Let’s be frank: I have no idea what I’m doing.
This entire venture started because I bought a ProCo Rat and then learned that I could mod it. I didn’t like the mod, so I modded it further. Then I got into kits, and eventually designing and selling my own circuits.
Wait, that’s not right. Someone told me that I could build a footswitch for my amp instead of paying $40 for one. That’s how I got started.
I don’t know anything about electricity. Nothing. I’ve had multiple engineers and physicists try to explain it to me. Nope. Just nope. My brain can’t take it.
I’ve considered going back to school for electrical engineering, but that almost seems like overkill for what I’m doing. I’m using 20 year-old technology AT BEST in everything I produce.
And I can’t write manuals for shit, even though I have a MFA in writing. I’ve dabbled in FV-1 programming but the chips are so expensive that I rarely build an effect with them. And when I built a BBD chorus I couldn’t stop the clock from ticking. Then I sent it to Emily from Get Offset to demo. The clicking still haunts me.
Most of my ideas have already been invented. I currently make a dual Fuzz Face-style circuit that has almost certainly already existed in some form. The Electric Scream is just a boost running at 27 volts using the same chip as the Klon Centaur (or the HTR or the Homunculus). It’s basically the tone section of a Klon, now that I think about it.
The point is, I’ve run this company in a very haphazard fashion, and will probably continue to do so. But, I always make sure my customers are taken care of. We have great pedals.