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The Upper Bout in Champaign, Illinois has been named a Top 100 Dealer by the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM), the global association of music products and music retailers. The organization will recognize The Upper Bout on Friday, June 24 at the Top 100 Dealer Awards event held as part of the 2016 Summer NAMM Show in Nashville, Tennessee.

“The Upper Bout was selected by a discerning panel of judges as one of the very best among music retailers,” said Joe Lamond, NAMM President and CEO. “This special recognition signifies The Upper Bout’s commitment to providing an excellent retail experience for their customers, helping people of all ages discover the joys and benefits of making music, and to fostering a positive musical experience for their community at large.”

Premium Point to Point Handmade guitar pedals. Each pedal is built with high-quality parts and materials such as; Bourns 24mm ProAudio potentiometers with dust shields, 1/2watt Carbon Composition Resistors, premium audio caps, and fiberglass circuit boards and terminals. These Canadian made pedals are guaranteed for Life. Here are some of the models we carry:

The Sally Drive Classic DC - Low Gain Overdrive / Clean Boost

The Sally Drive "Advanced" - Highly Tweakable 808, Low Gain Overdrive / Preamp

Millie Fuzz - Low Gain Fuzz + Medium Gain, Saturated Fuzz

Rodeo Drive - Medium Gain Overdrive

R3 Distortion - High Gain Distortion

Come in today to try them ALL! For a more detailed description visit

Straight from Munich, Germany, Ohmless Pedals have landed at our door! These pedals are phenomenal boutique tone boxes and have beautiful paint jobs.

There are three outstanding pedals in the lineup. The Yara Optical Compressor is a studio quality compression/sustain pedal that can be as subtle or as squishy as you want. The Solana Overdrive is a transparent blues breaker sounding overdrive with a handy tone-cut switch. The Lorena Overdrive is a Klon-based transparent overdrive that delivers the kind of tones you brag to your friends about.

Stop in today to try one of these great pedals!

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The Analog Outfitters Scanner has arrived at The Upper Bout! Check out this truly unique vibrato and reverb effect unit! Taken from old Hammond organ parts, this vibrato has THE vintage sound you've been looking for!