Lovetone Ring Stinger Ring Modulator Effect, c. 1999

Lovetone  Ring Stinger Ring Modulator Effect,  c. 1999
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Lovetone Ring Stinger Model Ring Modulator Effect, c. 1999, made in England. Born in 1995 in , Lovetone FX began as the project of Dan Coggins and Vlad Naslas. Lovetone is credited as being one of the major players in the beginning of the boutique guitar pedal boom. Musicians had grown tired of the fairly simple, sometimes mundane stompboxes and largely inaccessible major rackmounted effect options on the market, and developers like Lovetone saw an opportunity. They decided to fill their giant aluminum enclosures with some of the weirdest and most colorfully named offerings for the modern guitarist looking to experiment.

The company ceased production in 2001, just after the release of their final and coveted invention, the ? Flanger with No Name. Dan Coggins continued the stewardship and maintenance of the Lovetone line on his own as Dinosaural, passing ownership back to Naslas in 2009 and returning again in 2013 as Coggins Audio. The two have since also collaborated with Thorpy FX to make updated (and certainly smaller!) iterations of some classic circuits to the modern boutique market.

While players across genres and generations enjoyed the Lovetone pedals, the 1990's provenance and acclaim the line made them popular with fuzzed-out rock and shoegaze icons like Kevin Shields of My Bloody Valentine, J. Mascis of Dinosaur Jr., and the Greenwoods of Radiohead.

To quote Lovetone, the "Ring Stinger is a ring modulator/fuzz octave doubler/repeater/dirt box/optical synth all rolled into one," and it truly is. This pedal plays well with others in the Lovetone line as well, despite being a powerhouse in its own right. The Ring Stinger features several options on tap for shaping the LFO and tone of the pedal, with a large plethora of additional ins and outs including VCO CV control for synth-heads. This, alongside the ? Flanger, are perhaps the most popular for tabletop applications, with a menu of dirt and modulation sounds that fare just as well for a modular setup as they do for the psychonautic guitarist.

One of the craziest features of this pedal is the input for a light-sensitive reactor which can be used for theremin-like modulation. This reactor also works on several other Lovetone offerings.
Height is 7 1/8 in. (18.1 cm.), 7 7/8 in. (20 cm.) width, and 3 1/4 in. (8.3 cm.) in depth at deepest point. This Ring Stinger has some minor cosmetic wear, with minimal scratches on the sides where it was likely nestled in on a pedalboard for years alongside its other Lovetone compatriots. The knobs are all original on clean original pots. The stomps, which were replaced by the original Lovetone owner and designer Dan Coggins during his time operating as Dinosaural in the mid-2000's, can be used as an aide to swing open the trapdoor enclosure which opens from the bottom to reveal the date and serial number, as well as the PCB within that is fully unaltered.

The pedal comes with its original instruction document but lacks the original box and power supply. It runs off of a 9V battery via snap inside, or off a 9V power adapter with the 3.5mm jack, less commonly found today but a popular choice for pedals of this era. Overall Very Good + Condition.