[interview] GuitarSlinger: Alex Beyrodt
Here's FXDB's interview with Alex Beyrodt of GuitarSlinger:
How did GuitarSlinger start?
What started in a backyard in Tokyo 2 years ago has now grown to be an insider tip. Due to increased demand we decided to move our production base to Germany, ensuring quicker delivery time and a "Made in Germany" quality. Otherwise we have managed to improve quality without affecting cost.
Among our satisfied customers are numerous professional musicians, studios and music shops.
As a result of the relocation to Germany, we are also able to offer tone calibration and modification of your equipment as well as one-off custom effect production. "All in the name of tone".
I work very close with the guys from Tonemaster.
Where does the name come from?
I came up with the idea several years ago when I realized "Guitarslingers aren't dead yet".
What sets GuitarSlinger apart from other builders?
The fact we built by hand and I personally test every single pedal.
How do you start on a new pedal?
First I have a sound in my head, then we start working on the idea, schematics...
Sometimes it takes only a couple of weeks to come up with a prototype, sometimes a year.
How do you name your pedals?
Everything is Deep Purple related because Blackmore is my biggest influence.
Can you tell us something about the production process?
The pedals are produced in-house, we are 3 people.
The circuits are hand-wired and PCB. The enclosures are bought and painted by us, so we do the screen print, decals and so on.
How important is the look of your pedals?
I believe that a good look is important... as in nature and in nightlife :-)
Which of your pedals makes you most proud?
RB1011, because it has such great dynamics, it also boosts the signal without any noise. It is unbelievable.
Which of your pedals was your toughest build?
Double Dealer because it all started with that one .
Which of your pedals is the most popular?
RB1011 because the quality is outstanding.
Who uses your pedals and for which genres?
Yes, we have the mature player in mind. GuitarSlinger Effects pedals are custom-made products handbuilt by professionals for professionals. I tour the world since 20 years and I still do. I think this experience is something I have to give to my pedals.
What does the future of GuitarSlinger look like?
Extending the product line and start making modulation pedals.
Are you working on any new products?
Sorry, confidential. But we are working on some ideas.