[interview] Paisley Tubby Effects: Leon Cook

Here's FXDB's interview with Leon Cook of Paisley Tubby Effects.

Paisley Tubby Effects is run by Leon Cook and based in a small cottage in Gloucestershire, England.

How did Paisley Tubby Effects start?

I spent three years at college studying electronics. During one of the modules we had to build and design/modify anything electronic on a budget of £10, give a practical demonstration to a room full of strangers (Art/Drama students) and speak about what we learnt. I submitted a heavily modified Uni-Drive and a digital delay of my own design.

I then started collecting vintage fuzzes, mainly British brands and using these to make modified/updated versions of the originals.

The first Paisley pedals came out in late 2008.

Paisley Tubby EffectsWhere does the name come from?

There's a short answer and a long answer. The long answer makes people lose the will to live. The short answer is... Dub producer King Tubby mixed with obese cats that wear clothes.

How do you name your pedals?

Due to an interest in the German language at school, a number of one-off Paisley pedals have German/Dutch names, such as: the Fahren Sie Kasten, The Paisley Klang, The Krankzinnig.

There was also the Paisley Floccinaucinihilipilificationater Which came from the word, 'floccinaucinihilipilification' which is the "longest unchallenged nontechnical word".

Can you tell us something about the production process?

Until the Vibra Fuzz all production pedals came with a fine paisley pattern covering the top surface of the pedal. No control labeling was on the pedal... Though early pedals were usually two knob fuzz pedal, this had to be revised for the Vibra Fuzz and the fourteen knobber that was the Krankzinnig.

Still to this day I can't find anyone who is able to screen print the fine paisley pattern onto the enclosures. So they're still using good old fashioned decals. The Vibra Fuzz is the only production pedal not using the paisley pattern, so this is screen printed.Paisley Tubby Effects Myxomatosis Fuzz

Original PTE effects were made using home etched PCBs. Now production pedals (like the Vibra Fuzz, Myxomatosis Fuzz) use professional double layer PCBs. Small batched one off jobs will still use home etched PCB's or stripboard.

Which of your pedals makes you most proud?

Paisley Vibra Fuzz.

The Vibra Fuzz is based on a Honey Psychedelic Machine that I own, which is simply a Resly-Tone and Super Fuzz in one big amp head style unit, though is an awesome effect, it had issues. The size and restrictive controls were the main issues, which the Vibra Fuzz addresses and all in a stompbox form.

Paisley Tubby Effects Vibra FuzzWhich of your pedals was your toughest build?

The Krankzinnig. It had 14 controls, 3 foot-switches and 5 circuit boards shoe-horned into the enclosure. As the five circuits were from existing pedals, the retro fitting of the circuits into one enclosure lengthened the build time considerably. I was happy with the finished pedal and wanted to build more, but the long build time just didn't make it worth it.

Which of your pedals is the most popular?

Paisley Vibra Fuzz.

Are you working on any new products?

A custom Vibra Fuzz that will allow the fuzz circuit of your choice to be installed.

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