[interview] Champ Electronics: John Chambers

Here's FXDB's interview with John Chambers of Champ Electronics:

How did Champ Electronics start?

I had a Dallas Rangemaster treble booster in to repair and on hearing about how 'trendy' they were again nowadays I decided I could copy this and do some with improvements too, like various tone settings and switchable transistors.

Where does the name come from?

Champ comes mainly from part of my surname.

What sets Champ Electronics apart from other builders?

I'm good at what I do, I'm good with soldering & good at hand wiring but... I'm sure there are others that are too.

How do you start on a new pedal?

I already have the plans & circuit designs so basically... on an order/deposit I can make one in a given day.

How do you name your pedals?

One customer wanted to re-create the 'Marc Bolan' sound so I got the job of helping him do this. It involved the Rangemaster treble booster, The 100 watt Vampower Amp Head & the HH 100 watt transistor amp... all good fun!

Can you tell us something about the production process?

All hand built in house, hand wired circuits.

The effects enclosures are bought plain aluminium boxes.

How important is the look of your pedals?

I keep it really basic... It's what's inside & how it sounds that counts!

Is parts selection important?

Yes... all the Mullard transistors are selected & matched.

Which of your pedals makes you most proud?

I like my switchable 3 transistor (OC44/OC45/OC71) & four position tone switch version of the TreBoost Plus. Available as amp-top or stomp-box versions.

Which of your pedals was your toughest build?

None of them are hard to build [well... at least for me].

Who uses your pedals and for which genres?

No specific genres.

There was a gap in the market when I first started these pedals with my own idea(s) but once those ideas went worldwide with the web... everybody and his dog are copying them now! This was something I expected to happen but I wasn't bothered.

No famous users that I'm aware of but who knows where they've all gone? However, just type 'Champ TreBoost' in Google and check-out the results!

What does the future of Champ Electronics look like?

Day to day interests in work general... no special goals really other than looking forward to finishing my own designed 1000 watt tube amp with 20 x 807 tubes.

Pedal production is on a 'make on order/deposit' terms.

Are you working on any new products?

No... but I do have something in mind for a later date... not giving anything away here!

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