"... this book is one-stop shopping for just about anything you need to know about stompboxes. Highly recommended!" - Art Thompson, Guitar Player magazine
"If you play electric guitar and use any pedal, or if you collect and document various pedals, you need this book." - Eric C. Shoaf, Vintage Guitar magazine
"It's just the greatest book on pedals." - Joe Satriani
Q: Does the book contain schematics of vintage effects?
A: No. There are plenty of effects schematics on the web, and an abundance of info and support for people who are interested in building, repairing, or modifying their own effects. The DIY stompbox scene was in full swing by 2004, so Mike and I discussed it and decided there was no need to address a subject that was already well covered on the Internet.
Q: Does this book have info on how to do Analog Man's mods?
Q: Is there any difference between the First Printing and Second Printing of the book?
A: Yes, the back cover of the Second Printing has a photo of the author as a baby, which was not on the back cover of the First Printing. The picture was in the original mock up file and we neglected to have it removed before getting the reprint. Other than that, there is no difference in content. Both printings belong to the First Edition of Analog Man's Guide To Vintage Effects.
Q: Are you going to write a revised/updated/expanded edition of Analog Man's Guide To Vintage Effects?
A: This is one of the most frequently asked questions I get about the book. Honestly, I would love to. I've learned so much more since the book was published. I definitely think it's warranted, and I know that plenty of people would be receptive to it. But the truth is, I don't think I'd be able to undertake a project like that again with only my own resources. If it were to happen at all, I would need a lot of help, either from an outside publisher or maybe just a small group of people who are knowledgeable and dedicated enough to help make it happen. I would love to see it happen, I just can't do it by myself this time.
Q: Who helped you write/research/publish Analog Man's Guide To Vintage Effects?
A: The short answer is no one. I did all the research, wrote and edited all the content, and did all the photography. I did hire a professional proofreader, and a graphic designer to do the layout. I borrowed some money from my parents to get the book into print and then published it myself.
I should add, Analog Mike was instrumental in making this book happen; his guidance and assistance helped make it possible. Mike actually did a very good job explaining this in his Introduction to the book:
"Tom's been a musician for a long time and he knew a lot of stuff already, but he spent almost two full years of intensive research to come up with the material for this book. I was able to give him some leads and connections, and answer any questions I could; and he had access to all the files and materials (and effects!) that I've acquired over the years. But he did all the really hard work himself, with no publisher or editorial staff to help, and he was able to discover many things about old effects even I didn't know. Tom's not a music journalist — like me, he's just a guy who's really into pedals."
Q: If you wrote the book, why is it called "Analog Man's" Guide?
A: Well, back in 2004, I was pretty sure not many people would buy a book called Tom's Guide To Vintage Effects. I was working for Analog Man at the time, and he had established a reputation as a leading authority on vintage guitar effects pedals. So the title seemed like a no-brainer. But in addition, Analog Mike had sort of been my effects mentor, and it was only through working at Analog Man that I was able to develop enough of a background and gain the support I needed to conceive and achieve the whole idea.