[interview] EC Pedals: Eldar Cohen

Here's FXDB's interview with Eldar Cohen of EC Pedals.

EC Pedals (EC Custom Shop) is run by Eldar Cohen. The company is located in Netanya, Israel.

How did EC Pedals start?

EC custom shop opened for the public in late 2010 after long years of making custom guitar pedals for friends and family in Israel.

I'm the owner of the company and a professional guitar player, after having built and designed pedals for myself half my life, I knew that it wouldn't be too long until I would open my workshop and start selling my products worldwide.

Our company is a 100% hand made workshop for guitar and bass pedals and guitar wiring solutions. We use only the highest quality parts - mostly made in the USA and Germany - some of the brands used are Neutrik, C&K,... We do all the drilling, silk screen printing, PCB assembling and hand wiring ourself - all with great passion and love.

EC PedalsWhere do the name and logo come from?

The name is just acronym for my full name.

The inspiration behind the logo is that it's a "hand written" type which in a way represents the custom work or hand made work used for all of our products :)

What sets EC Pedals apart from other builders?

I think the beauty in pedals is that it's pure taste choice of players, players sometime will stick to a $40 pedal just cause it sounds as good as a $300 pedal.

in this case we just try to build the best product we can give as for parts quality, look and of course to make your amp sound amazing!!

How do you start on a new pedal?

Well the process is very simple. First you have to know what you want to build, from there it's going to bread board testing. This is the longest stage in creating a new pedal.

The next stage is designing the PCB, getting the parts, designing the look,... - this stage can take 1-4 weeks. We work very fast as we do everything in house :)

The longest time on designing a product will be the Super Switcher - it took about 6 months from vision to a complete product.

EC Pedals Super SwitcherCan you tell us something about the production process?

We build all the pedals and every product in house only! We have 3 builders on our staff but I do the more critical stages and only I test each pedal and personally sign it just to make sure you're getting the perfect product each time.

From the process of designing the pedal till the end we always keep on high quality materials and even quality tools, all of our product's parts are mostly from the USA and from Germany.

Our PCB's are well designed with fully grounded surface, I designed the pedals to be between vintage style built and modern style. We use SMD components resistors which are more durable and accurate than standard cheap resistors and we use thru hole capacitors which are a lot better than SMD capacitors so we use the best of the two worlds, most of the polarity caps are tantalum polyester caps which are a lot more higher grade caps than most standard electrolytic capacitors, more over the pots are not soldered on the PCB, they are hand mounted on the box and soldered by hand to the PCB just like on those high grade tube amps, the foot switch is from Germany and the jacks are made by Neutrik – all of this makes a pedal which is 100% the highest quality you could get from both vintage and modern aspects, the best sound you could get with minimum background noise.

As we are building and drilling those by hand one by one, all the pedals are covered with high grade shiny colors.

How important is the look of your pedals?

We try to work on the look as much as we work on the design or the sound, it's very important to us as we try to do something different which stands out on the pedal board.

Which of your pedals makes you most proud?

I think the Super Switcher is the best product we made, starting from the vision I had on the purposes of the product and after seeing it complete we all were very proud at what we achieved.

Which of your pedals was your toughest build?

The Super Switcher which features 8 effect loops, 5 relay switches, link control, amp control, tuner out and high quality buffer. All those in a programmable package was the toughest build!

EC Pedals Mystical SustainerWho uses your pedals and for which genres?

Well we try to make our products to fit most genres, for example our Mystical Sustainer can be played by a blues guitar player and you can also see a metal guitar player play with it, we try to make the pedals in a way they will have more versatility than a "one genre" type of pedal.

We're working on our lineup of artists, for now we have Mick Box from Uriah Heep, we made a custom mystical sustainer for him. He's very proud of the product and likes us very much, it's a truly great honor to have him as a part of the family of EC Custom Shop.

What does the future of EC Pedals look like?

We hope our recent visit to the NAMM show (booth #4798) will help us spread the word on our company among USA costumers and resellers.

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