[interview] Labo K Effects: Karim Boulbahri

Here's FXDB's interview with Karim Boulbahri of Labo K Effects.

Labo K Effects is run by Karim Boulbahri in Montreuil, Île-de-France, France.

How did Labo K Effects start?

I started when I was 17 years old to build a pedal for myself. I worked for years as studio tech on Neve consoles and I serviced lots of pedals so I decided to build my own in 2009.

I was inspired by people like Roger Mayer, Rupert Neve,...

Labo K EffectsWhere do the name and logo come from?

The "K" in Labo K stands for Karim.

The Labo K Effects logo was made by the famous photographer Maho.

How do you start on a new pedal?

Usually I design a pedal for one user and then add some mods to get a production pedal.

Can you tell us something about the production process?

All in house.

The circuits are hand-wired on PCBs, the enclosures are bought, then engraved or painted and screen printed.

Labo K SpinyverbHow important is the look of your pedals?


Is parts selection important?

NOS, known brands, domestic parts everywhere, where possible.

Which of your pedals makes you most proud?

The Labo K Effects Fuzz Ultra because it has a great sound for guitar, bass and keyboard.

The Labo K Effects Warm Lady because it has a great rock&roll sound.

The Labo K Effects Spinyverb because it is original and sounds good with Fender Rhodes and guitar as well.

Labo K Heli FuzzWhich of your pedals was your toughest build?

The Labo K Effects Heli Fuzz because it was developed using a Neve fader VCA cell which is out of stock now and it was difficult to find a replacement component having the same sound.

Which of your pedals is the most popular?

The Fuzz Ultra is the most popular.

Who uses your pedals and for which genres?

Labo K Effects pedals can be used for different genres, with guitar, bass and keyboard as well.

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