We do all guitar repair, restoration, refinishing and setup work as well as pick up rewinds and amp and pedal electronics repairs. If it's broken or not playing like it should, we'll fix it.
The retail shop stocks and sells a full range of hardware, leads, strings etc and we have exclusive dealerships so check out the pricelists for the best prices around.

Tym guitars blog has moved

Tym guitars has a brand new website up and running with the new BLOG as part of the site. Please go to Tym guitars to view/comment and browse the BLOG.

March 27, 2011


Tym guitars has a brand new website up and running with the new BLOG as part of the site. Please go to Tym guitars to view/comment and browse the BLOG.

All the old stories and reviews are on the new blog.

March 15, 2011

Diamond Bass Comp

IN STOCK NOW. The original Diamond Compressor has become one of our most well known products, loved by players for it's smooth response and ability to enhance your instruments tone. Turns out that bass players have discovered the Compressor (many via it's discussion on the TalkBass online forums) and while it generally works great for 4-string passive basses, the performance with 5/6 strings and high output active basses was less than ideal as the frequency response and headroom was optimized for guitar use.
Our response to that interest is the new dedicated Bass Comp, the first Diamond pedal designed specifically for bass players. With low frequency response extending down to 20Hz and increased headroom, the Bass Compressor is ideal for 4/5/6 string basses, both active and passive.
We've also revoiced the Tilt EQ control, offering bassists the choice of the original 900Hz tilt point or a new 250Hz setting, accessible via a mini toggle.
-Smooth, optical compression/limiting
-Premium audio components, including 2% polypropylenecapacitors,1% metal film resistors and a pro audio grade opamp (our signal path opamp alone costs 8 to 10 times
what the industry norm uses).
- Innovative 'tilt' EQ provides a very musical tailoring of frequency response - selectable 900Hz or 250Hz tilt point
- Dual AC capacitive coupling paths for improved
transient response.
- True bypass signal path
- 18V power supply included

March 7, 2011

New Tym T shirts

Thanks to Nathan Smith, local R'n'R legend for doing this hand drawn artwork for the new Tym T shirt. These join the huge line of Tym T shirts we already have available here for shipping anywhere in the world.
These are available in white T with black sleeves in all sizes from XS to XL and black T's in all sizes from 10 to XL. Back has the Tym oval logo with "custom handmade guitars, effects,amps and speakers cabs" All Tym T's are $20. Contact Tym guitars for these or any other T's in the Tym range. Thanks for supporting Tym guitars.

March 3, 2011

The new Tym Tone Boost

I made a handful (less than 10) of these back in the late 90's and sold/gave them to some big (ish) player friends I knew who all raved about them highly. I stopped making them as they were a lot of work as I was wiring them point to point and assembling by hand. The originals were in an MXR Phase 100 size box and had a clear sticker printed with a bubblejet and stuck to the box with a coat of clear laquer over the top. I think most of them were painted light blue ? I actually saw one of these sell about a year and half ago for what I considered WAY too much money ?

I found the prototype a month or so ago and wired it up and plugged it in. Man, I'd forgotten how much I love this thing. It's a simple 1 transistor subtle to high gain boost/overdrive that can push any nice valve amp into saturation and has a very usable 1 transistor active tone control. The original had a toggle switch to switch from a type of treble/mid boost to a full linear boost which I've changed into a footswitch to make it more usable while you're playing ? Full frequency response makes it usable for both guitar and bass and you can get from the Shellac type "clang" right through to BIG "stoner" type bottom end.
This is the new version with new box and new artwork. This is schematically identical to the original and is now available in the small MXR size enclosure but sideways like some ZVEX pedals ?

Since the last blog entry I lent this prototype to "boost collector" Brett Netson from legendary US indie band Built to Spill when they played here in Brisbane and I'm very happy to announce this pedal will also be available as Brett's signature pedal in a different enclosure with artwork developed by Brett and Tym guitars. He was so impressed with the pedal, he's putting his name on it. Stay tuned for more info on that SOON.
Both of these versions will be available soon. Contact Tym guitars for these or any other pedal in the Tym range. Thanks for supporting Tym guitars.

March 1, 2011

The new Tym Red Mudd

Since starting my Big Mudd series a couple of years ago I get asked for this version time and time again, mainly by bass players and stoner rock guitarists, so, here it is. This is the new Tym version of the green/army overdrive/sustain pedal from the early 90's.
Like most of these pedals this is essentially the same circuit as all the other versions with some component changes in key areas. It was sold in a few different versions originally and like most of their products, yes,they do all sound slightly different. I used 2 original versions that I've kept for their tone as a template to work from. After building one as per "spec" from online schematics I then started modifying the circuit slightly to fine tune the tone.

While this is an exact copy of the original I am also offering a modified version that lets slightly MORE bottom end through without getting unusably muddy. While still being great on guitar, especially if you tune down, this will work for bass players who currently use one of these versions but with features like my smaller stainless steel enclosures, standard 9V "BOSS" style adaptor, and a standard stomp switch. I also have IN and OUT the "right" way around .........

The Russian writing at the bottom under the Tym logo says "Made in Brisbane, Australia" or at least, that's what we think it says !! These pedals will be available VERY soon. Contact Tym guitars for these or any other pedal in the Tym range. Thanks for supporting Tym guitars.

Earthquaker Ghost Echo Reverb

Ghost Echo Reverb
The Ghost Echo Reverb is designed to emulate a vintage reverb unit. It ‘s capable of providing a little atmosphere all the way through to vast depths. The attack control sets the delay of the initial pick attack on the wet signal only. When playing staccato this registers as a slap back type echo hitting the reverb but when playing fluid lines it adds a massive depth and "fattens" up the sound. The dwell control is a fine tune function that enhances the decay. At first it may seem like it's not there but back it off and you'll miss it. The depth controls the intensity of the reverb. An, yes, it is true bypass!
Any standard 9 volt DC power supply with a negative center 2.1mm barrel. No battery option.
Depth- Sets reverb intensity
Dwell- Sets the decay
Attack- Sets the delay of the pick attack on the wet signal

These pedals are IN STOCK now. Contact Tym guitars for more info and prices.

February 26, 2011

Zvex Box of Rock

The Box of Rock is Z.Vex Effect's first "distortion" pedal, highly specialized to simulate the "everything on 10" sound of a classic Marshall JTM45 non-master-volume amplifier. You may use the Box of Rock effectively with many different amplifiers, but to get the sound I heard when I designed it, try it through a Marshall at least once. You may use your guitar's volume control to adjust for the exact amount of distortion you need, all the way down to very clean and clear with most drive settings. You will notice the words "distortron engine" on the Vexter version of this pedal (no, that's not a misprint) on the pedal. This is what I named my distortion circuit... call me crazy. On the hand-painted version, the stomp switch on the right is labeled "ROCK" instead, because our paint brushes are too wide for so many small letters.

The Box of Rock also contains an extremely high-headroom, unity-to-50X gain booster with nominal input impedance and low hiss. It is very similar to the SHO boost circuit, with refinements to make it sound more like a standard amp input and less glassy. The boost channel can be used alone or in conjunction with the "distortron engine" channel. The boost channel follows the distortion channel so that the distortion is able to hit your amp harder (at a higher volume) when both switches are engaged, for boosting solos and what-not.
Look out when boosting what-not. 8^)

The Controls:
Drive: Sets the amount of distortion. Start around 1:00 o'clock.
Tone: Adjust for treble content. Start around 2:00 o'clock.
Vol: Adjust for distortron engine volume level. Start around 9:00 o'clock.
Boost: Sets the boost level, which is engaged with the left stomp switch. Start around 11:00 o'clock.
The Drive and Boost controls are based on my original Super Hard-On gain control, so they may crackle when turned. This is perfectly normal.

In stock now. Please contact Tym guitars for more info and prices.

February 18, 2011

Phoenix Custom Electronics Lady Stardust

This pedal is based on the Vox Tonebender which is one of the first fuzzes ever produced, and was probably the basis for the famous Dallas Fuzz Face. Our version has the new Phoenix Range knob which allows you to dial in classic bright Vox Fuzz tones or blend in a larger output cap for progressively more bass response. The Lady stardust may seem bright at first, but try it through a cranked Marshall with a Les Paul and it's Mick Ronson all the way! This is a very versatile killer germanium fuzz pedal that will not disappoint. John Stewart and Prescott Kagan aided greatly in the design of this product.
Available now at Tym guitars.

February 16, 2011

Lava cable shipment in NOW

The Lava Clear Connect cable is Made in the U.S.A. and designed to be one of the very best guitar and instrument cable on the market. Featuring G&H Industries Pure Plug™ and Clear Connect Technology™- a patented process where the connectors are high-pressure crimped onto the cable, The Lava Clear Connect cable produces the purest signal path possible. At 26 pF per foot it's capacitance has been designed at the sweet spot for intsrument cables. With a large outer diameter of .260”, 98% shielding, and 99.999% pure Oxygen Free Copper (OFC) for both the shield and conductor, it is a world-class cable capable of superb performance in all situations.


Lava Solder-Free Pedal Board Kit. 10' Mini ELC Cable + 10 Lava Plugs + Stripping Tool.
Lava Cable along with G&H Industries has designed a revolutionary DIY solder-free plug specifically designed with tight tolerances to match the Lava Mini ELC cable. The Lava PlugTM is first solder-free DIY plug on the market not to use a set screw to make the ground connection. Instead, a sleeve making 360 degree ground and outer jacket contact is used. This new right angle plug was introduced at Summer NAMM and is the smallest DIY solder-free right angle plug on the market with a body width of .435" allowing for spacing between pedals of less than 1" or less than 1/2" when staggered.

Contact Tym guitars for more options and info.