[interview] Wilson Effects: Kevin Wilson

Here's FXDB's interview with Kevin Wilson of Wilson Effects:

How did Wilson Effects start?

I began building pedals out of frustration at some of the high prices that other effects cost. I have an electric/electronic background so it was quite a good fit. I decided that I wanted to offer high quality boutique effects at a more affordable price.

Wilson Effects was developed in 2006 but was officially made into a company in November of 2007. I'm the sole proprietor of Wilson Effects with the support of my wife Michelle.

I was mainly inspired by the wealth of information that was available on the world wide web. You can practically get the schematic for anything. People who inspire me are Dave Fox of FoxRox electronics, Analogman, Skreddy and Devi Ever to name a few.

Where do the name and logo come from?

Wilson Effects comes last name.

A friend of mine who I also do work for designed my logo and banner as sort of a trade for services.

What sets Wilson Effects apart from other builders?

I strive for 100% customer satisfaction and have a very high level of customer service

All pedals are handmade personally by me including the circuit boards with the highest quality parts available.

My price points offer high quality boutique effects at an affordable cost.

How do you start on a new pedal?

When I hear something I like the sound of I'll develop a layout and etch a few experimental boards and begin the process.

Usually it takes a few months until it's in production.

Can you tell us something about the production process?

I build all the pedals myself and am a one man show.

All circuit boards are hand wired and etched by me and I buy pre-painted enclosures and decal them.

How important is the look of your pedals?

I don't really spend a lot of time on the looks. I would rather have them sound good.

How important is parts selection?

Yes, I choose only high quality products and I do source a lot of NOS components for my wahs.

Which of your pedals make you most proud?

The Rippah Q-Wah series because of the sound and flexibility.

Ten Spot II and Fuzz. Josh Klinghoffer of RHCP uses them.

Which of your pedals was your toughest build?

Probably the Analog Chorus. There's a lot of parts and it's a complicated circuit.

Which of your pedals is the most popular?

The Haze Vibe, it's an affordable Uni-vibe clone that sounds very much like a Uni-Vibe.

Who uses your pedals?

Josh Klinghoffer. Josh says my Fuzz is Monstrous.

What does the future of Wilson Effects look like?

I plan on continuing to offer my products at an affordable rate. I would like to expand one of these days but I'll cross that bridge when it gets here.

Are you working on any new products?

I've been working on a triangle muff circuit and I'm not sure when the release will be. I guess whenever I have the time to finish it.

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