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Dr. No Effects unveils stunning, symbolic Alain Johannes 11:11 guitar effects pedal

Queens Of The Stone Age, Them Crooked Vultures, PJ Harvey, Mark Lanegan and Chris Cornell collaborator Alain Johannes is one of the world's great unsung guitar heroes - as we attested in our in-depth interview with the man himself - and Dr. No Effects has enlisted his genius in creating his 11:11 signature pedal.

11:11 combines a set wah filter and low-gain fuzz, aiming to nail Alain's distinctive cutting tone, but the design has a deep significance for the guitarist.

The two bird skull knobs symbolise Alain and his late wife Natasha Shneider, and interact like a marriage: "some settings argue and some work very well as a couple".

Similarly, the larger coin knobs represent Alain's date of birth (2 May 1962) and Chilean origin, and control fuzz and fuzz volume; the smaller coins nod to Natascha's Russian heritage and 22 May 1956 birthday, and control balance and shape.

Dr. No quietly released the 11:11 11 months ago as 121 units for hardcore fans - 11 were sold every 11 months, ending on Alain's birthday. Even the price is symbolic: €335 (3+3+5=11).

The 11:11 is available now from Dr. No Effects - each stompbox is hand-signed by Alain, who recorded his own demo of the tones available, entitled The Adventures of Dr. No in the 11th Dimension - take a listen above.

Mike is Editor-in-Chief of GuitarWorld.com (opens in new tab), in addition to being an offset fiend and recovering pedal addict. He has a master's degree in journalism, and has spent the past decade writing and editing for guitar publications including MusicRadar, Total Guitar and Guitarist, as well as a decade-and-a-half performing in bands of variable genre (and quality). In his free time, you'll find him making progressive instrumental rock under the nom de plume Maebe (opens in new tab).