[interview] Gearmanndude: Gearmanndude

Here's FXDB's interview with Gearmanndude of Gearmanndude:

How did Gearmanndude start?

Been tinkering with modifying effects for nearly 10 years. Been building my Luther Drive for 4 years now. It's based on the vintage TS808 circuit, modded for more presence and clarity.

I was highly influenced and mentored by Keith at BYOC. I'd built all of his kits, and had the pleasure of tossing back a few beers with him over the years. He let me pick his brain and has been a big help not only in finding my initial suppliers of parts, but has also taught me loads about circuitry and electronics. He is the pedal wizard.

GearmanndudeWhere do the name and logo come from?

Just something I came up with on the fly when first posting demo videos on YouTube... had to come up with something, and it just rolled off the tongue.

The main GMD logo is a take off on the old Norton Motorcycle logo.

What sets Gearmanndude apart from other builders?

Service after the sale.

How do you start on a new pedal?

Literally trial by fire. Experiment with existing circuits... start from scratch... make things up... all of the above. Definitely Mad Scientist stuff.

How do you name your pedals?

The Luther Drive was named for Luther Perkins.

Can you tell us something about the production process?

As of now, all pedals are built by me, in house. I would not be opposed to USA contractors, as long as the quality can be controlled.

I use PCB's and hand populated circuits. There are multiple options for boxes... some I paint, some are stock powder coated boxes.

How important is the look of your pedals?

I try to make them look sleek, yet unique.

Which of your pedals is the most popular?

The Luther Drive. I think being a modded vintage TS circuit, it's simply the most usable and smooth sounding pedal.

Are you working on any new products?

Yes... they will be out this year... and they will be fuzzy!

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