Here's FXDB's interview with Wince of Widara Effects.
Widara is run by Wince in Brno, the Czech Republic.
How did Widara Effects start?
I started selling electronic components (with GW Acoustics) and one day I imported 3PDT switches into our country and we sold lots of them, but I had no idea what they were used for, I was just interested in selling components. But after some time I talked with a customer who wanted me to make him an A/B Switch Box and that was when I started thinking about the production of our passive pedals: A/B, ABY or A/B/C switches, loopers, footswitches and volume boxes. All with true bypass.On the internet I found DIY discussions about this kind of pedals, but also noticed that there were many guitarists who wanted these but were not familiar with soldering. And I was also surprised about the incredibly high prices of such pedals.
Wi...Da... Ra... It's an abbreviation of my surname and my and my wife's name.
As "W" is not very common letter in our language my idea was to use it as a main symbol of our logo. And we make pedals for guitarists so a logo in the shape of a guitar would be the best. This was my requirement and result was really what I wanted.
What sets Widara Effects apart from other builders?
My philosophy is to produce very high quality products for very reasonable price. I produce passive pedals, completely hand made, in many colors, with quality components. We are open for the customer's opinion, we are able to prepare whatever the customer wants. And if it is possible I do everything in a very short period of time.
It doesn't take long to go from an idea to a prototype. Then some of my friends test it and if everything goes well I prepare several pieces and start to offer them to our customers.
How do you name your pedals?
As I know that some guitarists have no experience with e.g. A/B Switch Boxes, I want them to understand the functionality immediately. Maybe "Changing Charlie" sounds more funny - so maybe in the future I will work on the names :-)
Can you tell us something about the production process?
The process of building of our pedals is as follows: I drill the enclosures and send them to the company that does the powder coating and tampon printing. Then I install the connectors and my friend solders them for me.
All pedals are hand-wired, I use bought enclosures and all pedals are powder coated.
It is very important for me as my pedals are very often placed in the center of pedalboards.
Is parts selection important?
My pedals are full of known brands - I decided to produce pedals only with branded components because I believe that the quality is higher and result (pedal) will work on a higher level.
Which of your pedals makes you most proud?
I am proud of the complete range of my pedals :-)
Sometimes I have to solve a problem with place inside the pedal - especially when the customer has no space left on his pedalboard and needs me to make the smallest possible version for him.
Which of your pedals is the most popular?
The A/B Switch Box and its modifications. It's a very easy-made pedal which can help you solve many troubles with connection.
Who uses your pedals and for which genres?
Our pedals can help you solve many troubles. E.g. changing of guitars during performance - you do not need to disconnect cables - just push one button and that's it! I know many and many local effects pedals producers but you can hardly find "easy" loop true bypass box or signal switch box. And passive ones. Therefore I decided to start with such pedals.
As I am not so long in the market I sold many pedals locally - now I am trying to find some guys/companies for cooperation and maybe I will be successful abroad as well. My most famous user is the great guitarist of SEVEN: Honza Kirk Behunek.
What does the future of Widara Effects look like?
I'm working for GW Acoustics and the production of Widara pedals is my hobby. But as it seems our pedals are popular here in the Czech Republic we want to try to export them around Europe and also to the USA. And probably next year we will start making some effects pedals. Maybe one day it will be my only job!
Are you working on any new products?
My new pedal will be SGS 3 LAX version - 3 instruments in and 1 out with the possibility of adjusting the signal level. As usual, it will be completely passive (battery just for LED indication but fully functional without it). I think the prototype will be ready for testing soon.