[interview] Greedtone: Greg Williamson

Here's FXDB's interview with Greg Williamson of Greedtone:

How did Greedtone start?

In 1990 I got in a car wreck and was laid up for 8 months. So I started reading about electronics. After years of recording and doing live sound I felt that most distortion pedals sucked. I made one when I was laid up and it could hold its own. In 1998 I worked with a artist called Sunny Day Real Estate. I built some custom pedals for them at that time. The Greedtone Overdrive came from that project. In 2000 I starting build them under the name Greedtone.

A friend of mine named Jeff Hiatt has been involved with Greedtone since 2000ish. Neither one of us know much about electronics, but we both know tone.

Where do the name and logo come from?

My nickname is Greedy Greg so Greedtone seems to work perfect.

I wanted the logo to be a little bit rowdy.

What sets Greedtone apart from other builders?

Tone and quality.

How do you start on a new pedal?

I get an idea and check out all the other pedals doing it. If I feel I can do it better then I go for it. I look at tons of schematics and start building. My goal is simple and easy. I build one then leave it. Then I build another. When I get it right... I build another so I know I can reproduce it. I end up building about 5 pedals.

Can you tell us something about the production process?

I build all the pedals in house. Geoff Keene has been helping for about a year. He builds most on the Overdrives.

All Greedtone products are hand made. If they do have a pcb they are made in USA and put together in Seattle. The tube amps are point to point with no circuits boards. All products are made with parts that are readily available.

I buy the enclosures and drill them out. The enclosures are power coated on the Classic pedals. The rest are hand painted. And they are printed in house expect the Classic and Overdrive. They are printed at Pad Printing in Seattle.

How important is the look of your pedals?

Next to tone, and quality, the most important thing.

Is parts selection important?

I use silver wire and silver solder.

Who uses your pedals and for which genres?

My pedals are full range... so they are good for everyone.

What does the future of Greedtone look like?

Get more dealers and sell more pedals. I want to add more amps. Bunch of new products in the works.

Are you working on any new products?

Always. They will be ready when they're done.

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