[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?

Important.

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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