Since I learned how to play guitar ages ago, I was always fascinated by the sounds that could come out of an electric guitar.
The first guitar effect I ever owned was a Pro Co Rat. A distortion pedal and still my favorite. Having collected and used hundreds of effects over the years, it never ocurred to me to work with a pedal designer or company on a design for a product.
My first attempt was with a friend here in Puerto Rico, that wanted to get a company off the ground. It wasn’t to be. After subscribing to a guitar effects forum and meeting fellow gear addicts, I collaborated with a new builder that was starting up his company.
Blakemore Effects was founded by my good friend Blake Hickey. My first collaboration was for his Mustang overdrive pedal. After the Mustang, came a design for his Custom Shop pedals. We had two versions of the design. My latest design for Blake is for his Dreamsicle Fuzz. A reference to The Smashing Pumpkins, the IC transistor and an orange Popsicle.
After collaborating with Blakemore Effects I met Chris Venter of Shoe Pedals. Venter is also a guitar player and composer. My first design for Shoe was for the Silver Apple Pedal.
Chris likes to “stamp” the pedals. I worked on a “clean design” he could use. In november 2015, we worked together for a pedal that he designed for Digitech / DOD. The Name is Looking Glass Overdrive and it was presented at the 2016 Namm in California. So awesome, the way it turned out.