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A Boost for the Music Industry
The world has been going through some incredibly challenging times lately, with so many people in the live music industry losing their work and livelihoods due to the COVID-19 pandemic. At Hamstead, we’ve put together a plan so that we can play our part to help. Built by techs from bands including AC/DC, Biffy Clyro, and Iggy Pop, this is Ascent: more than just a high grade, pure clean boost, but a pedal that gives back to the core of the live music scene.

The Idea
Ascent has been designed to be made remotely by backline technicians who we can pay for their time and skills, creating a really special pedal, built by the pros, in the process. This amazing group of techs includes those from:

  • AC/DC
  • Iggy Pop
  • The 1975
  • Mumford & Sons
  • Queen
  • Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds

 Each and every Ascent will be hand soldered, signed and dated by the tech that built it.

We're pleased to be partnering exclusively with Reverb for all sales, allowing us to give back directly to the techs that have built the pedals, and also give 10% of the profits to the Help Musicians charity to try and help as many people in the industry as possible.

Ascent features our standard OptoKick footswitch from Daniel Steinhardt and the team at TheGigRig. They are also partnering with us to contribute 15% of the cost of every footswitch to the cause.

What is Ascent?
Ascent is a pure clean boost pedal, offering a huge 20dB of gain with near zero tonal colouration across the whole frequency range. This is of course coupled with Peter Hamstead’s usual design refinements including ±15v internally isolated power for super high 30v headroom and a VCA-based design for an incredibly linear and transparent boost.

Ascent is available to preorder now, exclusively through Every Ascent sold gives back directly to the techs making them and the Help Musicians charity.


  • All-analogue design
  • High Quality Buffered or True Bypass Operation
  • Dimensions: 70w x 130d x 65h mm (inc. hardware)
  • Weight: 550g / 1.2lbs
  • Power Requirement: DC (centre negative)
    9V - 165mA or 12V - 140mA or 18V - 115mA
  • Input Impedance: 600K Ohms
  • Output Impedance: < 300 Ohms
  • Warranty: 5 Year Limited Warranty
  • Designed and built in Great Britain

Ascent has been extensively tested with a large range of familiar guitars and amplifiers to ensure that it will work superbly with any setup.

ConditionBrand New (New)
Brand New items are sold by an authorized dealer or original builder and include all original packaging.Learn more
  • Ascent
  • 2020
Made In
  • United Kingdom

Hamstead Soundworks

Wendy, United Kingdom
Joined Reverb:2020

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Your purchases help youth music programs get the gear they need to make music.

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