[interview] Stigtronics: Michael Stiglitz

Here's FXDB's interview with Michael Stiglitz of Stigtronics:

How did Stigtronics start?

I was working as an electronic tech repairing everything electronic. While in school, design, not repair was what I was learning. It was only a matter of time before I made the transition. And being a musician, the quest for good tone. I have been building pedals for about 12 years.

Who helped or inspired you?

I am a friend of Ronsound. We frequently talk about pedals. Also, my brother is an electrical engineer.

Where do the name and logo come from?

While joking with a friend, he said Stigtronics. We laughed, and I kept the name.

The logo? I liked the fonts.

What sets Stigtronics apart from other builders?

I have been a full time musician and am currently an active player. I also attended Purdue University for electrical engineering. This makes for a strong background and understanding in designing pedals

Can you tell us something about the production process?

All pedals are made here and currently they all have point to point wiring and the enclosures are powder coated.

How important is the look of your pedals?

Even musicians hear with their eyes.

How important is parts selection?

You need to separate the hype from reality in circuits. In a pedal, it is mainly the components in the audio path that matters. What sounds good in one part of one circuit may not be desirable for another. I do not think NOS or metal film is always the best. All the variables need to be considered. And the ears are the final judge.

Which of your pedals makes you most proud?

Popular pedals seem to come and go. Lately, the Compressor and Tremolo have been hot items.

Who uses your pedals and for which genres?

I try to listen to what musicians want. A lot new pedals have come from musician's suggestions.

Some famous users are:
Jake Cinninger (Umphreys McGee): Compressor, Classic Overdrive
Brendan Bayliss (Umpreys McGee): Compressor, Electron Drive, X-Drive, Tremolo, Delay
Pat Sansone (Wilco): Compressor, Tremolo
Rick Miller (Southern Culture on the Skids): Compressor, Tremolo

What does the future of Stigtronics look like?

New designs are always brewing.

Are you working on any new products?

I am always working on new pedals. When they are ready, they will be on the site.

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