[interview] Covington Guitar Effects: Greg Covington

Here's FXDB's interview with Greg Covington of Covington Guitar Effects:

How did Covington Guitar Effects start?

I have a background in electronic/soldering from when I worked in the defense industry some years back.

Covington Guitar Effects started building pedals in 2005. I have always been a fan of Queen and Brian May, and his treble boosters seemed a bit elusive. My electronics background led me to several DIY boosters, then to my own designs.

Much of the information was gleaned from miscellaneous sources on the internet rather than any specific individuals.

Where do the name and logo come from?

The name is based on my last name and what I do.

The logo actually came from an amplifier control plate that I had made at one time

What sets Covington Guitar Effects apart from other builders?

1. I provided extremely well made, quality pedals at very affordable prices.
2. All PCB's, artwork, assembly, and testing in done my me right in my shop.
3. My niche are mainly Brian May, Queen, and Red Special fans as well as vintage effects enthusiasts.

How do you start on a new pedal?

A new effect usually comes to mind when I see a void in the market, a vintage effect that is no longer made, or a friendly suggestion that I find feasible from a customer.

Depending on the complexity of the pedal, it can take 1-3 months to go into production.

How do you name your pedals?

The Fireplace Classic - Fireplace was one of names for the Brian May red special guitar.

The Sheermaster - the germanium transistor based booster gleans its name from one of the Queen albums and the tone of that era.

Can you tell us something about the production process?

I am a sole proprietor and build the pedals in-house.

The majority of the effects are built on PCB's while a few are hand wired.

The enclosures are purchased, most pedals are painted in my shop with artwork and decals made and applied by myself as well.

How important is the look of your pedals?

I don't focus too much on the look of the actual pedals... after all, they get stomped on!

Is parts selection important?

Each part is selected for optimum performance or matching vintage units when necessary.

Which of your pedals makes you most proud?

I am most proud of the Fireplace Classic treble boosters as it completely replicates the booster Brian May used in the Queen era.

Which of your pedals was your toughest build?

My vintage phaser. A very complicated circuit and difficult to source the original components.

Which of your pedals is the most popular?

The Fireplace Classic treble booster. It is the most popular because it replicates Brian May tone but at a much more affordable price.

Who uses your pedals and for which genres?

My primary focus was to emulate the tone and effects of Brian May.

There are some famous artists using my pedals. Somewhere on YouTube there is a video of Johnny Hiland playing through one of my boosters and amps.

What does the future of Covington Guitar Effects look like?

We will introduce several more boosters, an amp simulation pedal and a few more effects in the near future.

Beginning in early 2012 I will be introducing a basic treble booster priced under $50

Are you working on any new products?

I will soon introduce the Fireplace Classic "VB Series"... an ultra-affordable, no-frill version.

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