Throbbing Gristle's Gristleizer stompbox


12 Responses to “Throbbing Gristle's Gristleizer stompbox”

  1. thelongafternoon says:

    I’m building a Gristlelizer using one of Smashing Guitars’ PCBs for the tabletop version. Blogging about it at

    Thus far the construction/assembly has been pretty smooth.

  2. Spencer Cross says:

    I can’t be the only one that’s surprised that it’s not _Thee_ Gristleizer?

  3. snej says:

    $375 seems kind of excessive for this, even given that all audio gear is overpriced. This is not a very complicated circuit — compare with Adafruit’s Xoxbox (an obsessively accurate TB-303 clone).

    Also, the case is wimpy. There’s nothing TG about that red color. And a dated ’90s grunge font is no substitute for the 3-dimensional feel of genuine DYMOâ„¢ LabelMaker tape, no doubt personally applied by the fingers of Chris Carter himself. Some things, as #6 said, just can’t be emulated.

  4. Anonymous says:

    ..isn’t the circuit still copyright PE and/or Roy Gwinn? So ok for individuals to knock out one or a few, but not for commercial production?

  5. zandar says:

    I know why this is making an appearance here (TG’s fringeoid nature and status as alterna-icons, etc) but if you were to do your usual boingboing thing AND post about stompboxes regularly, I would gladly move up from just hugging and kissing you to even spooning you at night.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Don’t want to this to devolve into the old ANALOG VS DIGITAL argument (and it won’t…) but whatever the technology and whether analog or digital, the key to making good recordings dwells within the individual (NOT outside within the recording gear)

    If you’ve got good ideas and a sensitivity to music, you’ll do alright

  7. Clumpy says:

    One of the reasons I love you guys is for mentioning this amazing band from time to time :).

  8. Beastmouth says:

    just a minor correction, it’s smashing guitars with an s at the end
    real great shop they keep on broadway in asheville

  9. Anonymous says:

    Most (if not all) of these effects can be found as free audio add-ons and manipulated through a laptop (Logic, ProTools, even GarageBand…)

    Such a set-up (for instance, run thru a MacBook) provides literally an infinite number of possibilities – whereas a standalone device such as the Gristleizer (eek, what a crazy name!) is intrinsically limited to a few hundred combos.

    Also, it would have been nice if Smashing Guitar had reproduced this unit “as is” with it’s original worn-out look. Somehow the name Gristleizer doesn’t conjure up images of cute shiny red guitar stompers.

  10. Anonymous says:

    @5 that’s not the point : “The Gristleizer is a 100% analog”

    some of us don’t do digital music, prefer the sound of analog, there are some things you just can’t emulate

  11. Anonymous says:

    As someone who mixes primarily “in the box” (aka on a laptop), while I agree that it would certainly be possible to do everything the gristleizer can do with plugins, there’s a certain showmanship that comes with doing things the analog way. Tweaking knobs in software with a trackpad doesn’t quite give the same satisfaction that working real knobs does. And it look a Helluva lot more boring to your audience (assuming you’re using the box while playing live). Also, if you’re not using the laptop for simple effects, you’ve got more processing power for other, cooler stuff.

    I think the design job that Smashing Guitar did is pretty good. The typefaces used and the overall simplicity do a good job of hearkening back to the original while still looking decent. If they gave the new units an artificially distressed look, it would just make me think they were trying too hard.
    Besides, if you wanted to be truly industrial, you’d just do what ERNIE suggested and make it yer damn self. I know it’s MY next soldering project.

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