Beautiful Noise When The Sun Explodes review

It’s an analog-voiced reverb pedal, packed to the brim with features. But how will it hold up when the heat is on?

(Image: © Beautiful Noise Effects)

Guitar World Verdict

Nick Raffaele has created a truly wonderful reverb unit with enough of a twist to see himself eventually secure a foothold in the already burgeoning hand-built pedal market in Australia.


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    It inspires play


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    No battery

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    Large footprint

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When The Sun Explodes is the first offering from Nick Raffaele of Beautiful Noise, a boutique pedal builder from Newcastle, NSW. Raffaele has built a small, yet dedicated following in the steel city, slinging custom jobs and reinterpretations of classic pedals with his own twist. When The Sun Explodes is just that: a homage to his love of the different. Growing up in Tamworth – Australia’s capital of country music – seems to have sparked Raffaele’s fondness for the absurd. Upon unboxing the pedal, we see that it’s visually drenched in post-apocalyptic imagery with an exploding sun and nuclear fallout waves stamping its design. The whole piece is finished off with a tasteful black enclosure contrasted with white knobs. 

The layout features seven knobs and three switches, which seems a little daunting at first. But with relative ease, I quickly found a warm and spring-like reverb not unlike that of Fender amps. Once I got comfortable and I started to explore what this thing has to offer, its true value quickly became known. The manual is Spartan, written simply and clear – it’s straight to the point and explains this mammoth pedal and its features well.

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