Here's FXDB's interview with Alex Bajger of Bayger:
From the age of 15 years, I was as a guitarist and enthusiastic radio amateur interested in the sounds of electric guitar and fascinated by the effect on people, when it can get tones that sends people, at least for a moment, into the realm of fantasy. And therefore since my youth I rebuilt tube amplifiers, built boosters and experimented with electric guitars and pickups. And that has lasted to this day. The peak of this work was the development of tube amps (The Blue series) and tuning guitar effects for the George Dennis company.
I certainly had good luck with the people around me. For many years I worked more or less with one of them: Mr. S. Turon.
I am inspired by more people, especially great guitarists for what they can get from an electric guitar and of course designers, people like Jim Marshall, Leo Fender,... without whom this would not be possible. Also Les Paul, Mr. Rickenbacker, Jim Dunlop, the Vox company, Colorsound, Paul Rivera, Mr. Soldano, Mr. Bogner, Nick Epiphani,Steven Fryette - and from the history of the Czechoslovak Republic - musician and friend Mr. Martin Koval, Mr. George Kubala, the Regent Company, the Tesla company, Mr. George Krampera - and then later many other companies and great people who made gear and enabled artists to realize their music and their expression in a beautiful and original sound.
It's actually my last name is just replaced the letter J for Y to make it easier to pronounce in English.
The Bayger logo is the name in an original font created by an old friend, who is an artist and sign writer.
What sets Bayger apart from other builders?
I think the sound is unique and they can also be used for bass. They look sober and we are proud of the high reliability of all our products.
How do you start on a new pedal?
We always start with an idea. These often come up while playing or because of hearing hundreds of guitar players over the years, talking about sounds or things they want or need. Once I have a specific idea I work on it and think about the control possibilities, then I build a prototype and have the first samples tested by several people. The time from idea to implementation can take two or more years.
How do you name your pedals?
Most of our pedals are named after their function, sometimes after stories from the development site.
Can you tell us something about the production process?
We produce a sample and verify the production and manufacture a small series, after that we have a few small companies helping us put together the next pedals.
We worry about the selection of components and strive to be the best, effects boxes are made here in Ostrava also in small series. Printing is done by hand and I personally do the debugging and testing for each effect.
How important is the look of your pedals?
It's important to us that our pedals can be recognized by the yellow color.
Is parts selection important?
It depends on the circuit, but we try to use the best parts in the audio path or for the parts where it really matters...
Other factors are important too: matching components, circuit design, costs,... You can make a selection based on all these points, but what we do first of all is listening and trying to get all side effects under control.
Which of your pedals makes you most proud?
The Bayger PS6 Programmable Switching System. In 2001 I had this concept in mind and then there were no manufacturers of programmable effect switches in this simple and highly functional form.
I'm also proud of the Boost Brighter effect - which is also very unique and highly effective for use with all electrified instruments. Furthermore, our Sustainer is very successful and can compete with products from the substantially higher price class.
Which of your pedals was your toughest build?
Each pedal has its pitfalls, and I think that every effect has been considerable work.
Which of your pedals is the most popular?
The Boost Brighter is very popular, probably because it is very unique and highly effective for use with all kinds of electrified instruments: from accordions to violins, cellos, brass instruments, guitars and bass guitars.
Our Sustainer is also very successful and can compete with products from substantially higher price classes.
Who uses your pedals and for which genres?
I make pedals for people who still want to hear their own sound, even after plugging in effects. Pedals can be used by anyone, are very simple and I think they're also very musical.
Several prominent Czech and Slovak musicians use our pedals.
What does the future of Bayger look like?
The musical developments/events, and the many musicians who want to play inspire us and therefore it is worth trying to invent and produce something that they could use and inspires them. With Bayger, if tThe company survives this severe crisis, we also want to develop a variety of necessary equipment for guitarists and bassists, but also for the studio and other places where people work with sound.
Are you working on any new products?
Constantly, at the moment we're working on a Tube Preamp, a Wah-Wah, a Programmable Boost Brighter and several other effects and amps for bass. It is difficult to say when they will be released, but probably later this year.