about to eat said baby deer?  :lol:
Title: Re: Melvins, Buzz/Hilbesh Designs "Pessimiser" distortion pedal
Post by: 01001010 on September 17, 2019, 10:31:42 AM
That sounds like a dictionary definition of compression to me!  8)

Is the logo actually a baby deer fart killing a giant snake about to eat said baby deer?  :lol: