Here's FXDB's interview with Iván Mauricio Aguilera of Rocker Box.
Rocker Box is run by Iván Mauricio Aguilera. The company is located in Bogotá, Colombia.
How did Rocker Box start?
I started building pedals for myself because I didn't have money for the analog pedals that I wanted. My friends in my band liked it so I decided to sell some products. Rocker Box started in January of 2009.
I was inspired by brands like Electro-Harmonix, Keeley and Fulltone. But generally I had the idea about ten years ago, listening rock sounds, but in my country it was very hard to get access to electronic parts and hardware.
During 2010 I also received help from Elkin Linares.
A friend told me that my pedals are like "rocker boxes" so I took that name.
The logo flames represents fury, hot tone, rock but there's no special story behind the design.
What sets Rocker Box apart from other builders?
Personalized attention to clients, personalized artwork and a good price with nice components and guaranty.
How do you start on a new pedal?
I take the ideas based in other pedals or an amp sound, then I make experiments on the protoboard and make the PCB design. When I have the circuit, I make the design of the pedal, and I start the construction.
From a pedal idea to the final product I take about 6 months, then I can make one pedal in about three days.
There's no special story or meaning, in general the name is based on the genre, style or some similar thing.
Some personalized pedals have a name devised by the client.
Can you tell us something about the production process?
I build all the pedals in-house, for the paint and lacquer I call some contractors, I'm the only one builder for the moment.
The PCB, circuits and wiring is completely hand made with imported chips, transistors and capacitors.
The enclosure is bought and is painted in Colombia with powder coating, for the graphics I used decals, then I paint with lacquer.
How important is the look of your pedals?
It's one of the most important things in this business.
Is parts selection important?
In the circuits, the chips, transistors, JFET, filter caps, tubes, switches,... are important so I try to use known brands. Also for the design of the PCB, the type of wires and other parts inside the box and the hardware like knobs and jacks.
The BlueScreamer, it's a basic overdrive but sounds amazing.
Which of your pedals was your toughest build?
The Metal Boogie, the wiring is very dense.
Which of your pedals is the most popular?
Depends of the season, sometimes I sell more overdrives but it varies.
Who uses your pedals and for which genres?
I build pedals for everyone and every genre, but I like the classic tones a lot, so I enjoy to make that type of pedals.
Some local Colombian known artists use my pedals.
Are you working on any new products?
I'm working on a JCM45 based pedal, a low voltage tube preamp and I want to start building digital effect pedals using DSP.