17th June 2018: review of the 2018 Fryer Treble Booster Touring pedal by Marco Giuseppe Di Marco
10th June 2018:
Thanks to Sebastien Merlin for sending me about this photo from the ‘Party At The Palace’ held in 2002 to celebrate the Golden Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II. In the photo my Red Special guitar ‘John’ which was made in 1996-97 for Brian May, sits just behind Paul. Brian joined Paul McCartney, Rod Stewart, Joe Cocker and many other well known singers and musicians onstage at this historical event.
Youtube video of the great Beatles song ‘While My Guitar Gently Weeps’ from ‘Party At The Palace’ from which the screenshot above was taken at approx 46 seconds in:
23rd May 2018:
Now available for the first time since 2008 handmade by Greg Fryer, the Treble Booster Touring.
The 2018 Treble Booster Touring pedal is handmade to exactly the same circuit and sound as my Treble Booster Touring pedals and strap mount boosters made for Brian May and for general sale since 2001.
To order please see Fryer Guitars Webshop: http://shop.fryerguitars.com/
or email Greg Fryer at firstname.lastname@example.org
28th February 2018:
A blast from the past: just found these photos from June 2007 of the beginnings of the Brian May Super guitar. Barry Moorhouse and Kazutaka Ijuin very kindly visited my workshop and held discussions over a couple of days to get the ball rolling with the ‘Brian May Super’ Red Special guitar project.
More details about the guitar here: https://fryerguitars.wordpress.com/bm-super/
22nd February 2018:
Queen + Adam Lambert played Sydney again. What a show and what great playing and singing. Nice to see Brian playing ‘John’ and ‘George Burns’ out on stage again.
For pics please see https://fryerguitars.wordpress.com/queen-adam-lambert-2018-tour/
21st February 2018:
Fryer Treble Booster Super and Mayday pedals are temporarily out of stock, however I am building more at present and they will be available to order from the webshop very soon. Cheers, Greg
21st February 2018:
New Fryer Guitars T shirts are available now in Royal Blue colour. Please see Apparel page for sizes and details: https://fryerguitars.wordpress.com/apparel/
2nd September 2017:
More Treble Booster Super, Treble Booster Deluxe, and Mayday overdrive pedals will be available again soon from my webshop. I am currently in the middle of building these pedals and will post more info shortly. Cheers, Greg
12th June 2017:
Video clip from Danny Rodd, demoing his new Esteban Anderson Red Special guitar and using the following Fryer pedals and a Vox Pathfinder 15R amp:
“I’ve sent you some pics here and a video, so you can hear the amazing sound. I played with the band last Thursday, using my Fryer stuff but this time with a mini set, just the Fryer TB Deluxe 2014 and the Pathfinder 15R. The sound was amazing at not too loud volume, but it was considerably loud enough. Later I’ll send you more videos with the complete band.
My live set rig will be: Esteban Anderson Red Special guitar, Fryer TB, new Fryer Mayday, Fryer ‘Robert’ overdrive/boost, Delay, Vox Pathfinder 15R amp for small places and Vox AC30 C2 amp for bigger places.”
30th November 2016:
New Fryer Guitars T Shirts have arrived, this time in Charcoal colour. Price is $AUD28.50 plus shipping, to order please see:https://fryerguitars.wordpress.com/apparel/
1st November 2016:
Pics from the two guitarists in the ‘We Will Rock You’ Australia production James Barber and Simon Croft:
23rd October 2016:
Report from Scott Bastian about using the Fryer pedals Treble Booster Super, Mayday overdrive, and the new prototype ‘Robert’ boost/drive pedal live on stage through his Vox AC30 TBX amp and Korean made BMG Red Special guitar. For the last 8 years Scott has been playing guitar in the Australian Queen Tribute Show:
Been meaning to write to you sooner, just finished a couple of shows around Canberra and I’m loving the setup I have now thanks to you. The ‘Mayday’ is perfect for achieving the Queen sound on smaller stages. Getting rid of the attenuator and its 4db steps has made sitting in the onstage mix so much easier.
I’m still fine tuning the ‘Robert’ pedal settings. I found that at your recommended settings I was getting a better solo sound but not the db increase I was after and I think I’ve compensated for this with a bit more level. I really need to explore more at rehearsal because most times the sound checks are rushed due to venue constrictions.
I’m not the sort of player that can dissect and articulate my tone – its either good or awful given the differences of my gear. I’m sure there are a million changes I could make to my TBX amp that would get me closer to Brian’s sound and then there’s the differences with my Brian May guitar with the Strat style tremolo bridge compared to a decent replica with a original style knife edge trem. Palm positioning would have to make a noticeable difference (improvement) I would think too. Anyway I’m going off on a tangent or is that a tirade haha 🙂
You’ve made my job in this band a lot more enjoyable, my pedalboard is now a collection of Fryer pedals, a tuner and a delay unit.
Cheers mate, all the best, Scott.
19th September 2016:
A new prototype product is being trialled at the moment, the ‘Robert’ overdrive/boost pedal has come from the Extra Boost/Drive pedal which I made in April 2016 for the ‘We Will Rock You’ Australia guitar rig setup.
Why is this pedal is named ‘Robert’? 🙂 because a friend who heard an early prototype said that I should name the pedal after my middle name (thanks Mick!) and I couldn’t think of a better name….
The ‘Robert’ pedal has different uses – it can be used either with Fender guitars and amps as a standard overdrive/boost pedal, or it can be used in the Brian May Red Special guitar pedal setup as a solo boost pedal: Red Special > Treble Booster > Mayday overdrive > ‘Robert’ pedal footswitched in for solos when required.
The prototype ‘Robert’ overdrive/boost pedal pictured below has two controls which are on/off switches: ‘D’ switches in a subtle distortion circuit similar to the Mayday Deacy-style distortion circuit, and the ‘Pres’ control switches in a top-end presence treble cut. At this point the pedal is being evaluated and I am not sure whether these 2 controls will make it onto a final factory made product.
31st August 2016:
Fryer Mayday overdrive pedals are now back in stock. Please see our webshop to order.
(Note: all Mayday pedals made from late April 2016 serial number 059 onwards have been made to the same circuit variation featuring a little more treble response and gain that Marco Giuseppe Di Marco has featured recently in a youtube demo clip)
12th August 2016:
The Treble Booster Special pedal is now back in stock! Please order from our webshop at:
25th July 2016:
The Treble Booster Super is now back in stock – available in standard bare aluminium finish and now also in deep purple colour. Please request purple when ordering or send a separate email requesting this.
18th July 2016:
Unfortunately our Mayday and Treble Booster Special pedals have sold out and are temporarily unavailable from our webshop. New stock of these pedals will be available soon and this page will be updated with info then.
14th July 2016:
Unfortunately this week we have sold out of stocks of the Treble Booster Special pedal. I am expecting more TB Specials to be arriving from Roberto in the 2nd week in August, apologies for any inconvenience and I will keep this page and the webshop updated when they arrive.
12th July 2016:
Guitar and Bass Magazine August 2016 edition features the cover story ‘Royal Vox’ where Brian May speaks about his ‘Queen’ rig and his love affair with the Vox AC30 amplifier. Includes photos inside one of Brian’s Greg Fryer custom built AC30s and a discussion with amp tech Mike Hill.
27th May 2016:
Youtube demo of humcancelling system 8a for single coil pickups:
3rd May 2016:
Report and photos of the guitar pedalboard from WWRY Australia guitarist James Barber:
17th April 2016:
‘We Will Rock You’ Australia 2016 guitar rig rethink with WWRY guitar tech Billy Hibben.
15th April 2016: exciting new product under development:
Humcancelling system for Fender Stratocaster® guitars which use the standard 3 single coil pickup format.
(pickups need to be same magnetic polarity, wound in the same direction and wound to approx the same turns count)
For more information please see:
In 1989 an active humcancelling system was designed for me by Warren McAlister and for several years I fitted this system to some of my custom made guitars and to some other guitars for customers. This 1989 active system was powered by a 9V battery and used a dummy coil. The system was good but had some drawbacks which needed to be improved: the active sound needed to be closer to the passive pickup sound and the amount of hum reduced was good but not entirely satisfactory. There were also other design issues to improve on.
In 2011 I began experimenting with developing new versions of the humcancelling system. This has meant experimenting with fresh designs, and to date I have trialled 8 prototype versions of a new improved system.
My objectives have been to design an active humcancelling system which:
- is as close as possible in sound to the normal passive pickup sound
- reduces as much 50/60 cycle hum and general noise as possible
- is easy to install thus reducing installation labour costs
- has extremely long 9V battery life
- has easily accessible switching between passive pickup and active system modes via a push/pull pot switch located underneath one of the guitar’s potentiometer controls.
- pcb capable of being neatly housed in the guitar’s control cavity rather than requiring a separate routed cavity in the guitar body.
- when fitted on Stratocaster® guitars the system can have a ‘level boost’ control in place of the usual 2nd Tone control mounted on the pickguard. In active humcancelling mode this level boost will function to give addition output level for solo or other passages.
Achieving these objectives has proved more elusive and time consuming than first thought, but recent prototypes are showing great promise. More information will be available soon as well as a demo youtube clip when the latest prototype is finalised.
Stratocaster® is a registered trademark of Fender Musical Instruments Corporation and Fender Australia Pty Ltd. Fryer Guitars is not affiliated in any way with Fender Musical Instruments Corporation or Fender Australia Pty Ltd.
18th March 2016:
Treble Booster Special is now back in stock with latest pedals arriving from Roberto.
Well known online effect pedal reviewer Brett Kingman has recently described the TB Special as the best treble booster he has ever tried.
31st Dec 2015:
The Treble Booster Special pedal is now available, new stock has arrived from Roberto in Spain. For ordering please see our webshop http://shop.fryerguitars.com/ or email me at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
10th Dec 2015:
Shipping on International orders from today will be with UPS exclusively. Because of recent less than satisfactory performance on deliveries using Australia Post, Deutsche Post, USPS and UK Royal Mail, I decided last week to open an account with UPS and have been given a very competitive discounted rate by our UPS rep.
Using UPS will unfortunately slightly increase the shipping price, but importantly will provide a faster more professional service than what the Post Office offers. UPS deliver in 3 days door to door internationally with far better security and tracking.
1st Dec 2015:
Our webshop is back up again!
Please see: http://shop.fryerguitars.com/
Some products can still be ordered directly by email, due to limited stocks and busy manufacturing schedules the Mayday overdrive/distortion is only available directly by email and in the new year will be available on the webshop.
Please email me at: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
Regards, Greg Fryer
26th Nov 2015:
Doing a few Supers in red colour now
22nd Nov 2015:
The Treble Booster Special pedal will be available in mid-late December 2015.
This pedal is a collaboration with Roberto Garcia from Thundertomate pedals in Spain.
Please see Roberto’s website: http://www.thundertomate.com/english/home.html
The 2015 TB Special shares many similarities with my 2009 version TB Special prototypes, although in the 2015 version I am using the same unique sounding transistor as the TB Super, and this produces a better sounding pedal.
8 position Rotary switch ‘Range’ control gives the flexibility of selecting from 8 thinner to fatter sounds as the ‘Range’ is turned clockwise. This will give you the sounds of several of my treble boosters all in one pedal – such as TB Super, TB Deluxe, TB Plus with other thinner and fatter sounds at either end of the Range control.
Power is by either 9V battery or 9V Adaptor. For 9V adaptor the recommended types are centre negative, 2.1mm dia jack, 100ma and above current capacity such as Boss PSA or Voodoo Labs Pedal Power 2. The Treble Booster Special draws under 4ma current, and is proudly manufactured by Roberto at his facility in Gijon, Spain.
More info and prices soon
Fryer Guitars t shirt now available 22nd Nov 2015, please see:
3rd Sept 2015:
New prototype ‘Mayday’ overdrive/distortion pedal soundfiles from Mark Reynolds, Marco Giuseppe Di Marco and Danny Rodd
6th July 2015:
Custom version Treble Booster Super with Bulgin battery box and 9V AC Adaptor socket available in limited numbers
Please see: https://fryerguitars.wordpress.com/for-sale/
26th May 2015:
New Mayhem overdrive/distortion pedal available soon, please see:
2000-2008 version pic:
26th May 2015:
Mini strap mount Treble Booster Super: sorry I have had my hands full with a number of projects being developed (such as the Mayday pedal) and unfortunately have put the good ole strap mount TB Supers on the back burner. Will get back to these soon as I can. Hooroo, GF
2nd September 2014:
The ‘Treble Booster Super’ pedal above was specially made for Brian May and was given to him monday night 25th August in Sydney. We visited Brian and chatted for over an hour at his hotel in Circular Quay near the harbour bridge. It was great to catch up again and although the Q+AL tour has been gruelling and tiring Brian was his usual friendly and welcoming self, one of nature’s real gentlemen.
I showed Brian the new pedals that I had developed and also the drawings for a new guitar design of mine.
The TB Super is probably the best treble booster that I have made for playing through an AC30, same good olde Brian May treble booster circuit with a few tweaks here and there to suit a new transistor, and is using a transistor that I found a couple of years ago and immediately loved the sound of how it worked in the BM circuit. The transistor gives similar strength of output to the BC239C used in my TB Deluxe and TB Plus pedals, but delivers a nicer harmonic makeup and more richness of sound than the 239C. When Brian is back home after the tour we will be chatting more about this pedal and I will explore soon what the possibilities are for both handmaking and factory making this model.
Couldn’t resist taking this snap below of the harbour bridge lights at midnight after we left Bri’s hotel, it seemed so perfect, and I was chuffed to see the following day on http://www.brianmay.com that Bri had taken a similar shot on the sunday morning. That coathanger always makes a good photo