[interview] Sabbadius Custom FX: Nicolas Sabbadin

Here's FXDB's interview with Nicolas Sabbadin of Sabbadius Custom FX:

How did Sabbadius Custom FX start?

My grandfather taught me a lot of electronics stuff and as a guitar player, I started searching for some good effects, so I started with audio electronics and made my own custom sound with effects.

My Grandfather was my only inspiration.

Where do the name and logo come from?

The name comes from Sabbadin (my surname) and the "us" ending as in "Stradivarius", so when you combine that you get Sabbadius.

The Sabbadius logo represents a stomp switch. When I started making pedals there were no 3PDT switches in Argentina, so I have to make my own switch. This switch inspired me to draw the logo, it was that important to me.

What sets Sabbadius Custom FX apart from other builders?

The manufacturing process, the love I put into making pedals, my efforts, my selection of components,...

How do you start on a new pedal?

I start making a pedal when I think the customers need some new sounds and depending on the type of pedal, this process takes 6 to 12 months.

How do you name your pedals?

The Mr. White pedal was inspired by Stevie Ray Vaughan.

Can you tell us something about the production process?

I make my pedals alone, in the lab that I have in my backyard.

The circuits are all hand made and hand wired, the electronics components I use are selected for the best response.

The enclosures I use most is the Metal Hard case in 2 pieces (base and top). I paint them using Epoxy electrostatic paint.

How important is the look of your pedals?

Too important. All that you buy is bought with your eyes, then your ear, and then your heart!

Is parts selection important?

Yes, it is!!!

Which of your pedals makes you most proud?

I'm very proud of my Mr. White pedal, because it is the pedal I always wanted to make and it sounds as I imagined.

Which of your pedals was your toughest build?

The Mr. White pedal.

Which of your pedals is the most popular?

The Sabbadius Mr. White (previously called the Hot Tube Simulator Booster and SRV Clean Sound), because it's very close to the Stevie Ray Vaughan clean sound guitar!!!

Who uses your pedals and for which genres?

I prefer to make pedals for everybody, for any kind of music, etc... But my own taste is blues, funk, rock,...

There are a lot of famous users of my pedals.

What does the future of Sabbadius Custom FX look like?

Yes, I want to tell everybody that Sabbadius is here to stay. I'm not going to leave this work, because I love it and this makes me really happy. I try to do my best building my pedals, and every time I get more ideas to grow in spirit, soul, and heart.

Are you working on any new products?

Mmmm, Yes I'm working on new pedals but... they're a surprise... :)

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