[interview] Nux FX: Steve Nuckles

Here's FXDB's interview with Steve Nuckles of Nux FX:

How did Nux FX start?

For the most part Nux FX is a labor of love, run pretty much exclusively by myself alone. I have been into electronics for many years and I am also a musician/artist as well, eventually I ended up modding and creating my own effects for myself and other musicians. In 2008 I gave all my musical electronic endeavors the Nux FX brand.

There are a lot of DIY stomp builders out there that share so freely their valuable info on the internet. Those in the DIY pedal scene can just as easily become boutique builders themselves. Those that were there before this big "boutique" craze began were all very inspiring, just as guys like Diaz, Wampler, Keeley, Orman.

Where do the name and logo come from?

My nickname is "Nux", from my last name "Nuckles" and being a boutique effects builder the two words "Nux" and "FX" went well together.

There's no official logo, it changes often keeping it interesting and artistically original.

What sets Nux FX apart from other builders?

Nux FX pedals, effects and mods are hand built, generally only by custom order using only quality components with a flair for those who want to stand out as individuals. Incredible tone and one of a kind graphics/artwork make Nux FX a pedal for any stomp freak/tone-a-holic's board.

How do you start on a new pedal?

Generally when an artist/player is needing a Nux FX effect it is their desire for a piece that stands apart. The enclosure and paint is the easiest part, then the circuit is put into schematic, breadboarded, tested, tweaked to dial it in then the PCB is plotted and populated with the electrical circuitry components. This is then tested for consistency with the breadboard proto-type and if the tone is right on then the circuit and hardware components are married. Graphics are created with the artists desired appeal and a Nux FX effect is born, this whole process from idea to finished product takes about 1 day. Extreme requests obviously take longer and requests for general effects such as Nux FX's flagship stomp the Juke Bone take considerably less time.

How do you name your pedals?

No funny stories behind the effects, generally I have an inspiration and I'll name the effect or mod from that.

Can you tell us something about the production process?

All Nux FX pedals/effects and modifications are done in house.

All Nux FX circuits are hand wired using only high quality components. Nux FX stomps use traditional all metal "MXR" style stomp enclosures and heavy duty true bypass switches.

All the artwork is original and done in house, Nux FX often produces one of a kind graphics/art for players who want to have an original piece on their board. Any color and graphic can be custom ordered.

How important is the look of your pedals?

The look of Nux FX effects is very important. Many artists/players want their equipment to look as awesome as it sounds. Nux FX looks on the outside like it performs on the inside.

Which of your pedals makes you most proud?

I am proud of them all but I am most proud when an artist tells me they can't imagine how they could play without my many mods and/or effects on their board.

Which of your pedals was your toughest build?

A delay that was for a special order and it brought me to the conclusion that a hand plotted delay is not an option.

Which of your pedals is the most popular?

The Juke Bone, it does what it does, and it does it so very well. You have a buffered line in either switch position and each line has independent GAIN and VOLUME control. This pedal gives solid state amps a very pleasant almost tube-ish brittle effect and with tube amps it can push them right into their sweet spot. The gain goes from none to just to the verge of overdrive.

Who uses your pedals and for which genres?

Nux FX builds and mods for a wide range of players ranging in many various genres.

Most notably I have done many mods for Tony Slash, the Guitarist/Singer from the rockabilly group "The Rocketz". Even named a mod in his honor, the Nux FX BOSS Turbo Overdrive OD-2 "Rocket" mod.

What does the future of Nux FX look like?

Nux FX focus is on true "Boutique" building and modifications, nothing NuxFX makes is mass produced and every pedal is hand made. Any tweak can be had and any mass produced pedal modded "dialing" it in for each artist's individuality.

Are you working on any new products?

Thinking of producing a delay with fat analog filtering and many knobs for tweakability.

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