The Kookaburra is something a little different, it contains our special design pickup that can provide a solid bottom end thump, but with this one, we’ve added brass tambourine jingles in an open-top design that allows more of the ambient sound of the Jingles to be heard. Brass Jingles are warmer in sound to nickel making the Kookaburra perfect if you want something a little different. Just plug straight into your mixer or amp, turn up and away you go (there is no need to DI these instruments, although if you wish to you can, the choice is yours). Of course, they can be individually EQ’d to meet your specific tastes, try out a few different EQ settings until you find your sound.
All of our stomp boxes are handmade in Australia on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast, from 100% camphor laurel, a beautiful timber with fantastic acoustic properties that is considered a noxious weed in Australia, making the use of this timber not only perfectly suited for the task but also ecologically friendly.
Because each one is hand made from unique timbers, no 2 are alike, the pictures on this listing are an indication only, your stompbox will have different grain marking, the internals will be the same.
WHY CAMPHOR LAUREL?
There are a few things that we love about camphor laurel. Firstly it’s aesthetics, a beautifully grained timber, boasting enormous colour variations. No two pieces are alike – and when you’re making handcrafted musical instruments, that’s a really good thing. Stompboxes are primarily the realm of acoustic guitarists (and acoustic guitarists love timber).
Secondly, Camphor Laurel has a unique perfume. If you’ve never cut into a piece of camphor laurel, try it – the smell is amazing.
Thirdly and most importantly, Camphor Laurel is a noxious weed in Australia. It has the ability to adapt to a disturbed environment, grows at a prolific rate and has an enormous abundance of seeds. It is mildly toxic if eaten and therefore doesn’t have any natural predators. It is relatively immune to disease. Being a big shady tree it is difficult to remove and tends to create a single species environment because it is so dense.
For all of these reasons, Camphor Laurel needs to be cut down. The problem is, it’s growing faster than it’s being removed. All of these factors make Camphor Laurel the perfect timber for our purposes at MacDaddy.
Finally, Camphor Laurel has a tight grain yet is still a fairly soft timber, which produces excellent acoustic properties, making it ideal for Stompbox manufacturing.
HISTORY OF MACDADDY
The Macdaddy story began in June 2012 when professional musician and amateur woodworker Adam Truscott, became frustrated with the stompboxes (that he was paying good money for) kept breaking. There was probably a good reason for this, as he’s not a small person. This problem led him to designing and redesigning the pickups and trialling different body shapes until he had a product that became the MacDaddy Wombat, the staple of the range. The first working stompbox turned up in late 2012 but was too cumbersome, and way too time-consuming to make.
The Wombat as you see it today rolled off the bench in 2015. The very first (serial number 0001) is still working today, better than ever despite being stomped on by Adam 4 nights a week. When Adam was content with the Wombat he turned his attention to designing the other models in the range. The Platypus arrived when fellow musician and a close friend, living in Norway, desperately wanted a stompbox that would fit in his guitar flight case, as he flew to almost all gigs in Norway. A smaller footprint with the same wombat thump was what he needed.
The next challenge was to produce something unique and different sounding, leading to the development of the Kookaburra and Artist models. Tambourine jingles were sourced, by tearing apart a couple of tambourines and two different styles trialled. Both had their own individual characteristics that were quite striking and so both stayed.
Finally, the Koala emerged. The concept was to combine the bottom end thump of the Wombat and Platypus with the characteristics of the Artist and Kookaburra, and a double-ended heel-toe action provided the answer. Rather than using two stompboxes that were EQ’d differently, the Koala has two outputs and sounds in the one pedal.