I have been following Deimel Guitarworks on Instagram for a while. With creative wiring, pickups behind the bridge, and Piezos embedded at various points in the guitar, Frank Deimel has been in the forefront of creating instruments for experimental guitarists. His latest, the Firestar LesLee Synchronizer, combines a fascinating, built-in Leslie effect created by automatically switching between pickups, as well as the ability to synch with modular synths, or any device that uses CV.
I inadvertently left KOMA Elektronik out of my NAMM review. They looked promising and I took a card, but didn’t get to spend as much time as I would have liked at the booth. Like Freaqbox (and MOOG long before them), the KOMA units are part of a trend towards creating effects pedals out of analog synthesizer modules.