These guitar brands are releasing gear to contribute to anti-racism causes

These brands are using their effects to raise money for racial justice charities.

In response to the ongoing protests against police brutality and racism happening all across the United States, several device makers have come up with special releases and raffles that see proceeds donated to charity organisations and campaigns standing for racial justice.

Sargent House BLM Fundraiser Raffle

Record Label Sargent House has announced a raffle of various items from its roster of artists. Notably, for guitarists, both Chelsea Wolfe’s Fender Jazzmaster (signed) and Deafheaven’s custom Dunable Flying V are up for grabs. Atop these, there’s some rare signed test pressing, clothes and other memorabilia up for grabs.

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Band Memes x She Shreds Pedal Raffle

Bandmemes and She Shreds have teamed with a coalition of 22 device builders for a massive stompbox raffle, in support of three racial justice organisations: Black Lives Matter, the Bail Project and Critical Resistance. Each $10 donation to either organisation counts as an entry in the raffle. Take a look at Bandmemes’ announcement video for the raffle below.

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Hey guys, I'm teaming up with @sheshreds_media to put together a raffle to fight the racial injustices in the US and help those fighting on the frontlines. This raffle is benefiting: @blklivesmatter @criticalresistance @bailproject If you're not familiar with them, you can find more info on the raffle page or on their websites. Go check them out because they're doing ESSENTIAL work in the fight for racial equality and justice reform. I'll also be sharing more info from them in the coming days. To enter hit the link in my bio and donate at least $10 to any of the three organizations and send the donation receipt to me at bandmemes666donations@gmail.com (it's now the main contact email in my bio) If you donate at least $10 to two or all three of them, you will have multiple entries. Include your top 5 prizes in your email. There's 22 to choose from! Prizes: 1. Abominable Electronics: Toke Machine (Chase Variant Finish) 2. Adventure Audio: Fuzz Peaks 2 (Red/Black finish) 3. AWOL: Virus 4. Bookworm Effects: Diving Belles 5. Caroline Guitar Co: Hawaiian Pizza 6. Chase Bliss "JOAL" MOOD (1/10 ever made) 7. Chase Bliss Audio: Preamp MKII 8. Cooper fx: Arcades 9. CopperSound Pedals: Captain Hook 10. Death By Audio: Rooms 11. Dr Scientist Sounds: DUSK 12. Electronic Audio Experiments: Eldritch Blast 13. Floating Forest: Dream Eater Deluxe 14. Fuzzrocious Pedals: Demon (BLM Handpainted) 15. Meris: Ottobit Jr 16. Old Blood Noise: Minim 17. Pelican Noiseworks: Pelitaur GE 18. Pladesk Elektrisk: Fabrikat (Black Plate) 19. Quiet Theory: Prelude 20. smallsound/bigsound: Mini 21. Spruce Effects: Gale 22. Zvex: Fuzz Factory 7 Please share this with anyone who supports the movement and wants an awesome pedal! 22 winners will be drawn on June 23rd! Good luck!

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Big Ear Pedals

Big Ear Pedals recently donated 100% of its sales towards Color of Change and Black Lives Matter, raising over $5,000 for the causes. See its post below:

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Thank you thank you thank you to everyone who bought a pedal the past few days! Because of you, we raised over $5,000 which we split equally and donated to @blm_nashville and @colorofchange!! (Swipe for receipts!) And thank you so much to everyone else in the gear community who either hosted giveaways, made donations, entered raffles, bought pedals from other companies, or raised funds in any capacity. We’re really proud to be part of such a supportive community! And hey! We’ve got something else up our sleeve, too.. so stay tuned for that! Lastly, please remember that we are a small company (it’s just Karen and me here) so give us a few extra days to get everything out the door! Got lots of pedals to build now!! Yeah!!🤘

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Anti Flag x Abominable Electronics

On top of its ‘Hate Stomper’ PCB (see below), Abominable Electronics contributed a fuzz/distortion pedal labelled simply ‘Fuck White Supremacy,’ to be raffled off by the band Anti-Flag in aid of Black Lives Matter. Four units in total were up for grabs, with thee grand prize winner also receiving a unique LP pressing of Anti-Flag’s Live: Vol. 1, complete with the burnt remains of an American Flag. The raffle raised over $14,000 for the cause.

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Mythos Pedals #001 Mjolnir Overdrive

Nashville-based Mythos Pedals announced that its very first Mjolnir overdrive pedal ever made will go under the hammer on eBay to support the Black Lives Matter organisation. “This is the first ever Mythos pedal,” Device maker Zach Broyles wrote. “It’s very important to me but it pales in comparison to how important it is that we all work together to end racism in America.”

The pedal’s eBay listing noted that the device was also at a time used by roots and blues guitarist Joey Landreth of the The Bros. Landreth. Bids for the overdrive pedal will be accepted until 12 June.

“I hope that whoever wins this auction will love this as much as I have,” Broyles wrote. “This was my main overdrive when I used to gig and I’ve spent countless hours playing music on this very box just at home. It’s very special to me but in light of everything that is happening in the world I think raising money with an auction is so much more important than having a pedal on a shelf.”

Red Witch Pedals

Ben Fulton of Red Witch Pedals took to Instagram to announce that he would be “donating all the profit margin from any Red Witch pedal” sold from its online store towards the NAACP’s Legal Defense Fund.

In his statement, the Kiwi wrote that he “would never have picked up the guitar” if not for the pioneering musical work of Black artists from Jimi Hendrix, BB King and Albert King.

“I feel such a debt for how much that culture has improved my life – musically and beyond. I genuinely hope out of all this horror that a new, better way forward, is found.” His full Instagram post below.

Abominable Pedals “Black Lives Matter” Hate Stomper PCB

Seattle-based Abominable Pedals has announced a special PCB for its Hate Stomper JFET Boost, one that’s adorned with the words “Black Lives Matter”. Proceeds from these circuit boards will go towards the Black Lives Matter Seattle-King County Freedom Fund; each is priced at $6.66, an apt price for the makers of the Hail Satan fuzz pedal.

God City Instruments “Black Lives Matter” PCB

Converge guitarist Kurt Ballou – through his instrument and device company, God City Instruments – has unveiled a special Tone Bender-style PCB, featuring the words “Black Lives Matter”. Profits from the sale of the fuzz circuit will be split between Massachusetts Bail Fund and the Boston DSA. Ballou wrote in an Instagram post: “They’ll be available in the GCI shop just as soon as I verify the design works and sounds good.”

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I spent some time over the past few days thinking of ways I could use my resources to be more helpful in the fight for true equality of BIPOC people. One thing I came up with was this TB MKiii inspired DIY PCB. They’ll be available in the GCI shop just as soon as I verify the design works and sounds good. All profits will be split between massbailfund.org and bostondsa.org. Also, my pal and cohort @abominablepedals has a similar thing going with a special BLM Hate Stomper DIY PCB. Check out his store, please. PS. Please vote. Vote in every election no matter how small. We need to elect progressive candidates at every level of government from school committee right up to president if we’re going to turn the tide. #BLM #blacklivesmatter #fuzzpedal #diypcbetching

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Chase Bliss Automatone Preamp MKII, Serial #00001

Chase Bliss Audio of Minnesota is hosting a global raffle for a chance to win its Automatone Preamp MKII with the serial number #00001. Entry to the raffle is granted with either a proof of donation towards Campaign Zero, or with “a written paragraph on how you plan to fight police brutality in your community or the world”.

Additionally, Chase Bliss will be matching contributions to Campaign Zero up to $5,000. A winner for the preamp will be announced on 11 June. See the brand’s full Instagram post below.

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Following in the footsteps of @electronicaudioexperiments, @midfielectronics, and @cooper.fx we are holding a “raffle” for Automatone Preamp mkII serial 00001. This raffle is available worldwide, wherever not prohibited. We are supporting @campaignzero as the more we learn about their #8cantwait initiative the more we believe in it. Please look at the rest of the pictures here to learn more. No purchase necessary for entry. To enter you can do EITHER (both is fine too, but only one is necessary to enter) 1) Email chaseblissdonations@gmail.com proof of a donation for @campaignzero 2) Email chaseblissdonations@gmail.com with a written paragraph on how you plan to fight police brutality in your community or the world. Either method (or donation amount) gives you *one* entry – even if you do both. No multiple entries allowed. After we add up all the donations from screenshots, Chase Bliss will match up to a total of $5000. Winner will be announced in one week on June 11.

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Cooper FX owner’s personal Generation Loss

Tom Majeski of Cooper FX will be raffling off his personal Generation Loss pedal so “it can be more productive”. Each $10 donation pledged towards an organisation within a provided list grants one entry into the raffle. Majeski also stated that the would be matching the highest donation.

“I don’t know what to say and I feel like my voice isn’t the one who should be heard,” he wrote in his Instagram post. “I just want to contribute some way. Thank you”

Old Blood Noise Endeavors

Old Blood Noise Endeavors announced last Friday (5 June) that it would be donating the entirety of its web sales proceeds from that day towards Black Lives Matter (Oklahoma). A follow post from the brand announced that its campaign raised over $50,000 – which will be confirmed publicly once the contribution has been made.

Black/Mass Effects 1312 Distortion

Last week, Black/Mass Effects announced that it would be donating its profit from pre-orders of the 1312 Distortion stompbox – a eight-clipping option super Rat pedal – towards two Boston-based organisations: the Massachusetts Bail Fund and Families For Justice As Healing.

“There’s so much to be said about the needless killing and violence carried out by the police,” wrote the one-man building operation. “We need to work everyday to dismantle the oppressive systems that allow the police to behave the way they do. We need to use whatever voice we can find to work to demilitarize the police [and] reinvest in uplifting our communities.”

Pre-orders were later capped, after meeting with “overwhelming demand”. The company announced a total of $2,380 raised – with additional desires to “do more of these soon”.

See the full post below.

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I’m heartbroken by the hatred personified in this country. Been trying to figure out how I can use my small platform to help. I’m doing this run of pedals and donating 100% of the profits to 2 Boston based charities: Mass Bail Fund and Families for Justice as Healing. I’ve launched preorders on the website. Special thanks to @speakeasy_printshop for burning the screens so these can be hand printed. There’s so much to be said about the needless killing and violence carried out by the police. We need to work everyday to dismantle the oppressive systems that allow the police to behave the way they do. We need to use whatever voice we can find to work to demilitarize the police the reinvest in uplifting our communities. We need to do better for BIPOC in this country. There are no good cops. The 1312 Distortion is a Rat circuit with eight different clipping options. Preorders available now at www.blackmasselectronics.com. If you want to give but do not want to buy a pedal I recommend donating to either of the organizations listed above or the Black Visions Collective. Solidarity Forever.

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Kauer Guitars Korona Prototype

On 5 June, Kauer Guitars unveiled the Korona, an “upscale version” of the brand’s Titan KR-1 model – which along with three “builders choice” editions, sold for the special price of $2,000 a piece. 100% of the sales, plus an extra 25% contribution by Kauer would go towards the buyer’s organization of choice, either the George Floyd Memorial Fund, Minnesota Freedom Fund, Black Visions Collective, Reclaim the Block, Campaign Zero, or Unicorn Riot.

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Introducing Korona: the upscale version of our @titanguitars KR1 model. We are donating a 100% of this prototypes sale to @campaignzero or one of the other organizations listed. This one features @lollarpickups low wind imperial neck, j street bridge, bound ash body, gloss finish, bound fretboard over a roasted maple neck, @hipshotproducts tuners, @emersoncustom pots, a gotoh bridge and coil split (neck) and cocked wah switch. This would be 2850 in production, 2750 as the prototype normally BUT the first person who makes a 2000 dollar donation directly (DM us first) gets it and a @monocreators case for it. Free shipping worldwide. I will also match another 25% on top personally. Going one step further, I will donate another 3 builders choice versions for the same donation amounts. We wish we could do more (and maybe we can soon) but we just started back up and I’d rather do something than nothing. #8cantwait

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A follow-up post from Kauer revealed that a total of $30,000 in contributions were collected through the plan.

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