Here's FXDB's interview with Fidel Rodriguez of MegaFaidel.
MegaFaidel is run by Fidel Rodríguez, its founder, and is located in Venezuela.
How did MegaFaidel start?
It is a long history, but the short answer is that I studied Electronic Engineering and I saw article in electronics magazines on how to build wah wah effects, FM transmitters, pre-amps, etc. I built some of them and later became interested in playing guitar, so I combined both passions.
Since 1996, many players were interested in having effects built for them.
The name comes from some friends and family that give me this artistic name in my early days. They said Fidel is pronounced Faidel in English, and later some of them added the "Mega" word. The name was used to register my company and brand name. Megafaidel.
I wasted a lot of time trying to find a logo for Megafaidel, and just put the "F" letter in uppercase "MegaFaidel" and that was it. Then the FA key came to my mind, and I added an extra dot.
What sets MegaFaidel apart from other builders?
Nowadays, we are the only company in my country (Venezuela) who use the endorsement concept and make original designs, no clones).
Also, our pedals are built with very good components, artwork design, quality control, hand in hand with the musicians and their needs.
How do you start on a new pedal?
How do you name your pedals?
- Yanomami+, name of a Venezuelan Indian tribe
- Clean Booster, a flat pre-amp
- PMScreamer, Pablo Mendoza signature, based on the Ibanez Tube Screamer.
Can you tell us something about the production process?
All pedals are built by me in my laboratory.
Stompboxes use PCB circuits, amplifiers are done hard-wired.
For the stompboxes we use powder coated heavy-duty diecast aluminum enclosures.
How important is the look of your pedals?
It's the second most important thing for us.
Yes, I used for example switchcraft jacks, Alpha pots, Mallory caps (in some designs), etc. For a clean signal we use opamps or transistors with low noise, polyester capacitors,...
Who uses your pedals and for which genres?
I built some custom signature pedals for specific musicians. For example: Pablo Mendoza, who played with Joe Satriani here in Venezuela.