[interview] Moonphase LTD: David Cartwright

Here's FXDB's interview with David Cartwright of Moonphase LTD:

How did Moonphase LTD start?

I have loved pedals since the late 70s - it's almost like musical Lego being able to alter your sound in so many different ways. My first pedal was an early sick-colored MXR Distortion+.

A lot, although in the early years it was frankly all a mystery. Bob Moog was a close neighbour and visiting his Riverside Drive unit (near Asheville, NC) was always great fun. I based the Moonphaser circuit on Bob's MP-1 phaser.

Where do the name and logo come from?

I'm a keen amateur astronomer and, in recent years, a member of the excellent Cambridge Astronomical Association.

The logo is based on the phases of the moon (as you may expect): it appears on the Moonphase website and on the front of the Moonphaser pedal.

What sets Moonphase LTD apart from other builders?

We write the circuit diagram, test and adjust it here, then build it. Same as may other builders, but how many do you know would start with a pedal that contains 8 chips?

How do you start on a new pedal?

Pick a great pedal, choose the good bits and recreate them, then build them. Simple.

Can you tell us something about the production process?

Everything is assembled in-house. Pedal paint and screen printing plus PCB manufacture is naturally sent out.

All PCBs are double sided with silver plated through plated holes. Power & ground planed for maximum interference suppression.

How important is the look of your pedals?

Very important, although I care about the sound much more. I try to stick with black / silver always.

Is parts selection important?

Yes, I have to use NOS for the CA3094 and the LM308 because they are what they are, and there are no alternatives.

Which of your pedals makes you most proud?

It has to be the Moonphaser because the choices are so narrow! Having said that, the Moondriver (coming soon) seriously rocks.

Who uses your pedals and for which genres?

The thing I'm most proud of is that Guthrie Govan and Rob Harris of Jamiroquai both play Moonphasers and it's a big big thrill to see both these cutting edge professionals playing through stuff I've built by hand.

The list of famous users is long and often I don't know where pedals end up, but other users include Phil Hilborne, Dave Kilminster, Brian May - who knows?!

What does the future of Moonphase LTD look like?

I'm excited about the future - we will release our new pedal, the "Moondriver" sometime in March and it means we are no longer dependent on other pedal builders (selling their products) at all. We will continue to sell George L's cables until the end of time because they are so good and we get on with GL's so well.

Are you working on any new products?

The Moondriver, expected mid-March 2012.

Subscribe to our newsletter

Also check out Effects Database's social media accounts: