[interview] PiggyFX: Danny Aberjel

Here's FXDB's interview with Danny Aberjel of PiggyFX:

How did PiggyFX start?

It all started in 2004 when I was a working guitar player and had a collection of about 70 pedals that I had bought during my travels all over the world, but somehow in every pedal there was somthing missing for my taste so I decided to take matters into my own hands and build my own
pedals. That is how PiggyFX started.

It was pretty much my own doing with no help and most research was done with internet and books. Also as a life long pedal nut I already knew the history and had owned a lot of vintage and rare units.

Where do the name and logo come from?

The name comes from the fact that I like pigs (not as food).

When I came up with the name I had a vision of the pig logo, I then asked my good friend Yaron, who in 2009 also became a partner in PiggyFX, to design the logo and he did an amazing job.

What sets PiggyFX apart from other builders?

  • A consistent sound, rich and creamy, heavy and screamy.
  • Simple to use
  • Smallest enclosure possible
  • Good looking
  • Rough and road tested

How do you start on a new pedal?

I'm a crazy doctor, always experimenting, so there's always something in the works.

From idea to production it could take anywhere from 6 months to 2 years.

How do you name your pedals?

Whatever fits or has the word pig in it.

Can you tell us something about the production process?

All pedals are built in house. From January 2009 until November 2011 we were 2 builders but now I'm left alone.

Since 2009 PCB's were made with a CNC machine.

The enclosures were bought and enclosure covers were made with a CNC machine.

How important is the look of your pedals?


Is parts selection important?

Very much so, I try to get the best and most fitting part for everything.

Which of your pedals makes you most proud?

The Brown Pig!!! The epitome of rockyness (is that a word?).

Which of your pedals was your toughest build?

The PiggyFX Astro Pig! you go build a tapdelay by hand and then come talk to me.

Which of your pedals is the most popular?

The Brown Pig! With a wide range of drive it can rock anything from a boat to your soul.

Who uses your pedals and for which genres?

I never made them for specific genres, PiggyFX pedals are for everyone.

I made pedals for Alain Johannes (from Them Crooked Vultures and Queens Of The Stone Age) and Yogi from Chris Cornell's band and a few other famous players.

What does the future of PiggyFX look like?

My friend and partner in PiggyFX since 2009, Yaron M., left and now I'm at a crossroad. I will be making all pedals by hand, taking only custom orders.

The design will be different since I don't have Yaron who was the master of design and a whole lot more in PiggyFX.

I love making pedals so I guess I'll never stop but I'll have to make some changes in the upcoming weeks.

Are you working on any new products?

Things are a bit unclear for me at the moment so we'll just have to wait and see what happens.

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