[interview] Fireman FX: Paul Weller

Here's FXDB's interview with Paul Weller of Fireman FX:

How did Fireman FX start?

Started by dabbling in modding pedals, then grew into building pedals from scratch.

Worked a lot back in the day with Andy from Dragon Fly FX, lots of fun times and messing around with guitar junk.

Where did the name come from?

I am a full time firefighter/paramedic, have been since before starting in pedals.

What set Fireman FX apart from other builders?

On pedal mods I came up with "mullet clipping" which was a way to distort the high end, but leave the lows clean. On the Beagle Boosts and Baron Boosts, I used a "tint" knob rather than a "tone knob" Tint was actually a second range selective volume knob, at noon it did nothing, turned clock wise treble was boosted, counter clockwise mids and highs were boosted.

Can you tell us something about the production process?

Me, myself and I.

The pedals were all hand wired point to point on perf board.

The enclosures were hand sprayed, graphics on the Baron Boost were actually reflective vinyl, the Beagle Boost actually had a bone shaped engraved dog tag mounted to the top.

How important was the look of your pedals?

Looks can create huge hype on the internet, probably not the best thing, but you can use it to your advantage.

What does the future of Fireman FX look like?

I walked away from it all several years ago, what was a fun hobby wore out quick after going through dozens of emails with folks, trying to get them what they wanted, only to see them turn around and sell off the pedal you made them all too quickly.

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