[interview] Giovanetti Hand Wired: Andrea Giovanetti

Here's FXDB's interview with Andrea Giovanetti of Giovanetti Hand Wired:

How did Giovanetti Hand Wired start?

I'm a guitarist and a sound engineer.
I' started boulding tube amps about 10 years ago, but find tha build pedals was more remunerative.
I started building pedals in 2008.

The only help was from the net (schematics)

Where does the name come from?

It's my name.

What sets Giovanetti Hand Wired apart from other builders?

Company ethics: no third party, third world contractors

Manufacturing process: using all the original parts to recreate vintage effects with the same sound.

Niche market : I have a shop and people can buy directly from me saving lots of money.

How do you start on a new pedal?

The start is always the interest of the clients, after a long study of the schematics and of the components used by the best manufacturers.

Can you tell us something about the production process?

All in house.

  • Circuits: hand made on vero board, sometimes PCB
  • Enclosures: Hammond enclosures, mostly pre-painted, otherwise hand painted and decorated using decoupage techniques.

How important is the look of your pedals?

Not so important.

Is parts selection important?

All the components and the wiring are very important.

Which of your pedals makes you most proud?

The Dr. Z in a box. My first original product

Which of your pedals was your toughest build?

My Vibe pedals, very hard to tune.

Which of your pedals is the most popular?

The clone of the 69 of Fulltone, it stands out because I use all the original components and it sounds amazing at 1/3 of the usual price.

Who uses your pedals and for which genres?

I build everything people ask.

I built pedals for Bruno Mariani, Lucio Dalla's main guitarist.

What does the future of Giovanetti Hand Wired look like?

Continue to make good pedals, without the need to become a bigger manufacturer.

Are you working on any new products?

I continue to clone more vintage pedals.

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