VFE PEDALS Launches The KLEIN BOTTLE, A Unique Multiband Effect Mixer/Looper

VFE Pedals is a company whose products I hold near and dear to my heart (and to my pedalboard) – I use their (now discontinued) Ice Scream OD pedal on pretty much everything I put out, and I did the first review for the very cool Focus pedal. They have been laying low for a bit now and shifted their business model quite a bit, reducing the number of pedals they make, but now they’re back with a crazy looking new pedal – the Klein Bottle.

The pedal is now fully funded on Kickstarter, where you can get the pedal at a discounted pre-order until the end of the month.

Tacoma, Washington—VFE Pedals today announced the Klein Bottle, a multiband effect mixer/looper, featuring three independent FX loops, each with dedicated bandwidth, pre-gain, and mix level controls, has been successfully funded on Kickstarter. The Klein Bottle was designed to help the growing number of effect pedal enthusiasts to create new tones and soundscapes from their existing pedals.

The Klein Bottle also features a unique feedback mixing system that allows any of the FX loops to be fed into the others. This allows the user to layer tones from different pedals, or create sonic landscapes that seem to trail on forever by connecting multiple time-based pedals. The HPF (bass cut) and LPF (treble cut) controls mean each FX loop can filter out part of the signal, letting the user isolate the lows, mids, or highs into each FX loop. With a separate dry level control, master volume and a phase correction control on the first loop, the Klein Bottle can adapt to a wide variety of gear setups.

Pricing and Availability

  • Expected retail price is $399. The Klein Bottle is available on Kickstarter starting at $349 until November 29.
  • The Klein Bottle is expected to start shipping to Kickstarter backers in March 2018, with a retail release of late spring 2018.
  • Kickstarter backers also have 3 DIY options to choose from, ranging from $49 to $159.
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