Boutique effects for a good cause: Electric Love's Play for P.I.N.K. stompboxes raise money for breast cancer research

Electric Love's set of Play for P.I.N.K pedals
(Image credit: Electric Love Pedals)

Ben Carlin is far from the first guitarist to make their own delay, fuzz and overdrive pedals, and he certainly won't be the last. Most boutique pedal-makers, however, are hobbyists who turned their passion for tinkering into a career. 

For Carlin though, making pedals was a necessity – a creative outlet during a time of incredible adversity for his family. Now, Carlin wants to use that creative outlet to help others.

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Jackson Maxwell

Jackson is an Associate Editor at He’s been writing and editing stories about new gear, technique and guitar-driven music both old and new since 2014, and has also written extensively on the same topics for Guitar Player. Elsewhere, his album reviews and essays have appeared in Louder and Unrecorded. Though open to music of all kinds, his greatest love has always been indie, and everything that falls under its massive umbrella. To that end, you can find him on Twitter crowing about whatever great new guitar band you need to drop everything to hear right now.