FAQs

Engineered for true tonal transparency! Our pedals will not cause phase issues.

Pictured: Model ST-2. ABY Cardinal Red.

NOTE: ALL pedals come with point-to-point wiring. Attention to detail is of the utmost importance to us at Startouch. Wired using, oxygen free pure copper, hi-performance 18ga. primary wire. Prepped to the perfect fit at every connection, to ensure the purest possible signal flow.
Switches are super fast. Pure, coin silver contacts. Switch in real time. Some switch's that are not "fast" when making contact, can cause the dreaded pop.
LED's are super-brite, Red "A", and Yellow "B" standard on all units.
No circuit boards, capacitors, or resisters, to ruin your tone.
Units are double grounded, with 100% shielding to, eliminate, minimize RF noise, and ground hum. All units come with 9-volt battery hook up. 9-volt power for LED’s only, units will work regardless of power. Battery life, approximately 35 hours. Chassis material, 16ga. steel. Finish is powder coated. Graphics silk-screened. Machine threaded screws. Our pedals will not, impede, alter, or color your tone, or signal, in any way. True bypass.
Popping issues, technical causes, solution's.
When switching any device in a chain, especially one that changes the signal path, like an A/B+Y pedal can cause a small transient that is picked up by the grid of the pre amp tube (12AX7 as an example.) and is amplified.
So at Startouch we use "fast acting" switch's with pure coin silver contacts, and this combination, with the point to point wiring, using OFC oxygen free pure copper primary wire, helps offset, or eliminate this problem. There can be other reasons also.
A/B pedal's that have cheap or slow acting switch's, can be a big problem. to off set this some company's will install an isolation transformer to fix the pop, but this cause's tone/signal loss. But they want you to believe this is the only way to go. Untrue.
Some model's have isolation, but we accomplish this with out the tone sucking transformers, but wired with technical know how, and labor intensive wiring circuit techniques.
Dimensions, 4 ½ X 3 ½ X 1 in. Weight 1lb. 3 oz. Limited 1 year warranty, parts and labor. Hand made in the USA. We offer custom options. Feel free to contact us for any ideas on custom builds.

"LIVE SETTING AUDIO PRODUCTION TIP"

Now some cool stuff. A simple production tip.

How the Startouch can help you duplicate, studio produced guitar tones, in a LIVE setting. One little thing, when I refer to the "pan" knob, it's the same as your "balance" knob on your home stereo that you can try this production technique out.
As an example, The Rolling Stones “Symphony for the Devil”. During the solo if you pan left, the mic is shoved so far up the speaker, with the distortion/fuzz effects on you can hear the pick attacking the strings, crunch time, and if you pan right, the guitar sounds like it’s way up on a mountain with just a little reverb, sounds a bit weak.
But when you adjust the pan/balance control to “dead center” it sounds totally kick butt awesome!

So when using two amps on a live gig, you can do the same thing. One amp will be hot, and the other amp will be cold.
Then, when you engage the “All On” function on the ST-2 A/B+Y, pedal, "both amps on".
it's like you just adjusted the pan/balance to "dead center" like on your stereo at home but it's live! Big fat "wall of sound".
So depending on how far apart you have your two amp’s and cab’s at a live gig will also enhance the (stereo effect) to your produced sound.
Add in effects and you have unlimited tonal variations.

"THE CAPACITANCE FACTOR"

Cable's can make a BIG difference in your signal and tone! You've invested thousands of dollars on your equipment. Cheap cord's can cause tone, and signal loss!

A POTENTIALLY TONE-SUCKING ELEMENT IN ANY signal chain is the capacitance of the cable used to connect the guitar to an amplifier or effects system.

Capacitance is the measure of a cable's ability to store an electric charge, which in turn, affects how efficiently the cable transmits high frequencies.
The net result of this phenomenon is that any guitar cable basically works like a secondary tone control across your pickups.

Cable capacitance is measured in Pico-farads (pf) per foot, and the lower the capacitance, the better it will be at passing the highs coming from your guitar.

Current well known cables on the market have a pf/ft.range of 21pf/ft, to 70pf/ft.
Ours are 38pf/ft.
Cable capacitance is only part of the equation.
And its effect is influenced by other factors.
The input impedance of the amp,
Or effect pedal your guitar is driving.
As well, as the output impedance of your guitar.