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Published on July 16th, 2019 | by Guest Editor


Tony Hawk Endorsed Guitar Pedal is Made From Upcycled Skateboards and Supports a Children’s Charity

The eye-popping pedal boasts an upcycled skateboard plus a skate wheel that controls your fuzz tone, but “Skatedeck” is more than an incredible stompbox: 100% of profits go to Skateistan schools for children in vulnerable environments.

Skateistan Pedal Yellow

Imagine looking down at your one-of-a-kind pedal, tweaking your fuzz sound to perfection via a skate wheel and knowing you’ve helped an amazing cause. This pedal brings it all: wielding a fuzzy, tube-like tone never felt this good. 

You won’t find gear like this in your local store. Each Skatedeck fuzz pedal is truly unique, custom cut from a used skate deck with all the bruises and battle scars. But there’s more: each skate deck came from Skateistan schools for kids – and, to come full circle, 100% of profits from each pedal sold go back to Skateistan. You can now hear the pedal and purchase it here.

Tony Hawk approves, Keegan Hawk shreds

Skateboarding legend Tony Hawk recently got behind the project with a shoutout on Instagram and a video of his son Keegan demoing Metallica’s ‘Seek and Destroy’ with the pedal’s signature crunchy tone. “Support Skateistan while shredding with this one-of-a-kind fuzz pedal,” wrote the Birdman.

Fuzzy circuit to tickle your inner gear nerd

For guitarists who love unique gear and for every ex-kid that ever tasted skate park asphalt, this pedal celebrates creative freedom. It’s an alternative use of distortion with mosfet stage for tube-like warmth, crafted by certified tone wizard Antonin Salva (KHDK Electronics, Salvation Mods). 

The Skatedeck’s tone evokes grunge and stoner rock with its characteristic sound: toothy, fuzzy, sharp and dry. The skate wheel is a your precision fuzz control, easily tweakable with your foot while playing, so you can glide from a soft, fuzzy tickle to sounding like the room is being sucked into a velcro vortex. Plays nice with a clean channel on your favorite amp and a pair of skate shoes. Check out the pedal’s sound here. 

Skateistan kids

Feel warm and fuzzy, support an award-winning NGO for kids

100% of profits from the sale of the pedals go to Skateistan, an international NGO that helps children in South Africa, Afghanistan and Cambodia through creative education and skateboarding. Over half of Skateistan’s 2,500 students are girls and many students have disabilities, with Skateistan giving them a place to have fun and skin their knees while learning the most freedom-loving of all sports.

“I swear it makes the pedal insanely inspiring to play,” says David Karon, co-founder of Tone for Change, a new pedals-for-charity initiative behind the pedal. “What you’re getting is a memory of somebody’s happy childhood, right on your pedalboard, and at the same time you’ve given another kid a chance to reach for their dreams by buying this pedal.” 

Tone for Change is a new pro-charity pedal project by David Karon and Antonin Salva of KHDK Electronics. While their KHDK guitar pedals win awards and deliver tonal apocalypse on massive stages, Tone for Change aims to make a positive impact with pedals that give away 100% of profits. To develop the Skateistan pedal, Antonin and David partnered with Jan Juranek and Jakub “Salma” Hajek to form It’s Electric, a creative development firm that pursues unique electronics projects to make the world a better sounding place.

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