[interview] Gamin'3: Chris, Pascal & Fabrice

Here's FXDB's interview with Chris, Pascal & Fabrice of Gamin'3:

How did Gamin'3 start?

We started by building pedals for ourselves (we are all guitarists), then for friends, finally for other musicians...

We build only the pedals we love, the ones with which we want to play.

Gamin'3Where do the name and logo come from?

It's a "private joke" between the 3 founders and my wife, Katty.

Pascal designed the logo. We had a lot of ideas, this one was the right one.

What sets Gamin'3 apart from other builders?

We try to build pedals different from those that exist. Their character has to be original, but usable in many situations.

Our equipment is mainly used by pro musicians and guitarists who want a different and original sound. We try to build studio quality effects, simple enough to use live...

How do you start on a new pedal?

Generally we build the first prototypes for us. We test them. When we are satisfied, we manufacture the first models for a few stores. The realization of a new model takes between one and three months.Gamin'3 Mustard Pot

How do you name your pedals?

The name and design of our pedals are always the product of private jokes. But their names still reflect their characters.

Can you tell us something about the production process?

All pedals are hand built in our workshop at home. 2 of us build the pedals.

Mostly on PCB and in Hammond style enclosures. Currently we finish them with spray paint and decals, but we're looking for alternatives for the future.

How important is the look of your pedals?

We build pedals for musicians, the look is important, but the sound is much more important.

Is parts selection important?

There is always a compromise between price and quality. Depending the requirements we use standard components or more expensive components, but all components are tested. Some parts are NOS, some parts have to be matched. We always use top quality hardware.

Gamin'3 Push-UpWhich of your pedals makes you most proud?

Our booster, the Push-uP, is simple and effective, everyone needs one ;-)

Which of your pedals was your toughest build?

The Boostring. We tested dozens of overdrives and we wanted to build a pedal that is simple, efficient and versatile, but with lots of character...

Which of your pedals is the most popular?

The Push-uP booster and the Mustard Pot low gain overdrive are very popular, because you just plug it in and it sounds great.

Who uses your pedals and for which genres?

We only make pedals for those who love them.

We have already made pedals for notable artists. Generally they have very specific ideas. The challenge is to turn these ideas into reality. But when these artists are fully satisfied and they use your material, it is a great pleasure.

Are you working on any new products?

A new tremolo, studio quality for live use.

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