[interview] Creepy Fingers: Brad Davis

Here's FXDB's interview with Brad Davis of Creepy Fingers:

How did Creepy Fingers start?

I used to buy a lot of fuzz pedals. I read online that you could buy kits to make them so I started with some BYOC ones around late 2006. Became more interested. Got more into it. Luckily people seem to like them so I started selling them. Creepy Fingers started in 2007.

I learned about circuits from internet forums like diystompboxes.com and freestompboxes.org and electronics books borrowed from friends.

I dig Joe Gagan and Andy Carrell's stuff, David Main from D*A*M. People who generally share my taste in old school fuzz.

Where do the name and logo come from?

My fingers are weird looking.

My friend Emily from Fireball Ministry suggested the name and designed the logo. Thanks Emily!

What sets Creepy Fingers apart from other builders?

I like making pedals that can get big, heavy tones but still have some sweetness to them. Easy to use but flexible. Roadworthy. Hopefully some style too.

How do you start on a new pedal?

I become interested in a circuit and experiment with it. Try to find ways to increase the range of tones. Try to think of a name that suits the pedal with a nod to its roots if possible. Usually takes a couple months to move something into regular production

How do you name your pedals?

Harakiri is in reference to the Univox Superfuzz circuit's Japanese roots. It also sounds like a sonic disembowelment. Fuzznugget is in reference to the Nugget compilation records. Many bands on it use the Maestro FZ-1A circuit the Fuzznugget is based off of.
Fuzzfight refers both to the Fuzzrite circuit, and the fact that the fuzz texture is a product of two out of phase signals clashing.

Can you tell us something about the production process?

All pedals are built by me and they're all handwired.

Standard models built on PCB's. Some point to point wired work.

Powdercoated, silkscreen enclosures. Logo badges on custom work.

How important is the look of your pedals?

I like the pedals to have a classic eye candy sort of look. Sometimes with a color theme that ties in with the name of the pedal.

How important is parts selection?

I like to use what I think sounds good. If a part doesn't have an impact on the sound I make the decision based on quality. In general I prefer NOS transistors.

Which of your pedals makes you most proud?

I like the Sugarboost since it was the first pedal I came out with. Always enjoy playing through one.

Which of your pedals was your toughest build?

Harakiri Fuzz is time consuming due to the amount of components.

Which of your pedals is the most popular?

Probably the Doomidrive. It works well with low tuned guitars. Has a lot of different sounds useful for all types of music.

Who uses your pedals and for which genres?

I follow my own taste. I like heavier tones but with flexibility for all sorts of music.

I've been lucky enough to build pedals for some of my favorite guitarists. I've made pedals for Billy Gibbons from ZZ Top. He's a fan of the Pink Elephant. Also for J Mascis of Dinosaur Jr. I was able to watch him try out the pedals through 3 Marshall full stacks which was awesome. I've made pedals for Steven Drozd from the Flaming Lips. Pierre De Reeder from Rilo Kiley. Dave Catching from Eagles Of Death Metal and The Earthlings has probably the biggest collection of them. Marc Ribot. Tim Sult from Clutch. Ed Mundell formerly of Monster Magnet has a signature fuzz pedal called the Infinity Fuzz. Blake Mills (Jenny Lewis, Band Of Horses, Julian Casablancas). Presidents Of The United States Of America. Ron from the Supersuckers. Valient Thorr. Jason Soda from Everest. Fireball Ministry. Mario from Fatso Jetson. I make pedals for the members of my band Fu Manchu. Also Conan O'brien has a Fuzzfight pedal!

What does the future of Creepy Fingers look like?

My plans are to keep a steady flow of fuzz, get some new models going, and get an air conditioner!

Are you working on any new products?

I just came out with the Fuzzbud recently which is a very touch sensitive, one-knob fuzz based on the Colorsound Fuzz Wah Swell fuzz. In the future I plan on getting some pedals for bass going.

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