When I began working on prototype Acoustic Stompboxes, I was trying to create a stompbox that had 3 basic Characteristics. It had to really sounded like a kickdrum, be easy to use, and be built like a tank. That’s it. I wasn’t trying to reinvent the wheel or create some technical wonder-box. I just wanted a stompbox that did what it was supposed to do and would last virtually forever.It took me almost a year of trial and error until I arrived at the ToeKicker.
The first criteria that I had was that it sounds good. I didn’t what it to sound like someone stomping on a block of wood. I achieved this through not only the design of the pickup, but also in the structure of the instrument itself. The pickup is a piezo pickup that I build in-house. I developed a proprietary passive circuit to accentuate the deep bass frequencies. The best sound is achieved via an equalizer but the pickup helps tremendously to achieve that deep bass thump.
I want to add something here. The amount of bass response that you get will always be affected by what you are playing it through. If you play through a small acoustic guitar amp you are not going to get alot of bass. That’s true no matter what you play through a small accoustic amp. However, if you are playing through a decent bass amp or PA, it’s going to rock the house.
The structure of the instrument is also key in the tone as well. It doesn’t sound like a block of wood because it isn’t a block of wood. Rather, it is built more like a drum. The top of the ToeKicker can be considered tobe the playing “head” of a drum and the bottom is a “Resonating Head”. With this design, there are resonating bass tones that the pickup sends down the line.
I also wanted it to be easy to use. I didn’t want to have to replace batteries, have settings, or have switches. The ToeKicker is passive so it doesn’t need batteries. It has a 1/4" output jack that you send directly to a bass amp or to the PA’s board. That’s it. Just EQ it to get the tone where you want it and your set.
The last thing that I required from the ToeKicker is that it be very durable. That is why I crafted it from Oak. Oak is very dense, has a very nice tone in this application, and looks good too. It is made from a 3/4" shell that is sandwiched between 1/4" heads. It is tough! If fact, if any ToeKicker ever fails…..I will repair or replace it for free. And that is for life.
So there you have it. That is the ToeKicker Acoustic Stombox.